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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,672 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.

2001 Dodge Intrepid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 67,345 miles


While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The consumer was told that the engine contained sludge build up after having the timing chain tensioner changed. The consumer had the engine flushed two times to improve the sludge problem. After that, the vehicle stalled when the vehicle was in motion at highway speeds. The timing chain had blown and caused engine damage. The timing chain was changed at the dealer who changed the timing tensioner. The consumer found that there were numerous cases of this problem in Chrysler vehicles. (the tube that brings the oil up into the engine clogs up, resulting in an under-oiled engine, showing the fault being the owners) the consumer requested that Chrysler cover the cost of the engine replacement. Also, the brakes pulsated and the trunk lock was broken.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 152003


  • miles
While driving the vehicles brakes locked up. The dealer was notified.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

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