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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
24,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace weatherstripping on all 4 doors (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid accessories - exterior problems

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 252007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


rain wind everything gets through..................................


- , Pgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 092003

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 17,000 miles

For the last few months I noticed what appeared to be, that the windows on my car were opened a bit and the whistling of air. I found that the weatherstripping on all 4 doors had shrunk back, causing this annoying sound.

In addition to that, on the passenger side weatherstripping, both front and back, the interior part of the said weatherstripping, has a plastic molding to trim the interior, that had the covering peeled back.

Now the dealer said that it is obviously a defect but my warranty expired 2 months ago and that I should call Chrysler direct to see if they ok it.

So I called Chrysler and found out that they want me to pay to have this fixed. They did offer a discount, but my beef is that I already spent $30,000 for a brand new loaded vehicle. I find out when I bring it to the dealer that there is a defect in something that Chrysler used and they want me to pay to have them fix it. I work hard to pay for the damn thing because I had to finance it.

Chrysler said that if it was 2 months ago it would have been covered by my 3 year warranty. (I do have a 7 year extended coverage but it is not covered under that either)

So in other words, hahahahaha, I did not notice it in time, screw the customer, pay pay pay to have it fixed.

- , Glendale, NY, USA

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