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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
30,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Dodge Intrepid miscellaneous problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 252010

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Belts (alternator, PS, AC) cause a vibration racket between 900 and 1500 rpm. Can get rid of noise by having them tightened, but it will be back in a few thousand miles. Noise can be heard/felt inside car, can be heard outside car. I've had belts retensioned several times, have finally decided to just live with it since there appears to be no permanent cure. This is very common with 2nd generation Intrepids with 3.2 or 3.5 engine. Do a search at if you're interested.

- , Independence, MO, USA

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