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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,135 miles

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2001 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 13 of 16)

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problem #61

Feb 152003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


This complaint is about auto that I purchased from South Chicago Dodge in Sept 2000. Dodge intrpid with 2/7 engine that I have given back to finance company because of engine failure. Febuary of 2003 I began hearing a clinging sound come from the auto and I made a appiontment with South Chicago Dodge for a checkup, on the way to the dealer expressway Illinois interstate55 the car began to staul. We were able to make our way to the shoulder without being hit by the passing traffic. I called Chrysler and told them the car was being taken to the dealedship with a blown engine at 42K miles. Their first comment was well how often was oil changed because, the engine doesn't just blow unless the oil wasn't maintained. I told them oil was changed every 3000 - 4000 miles and that I even took it to the dealership that I bought from because the change oil light would come and and not go off until the car was at a high idle. Anyway the car was towed to the dealership for repair and they called me shortly after to tell me that Chrysler wouldn't fix the engine unless I was able to provide all oil change receipts (which, I wasn't because many of time my dad who is a machanic changed the oil). I have since given the car to the back to wfs with a blown engine and they have since sold the car for only $5000 when I owed $19K+. this entire mess had me stressed out many months trying to figure out how I was going to pay for a car that I didn't have. I have since been forced to file for chapter7 bankruptcy because of this and had the debt discharged. I think that Chrysler should take responsiblity for this and many of the other complaints I've seen about these cars and do something about it. I don't see how so many people could camplain about the same problem and their response is we all didn't change the oil. Give me a break!!! this has ruined my credit history and I'm sure many others and for that I think you should pay up.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #60

Aug 192004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 just recently my car broke down, I took it to several places(4) to find out the problem and was told be 4 different mechnics 2 been a Dodge dealerships that it was the engine. I was also told by all 4 mechnics that the Dodge Intrepid has a slugeing problem with all the 2.7L engine models. I would like to know why this was never recalled or why Dodge did not do anything about it. I have all my paper work for maintence done on my car. I feel that is not do to any fault on my own however I am stuck with a $4000-6000 repair bill for a problem Dodge knew about. Why.

- Kingsland , GA, USA

problem #59

Aug 272004


  • miles
While driving engine blew out/smoked, and stalled. There were no warnings. Engine completely failed.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #58

Apr 092004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,169 miles


No warning--other than a problem with the heat that we didn't realize was related until after. As my husband was driving the car home, the engine light came on and the engine immediately died, in traffic. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who informed us that the car had an engine sludge problem, like many other Intrepids he had seen, and it would cost us roughly $6,000 to replace it. The car is currently sitting at the mechanic's because we don't have an extra six grand laying around, so it is intact in it's unrepaired state. I feel it could have been a horrible nightmare had traffic been heavier and one of my kids had been driving. This is a real personal injury disaster waiting to happen to other Intrepid owners.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #57

Aug 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
About 2 months ago my oil was burning up and I had white smoke coming from the exhaust. I had it looked at and the problem was unknown. I had the oil changed and filter changed several times within 2 months (due to oil burning up). A couple weeks ago I was driving on the highway when my engine started to sound like a semi truck so I pulled off the highway. I checked the oil which was fine and there was nothing smoking so I was going to take it to my dads house to figure out what was wrong. When I got back in the car it wouldn't start. I had it looked at and now they are saying my engine is history. I found out oil sludge caused the problem. I have 3 years left to pay off a car that I can't drive and can not afford to fix the problem at this time. Even if I tried for a used engine I would be on a wating list (which tells you something right there.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #56

Aug 142004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,500 miles
My car died with only 30 seconds warning. I was driving South on rt 83 just South of St charles ave in villa park when my car started to jerk and make loud noises. I had the car towed to the place of purchase and they said that sludge was present in my engine. I had my oil changed 6/15/2004 atr midas in villa park il and there was no sign of sludge in my engine. I have not been given an estimate, exept that it will take $400 for them to figure out what is the problem.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #55

Jun 102004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles


Was driving on an interstate highway and the engine failed (at 50,223 miles). I was able to coast off the road to safety. Mckinney Dodge, gastonia, nc informed the the engine was blown and needed replacement. The dealershipe stated this the engine failure was due to not changing the oil as required, even though I change the oil frequently as required. Chrysler refuses to fix the engine under the extended warranty. My research indicates this is a frequent problem with their 2.7 liter V6 engine.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #54

