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:
23,000 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.

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2001 Dodge Intrepid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 192005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


201 Dodge Intrepid: Inner tie rods worn at approx. 70,000 miles. Along with rack and pinion leaking fluid. Caused sever problems with steering and car control. Took car to dealer and they said I should not being driving car because of potential steering control loss. Set appointment to have inner tie rod ends replaced and rack and pinion and would notified that it parts were not available for weeks. 1999 Chrysler concord: Same exact problem except that only complete steering box rather than rack and pinion was replaced with replacement of inner tie rod ends. Also, both driver side rear brakes prematurely wore and had to be replaced. Passenger side was fine.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles
Nasty smell from A/C, suspension/axles and other problems with Dodge Intrepid. There were scratches on the cover of the radio program, problems with the window and door lock, the right passenger front had pin holes, the front end was loud grabbing and knocking, the driver door window displayed a thump noise and the motor on the window continued to run even after the window was closed, the passenger seat cover had a big gauge which was made on the console and the glove box cover door, there were spots on the interior of the front head light inside of the glass, the engine would surge, the front passenger door made squeaking noises, air bag light was intermittent, speaker damage, the right and left front windows squeaked mostly on the left side motor, the right window did not work at all, the left rear anchor cover was broken, the brakes were noisy, the engine light was intermittent, the tire experienced excessive wear, and there was a grabbing on right turns. Recall#03V035000.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Intrepid, bought it with 7,995 miles on it. From the time I purchased the car I had a vibration in the steering wheel. I had the car back immediately and they told me that it had something to do with the tires and caused no safety risk. This became worse, I took it back again with the same problem, only now worse especially at highway speeds. They now told me that the rotors were worn and needed to be turned down. The service manager told me that this was not covered since the warranty was only good for 15,000 miles and this had been exceeded. Well the problem still existed, and now I needed to replace the rotors and brake pads. This problem continues and now 2 years later have to replace the rotors, brake pads, and some tell me to change to brake hoses and the calipers along with this. My dealer does not want to work with me, but can stand there and tell me that this a common problem with the Intrepid, concorde, lxi, 300M --- and the kicker is that they are not concerned with this because the warranty is up. I have only 7,000 miles on the new rotors, brake pads and brake hoses and now they need to be replaced again. I pay enough for this piece of !@#$%, and every three months I have to put hundreds of dollars into the braking system. I have never been this unhappy with a vehicle, and I have owned many new vehicles.

- Easton, PA, USA

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