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:
Average Mileage:
74,562 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace bleeder valve assembly (1 reports)
  2. replaced the water neck cooling pipe (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 152011

Intrepid 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


I could not keep antifreeze in my car. I also noticed that I had to add water often. Something had a crack in it. They replaced my water neck cooling pipe. I haven't had trouble so far.

- , Rockmart, GA, US

problem #1

Sep 192007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 4 Door 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,123 miles

Replace bleeder valve on engine. Cost out of pocket $306.70

- , Toccoa, GA, USA

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