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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
89,750 miles
Total Complaints:
149 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. never buy a Chrysler again (63 reports)
  2. replaced with a used/rebuilt engine (30 reports)
  3. not sure (20 reports)
  4. bought a new car that's not a Dodge (13 reports)
  5. replace engine (9 reports)
  6. replace with a 3.2L or 3.5L engine (6 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #49

Jan 242007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I got this car in july of 2006, i was very excited that this is my first car and i'm going to pay for it with my own money. That I worked hard for. I'm 19 yrs old and the first car that i ever bought is a pice of crap i only had it for 4 months and it started doing a knocking noise and then i was on my way to work on I-70 thats a big highway in the middle of rush hour, and the car just decided to take a brake, lol well since that day it hasn't started and now i still have to pay $3,600.00 and I lost my job because I couldn't even get to work. I don't think that's fair. I'm trying to better my life and then you sell me a product that doesn't even work, whats the deal with that? I'm supposed to start school next fall and have no way of getting there. My mechanic is telling me that im looking at around 3,000 dollars for a used engine and labor. Where am I gonna get that kind of money? I would like for your company to take me into consideration because i realy feel like i got took and I did, what do you think this sucks, all i wanted was to better my life and you just screwed me more thanx alot! Please at least be a man and say sorry, but i would like a hand written letter so that i can feel like you really care for the people that buy your product. Thank you and enjoy driving your car beacuse i can't...

- Jose C., Denver, CO, USA

problem #48

Aug 012006

(reported on)


  • 67,000 miles

At about 67,000 miles my car stranded me on the side of the road with a blown up engine. Left me with an expensive problem. I had to buy a new engine and finish paying for the original loan. I do not make that much money to be able to have two car payments and need some way to get to work. I will never buy a Chrysler or Dodge product again.

- Lucas G., New Prague, MN, USA

problem #47

Jan 202007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

USE SEAFOAM PEOPLE!!! its a $5 fix. When put in the PCV valve it burns the sludge up, there is occasionally some smoke from the exhaust. Myself and friends have used this on multiple cars (dodges and non-dodge) and all run great afterward. When used on dodge do it every 5000 miles or so and it should be fine. I am using this until i am able to afford a 3.5. I have used this method on an old police crown vic with excess of 150,000 miles on it. And now the car runs like new without touching one bolt on the motor. My intrepid runs and starts perfect every time now.

- Steve Y., Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Jan 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,215 miles


I purchased this car from a used car lot on 12-21-06 and started having problems on 12-29-06. Engine began gurgling and knocking. I took it to a mechanic and he said the engine needed to be replaced. The lowest est. was $4900. I work full time and go to school part time. I am a single parent with two children still at home. I don't have that kind of money. I only paid $2500 for this piece of crap.

On 1-10-07, as I was sitting at a red light around the corner from my home, the car shut off and the oil light came on. The car would not turn over nor could I put on brakes or steer the car. A gentleman pushed my car home and I almost ran the car head on into a tree. My son and the man managed to push the car into the driveway with his truck. The man said it sounded more like the timing chain broke than the engine locking. Whatever the problem is I just want to get rid of this nightmare before it cost me more money. Dodge cars have been BLACKED BALLED on my list.

- Sabrina M., Gary, IN, USA

problem #45

Jan 052007

(reported on)

Intrepid LX 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Add me to the list..... started having problems with my intrepid, my mechanic flushed the oil lines which helped for about 2 weeks, and guess what happened next! She locked up. My mechanic informed of the problems with this engine, saying that the valve where the oil enters the motor was made to small (easily clogged) even stated that chrysler knew of the problem, but would not consider it a defect. Chrysler says its a owner problem for not doing proper maintenance on the car. BULLSHIT!!!!! And here is another kick in the balls, just paid the damn thing off last month.

- Jassen C., Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #44

Dec 132006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This is the email I sent to chrysler and what i got back. Dear Carol:

Thank you for contacting the Chrysler Group Customer Assistance Center.

Your concerns, particularly in view of the expense and inconvenience involved in this issue, are understandable. However, your request for consideration in this matter must be declined, because the vehicle in question has exceeded the time or mileage limitations of the manufacturer's warranty at the time the expense was incurred.

Although a more favorable reply could not be provided, sharing your concern with us is appreciated.

