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:
43,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid accessories - interior problems

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 252007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


the doors automatically lock when u start driving and when they do, you hear this loud grinding noise. it scares the hell out of you and anyone in the car. if u take the sparkplug/ relay out then ur seats don't work. its a big pain.

- , Pgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 042009

Intrepid 3.2lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Have to climb inside the car and open door from opposite side with door handle. Locks do not even operate manually.

- , RHill, CT, USA

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