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:
43,227 miles

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2001 Dodge Intrepid miscellaneous problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 212005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,227 miles


Heater blowing cold air. Took it for an oil change on the 17th of January; heard a knocking noise that day, the next morning it didn't start. Had it towed to a mechanic. He refused to touch it, stating the timing chain was broke and the engine was junk. Had it towed to Dodge city of countryside (where I bought the car) on 1/21/05 where it has been since. They say I have not maintained the vehicle, the engine blew due to excessive oil sludge, but that there was no problem with the timing chain. The service manager was rude and ignorant. I have the 6 year, 75,000 extended warranty thru daimler Chrysler. This car has only 43,000 miles on it and I refuse to pay for the new engine out of my own pocket. So, now I am being charged a storage fee and I have to pay for a rental which is costing me alot of money.

- Calumet Park, IL, USA

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