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 5 of 16)

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problem #221

Oct 262006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle's engine died while traveling 25 mph. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, however the dealer could not determine the problem. The check oil light illuminated seconds before the engine died. Updated 11/30/2006 -

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #220

Jul 302006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7 engine. Engine slugged after 62K with reccomended regular oil changes, the car did not fail on the highway, thankfully, but as I've investigated, there are a lot of web sites looking to encourage owners to report this failure--as it could have easily been on the highway. Nothing is being done to the car. The dealership said "yeah, we have a lot of problems with those engines--we've tried to fix it before and it never works... and you're out of warranty. You should scrap it."

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #219

Oct 092006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The 2.7 liter engine on my 2001 Dodge Intrepid started ticking. I immediately took it to the snethkamp Dodge dealer in lansing, mi for repair. The service dept. Advised that the engine was sludged up because I didn't change the oil as recommended by the manufacturer. When I advised the service technician that I did get oil changes as recommended, and have the receipts to prove it, the service tech. Changed his story and advised that the 2.7 liter engine in the Dodge Intrepid was defective. The dealership would charge $600 to tear apart the engine to "find out for sure." The cost would not cover any repair. I asked the service tech. What Chrysler/Dodge was going to do to remedy this problem. The service tech. Advised that Chrysler/Dodge wouldn't do anything for me, the car was no longer under warranty. I told the service tech. To give it an oil change and took it home. I drove it for 10 days until it died while dropping my daughter off at day care. I bought the car in Feb. 2002 from snethkamp Dodge, it was 6 months old and had 5996 miles on it. The car was a program car. I financed it for 5 years, and still have 3 payments left, and no car. The car has just under 49,000 miles on it. I filed an online complaint with the Chrysler group customer assistance center and requested that Chrysler repair/replace the engine in my car (reference number: 15524183, email case number: 1538494.) the Chrysler customer service reply was for me to contact my local dealer or refer to my owners manual, and no, they wouldn't repair or replace my engine.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #218

Aug 242006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles


While driving my 2001 Dodge Intrepid on a main road in erie, the car just dies on me, while trying to make it to the side of the road, a car came within inches of hitting my car while he was doing approximately 40 miles an hour, because while trying to get my car out of the way, I was still in the middle of the road, and the light turned green for the oncoming traffic. Getting my car to the side of the road and out of everyone's way, I have the car towed off the side of the road, and taken to a local mechanics, who in turn finds out that the timing chain is broke due to a faulty engine, with the sludge build-up which in turn has caused all of this problem. Also apparently Dodge/Chrysler feels that so many americans are causing this problem, by neglecting our vehicles, and not properly maintaining our rides. I am appalled that this is okay, and so many of us are getting ripped off by the company. It is amazing that I almost was in an accident, because of this faulty vehicle. Is it going to take all of us to die on the road while driving for something to be done about this? thank heavens my child who has cancer was not in the car, and that I wasn't on the thruway trying to get him to pittsburgh for his chemotherapy.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #217

Oct 082006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Engine failure. Dealership ship says the engine needs to be replaced.even to replace the engine is twice as much as other engine replacement. I own a 2001 model.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #216

Oct 062006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid that suffered a sudden engine failure. The dealer stated that excessive oil sludge was at fault in the engine. About 6 weeks prior to the engine failure, the vehicle was involved in a front end collision and was tested by the dealer once the body work was done and was found 100% sound. Less than 2 weeks after retrieving the car from the body shop, the engine failed and the dealer stated that it would be close to $6000 to replace the engine.

- Simpsonville, KY, USA

problem #215

Sep 182006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


My engine began ticking, I pulled over popped the hood and smoke rolled out, I checked the fluid levels and tried to restart the car, it wouldn't start, I waited a few minutes tried starting it again and it worked, I drove 3 miles home and the engine died as I turned down my street, once again the engine was smoking so I popped the hood and flames shot up, I put the flames out and the car has been sitting in my driveway since. I have done nothing to repair it since apparently it's a design of Dodge and Chrysler's 2.7 V6 according to many other owners.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #214

Sep 032006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
2001 Dodge Intrepid w/ 2.7L engine - per mechanic: Sludge build up caused engine failure after only 63,000 miles.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #213

Sep 172006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph on the interstate, the thermostat gauge elevated followed by a loss of all power. The engine stalled and the vehicle coasted to side of the roadway. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop who determined the engine had failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified.

