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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 7 of 8)

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problem #29

Jul 112006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 97,000 miles


I purchased this car a few weeks ago after getting a carfax report and reviewing the reliability of the 2001 Dodge Intrepid through a few sites like Edmunds. A few weeks later and less than a 1000 miles and the engine is blown. The seller is accepting no responsibility due to selling it 'as-is' and there apparently is no recourse with Dodge either with this piece of crap engine. It's too bad because I thought of the 3 top US auto manufacturers, that Chrysler was the best and worth still considering. With this experience I have to say, I hope GM, Ford and Chrysler are all feeling the financial squeeze by the American public wth the hope that at some point they put a quality product on the market. It's funny how many foriegn upstarts are able to build cars, have problems, correct the problems, improve their product and gain market share.

- Ken O., Manassas, VA, USA

problem #28

Jun 272006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 130,000 miles

The 2.7 liter engine on my 2001 Dodge Intrepid failed at 130,000 miles. I have regularly maintained this vehicle, and the costs of the repairs are phenomenal ($ 4000 to $ 5000 estimated)--and I would still be stuck with the same 2.7 liter piece of garbage. I still owe $ 1800 on the car and it is now worthless--I can't drive it and I can't sell it.

- Shelli S., East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #27

May 092006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 111,000 miles

My Father has a 2001 Intrepid SE which all the signs point to sludge damage. We were wondering if there is a class action lawsuit that we can join because the car is parked and just collecting dust. It's not running due to the oil sludge issue and we feel that this is a known issue and while the company pockets the profits and we suffer with their factory lemon. If there is one please inform us and if not lets get one started because we the hard working, law bidding, Americans can not allow big companies to treat us like we are worth nothing. I know we all feel cheated out of our hard earned cash but we must all stand together and fight this injustice to us all.

- Ricky R., Dallas, TX, USA

problem #26

Jun 012006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 93,000 miles


My former wife purchase the 2001 Intrepid with 35000 miles in 2003. She had also purchased a extended policy through Star Auto for an additional $1800. She thought that she was protected. To make a long story short, just as all the thousands of dissatisfied 2.7L DOHC Intrepid owners, her motor just quit on her. No problem, I am covered. WRONG. Because of the so called maintenance agreement, her motor showed signs of sludge. Not covered, DENIED. I called STAR AUTO and spoke with a rep that said the car was not maintained properly. I personally did all the oil changes as recommended by the manufacturer, and was still DENIED, because of the NO SLUDGE clause. If a car manufacturer builds a motor that circulates the oil past the cataslytic convertor, (hypothetically could superheat the oil and turn it to sludge) then what is the recourse with the auto manufacturer and more so with STAR AUTO.

- John W., Fairport, NY, USA

problem #25

Mar 302006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 120,000 miles

One day it started the terrible knoocking I thought it converted itself to a diesel engine, took it immediately to a mechanic and he gave me the bad news about these engines now what do I do??

- Gary L., Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #24

Mar 092006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 72,000 miles

If this problem is so common that all of my answers were already available to choose eg ("oil sludge resulting in engine failure") there MUST be more than a few hundred people with this issue. One user on another website regarding class actions suits claimed that he worked for a Dodge Dealer as a service coordinator and "Dodge dealers are well aware of this problem... they just keep raking in the money on the used engine re-installs..." I had another auto center whom I trust (close friends own it) help me on this work with a newer engine than what Dodge was going to install. I literally asked the Dodge service guy if these things were on timers since my warranty just ran out 2 weeks ago... then I find websites and complaints... I never thought it was actually true... sickening.

- musikad, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #23

Feb 282006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 133,000 miles


Dodge should not be allowed to get away with this

- Debra C., Albia, IA, USA

problem #22

Feb 252006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 80,000 miles

I owe more on the car than it would cost to fix.... I'm now stuck with a car I cannot drive but still have to make a payment so I can never save enough money to fix it...

- Eric K., East Liverpool, OH, USA

problem #21

Feb 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 132,000 miles

My husband and I are dodge fans.. he was driving home from work and everything quit.. luckily by the grace of God he had just gotten off a major highway. We bought this car so we would have a good car for him to get back and forth to work. I expected it to last longer then 3 years.. we have a dodge that is going to live longer then this beauty!

