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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
95,400 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 022007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,400 miles


Hello again,

After all the problems I've been having with my vehicle,$2100.00 transmission,$60.00 sending unit,$80.00 oil change with flush. I was not about to fork out another wallet at this point.

I was stopped at at an intersection red light and my car totally turned off and wouldn't restart again. I never new how it felt to be that one person stuck in the middle of traffic, cause I had pretty good vehicles in the past. People don't care they honk as if you stopped in the middle of the road just for pleasure or fun. I did have it towed "again" this time to another mechanic that I new from before. I should have done that before, I know, but it is a little farther from my work and you need to have another ride back to your destination so I took it to the Union 76 which was closer to my work.

Well, I was told it was the internal computer, it was making the car act up really bad. I didn't even bother asking for a price I'm sure electrical would cost me an arm and leg limb. I was told by A-1 transmissions that it was the oil pump because the oil pressure was too low. I decided to trade it in for a civic Honda. With the reviews I've been reading it gets better reviews than what I have or other vehicles I was looking to buy Hyundai, (Kia parts) don't go there those cars suck as well.

"Don't ever buy a Dodge Intrepid", (Chrysler parts) thats all I have to say. Boycott the those thieves. And that includes A-1 transmissions here in Nevada at least.

- , Sun Valley, NV, USA

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