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:
Average Mileage:
99,471 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. got rid of the car and got a pontiac (1 reports)
  3. recharge ac every 3 weeks (1 reports)
  4. replaced A/C condenser unit (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 112010

Intrepid 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Over all my Intrepid has been a great car, The AC has a leak that I have to recharge every 3 weeks but now winter is here!

- , Lexington, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 062005

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,834 miles

A/C compressor locked up and burned off the serpentine belt and leaving me more than hot!

- , Knoxville, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 212007

(reported on)

Intrepid 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

One day the air worked and the next it just stopped. I hate this car

- , Fresno, ca, USA

problem #4

Oct 142006

(reported on)


  • 95,000 miles


We at first were told it was just low on refrigerant, so we filled it. After the third time of refilling it at $26.00 for just the refrigerant each time, we were told we needed a new unit. With all the other problems, who can afford it?!

- , Greenfield, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 102007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,714 miles

The car is otherwise a great car which I bought new I do keep filling the unit with coolant which seems to work but it doesnt hold a charge.

- , Lodi, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 292006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Air conditioner stopped working. Started blowing hot air on two occasions in two different years. Had air condition leaks repaired two years straight cost $800.00 to have problem corrected. This car is just a bad product that Chrysler has produced for this year!

- , Taylors, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 232006

(reported on)


  • 83,750 miles

Thanks to all the great, but unfortunate people who contributed to this site, i was able to get rid of my 2000 Dodge intrepid before i shared a similar horror story. I bought it used with about 35,000 miles in january of 03. after a couple months, a major gasket blew in the transmission. Fortunately that was still under warranty. But in the last year or two, one by one, 3 of the 4 door locks stopped working. Then in the past few weeks, the Air conditioner has only been blowing hot air. So i take it to the dealership, thinking its gonna be about a $500 job. I was blown away when i got hit with an estimate over $1000! The A/C condenser needs replaced, that was almost $500 then i needed 3 new door latches at almost $200 a piece. I had NEVER heard of one of these door latches going bad, let alone THREE on the same car. I denied the repairs and went to the internet to look for parts, when i found this site. Every one's own Intrepid horror story about the 2.7L engine was enough for me to get rid of the car before it dies on me. Luckily i have a brother who sells Pontiacs and he was able to help me out, knowing that DODGEs are pieces of sh*t! Its sad, because i remember when DODGE/Chrystler was a respectable name in cars. And the way they treat their customers is disgusting! I hope enough people stand up against them and boycott their vehicles.

- , Beaver Falls, PA, USA

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