- Brook Park, OH, USA

problem #212

Jul 052006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,400 miles
Returning from vacation, the 2001 Dodge Intrepid I was driving with my children, which has a 2.7 liter V6 engine just quit after a slight screeching noise. We were on the highway at the time. Lost brakes and steering. Thank the lord that no one was immediately behind us. After getting the car onto the shoulder and after the car stopped smoking, I opened the hood and found that there was oil either from the head gasket or the timing cover sprayed oil over the drivers side of the engine compartment. Pulled the dip stick and the oil was milky. Had to have vehicle towed. Repair shop said they could not find where the oil came from. Then after two weeks they found that the water pump failed and the timing chain tensioner broke. Vehicle was repaired and driven out of shop. Two days later the vehicle overheated and the oil light would come on after engine got to operating temp. Took car back to fix overheating problem and it was a valve under the intake needed to be replaced. The oil light still comes on. I was then told I needed a new engine, sludge caused the engine to overheat and when it quit on the highway it caused the crank shaft and bearings to go bad. New engine cost $5500 from Dodge. Already put $2800. Car is not drivable and it overheated again trying to get home.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #211

Sep 152006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


: the contact stated while driving 70 mph on the interstate highway, the oil warning light illuminated and a loud noise was heard just as all power failed and the vehicle was steered off the road. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. Oil was found under the vehicle where it stopped and on the wrecker platform. The problem was believed to be a thrown rod. The service dealer and manufacturer were not notified. Updated 10/17/2006 - the consumer has ordered an remanufactured engine.

- Memphis, IN, USA

problem #210

Apr 082006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
2001 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 L engine engine failed at 108,000 miles after having service done regularly throught life of car.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #209

May 232006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,773 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph on the highway, the engine stalled without warning followed by a loud grinding noise from the engine compartment. The contact managed to pull over without incident. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who determined the engine needed to be replaced. The engine replacement corrected the stalling and engine noise. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #208

Aug 022006

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Dodge Intrepid caught on fire in the engine compartment. *****

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #207

Aug 082006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,200 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 75 mph the transmission failed and the engine stalled. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to an independent repair shop where the transmission was rebuilt. Later, without warning the engine squealed and stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealership and it was determined the problem was due to the air conditioner. Updated 9/11/2006 -

- Butte, MT, USA

problem #206

Aug 012006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled completely. The vehicle was not able to be restarted immediately. It was taken to a service dealer, where they determined that the oil was low. The contact expressed that the vehicle was maintained regularly, so the oil should not have been low.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #205

Jul 232006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving on the tollway when my car began to overheat. I turned on the heater to maximum and drove at about 55 mph. About one mile from home another car pulled along side to tell me that there were flames coming from underneath my car. I immediately pulled over but could not stop immediately as I lost all power and had no brakes. Since the exit was on an incline I was able to coast to a stop and my wife and I exited the car. Within less than 10 seconds after we exited the car was engulfed in flames and was totaled.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #204

Jun 022006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,231 miles
The car was making a sound. Had just previously had an oil change. Got ready to get in the car to take to shop to find out what the noise was & the car would not start. Had to have the car towed to shop. That's when I was told the engine was gone. 5-6 thousand dollars to repair. Cannot afford that when still paying car note.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #203

Dec 012002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine blew while driving on the freeway. This occurred twice. The first incident occurred at 50,000 miles, and the second at 97000 miles. Also, the transmission blew at 45000 miles. The engine issue was not oil related. The contact expressed the defect was related the engine. The oil had turned yellow. The contact also expressed that the transmission problems were probably related to the engine problems. There were also some computer problems; the computer was not allowing the RPM's increase properly. The vehicle's computer was repaired by the contact. Updated 11/9/2006 -

- Huntington Park, CA, USA

problem #202

Jul 282006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,960 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 65 mph, the vehicle stalled. After coasting to the side of the highway, the vehicle would not restart and it was towed to an independent repair shop. The shop determined there was sludge in the oil causing the engine to seize. The engine needed to be replaced.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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