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:
98,718 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 252009

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,718 miles


The original problem began with the blowers for the A/C & Heating only blowing out the front vents, nothing out the floor or defroster. The blower actuators were replaced but the computer (body control module) also needed to be replaced. That part cost $498.00. The part was defective. The door locks (which are broken) continued to engage randomly as I drove down the streets. The computer was replaced and the original problem stopped the car was driven about 100 miles. Then I left town for 10 days and upon return the car was completely dead and had to be jumped. It seemed fine for one day (about another 60 miles). Then the gauges stopped working; the check engine light came on; the heater AC would not turn off. The odometer read bus5.

- , Georgetown, TX, USA

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