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:
115,833 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. fix exposed wire where insulation was stripped (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 022011

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,500 miles


The problem may be the battery, alternator, or exposed wires. American cars are terrible. I will buy Japanese cars or German cars next time.

Update from Mar 3, 2013: Electrical/wiring problems.

- , Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 152008

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

Like Simon, I had to remove the left wheel, take off the air dam, and prop up the radiator on jack stands to take the alternator out. I had it tested and the test only showed marginal degradation of the output. The last one I had the dealer change only faiIed when hot. I assumed this one was the same. So I changed it anyway. Two weeks later, the battery dies. I removed the right wheel and the front well panel, the air cleaner and changed the battery. About ten days later, new battery is drained. My multi-meter shows me I have and short from the hot lug on the power distribution panel and the body. I can't find the sonofabitch!

- , Satellite Beach, FL, US

problem #1

Jan 082008

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The alternator went bad in the car two days after we bought it from an as-is lot. Of course, this makes it difficult to have the lot fix it, unless you want to pay huge amounts of money and time for some captain ineptitude mechanic to "fix" your problem. They sent it to a mechanic who, of course, changed the alternator out for us. It worked fine for as long as it took the new battery to drain out of energy. Back to square one. Three times. Then, someone, (MOI), found the exposed wire that was supposed to have insulation on it, grounded out to the frame of the vehicle. Oh, and did I mention that unless you remove the front bumper, the transmission cooler, the radiator brace, the radiator (only partway) and assorted wiring and tubing, that you won't even be able to see the alternator? This car is not good for the do-it-yourself mechanic, never mind any one else. SAVE YOURSELF ENDLESS PAIN...... GO BUY A FORD OR CHEVY, AT LEAST YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR OWN ALTERNATOR!!!

- , Tyler, TX, USA

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