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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,142 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced sensor (3 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 242008

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


My husband and I were on our way to our sons wedding, and heard severe knocking, so as a result of the cam sensor going out the engine failed, and am still paying on this car.

- , Salem, OR, USA

problem #2

Feb 182008

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,425 miles

I drove car home and parked it without any problems. I got up to go to work the next day and car would crank all day but would not turn over and run. I lost 2 days of work and 386.00 dollars to fix it. The shop replaced cam position sensor and all was fine at that time.

- , Vineland, NJ, US

problem #1

Aug 272007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Work done at dealership. Don't ever but one of these cars!

- , Newington, CT, US

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