Thank you again for your email.



Senior Staff Representative Chrysler Group Customer Assistance Center

For any future communications related to this email, please refer to the following information: REFERENCE NUMBER: 15771975 EMAIL CASE NUMBER: 1620329 REPLY LINK: jsp?trk_ID=KMM4513555I25261L0KM&

Original Message Follows: ------------------------

Recall Information - Dodge Brand Site Brief Description: Engine Failure 2.7 ltr dodge intrepid 2001 Comments: I am very concerned. I bought a 2001 Dodge Intrepid in January. I have been very consistent in my upkeep of the vehicle and am now concerned when suddenly there is a knocking noise. I have taken the care to my mechanic who is indicating there is a engine rod knocking and there appears to be some sludge. There should be no reason for a vehicle of this milage or upkeep to be doing this. I was very alarmed when I put this in google and find there are many others like me in this situation. Please respond with your companys questions. Also your intentions to seek to remedy this situation for the customers like me. Who trusted in your brand to and bought an engine with mechanical design proplems. I recently bought a Dodge Durango because I believed in your name. I hope you all hold true to this and try to find a way to help in a problem you helped to create.

- violetsky, WEst Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #43

Jan 072007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I am a single mother who managed to pay the entire car off, just to have turn around and put more money into three months later after paying it off. While on my way to work two week before christmas, I hear this loud sound coming from the car. I managed to get the car to my office parking lot and called my boyfriend to come a take a look at it. Well the car started up with no problem, like nothing never happend. We decided to go ahead and drive it home, well it didn't make it very far when it cut off. I had to call a towing company to come and pick us up. I then had the car looked at just to be told I need a whole new engine which would cost me about $4000. Hell no, the car is now sitting in my drive way. I had to spend some of my chistmas money just to rent a car for the next three week until I could find another car. I did - a pontiac sunbird. I hope they slam dodge with fixing everyone's car. I have always been true to dodge and brought only dodge cars. NEVER AGAIN IN LIFE.

- Kitesha N., Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #42

May 032006

(reported on)


  • 69,000 miles

I was driving my car to work about 8:30am, when I started a funny knocking noise. I got to work and thought maybe the car needed some oil. On my lunch hour I had a co-worker take me to buy some oil. I returned put half a quart in the car and realized it had plenty of oil. I had had an oil change done 4 weeks previously. I tried to start my car but to no avail. My son-in-law is a mechanic and he checked over my car and to my horror informed me I needed a new engine. I had not realized that these engines had known problems. My car is not paid off and I can not afford $2500.00 for a new engine.

James Bennett

- dbennett, Rochester, NY, USA

problem #41

Dec 152006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I purchaced a 2001 Dodge Intrepid with 60000 miles on it and in less than 1 year, the engine blew up. I was driving home from work and a knocking started. I came to a red light and noticed smoke so I pulled into a gas station, called a friend to come and get me and when he got there, he was shocked to see the problem. He pulled the oil stick out and it looked like green slime. I had blown a head gasket. The temp. light never came on. The oil sludge had glued my thermostat shut and no coolant could get to the engine. I now have a serious problem. I still owe $9000.00 on this piece of crap and can not afford $5000.00 to put a new engine in it. I priced the 3.2 because there is no way i'd put that 2.7 piece of sh*t back into the car and it fail and then be stuck in the same boat. I think Chrysler should take FULL credit for this situation since it is such a popular incidence. Seriously, how coincedental that all of us have the EXACT same problem but it's "supposedly" the owners fault due to bad upkeep. I hope Chrysler feels the squeeze of consumers not buying their products anymore because they are getting away with robbing their customers. I had to buy a 1996 Grand Marquise for $500.00 and that is what i am driving right now. It's sad to say that an old $500.00 car with 170,000 miles on it runs better than a 2001 with only 80,000 (and alot less in the complaints below). Chrysler should be ASHAMED.

- Lisa C., Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #40

Dec 132006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

It has cost me inconvenience to get back and forth to work . Pay for an extended warranty that was no good money down the drain. Chrysler does not want to fix the problem. Which I think is not right. I am still paying for a car that's not running. Had the car for one year before it started acting up. I feel that someone should be be held accountable for this. A $16,000 car that is not running and I still have to pay for just not right.

