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:
76,433 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. both input and output transmission sensors fixed (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 042006

(reported on)


  • 40,000 miles


The car would not accelerate when pressing the gas. I drove it to the dealer using non highway roads at max 30mph.

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 032007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 3.2LV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

this is all messed up. car won't come out of 1st gear and it seems that there's no solution.

- , Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 122007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,300 miles

My transmission won't shift out of first gear. I spent 1500 dollars buying this car from my dad just so it would blow. I'm not out of high school yet, but I need the car so I can work and go to school. I don't understand why such a nice looking car would just die after 60k miles. I also don't understand why they won't f*ing recall this POS. NEVER BUY A DODGE

- , Gahanna, OH, USA

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