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 16 of 16)

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problem #1

Dec 222002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


2000 Dodge engine failure: At 55,000 miles my 2000 Dodge Intrepid threw a lower rod as I was exiting the expressway after driving approx 10-12 miles. The car is in excellent shape and has an oil change evey 3,000 miles. I had just had an oil change approx 1,000 miles before this happened. I called daimerchrysler and asked them if there was anything that they could assist with etc? they asked if the dealer had torn down the engine. I told them that I had a private diagnosis and the dealer had a tech listen to it and said they were sure a rod had gone bad. They saad to have the dealer tear it down... they then tried to blame me for not getting the oil changed on a regular basis. I again told them that it had been changed every 3,000 miles and that I own two other cars (95 sillouttte & 97 cutlass) that have 130,000+ miles on them. I took the car to the dealer and paid them $250 for a teardown. The dealer (genesee valley Dodge in flint, mi) called me and terry schefke (service manager) called to say that it had indeed thrown a rod and that I would need a new short block at a cost of $4.250.00. I again contacted Dodge by phone and email. They said that it was my problem because it was out of warranty (3/36). I asked them if an engine failure was normal at 55K? the dealer had his district manager look at the car and I was denied any assistance or compensation. I feel that the engine failure was not at all my fault, I never did get a check engine light or any other warning unti I exited the expressway (I do not speed and have never had a speeding ticket in 25 years of driving) to make matter worse I have to have the dealer reapir the engine because my lease is up omn 3/3/03. I have been online researching the 2.7 DOHC engine and located you from there seems to be an abundace of simular complte engine failures on varoius web sites. Basically I am looking for anyone who could possibly help?

- Flushing, MI, USA

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