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:
130,408 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1999 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 282010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,264 miles


Speedometer not working and RPM's up....fells like Transmission not going into 3rd gear..stuck in 2nd...and stalling out....Could this be the sensor I hope??? If anyone had same prob, could you please let me know what the fix was..Thank You

- , Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Feb 162009

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,340 miles

Up to now the car had been running normal, routinely checked fluids with no leakage found. Trans working fine no slipping and then I went to park the car. It would not shift into park. I then shifted thru the gears with no problem. Finally after several attempts the car went park. The next morning the car would not shift out of park, I gave the shifter a good tug and SNAP. I then tore apart the console and discovered that the shift cable had detached from the shift lever arm, The arm was twisted and bent downward, which allowed the cable to simply slide off. I used a pair of channel locks to reshape the shifter arm. I moved the shifter back so I could reattach the cable....I started the car, so I know it was not a interlock cable problem. It still would not shift out of park...So as I sat scratching by ever balding head while the car idled in park for a good 10 minutes.

Then I sprayed wd-40 on EVERYTHING and Ta-Da. The car shifted into reverse .

Then neutral and then to drive...I could not shift to 3rd or 1st, I still have to readjust the cable for that to happen....I have been driving the car with this potential headache waiting to rear it's ugly head again..Can anybody tell me whats going on and why does the car shift only when the transmission is warm?

- , Roseville, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,621 miles

son of a bitch cars never break when its warm out it was getting hard 2 shift from park for about 3 weeks now and all of a sudden i could not even shift so here i am in tim hortons parking lot ripping my car apart so far i think it has 2 do with the linkage i have the console ripped out and the cable connection is all bent which caused it 2 come apart so had to get a flat bed truck 2 get home would not come out of park

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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