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:
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Average Mileage:
102,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Dodge Intrepid fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 012008

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


ok first of all, this has been one of the best family cars ive ever owned!!! but last sept 08', the car had a hard timekeeping fuel pressure in the lines or tank or something, cause after it would sit for 10 mins or so, the motor would usually have to crank over quite a few times to start! i have just over 100K miles on it now and have never done anything with the fuel system. i havent checked into it a whole lot, but it is kind of a pain in the side that im sure it could get worse!

if anyone has any help with this please let me know!!!

- , Thief River Falls, MN, USA

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