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Oil Sludge Resulting In Engine Failure
2001 Dodge Intrepid (Page 1 of 8)
CarComplaints.com 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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 89,750 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 149 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- never buy a Chrysler again (63 reports)
- replaced with a used/rebuilt engine (30 reports)
- not sure (20 reports)
- bought a new car that's not a Dodge (13 reports)
- replace engine (9 reports)
- replace with a 3.2L or 3.5L engine (6 reports)
- Oil Sudge - Helpful info
A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
2001 DODE INTREPID 2.7 V6 BOUGHT THIS CAR USED TO HELP MY DAUGHTER GO TO COLLEGE.58,200 MILES 3500.00 LOOKED GOOD INSIDE AND OUT.ALL MAINTENENCE RECORDS LOOKED GOOD.HAVE OWNED MANY CHRYSLER PRODUCTS IN MY LIFE AND HAVE BEEN FAIRLY SATISFIED.EIGHT MONTHS AND 8000 MILES LATER ENGINE GOES WITHOUT WARNING. I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH ALL MAKES AND MODELS OF AUTOS BUT WHEN A COMPANY KNOWINGLY SELLS INFERIOR PRODUCTS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, CAUSING FINANCIAL HARSHIPS FOR MANY PEOPLE, THEY HAVE LOST MY BUISSNES AND MY CHILDRENS BUISSNES FOR LIFE.DO YOU THINK THEY CARE? I DONT THINK SO. WAY TO GO CHRYSLER. LIE,CHEAT AND STEAL! HMM, SOUNDS LIKE A CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE TO ME.
- Lee M., Canal Fulton, OH, US