- Jacqueline C., Memphis, TN, US

problem #39

Dec 072006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


My daughter's 2001 Intrepid with 2.7L motor began making a knocking noise with approximately 60,000 miles on it. The dealer said that the timing chain guide had failed. The dealer said that without even checking they could tell me that sludge build up in the engine had caused the failure, and that the engine needed to be replaced. They quoted me a price of approximately $6,000.

After doing some research and finding that this was an extremely common defect I asked the dealer to arrange a meeting with the district representative from Chrysler. The dealer refused to arrange a meeting and referred me to Chrysler's 800 number.

I spent several hours in Chrysler voicemail system, being put on hold, transferred from department to department, and being disconnected. Eventually I was able to reach someone and they told me that the car was out of warranty and that they were not aware of any timing chain/sludge build up issues with the 2.7L motor. When I offered to give them the address for several web sites that detailed the problem they told me that they were not interested.

At the time I was planning to purchase a new Chrysler 300C for approximately $42,000. I made it clear that I didn't expect them to replace the motor for free, and that if they would pay $2,000 towards the repair of the Intrepid I would buy the 300C. They told me that they were not willing to do anything - period.

I have owned several Chrysler/Dodge cars in the past. We have four cars in the immediate family and drive over 100,000 miles per year between the four cars. If Chrysler had helped me in any way I am sure that there would be many new Chrysler cars in my future. As it stands I will never buy another Chrysler product and so far I have successfully talked four different people out of buying a new Chrysler/Dodge. I go out of my way to let people know what a POS the Chrysler/Dodge 2.7 L motor is and what kind of service that I received from Chrysler.

Instead of the new 300C I purchased a new BMW and I have been very pleased with the car and even more pleased with the level of service that BMW provides.

I seriously wonder how Chrysler can stay in business with such a complete disregard for their customers.

- Dan B., Eureka, MO, USA

problem #38

Nov 092006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I purchased a 2001 Dodge Intrepid from the dealer which had approximately 9,000 miles on it. For the first 2 years, it was driven very little but the oil was changed on a regular basis. Over the last 3 years, the car was driven approximately 30,000 miles, again with regular oil changes. Two days ago, while my wife was driving the car, she heard a loud thump, then a ping. Following that, a "knocking" or "rapping" noise is coming from the front of the engine. We took it to the Dodge Dealer and they informed us it would need a new engine - after a total of 45,000 miles. After checking the internet, I have found several complaints of the same thing - engine failure at low miles. I can truthfully say I am going to spread the word about the junk Dodge is selling. I can also say this was my first Dodge and will be my last.

- opus007, Colonial Heights, VA, US

problem #37

Oct 312006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Just talked to the mechanic - oil pressure gauge hooked up at the oil pressure sensor block access reads almost zero oil pressure at idle after engine is warmed up. Same pressure sensor hooked up at oil filter block connection reads normal oil pressure. This is after having a professional engine oil system flush done (pressure at sensor access comes up when engine is revved so it isn't completely blocked yet) - I still think I'm screwed.

- rexbr, Portland, OR, USA

problem #36

Oct 232006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Well my favorite car, definately bit the dust, first it started with the timing chain apparently breaking while I was on the road driving, So the estimated cost to fix would be somewhere between 600-1000, while my mechanic was checking to see how much damage there was, he took the valve cover off, and sure enough, there was the sludge all over, caked up and baked on. So now the car is unrepairable, unless I want to buy a new engine and put the timing chain on which would run me aproximately 4500..... yeah right, I still owe 4700 on the hunk of junk which will now be repossessed and affect my credit! Chrysler really needs to fix this problem, and put new engines in our cars!!!

- Heidi S., Erie, PA, USA

problem #35

Oct 022006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 159,000 miles

Looking at the mileage on here I feel bad to mention my failure since I am double and triple the mileage most had. I was on a routine trip when my car started to make an odd noise, so I stopped to check thinking I had run over something, but nothing was under the car.

