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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 212004


  • 84,000 miles


Recall no.#03V035000, seat back recliner bolt: The recall was done on the vehicle but now the seat motor has dropped down under the seat. The consumer claimed that there was no problems with the seat motor before the recall.

- Elsmere, DE, USA

problem #2

Oct 042002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was a victim of an accident, another vehicle had struck me in the rear of my vehicle. Upon inpact the drivers side seat that I was sitting in had totally colapsed backward. Injuries where sustained to neck and back which was confirmed by medical expertise. I truly believe that the injuries where from the seat breaking, giving no support thus allowing my body to jolt backward and bounce around.this is a serious saftey hazard that needs to be addressed before lives are lost.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #1

May 212003


  • miles
After making an appointment for recall repairs the consumer was informed by the dealer that the parts were not available for the seat reclining bolt (recall number 03 V 035 000)..

- Vancouver, WA, USA

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