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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
92,520 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dealership wanted to add new airbag (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022006

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


I was sitting in the parking lot one day waiting on my grandmother and my aunt to come out of a store, I cranked the car when I seen them coming, thats when the air bag light came on, and now it will go on and off every once in a while, it seems like it will come on after taking a sharp left turn, we took the car to the dealership to see what the problem was, they said that they would need $350 to fix it which included adding a new airbag, we passed. So now it just comes on whenever it wants to, I'm not really going to worry about it!

- , Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 282006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,040 miles

I bought this car in May of 2006, first it was the oil light. Now it is the airbag light. I really like this car, I don't like the problems.

- , Bridgton, ME, USA

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