I drove on a bit further and the noise returned and my check engine light started to flash. I pulled over and shut the engine down at this point. I called a friend to come get me since I was almost at the destination and left the car. I had my truck brought down and I towed it to a shop back home. When I got it there the mechanic wanted to hear it, I turned the key and it purred to life and idled flawlessly like nothing ever happened. I left it to be checked anyway, the mechanic tells me he thinks I need an oil pump. The odd thing is that I see the problems here are the 2.7 engines and mine is a 3.2. Are there any other people out there having issues with the larger engine or is mine a fluke? I agree that there is a lot to be done in numbers so who is ready to take on Chrysler? I know I am up for the fight since sales are slow anyway, they cant afford another black eye!

- devinkara, Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid LX 2.7L V6

  • 70,000 miles

I lost my car due to reposession because I couldn't afford to have it fixed and I needed to get another car to get to work. I still owed over 7000.00 on this piece of junk! This has seriously affected my credit rating. I can't believe Daimler Chrysler is getting away with this!

- Amy G., Lansing, MI, USA

problem #33

Aug 222006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 88,000 miles

I have regularly maintained the vehicle, which we bought from the local Dodge dealer as a "program car" in 2002. Two days ago, not 30 minutes after having the oil changed, I was traveling the interstate the 30 miles to work, when I started to hear a ticking noise coming from the engine. Before I could pull over and exit the interstate the ticking noise became a loud knocking noise. Once, I got pulled over I checked the oil and found the oil level to be full. I phoned the shop where I had just had the oil changed and they contacted a wrecker to have the car towed back to their shop. I found out from the ASE certified machanic there that #3 piston had spun the crank, causing major damage to the engine. He said that oil sludge build-up due to a faulty oil pump had resulted in a lack of lubrication to the #3 main bearing, which in turn caused the bearing to spin on the crankshaft. The spinning bearing caused major damage to the crankshaft and large amounts of metal shavings to be introduced throughout the engine, resulting in engine failure. It is now going to cost me $6200 for a remanufactured engine.... but what about that engine. Will the same thing happen to it somewhere down the road?

- Mark P., Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #32

Aug 142006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 60,000 miles

My Dodge Intrepid, with no warning whatsoever, blew its engine in Oct. 05. We puchased a rebuilt engine, complete with a warranty, from On Site Fleets in Lafayette, Louisiana. The sellers were Marvin and Tamara Ziegler. It took exactly one month to GET the engine, even after they had our money. They would not respond to our calls or emails asking if there was a problem with our engine or when, if ever, they planned to ship it. Finally we recieved it in late Nov. and our mechanic, who is certified, could not get it to run. Our bill went from $750 to over $1200 due to the excessive time it took trying to get it to run. 8 weeks later, Marvin Ziegler volunteered to pay transportation fees to and from his business in LA. to make the repairs himself. I briefly thought well, maybe Marvin IS honest. What a laugh! Two months later, he called and said it was running perfect but due to the fact our original mechanic didn't install it properly, he wasn't paying to have the car hauled home. We had no choice so we paid $485 to have to brought back to Kansas. I got exactly 12 miles before it broke down on me again and won't start. It sits in front of my barn, worthless. Marvin has YET to answer any phone calls or emails and has done nothing but lie to our Attorney General. There is nothing that can be done for us but be aware, there are people who are scamming the vulnerable Dodge owners. Ultimately, I blame Dodge but I also have no use for the likes of Marvin and Tamara who take advantage of an already bad situation and make it worse. Please, be careful if you elect to replace your engine. I can give you 2 other people who have also been ripped by OnSite Fleets with the EXACT same problem. Thank you for time!

- buckskinpaint, Louisburg, KS, USA

problem #31

Jul 262006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 52,000 miles

my 2001 intrepid died with only 52,000 miles and no one can tell me it was my fault. my oil changes were regular. my check engine light was constantly on. i spent thousands keeping this car in good shape. what a waste of cash. dodge needs to take action and maybe they will discover in the long run it's a good business decision.

- moses, Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #30

Jul 152006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 59,000 miles

I bought a 2001 Dodge Intrepid 4 years ago, it had 37,000 mile on it I kept up the oil changes on time, but right at about 59,000 miles it started knocking very slightly. I took it to a mechanic and he told me it sounds like the engine. At 65,000 miles it started knocking extremely bad, and now at 66,000 mile it is parked because I'm afraid of being stranded somewhere. Mind you, I bought from a lease turn in lot and financed it for 5 years. I'm looking for another car while still paying for a car I can't use.

- David J., Detroit, MI, USA

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