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 7 of 9)

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problem #41

Nov 102004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 88,493 miles


While driving at any speed engine warning light illuminated intermittently. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #40

Nov 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
While driving at any speed the oil warning light illuminated. Consumer heard knocking noises coming from the engine. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #39

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving approximately 65 mph, engine stalled on highway. Consumer was able to avoid accident by pulling over to side of road. The cause of this is undetermined.

- Waynesboro, TN, USA

problem #38

Jan 042005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer noticed that the vehicle was running roughly. No prior warning, then vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer. Mechanic informed determined that the head gasket had blown out, and the engine needed to be replaced.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #37

Dec 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
12/11/04 = engine failure on a 2001 Dodge Intrepid while driving on I-77 North of charlotte, nc. Oil light flickered on and off. Pulled over to shoulder to check oil level and fouond at max. Continued driving and about 30 miles later eigine RPM acclerated to 5000 RPM at 70 mph. Engine cut off and had to pull to medium. Loud noise in engine. Mount airy Dodge deler wanted 3K to 5K to replace. 12/17/04 = towed car back to shelby and having motor replaced with a used motor at a cost of $4000 (estimated).

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #36

Dec 162004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles
I bought Dodge Intrepid 2001 SE 2.7 L from the local auction with only 53000 miles on the odometer. As I was driving back from the auction, I heard tapping noise from the engine. I stopped and opened the hood and found that engine was low on the oil, I decide to add one quart of engine oil until I was close to the auto mechanic shop. After getting to his shop and opening up the engine we found that there was little oil but mostly sludge that prevented the engine from lubrication. The noise was really loud that had damaged some internal parts (broke crank shaft) too. Anyway the engine was gone, we decided to put another engine from the junk yard, which coasted over two thousand dollars and installation was about one thousand. Now, I have only driven 1000 miles on the new engine and there is engine light on again. I hope it is not the beginning of same issue. The car has already coasted me almost seven thousand dollars and not to mention time in the shop and frustration. I want to warn every one to stay away from Intrepid and any 2.7 L Dodge engines. Researching on Chrysler's web site and edmunds now I see lots of people have same issues but no solution. I hope company claims responsibility of poor design and issue a recall. Regards, pulkit kapila.

- Nokesville, VA, USA

problem #35

Oct 212004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,820 miles


While traveling down the interstate the engine began knocking on my 2001 Intrepid. Had the car towed to garage they said engine was full of sludge and needed rebuilt or replaced we changed the oil every 3000-4000 miles upon further investigation this is known to be a Chrysler problem but they refuse to fix the problem the only way they want to help is thave it towed to garage and charge you for inspection and then want you to pay $5000 to $9000 to repair it is a hoax I have owned this car 2 years now it is undriveable and I cannot afford to fix it. I own a company and have several dod ge autos if this is the way they are going to solve problems I will be switching makes of cars I buy in the future.

- Chesapeake, OH, USA

problem #34

Nov 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Vehicle overheated and stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #33

Sep 182004


  • 115,000 miles
While driving a knocking noise came from the engine. Dealership informed the consumer that engine rod blew out. The problem was repaired.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #32

Sep 302004


  • 67,000 miles
While driving 40 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted the vehicle. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Rumford Center, ME, USA

problem #31

Oct 132004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,009 miles


My wife was driving the car and it suddenly stopped working causing her to be in the middle of a multi-lane road and in danger of being hit by rush hour traffic. The car was towed to the auto shop where they discovered the water pump had broken, causing metal fragments to fall into the oil pan. The timing chain jumped a gear on the water pump and causing the engine to quit working without warning. The car is a 2001 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7L V6 engine. The car has 59,009 miles. Parts required to repair the damage include: Camshaft sensor, valve cover gasket, upper manifold gasket, timing chain tensioner, water pump, both cam shaft sensors.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #30

Sep 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle suddenly stopped. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated the engine needed to be replaced.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #29

Oct 062004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While starting up vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that engine needed to be replaced due to water pump damage. Also, valves and head gasket malfunctioned.

- Southington, OH, USA

problem #28

Sep 282004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 35 mph consumer heard a noise coming from the engine. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealership on April, 2004, dealership indicated to the consumer due that the oil was not changing properly and needed to be replace the engine at consumer's expense of $9,000 although consumer proved from a independent shop that oil was changed regularly.

- Chicago Heights, IL, USA

problem #27

Aug 192004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,204 miles
While driving vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating and came to a complete stop at a traffic light before stalling. Vehicle was towed to a dealership. The dealership replaced the timing belt/oil pump, and 6 rods. The failure recurred four times thereafter, in which the short block, 02 sensors and the distributor were replaced. The failure recurred.

- Rising Sun, MD, USA

problem #26

Aug 262004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
I was approx. 10 miles out of town when I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. I pulled off the road and proceeded to open hood where I found flames coming from the engine. Fire was extinguished when hood was closed. I believe that the oil that was coming from the engine was what was burning. There was oil down the side of the car from front fender well to the back bumper and puddle along the side of the car. The car was towed to our local Dodge dealership. We were told that the coolant was evaporating inside the engine, and it was not cooling the engine. There was no warning from any gauges that the oil pressure was low or that the car was overheating. We were told that the engine would have to be replaced and that a rebuilt engine from Chrysler was $4700 and that was without labor.

- Clewiston, FL, USA

problem #25

Aug 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
While driving vehicle overheated. Vehicle was towed to dealer, who informed consumer that anti freeze was in the oil pan, and head gasket became defective.

- Ellettsville, IN, USA

problem #24

Jul 202004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle overheated because the water pump faied. When the engine overheated the head gasket blew and the balancing shaft broke which destroyed the engine motor. The existing motor is being replaced with a re-design re-built engine motor.

- Rock, WV, USA

problem #23

Jul 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph consumer proceeded around a corner and the engine began knocking and shut off. Consumer made several attempts to restart the vehicle, but the engine immediately shut back off.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #22

Jul 302004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While starting the vehicle consumer heard a horrible noise coming from the engine. Vehicle was towed to independent shop, and mechanic determined that timing tension spring broke. As result, engine needed to be replaced.

- North Vernon, IN, USA

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