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:
31,500 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,500 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The hose from the radiator lifts up and connects with the hose from the heater, which caused the motor to fail while driving 35 mph. The vehicle was towed to the contacts home and he repaired the part that separates the water that travels from the radiator to the heater. The water pump has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 94,500. *updated 12/12/07 updated 12/12/07

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #2

Sep 032002

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving thermostat would come on automatically, without switching it on manually.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 292002


  • miles
Vehicle is leaking coolant due to a crackin the radiator. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- Corona, CA, USA

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