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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,805 miles

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2001 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #121

Oct 112007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle completely shut off and was towed to the contact's personal mechanic. The contact stated that the vehicle made a rumbling noise before shutting off. This would be the second time replacing the engine. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 110,000.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #120

Oct 102006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
We purchased a 2001 Dodge Intrepid and have had nothing but trouble with it. It has been in the shop for repairs continuously and still cannot be fixed. All in all, I have invested about $3500 for repairs and still the car is unsafe to drive. I have a loan on this vehicle and have to pay even though I am unable to drive this car. I have seen numerous complaints on this vehicle and it doesn't appear that anything every gets done with them.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #119

Sep 232006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,600 miles
2001 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 engines fail after only 74,000 miles and Chrysler is well aware of the engine sludge problem.

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #118

Sep 032007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,710 miles


October of 2006 I noticed my oil light was staying on while the car was in idle at stop lights, signs, etc got it check out it seemed to be ok. Which made another engine failure resulting from oil sludge.... car was very well maintained with regular oil changes (3,00 miles) and only had 69,000 miles on it. The body is in excellent shape. My car only has about 77,000 miles on it.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #117

Aug 212007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
My 2001 Dodge Intrepid blew due to sludge buildup under 100,000 miles. While driving it the temp. Light came on. On the way to the hospital to have our baby. We turned on the heater to cool the engine down but no heat came out. Then my car died smoke was rolling out the back.

- Buhl, ID, USA

problem #116

Mar 012006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitates and shuts off between 5 and 35 mph. The failure occurs while turning and decelerating to stop. The oil and check engine lights illuminate on the instrument panel just before the vehicle shuts off. The contact has taken the vehicle to the shop and the oil pump, timing belt, and water pump were replaced. The current mileage was 98,000 and failure mileage was 86,000.

- Jamestown, ND, USA

problem #115

Apr 282007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


While driving my Dodge Intrepid, the engine failed and seized on me. The last regular oil change I did, I happened to notice that the oil was a little chunky. After that oil change, the oil light started to flicker while car was in idol. Asked mechanic friend to come look at my car, and said that there was nothing wrong. Later that week my car started to knock very loudly. Fear of a breakdown, I parked my Intrepid and attempted to fix. When I took the valve cover off there was a thick coating of sludge on everything. I replaced a bearing on the crank for the #1 piston rod. When I started the car, it ran fine. I drove it for approximately 20 miles and the engine seized while I was on a busy 2 lane highway. Now I need an engine replacement. When a called a shop and described the situation, he told me that this was a problem for a lot of people and that he did not have the time to fix my car that will just breakdown over and over. Plus, I have problems with the window switches, and A/C controls. Both problems I tried to have a dealership fix and they wouldn't cover it with my warranty!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #114

Jul 122007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,700 miles
We purchased a 2001 Dodge Intrepid for our son on May 21,2007 from a reputable gossett dealership in memphis tn. We understood that they had no liability for the vehicle after purchase. The 2.7L V6 engine failed due to oil sludge on 07/12/2007. There was no warning! the vehicle had been serviced the day of purchase and no lights or sensors indicated that there was a problem of any kind. We were driving down the street when the car stalled a couple of times then stopped suddenly. The engine oil lights flashed only at the time that the vehicle quit. We had the vehicle towed to the garage. The mechanic told us that the engine was gone and that the oil was like sludge. Estimated cost of repairs for a jasper engine $5926.04 and for a used 2.7L engine $3992.30. I called a relative who works for the us consumer product safety commission. We both work for the federal government and through contacts at ucpsc and NHTSA discovered information regarding defects with this particular engine and problems that consumers were having with getting issues resolved. There are even forums dedicated to engine failures for 1999 - 2001 Dodge Intrepids with the 2.7L engine. From my understanding even if the engine is replaced with another 2.7L we will be dealing with this same issue of engine failure as the product is faulty. It is also our understanding that the jasper engine is supposed to be the corrected version of the 2.7L engine for this vehicle type. I was advised to file a complaint about the engine on this website and the center for auto safety. I am very bothered by this situation and the duplicitous nature of Chrysler placing an inferior product on the market without providing recourse such as a recall or advisement/warning. Given horror stories that I have read on the web, I feel fortunate but have lost confidence for the Chrysler product line. This is a safety issue. I also understand that a class action lawsuit is being pursued or initiated in this matter.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #113

Jul 202007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
May 06 we had oil sludge in our engine. $850 clean-up bill for a cheap quick fix. July 07 the sludge is back and a valve is damaged. Engine replacement is needed.

