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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,600 miles

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2001 Dodge Intrepid fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,600 miles


2001 Dodge Intrepid ES, the vehicles gas tank will not accept gasoline easily, it takes the an excessive amount of time to fill the tank. The consumer will fill the tank and the fuel gauge still shows empty. After the consumer has put fuel in the tank some of the fuel will come out. The consumer has even replaced the gas cap, which did not fix the problem. The dealership told the consumer that they could replace the fuel control valve, the filler tube, and the leak detection pump filter at consumer's expense. The consumer was given a tsb number 14003-01 from universal underwriters service corporation phone no. 1-888-835-5063. The consumer has an extended warranty with U. U. S. C. policy no. V300191293 coverage which is called a comprehensive plan. Consumer was told that it was a manufacturer's defect, and was not covered under warranty. The U. U. S. C. did replace fuel level unit because it was not covered in the tsb, consumer has contacted the daimler Chrysler, the manufacturer told consumer that they were aware of the tsb, and that the consumer would have to have the repair fixed at her own expense. There have been no other known problems with the vehicle at this time. The manufacturer contacted the consumer and agree to replaced the fuel filler tube at no cost to the consumer.

- Wilkinsburg, PA, USA

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