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:
46,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay for the repair out of pocket (2 reports)
  2. coat ac line to prevent this (1 reports)
  3. covered under warranty (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012005

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 172004

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 75,000 miles

One year later now, the dumb ass a/c is not working again. I wonder what they'll say this time after they fixed and charged it just one year ago under warranty.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 032007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

It is 'good' when you can call your dealer

and say: 'That AC line that gives out on the Chrysler Intrepids, how much does it cost?' and they can give you the price right away without looking it up - You know you are not alone.

The corrosion and leakage of refrigerant could have been prevented by coating the AC line with anything to prevent corrosion. Road salt and sand collects under the retaining clamp on the passenger side.

On the Up; the parts guys at the Garage were really helpful.

- , Happy Valley, NL, Canada

problem #1

Jun 242004

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 55,000 miles

The first time the dealer told me that the compressor cracked because I failed to charge the a/c even though I had just bought the car in the winter. When spring came around (when I actually needed it) I realized the problem. Thankfully it was covered under warranty.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

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