Jan 152004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. At the beginning of 2004 I was driving with my toddler and my car stopped in the middle of the road. We were stranded in the middle of winter. I had it towed to a garage and the mechanic told me that my timing chain broke and my engine was filled with oil sluge. We always changed our oil at 3,000 miles but I never thought to save the reciepts. When I contacted Dodge they told me that there was nothing they could do because my warranty was up and my car had almost 100,000 miles. My car was repaired and 2 months later my car died again in the middle of the road. The garage said that my car was continuing to be full of oil sludge. I owe 12,000 on my car and the garage told me that it will continue to do this the entire time I own my car.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #53

Jul 042004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,700 miles
While driving, vehicle stalled without warning. The driver tried to restart the vehicle and was unable to do so. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the engine needed to be replaced.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #52

Jun 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,200 miles
The consumer was driving the vehicle, stopped at a stop light and the vehicle turned off and would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, were it was found that a rod had come loose. The warranty company is in liquidation and the consumer had to pay for the vehicle. The vehicle manufacture stated it is not their responsibility.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #51

Jul 072004


  • miles


While driving a loud clanking noise was coming from the front. Then, vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to restart vehicle, but was unable to do so. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that engine needed replacement due to worn out parts. The vehicle's engine developed sludge. The manufacturer refuses to provide assistance unless the consumer can prove that the oil was changed regularly.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #50

Jun 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
While driving at 65 mph, the vehicle stalled on the highway. The consumer replaced the fuel injector sensor and the vehicle started. But, a lot of rattling was heard in the engine. A certified mechanic determined that a rod was damaged in the vehicle. Bad motor per consumer.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

problem #49

Jun 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,350 miles
Consumer stated that engine failed while driving at approximately 65 mph. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told it would cost several thousand dollars to remove and replace the motor.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #48

Jun 062004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my 2001 Dodge Intrepid in 2002 with 12,000. All of a sudden with no warning my engine dies.why is a car that is not even 3 years old dead. I just had an oil change the day prior. Now I am told that it will cost 5500$ to repair it. Only choice is new engine. I have little over 50,000 miles, and I owe too much to not get it fixed. So now what, they know of the problems, why is the public not aware. And why is Dodge not responsible for this. Same old excuse, not enough oil changes. Seems to me that the general public is being taken for a ride by chyrsyler. Help.

- Dewitt, NY, USA

problem #47

Oct 012003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 67,345 miles
While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The consumer was told that the engine contained sludge build up after having the timing chain tensioner changed. The consumer had the engine flushed two times to improve the sludge problem. After that, the vehicle stalled when the vehicle was in motion at highway speeds. The timing chain had blown and caused engine damage. The timing chain was changed at the dealer who changed the timing tensioner. The consumer found that there were numerous cases of this problem in Chrysler vehicles. (the tube that brings the oil up into the engine clogs up, resulting in an under-oiled engine, showing the fault being the owners) the consumer requested that Chrysler cover the cost of the engine replacement. Also, the brakes pulsated and the trunk lock was broken.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #46

May 142004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The dealer stated that the oil pump cracked which allowed metal debris inside the engine.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #45

May 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,500 miles
I was driving down the road when my car suddenly cut off, due to engine failure.

- Hodges, SC, USA

problem #44

May 252004

(reported on)


  • miles
While stopped, the consumer noticed the engine smoking and pulled over. She shut the engine off and looked under the hood. The consumer started the vehicle again and the engine started knocking. The engine was shut off again and the vehicle was towed. Once the vehicle was inspected, the technician informed the consumer that the engine needed replacement.

- Delta, OH, USA

problem #43

May 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Engine locked up while driving between 55-60 mph. Vehicle was towed to dealer, who indicated that this occurred due to sludge in the engine because of oil build up. This was a common failure with these engine sizes. Also, because this was a common failure mechanic had having difficulty replacing the engine.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #42

May 102004

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
2001 Dodge Intrepid 65,000 miles 2.7 engine 2.7 L engine - blown head gaskets/head possibly need new engine.

- New London, WI, USA

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