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.


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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.

2001 Dodge Intrepid seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 102004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving SRS light appeared on the dashboard. Steering wheel locked, and the horn became inoperative. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it home. The cause had not been determined.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 012003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The airbag light is illuminated on my dashboard. I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. Have never had an accident or needed any other major repair. I took my car to the dealer and he advised that the airbag control module was broken with a repair cost of $288. This conveniently for Dodge is not covered under my warranty. Im looking for further evidence that a recall is needed for this airbag control module.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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