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 9 of 9)

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problem #1

Jun 242003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


Car has 47,000 miles, just had oil change three weeks prior. I drove it roughly 3,000 miles in that timeframe. Car expired on interstate 95, a near death exp. I checked the fluids and saw that that I was completly out of oil. Foolishly, I replaced it thinking I might be able to get this going but it was dead.towed back to philly, ($300) to my independent shop. They said I definetly had a sever engine problem. I asked them if they could have forgotten to put in the oil in the last oil change. They stated that I would not have been able to travel that distance if they did. The dealership and chrsler stated that the car could not have consumed that much oil in that timeframe without seeing plumes of smoke.they said it was the independent garage that screwed up and it would cost me $6K to have the engine replaced. Judging from what I've seen on this site, I be;ieve that Chrysler has a problem and thay are not admitting it. We need help from this entity (NHTSA) to fight this monster.

- Broomall, PA, USA

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