- Morris, MN, USA

problem #112

Jul 032007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Engine failed on interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kansas. Fortunately occurred as we were approaching an exit ramp and I was able to steer (without power steering) onto ramp and get stopped (without power brakes) before entering a signal-controlled intersection. No warning signals came on. No warning lights or sounds were activated. The temperature gauge remained within normal operating range. Engine smoked but did not catch fire. We waited in 90-degree heat for tow services. So far, mechanic has discovered destroyed thermostat, melted thermostat housing, damaged intake, bent cam shaft, warped cylinder heads, and engine must be replaced because warpage of heads and cam shaft is so severe. Engine failure is an apparent known liability of this engine, a 2001 Chrysler 2.7 liter V6. Engine will be replaced to correct the failure due to concerns about damage to lower parts of oem engine as a result of extreme heat.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #111

May 132007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,300 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While attempting to accelerate at 5 mph from a stop, the vehicle hesitated. The contact attempted to accelerate and the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the engine failed. The current and failure mileages were 58,300.

- Loma, CO, USA

problem #110

Aug 012006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While exiting from the freeway at 30 mph the engine locked. The vehicle was towed home, not sure of current or failure mileage, or incident date. The vehicle had not been looked at by a dealer, and the vehicle had no prior repairs done besides oil changes.

- Chatanooga, TN, USA

problem #109

Mar 102007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
I purchased a 01' Intrepid R/T in October of 2006. The engine failed in March for no explained reason while I was driving at 40 mph. I found a receipt in the car stating that the engine was replaced at 89,000 miles by another used 3.5L V6 but did not specify the mileage on that car. I purchased the car with 95,000 miles on it, and drove it normally until at about 99,000 miles, the engine failed. I will replacing it with another used engine with 48,000 miles, making this the third engine in this car under 100,000 miles. I took it to the Dodge dealer to diagnose it, and they stated that they could not tell me the problem unless they tore the engine apart and recommended replacing the engine.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #108

Mar 272007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While driving at 20 mph, the driver lost the power steering, the brakes failed and the engine lost power. The driver was able to take the vehicle off the road to avoid a collision. The mechanic stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The contact observed that there was a bad port design that decreases the oil flow to the valves, it heats up and the engine lost power. The manufacturer was notified, complaint#16093390 was filed and they stated that the warranty expired. The current and failure mileage were 60,000.

- Latrobe , PA, USA

problem #107

Mar 222007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
- the contact stated that while sitting in traffic after work in the 2001 Dodge Intrepid. He tried to leave and the vehicle lost power. E pushed the vehicle into a parking lot and tried to restart the vehicle 10 minutes later. When he restarted the vehicle there was a clanking noise coming from under the hood. The vehicle stayed on for about 20 seconds, and he called to have the vehicle towed. The vehicle was towed to his regular mechanic, and the mechanic informed him that the engine failed. The contact was waiting for the mechanic to call him and tell him exactly what caused the failure. The current and failure mileage were both 96,000.

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #106

Mar 312007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,200 miles
Blown timing belt on the highway.

- Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #105

Mar 052007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid I got the oil changed one day the next it is not drivable due to the timing chain going out Dodge does not care about their vehicles I have talked to them I also found out that there are 5 Intrepid's in a town of 6500 people with the same problem. And it takes a lot for repair cause of the bad engine design.

- Madison, SD, USA

problem #104

Dec 092006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,420 miles
Wife was driving in a residential neighborhood when the temperature dial went to hot and chimed. Within 2-3 minutes of the chime notifying my wife of a problem, the engine seized and stalled while driving. My wife rolled partially onto a nearby driveway and saw smoke coming from under the hood. My wife had to push the vehicle out of the driveway and down the road in traffic about 1/4 of a mile, to a nearby hotel parking lot to await a tow home. The owner of the home refused to be of assistance to my wife. In the process, my wife re-injured her lower back by pushing the car and simultaneously hopping into the vehicle to navigate/steer/brake while the car was in motion. She was currently under a doctor's care and being treated for this lumbar injury. The Intrepid was towed to a mechanic and he said the water pump failed which resulted in the engine seizing. The mechanic elaborated in sharing how there was no way for my wife to know at any point that there was a underlining problem with the failing water pump and that it was typical for this particular vehicle. We were told it would be $6,000 to rebuild the engine and this problem would occur again later if we opted to move forward and have it rebuild. It was suggested to sell to a junk yard or donate to charity. It's a 2001 Dodge Intrepid SE. It sits in our driveway.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #103

Feb 092007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
- while at a stop sign with the2001 Dodge Intrepid contact smelled an odor, once the contact continued to drive at 10 mph and smoke started coming in through the air conditioning A/C vents, and the vehicle suddenly stopped. The contact had vehicle towed to a local repair shop, and they stated that the vehicle needed a new engine. The current and failure mileage were both 65000 miles.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #102

Feb 092007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
My 2001 Dodge Intrepid SE with 65,000 miles just quick working while I was driving I had it towed to repair shop and was told the engine was blown the repair will cost $5721 contacted Dodge and was told they would not help with the repair. I still have 8 payments.

- Xenia, OH, USA

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