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:
74,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace timing chain (2 reports)
  2. buy a new timing chain kit for 1000 dollars (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

May 032010

Intrepid LX 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


This 2.7 is a piece of trash! It should be 100% recalled.

- , Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #2

Feb 232007

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

The dealership took a week and tried to charge me $1,000 dollars for tests and told me to junk the car. I ended up arguing until they dropped test fees to $380. I then took car to private mechnic who fixed timing chain for $600. Thankfully the engine was still ok after chain was replaced.

- , Stevens Point, WI, US

problem #1

Nov 012008

Intrepid V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Ok so im a senior in high school and got so excited to be able to buy my first car...well unfortunately i chose a 2000 Dodge totally gave my hopes ran for about 6 months maybe..then one day was driving to my best friends house and it just quit running AT A STOP SIGN!!!! and i just rolled right thru the stop sign...luckily noone was coming...i took it to the mechanic and they told me it needed a water pump and a timing chain kit...for a total of $1200.00...its still in my yard not running...i only have one car payment left on it then it'll be paid trien to decide if i should get it fixed and keep it or get it fixed and trade the P.O.S. in??? it really disappointed me :( ohh!! i went to talk to the dealership that sold it to me probably knowing that it was going to go out on me and they said "there's nothing they can do...ohwell"...UGH!!! never again..!!

- , White Hall, AR, USA

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