- Debra C., Albia, IA, USA

problem #20

Oct 302005

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 95,000 miles

i bought this 2001 intrepid in feb.'05 in march'05 it started knocking i pulled over had it towed to the dealership were i bought it . they said it was the crankshaft it was going to cost over $5000 to fix i only paid $5500 for it. and of course my warranty was up the day before my car broke. so after a long while of fighting with the dealerships, said they would help me fix it but i had to come up with $1000. so i did they said they couldn't fix my crankshaft so they put a used engine in my car and six months later the same problem one day after my warranty is expired. this engine is a piece of junk.

- April F., Portland, OR, USA

problem #19

Jan 152006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 70,000 miles


The engine on my 2001 Dodge Intrepid failed due to sludge build up on 01/06/06. The Extended Warranty won't touch it because they do not cover sludge damage, and the dealership that I bought it from wants $4,084.00 for a rebuilt engine. I felt all along that if my warranty wouldn't cover it, certainly Chrysler should. After seeing all of the complaints posted on the web, I will be consulting with an attorney. I don't plan on taking this one lying down!

- Maxine V., Broussard, LA, US

problem #18

Jan 122006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 65,000 miles

this happen Oct 3, 2005 - 2 months before my daughters wedding. I travel 24 miles round trip to work. now I dont have a car! I have printed out over 4,000 complaints that tell the same story I have. How is it Dodge is getting away with this?? This should be a recall and they should repair all these engines. My car was only 4 yrs old and I expected it to last much longer! After contacting Chrysler and talking to them about it, they want me to pay for an engine tear down to determine what is wrong. I told them they know what is wrong, the same thing that is wrong with over 4,000 other people just like me. He was very sarcastic and told me our conversation is over until I do this. It would cost me $90 an hr. to do this and the mechanic already knew what was wrong because it has happend to so many other Intrepids. It will cost about $5000 to replace the engine and with what????another engine that is just as defective as the one that blew! I take every opportunity to tell every Dodge Intrepid owners to get rid of it as fast as they can, its going to die! Now dealers are giving nothing for a trade in on them because they know the problem also. I will be seeking legal advise for my problem, I have never done this but I just can't let them get away with this.

- Joyce G., Runnemede, NJ, USA

problem #17

Dec 112005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 75,000 miles

I have driven a Chrysler product for many many years, and have had only one previous problem of undeploying air bags, which really wasn't that significant. However, this one takes the cake! I think every Dodge dealer who sees anyone looking at an Intrepid, thinks to themselves, while rubbing their hands together, "Here comes another sucker!" Even my finance company thinks the same thing. I still owe almost $12,000 for a 2001 Intrepid ES. I, too, have had regular oil changes, either at a service station, or self done. No, I can't 'prove' it with reciepts. We love this car. It's just the right size, it had awesome power, drove like a dream, rode really well, no road noise, great stereo, more storage room than any other car we've had, baring the 1988 Plymoth Station Wagon, or the 1995 Jeep, or the 2 Rams, 1 Dakota that we've had over the years.

I am a police officer, and work in the next county. It's a one way distance of 30 miles. I was on my way home, at 7:45 pm, and was turning onto my home road, when the oil light flickered, then the car died. I was less than 1/4 of a mile from home. My wife had driven the Ford F150 that day, to her job. I walked the rest of the way home, in the dark, on a two lane, unlit back road, just to get home, get the truck, and go back to pull the car, which was setting on the back side of a blind hill, with flashers going, into the firestations parking lot, only a few feet away.

With my wifes help, we got the car into the parking lot, where it has set since the first of November, 2005. We have called every salvage yard, looked on E-bay, called every garage around in the three-four county area, and can not find a motor to replace this one. Every person we've talked to has told us it will cost anywhere from $1,000-$5,500 to replace the motor, and there would be no promise that it wouldn't do it again, even a few feet from their parking lot. Also, they would not put any warranty on the 'new' motor, be it used or brand new. Nor will ANY car lot even talk to us about trading.

