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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
29,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 142006

(reported on)


  • 20,000 miles


It's very annoying when you are driving down the road and your lights come on , not to mention it can be scary when it's night time and you are traveling alone. We have never had it fixed, because they tell us there is no problem, but then again, the problem doesn't arise when you need it to!

- , Greenfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 182007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

Ever since I have had this car November 2000 on rainy days or days after it rains, my interior lights come on when I hit a bump for a few seconds. I call it the ghost in my car. My kids think its funny. Scared the cr*p out of everyone else. Not worth taking to the dealer all these years. Just been shutting it off the with switch. Seems to work.

- , Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

well, when you pay $10,000 for something, you kind of have this expectation that it will work correctly. i am not going to pay more money for this car than i have to. i'm furious.

- , Escanaba, MI, USA

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