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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

May 182005

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 70,000 miles


I bought the car last week, and the next day the engine light came on. The car putts after a few minutes and does that for several miles until it decides to quit and go off again. I took it to have a diagnostic check on it and they told me that it was giving a false reading and that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the car. What do I do??????

- , Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 262005

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 105,000 miles

One of the coils which are not suppose to go bad did. I found what it was when I toke it to auto zone. They used a code reader to find out what it was. The best part is auto zone does it for free. I was annoyed about it for a while. The check engine light went out and came back on.

- , Kennedy, NY, USA

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