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:
62,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. to the shop batman (2 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 092008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


My car has been in the shop since October, I have replaced the engine computer and now my car will not even start. Before I took it to the shop it would run it just kept shutting off and stalling. I have already spent 900.00 on this car to fix it and have no idea what else it will cost. I am so frustrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Nahunta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

my car stalled out, like three times..... i told my husband he said, sometimes it happens. well, we went out of town the following weekend, and my car died. cost a fortune to tow it home, and about a thou to replace the computer.... once they decided that was what was broken.

- , Escanaba, MI, USA

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