Talk about a hardship, this has really put my wife and I in a bind. She works in one direction, while I work in another. I have to be at work at 6am, and work until 6pm. She is only allowed to put in 8 hours a day, and can't clock in until 8am. She sets outside in the mornings, in the cold, for 2 hours, and then again in the evenings from 4:30 until 6, when our son gets off, and picks her up.

I can't seem to find a motor, nor is the local Dodge Dealers willing to help, so if anyone has a suggestion?...........

- Jerry B., Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #16

Nov 252005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 88,000 miles

i cannot believe this has happened to my car.... i love my car soooo much and am so sad that dodge is not recalling these engines. i would love to get a new engine and keep my car but i will not let myself put that much money into it. also i would just like to say that i think it was really awful that VILLAGE DODGE IN PAINESVILLE OHIO sold me this car knowing that it had this problem. I WILL MAKE SURE I TELL EVERY PERSON I KNOW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITH THE INTREPIDS AND NOT TO BUY A CAR FROM VILLAGE DODGE.

- Jennifer D., Madison, OH, USA

problem #15

Nov 052005

(reported on)

Intrepid R/T 2.7L V6

  • 73,000 miles

More of the same! My engine locked up..... dealer said it was from lack of oil! Not quite..... very regular with checking and changing oil. Waiting to find out if repairs will be covered under extended warranty, but doesn't look good from what dealer says.

- Ken G., St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #14

Aug 102005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 63,000 miles

I am very angry I have had my Doge Intrepid not even a year yet-driving down the road and my car dies. Come to find out my engine is locked up due to oil sludge. My oil has been changed on a regular basis along with car maintence. Now I have a car that is not paid for with my warranty expired sitting in my driveway. SCREW DODGE

- Sarah G., Frazeysburg, OH, USA

problem #13

Apr 202005

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 56,000 miles

I think this is the most f** up thing a company can do. I really think Chrysler as well as warranty company should be sued for every cent. The really sad part is I do not want car fixed, whats the point? So I can deal with all the BS later. I think I should get my money back for warranty cost as well as car paid off by dealer. That would be equivelant to cost to repair the piece of S*T!

- Conrad E., Vail, AZ, USA

problem #12

Aug 172005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 67,000 miles

I own a 2001 Dodge Intrepid which is a piece of crap. I recently had to replace the engine after only 67,000 miles. My timing chain broke and also the engine was so full of sludge it was beyond repair. Upon contacting Dodge, I was told that the vehicle was poorly maintained. My oil was changed as suggested in the owners manual from Dodge. When looking for an engine, I was told that it was the worse engine ever built and that if I put another engine in that car I was only going to have the same problem no matter if I changed oil every month due to the engine getting so hot it is boiling the oil and turning it to sludge. This same thing was told to me by 6 different mechanics who all say that the 2.7 engine is nothing but crap and wouldnt last to 60,000 w/o a lot of problems. I live in a small town and my mechanic is just a small time mechanic with one garage and he had 4 Intrepids all with the same problem at the same time and they were all 2000 or 2001's... Now what is the chances of that... Dodge needs to back up their products and do the right thing and recall these engines.... There are numerous websites about the Intrepid 2.7 engine all saying the same thing and thousands of complaints of oil sludge build up in the engine.... I will never buy another Dodge again due to the lack of responsiblity dodge has taken to resolve their problematic 2.7 engine..

- Dawn D., Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #11

Jun 282005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 87,000 miles

our 2001 dodge intrepid is JUNK!!!! with out any warning the timing chain went, then the water pump, head gasket, now the whole engine!!! we are broke, it will cost another $2000-$3000.00 to fix and the damn thing isnt even paid for!!!! We are broke and desperate. I havnt found any recalls on this problem although everyone i talk two says these engine models are junk! I litterally was told by a junk yard owner that he wouldnt even sell this engine model to anyone. Any suggestions????

- Jessie H., Norway, ME, USA

problem #10

Feb 082005

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 34,800 miles

What has not been said already about these 2.7L V6 engines? I lease this car for work and have a extended warranty thru DaimlerChrysler ... have furnished all oil change records. Claim still denied!! "Owner maintenance issue". This is an outrage!!

I still have over a year left on the lease and the buy-out is $10,000.00.

- Chuck P., Cleveland, OH, USA

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