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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. cut them, or replace them (2 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182005

Intrepid SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


At first, i thought the seal had just popped off, but as i tried to jam it back into place, I realized something was wrong. The seals definitely shrunk, causing a constant wind noise throughout the car. luckily I did not have any water come in through this seal. I ended up having to cut the bottom and put it back. So now i have a big gap in the bottom, oh well i guess.

- , Pembroke, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 30,000 miles

After a while, the seals that are located on the car to seal the door shut shrink so bad, that they come of the frame of the car. I did the easy fix - cut them at the bottom side, so I can place them along the edge everywhere else. So now all four seals have a few inch gap to make it fit. It's a cheap car, what can I say! You get what you pay for!!! Let's you know they use cheap materials to make the car. Not to mentions the material on the door frames is chipping off on top of that, and is coming unglued!

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

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