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 2 of 16)

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problem #281

Jun 102007


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the timing chain was the cause of the failure. The engine needed to be replaced at the cost of $6,000. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer stated that because the vehicle exceeded its warranty they would not assume any financial responsibility for the repair. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 45,000.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #280

Oct 042008


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle began making a loud banging noise. The vehicle then stalled and shut off. The failure was due to the engine. The vehicle was pushed to the contact's residence. The dealer advised the contact to return the vehicle back to the place where it was bought and have them provide a new vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 95,000.

- Blackmountain, NC, USA

problem #279

Sep 112008


  • 130,000 miles
I was driving on I 75 - 250 miles from home when my engine failed on my 2001 Dodge Intrepid. No warning. Luckily it did not cause an accident.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #278

Apr 142008


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle made a knocking noise and then shut off without warning. The vehicle failed to restart on two separate occasions. The first time the vehicle shut off the water pump was replaced. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and it restarted the following morning. The vehicle was diagnosed as having engine failure. The current and failure mileages were 95,000.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #277

Aug 102006


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that there was sludge build up in the engine, despite undergoing regular maintenance. The engine began to overheat and the dealer stated that a new engine was needed at an estimated cost of $6,500. The vehicle has been inoperable for almost a year. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 90,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #276

Aug 072008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 116,400 miles
Dodge has a design problem with the 2001 Intrepid with a 2.7L V-6 engine. After an oil change the oil light flickers. Started to make a ticking noise. Had the car looked at and due to some oil tube design issue part of the engine is starved for oil and is now in need of a new engine.

- Vlg Of Lakewood, IL, USA

problem #275

Dec 202006


  • 100,049 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle would sporadically decelerate while the contact's foot was still depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was losing power. Speed was not a factor during the failure. On one occasion, while driving, the vehicle lost power. He pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and noticed that the engine was engulfed in smoke and brown sludge. The vehicle has been serviced for routine maintenance. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the engine needed to be replaced at approximately $4,500. The technician also stated that this particular year, make, and model vehicle has common engine failures. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 100,049.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #274

May 202007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
2001 Dodge Intrepid SE, 2.7 liter engine, V6, purchased in December 2006, we had the vehicle serviced the day before mothers day 2007, mothers day 2007, I was driving home from our local mall, I stopped at the stop sign, started to go and the car just stalled as if I were out of gas, I had a full tank, I tried to start the car, it would not start. I was told by the Chrysler dealer nearby after we had it towed that it was engine failure. I had no warning, the engine light never came on, no oil light, no smoke from the engine no warning what so ever, and here I am a year later with car that does not run and out the money we paid for the car in the first place. We haven't had the car repaired because we are hoping they will recall this engine.

- Loma, CO, USA

problem #273

May 122008


  • 158,000 miles
At first the motor started to knock from below(bearings) brought it in and replaced the cam and crank sensors. Drove the car for 4 days after and it will not start and the knocking is worse. The engine is getting fuel and spark but will not fire. Checked the oil and changed it to be on the safe side, still nothing.

- Iron Mountain, MI, USA

problem #272

Apr 282008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 89,880 miles
Oil pressure indicator light began flickering approximately 3 weeks prior to engine failure. Oil changed on 2 occasions during time frame and result same, light continuously flickered and than became continuously solid red with light ticking noise observed from upper valve cover. Approximately 10 minutes longer of driving to safely locate the Dodge Intrepid with 2.7 liter engine to residence, once parked in drive way the ticking was sporadic and car has been parked since due to inability to operate safely and effectively without further creating total loss to vehicle and engine components!

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #271

Apr 252008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 102,315 miles


Husband driving home from work at the busiest time of the day car acted like it was going to turn off at a stop light. He turned off the busy rode and the car just suddenly turned off. Started smoking he opened the hood and saw that fluids had leaked out. Nearby was a mechanic shop with help pushed it there. Was put on a diagnostic and we were told that the engine was gone result of a oil sludge problem which causes engine failure. Estimated cost for new engine $5372. I have done some research on this problem and wouldn't even consider putting a new engine in this car.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #270

Mar 182008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The motor in my Dodge Intrepid, 2.7 liter V6, 2001, let loose at speed without warning of any kind. The car bucked wildly and I almost lost control with my 2 yr old son in his car seat. I was told this is a common occurrence with these vehicles. This is unacceptable!! I do not have the money to throw at this piece of crap! I still owe on this vehicle and repairs start around $3,500 dollars! what is Chrysler doing about this??

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #269

Jun 182003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,540 miles
Sludge in 2.7 Dodge Intrepid, broken timing tensioner rebuild engine.

