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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dodge pay for my repair bill (2 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 152010

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


Well my check engine light came on and it wouldn't shift. It would just rev higher and higher in first gear without shifting. I drove it slowly to the mechanic. I had to replace the computer that cost over $400. Also, sepearate beefs that I will mention here is that the housing for the interior driver door handle broke and the car wouldn't open from the inside. Repair cost:$250. Also, the drivers window motor had to be repalced $30?

- , Starke, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 252006

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 76,000 miles

Transmission computer, wiring harness, everything electronic fried out at 76,000 miles. Same car that had engine blow up after oil pump failure. You can't sell a car with 10 check engine codes on it. Must fix and keep or take a major loss the on trade in price ($550 Vs $5,000).

- , Mesquite, TX, USA

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