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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
68,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 052010

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Along with the electrical problems with the headlights, dashlights..I've replaced the frontdoor L&R 6.5 subwoofers twice with factory speakers. The rear door lock actuators stopped working after making the worst noise every time the car speed reached 15 MPH. Interior door moldings are pealing off and I can't keep the front end aligned. Every time I change the oil, I have to have the front end realigned. This was a nice car until it hit 65000 miles, then everything started falling apart. Current mileage is just over 79000 miles

- , Tampa, FL, USA

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