- Allendale, MI, USA

problem #268

Feb 052008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
First the oil light came on then the engine shut off while I was in an intersection on city streets. I got the car restarted and it seemed to be fine. I checked the oil and ensured that it had plenty and even scheduled it for an oil change even though I only had approx 1500 miles on the previous changed oil. Then I ws on the fwy driving to work and when I was changing lanes the same thing happened. The oil light came on and the engine just shut off on me. I was barely able to get the vehicle off the fwy and thankfully there was an exit close by where I was able to exit without further damage or injury. This is a 2.7L Dodge Intrepid and I am now being quoted by the dealership of a repair bill exceeding 850+ dollars.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #267

Jan 022008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
My 2001 Dodge Intrepid had complete engine failure at 85,000 miles. It cost me $6,000 to have the engine replaced. The car was always maintained with oil changes etc. As recommended by Chrysler. This has put tremendous strain on my family's finances. Through research and speaking with mechanics I have since found out that this is a very common event with 2001 Intrepids. I feel Chrysler owes me for the amount of the repairs.

- Lodi, OH, USA

problem #266

Dec 152007


  • miles
Have a 2001 Intrepid, 2.7 engine. Engine failed while driving putting my life and more importantly the life of my 8 year old daughter in danger. Seems a known issue with this engine and Chrysler. Now upside down in the car and only financial pain in my immediate future. What's needed: The us government should hold Chrysler responsible for selling a clearly defective engine.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #265

Dec 122007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,792 miles
Our car started making knocking noises during acceleration. We immediately took it in to a auto shop to have it looked at. The engine is blown and will cost more than the car is worth to fix it, approximately $5,000. The car has only 88K miles on it, has had regular oil changes. Apparently, the engines used in this particular car have the tendency to produce engine oil sludge, ruining the engine oftentimes well before 100K miles. That was what the mechanic told us and what we have since found doing research on the problem. We ended up having to sell the car for scrap because we cannot afford to fix it.

- Licking, MO, USA

problem #264

Sep 012006


  • miles
I purchased what I thought to be the last vehicle I would own. I put very little miles on my cars. I purchased a 2001 Dodge Intrepid in December of 2001. In September 2006, with barely 28,000 miles on my car, the engine sludged up, broke the timing chain and had to be towed to my local Dodge dealer. I was told that my engine needed replaced due to sludge buildup and that the car manufacturer knew about this problem. My car, which I was still paying on and carrying insurance on, is sitting in a garage because I am unable to afford a new engine. The company I had the extended warranty with does not cover sludge damage and Chrysler all but hung up on me when I called them to voice my complaint. I feel they should be made to replace these engines that were faulty straight from the factory. Consumers should be able to have some recourse for things like this.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #263

Nov 042007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,496 miles
6 weeks ago, I started hearing a slight ticking noise. I immediately scheduled my oil to be changed the next day at a dealership, as always. On Nov 4, I was on my way to a meeting, my engine light came on while sitting at a stop light next to a gas station...I pulled in and shut my car off. I checked my oil and it was a little low, I added enough oil to bring it back up to the max line and the engine light went off. I drove about a mile and half up the rode when I all the sudden heard a loud bang and very loud fast ticking. I pulled over and had my vehicle towed to a dealership where it is still sitting unfixed. Chrysler will not cover this under my warranty even though they are very well aware of this problem in the 2.7L engine. I have always had very positive feelings about Chrysler and now I don't know what to think. They need to make this right to me and I can't even get them to listen to anything...they are so incredibly cold hearted and really truly don't care at all. I still owe $5,000 on this car and can't drive it. The dealership is telling me it is going to be close to $8,000 to fix. The dealership is also telling me this is a big problem with the 2.7L engine. The engine builds up oil sludge and can't circulate causing a lack of lubrication. He said Chrysler is very aware of this and is not helping anyone in this situation. They actually quit making this engine due to the problems and have now redesigned the 2.7L to put it in the 2008's again.

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #262

Jul 222007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,927 miles
I was driving on lagrange rd at 30mph speed suddenly with no warning the engine shut off try to restart the car with no luck. I towed the car to the( park plaza Dodge dealer at 7911 w roosevel rd.,forest part, il 60130 tel. 708 366 1001)after he diagnosed the car stated in his report that (needs timing chain and water pump $1270, oil pan gasket leaking $365 oil and coolant mixed may have more damage internally). It is too expansive to be fixed I shopped with other mechanics they seems that they are very aware of the problem to the limit that they told me all about the problem soon I gave them the car information(Dodge Intrepid 2.7L24V_dohc_alum_black. They said all cars in this category has have the same problem (manufacturer defect that what they call it) the more I investigated the more I found people have the car with the same problem (and I also heard that in order to fix the car you need either to change the whole engine or to rebuild it and each one cost around four thousand which by the way cheaper to buy another car than to fix it. I sent an email to the dealer and he sent me back another email apologize that there is no recall on such problem yet but there is a different kind of recalls on this kind of cars. I was not satisfied by his reply because I felt cheated and I must do something about it.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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