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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,483 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 112004


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The contact noticed that the headlights on his vehicle began to fog approximately five years ago. On September 29, 2006, at 42,000 miles, he took the vehicle to the dealer for repair. The dealer stated that nothing could be done and both headlights needed to be replaced. One headlight is heavily fogged and the other is approximately 60-70% fogged. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 48,000.

- Rockport, NY, USA

problem #5

May 282008


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that moisture would gather inside of the headlights, causing visibility to be impaired. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. She attempted to consult the manufacturer, but was never able to speak with anyone. The current and failure mileages were approximately 92,000. Updated 6/16/08

- Drift, KY, USA

problem #4

Dec 282005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the headlight assembly was cloudy. He felt this was a safety issue. The vehicle was to a dealership were they could not duplicate the problem.

- New Braunsels , TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles


Nasty smell from A/C, suspension/axles and other problems with Dodge Intrepid. There were scratches on the cover of the radio program, problems with the window and door lock, the right passenger front had pin holes, the front end was loud grabbing and knocking, the driver door window displayed a thump noise and the motor on the window continued to run even after the window was closed, the passenger seat cover had a big gauge which was made on the console and the glove box cover door, there were spots on the interior of the front head light inside of the glass, the engine would surge, the front passenger door made squeaking noises, air bag light was intermittent, speaker damage, the right and left front windows squeaked mostly on the left side motor, the right window did not work at all, the left rear anchor cover was broken, the brakes were noisy, the engine light was intermittent, the tire experienced excessive wear, and there was a grabbing on right turns. Recall#03V035000.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 022004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,900 miles
The headlights on my 2001 Dodge Intrepid flash bright & dim on both high and low beam. The light behind the speedometer, fuel gauge, etc. Also flashes at the same time. The dealership has been unable to duplicate the problem. I have been told the headlights will have to fail before they can start replacing parts.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152002


  • miles
Driving the vehicle in the fog there is little visibility. The head lights makes it hard to see.

- Clovis, CA, USA

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