Notes: The Dodge Intrepid, Stratus & other Chrysler sedans are infamous for oil sludge problems with the 2.7L V6 engine. If someone offers to sell you a 2.7L V6 model, it's only worth the price of the scrap metal it's going to shortly turn into.

NOTE: Only the 2.7L V6 has the oil sludge problem. Our "Avoid like the Plague" designation is ONLY for models with the 2.7L V6 engine. All other available engines are very reliable with no major problems.

Even with regular maintenance, the oil sludge defect eventually destroys the 2.7L engine typically around 80,000-100,000 miles. The only true fix we know about is to put in the larger 3.2L engine, which has a great reputation.

This issue was never deemed a safety defect by the Feds, so there was no recall. In the end, Chrysler got away with FOUR YEARS worth of defective 2.7L V6 engines in their sedans.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
84,007 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. rebuilt, replaced input and ouput sensors, tcm update (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 192007

(reported on)

Intrepid EX 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,021 miles


I bought the car from a private party about 3 weeks ago. The car drove fine when I test drove it and now I am having problems when I accelerate and I reach 30 to 45mph the car stops moving forward. I press the accelerator and all I hear is the engine until the tranny catches again, clearly hear dumps and stumps often. I am hoping someone knows the solution,so that mechanics won't start with trial and errors and make me spend more than I should.

- , Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I just recently had the engine in my intrepid replaced and for about a week it worked fine except for a whining sound which the mechanics said was just the ac belt and should not be a problem, after 7-10 days I returned the vehicle to the shop to have a check up to make sure everything was good. It was until I left the mechanic to go out of town. When I pressed the accelerator it stalls and jumps which I'm figuring is the transmission. this car has been a big financial problem, even though I love it, it seems to be a bit too much of a hassle to keep up with the maintenance....... I'd recommend never ever buying a dodge.

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 142002

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 34,000 miles

Experienced Transmission cooling line leakage at 33,000 miles, fixed. Experienced intermittent rough shifting, bump, stumble and hesitation. Chrysler Dealers usually "Could Not Duplicate" any issue. Input/Output Speed Sensors had to be replaced shortly after and again after the Mopar replacements failed too. Trans. jammed in 4th in Autostick while driving. Upshift with Autostick often slams Transmission into next gear. Transmission was rebuilt after it started jerking back and fourth and slipped in intersection. Rough shift, bump, stumble and hesitation began to return. Chrysler Dealer "Could Not Duplicate" issues and acted like I had the problem. I asked for Transmission Control Module updates and was told none were available. Went to another Chrysler Dealer that performed the updates. Transmission began to operate smooth and I was happy until I experienced sudden poor Steering control and the vehicle was totalled. DaimlerChrysler accepts no responsibility and does not care.

- , San Leandro, CA, USA

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