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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,614 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.

2001 Dodge Intrepid seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 222009


  • 142,000 miles


The air bag light came on. At that time I did not know anything else was wrong. Later on Dec 27, 2009, while traveling to Florida and finally using the cruise control, I realized that it was not working and the radio controls were not working, plus the horn does not work and of course the air bag light is as of this date 1/3/10 still is lit. Googling the problem, it may be the clock spring. This is a 2001 Dodge Intrepid, 3.2 L. I understand there may be a safety problem. I want to know if this is under any kind of recall"?" at this point I am waiting to see if there is a recall before I get it repaired.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #11

May 282007


  • 92,000 miles
I was wearing my seatbelt traveling 30 miles per hour in my 2001 Dodge Intrepid ES. My right font tire somehow snapped while I was traveling in a straight course and did not hit any debris or potholes while on the road. I had no control of any steering while it happened and crashed into and oncoming car at 30mph as I said I had my seatbelt on and hit the right front side of the opposing vehicle. The result was a 4 inch gash in my forehead from the B bar of the vehicle because the seatbelt didn't properly restrain me even though it was adjusted to proper shoulder height and pulled tight around my waist. The air bags did not deploy in the car at all. As a result I suffered injuries resulting in the payment of $2900 to my local hospital and ambulance business. The vehicle had passed an inspection just a couple months earlier had a tuneup and inspection for worn jball joints fittings wires hoses and wires and bolts which cost a large sum of money. A few minor parts were replaced and the car was deemed to be in safe working order.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #10

Apr 102008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 99 miles
Seems that there is a thing called a clock spring---in the steering mech-(sorta a replacement for the old horn contacts)---seems to be a common problem---when it fails it turns on the drivers side airbag light--you loose your horn and also the cruise control--no recall on this model yet--but some other same mfg. Products are under recall.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #9

Apr 202006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,274 miles


I was in a car collision on April 20th 2006 in lake zurich il. Approximate speed 48 to 50 miles per hr. I rear ended a truck & the air bags did not open. Neither the drivers' airbag or the passengers' air bags opened. Luckily I was not seriously injured. I did suffer neck pain & hip pain from the whip-lash. I was wearing my seat belt. The 2001 Dodge Intrepid with 54,274 vehicle was totaled. I have a picture.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 112006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Failure of front air bag deployment when vehicle was stationary and impacted by another vehicle that was moving at 30 mph est.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 262004


  • miles
While driving 55 mph the consumer swerved to avoid an object in the road. This caused the consumer to hit a mail box and the front air bags did not deploy leaving damage to the front end of the vehicle. The dealership will be notified.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #6

Jan 222004


  • miles


I was involved in an accident where I impacted another vehicle (T-bone) and I was the head on collision. My airbag on my Dodge Intrepid 2001 did not deploy the crash was head on at 50 mph.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #5

Feb 182003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in frontal collision, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 172003

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags failed to deploy, the consumer was injured.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 202002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While going approximately 50-60mph after rearending a vehicle driver's and passenger's air bags didn't deploy. No lights illuminated on dashboard. Dealer and manufacter were not contacted.

- Dahinda, IL, USA

problem #2

May 292002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 5 mph consumer's vehicle was hit by another vehicle and collided into a telephone pole head-on. Upon impact, driver and passenger air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been notified.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 222002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55mph, another vehicle clipped the Intrepid, causing the Intrepid to lose control and hit two different walls. Upon impact with both walls, neither air bag deployed. Driver sustained some injuries. Vehicle was totaled. Manufacturer notified.

- Schererville, IN, USA

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