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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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 182001


  • miles


Seat belt button on left front is raised about 1/8 to 1/4 above buckle. I must have bumped it with hand or something cause the lach came out of buckle. I do not like the fact that these belts do that. I have grand kids that ride in my car. I also saw that news special about, the seat belts not being safe. They said they were not putting them in front of the new cars, but are in the back seats. They are not putting them in the vans or SUVS any more. The rep for Dodge stated they were awear that the seat belts did not pass the steal ball test. The rep for Dodge also stated that they were not going to recall them!! I do not want thoes seat belts in my car, they are not safe. I do not want my grand kids in that car with unsafe seat belts. Thank you very much. Undone from the buckle

- Mccallsburg, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242001


  • miles
Seat belt buckle has unlatched when accidentally hit by another passenger, causing the child safety seat to be unsecured. This is a genreral problem with the gen-3 design Chrysler.

- Valley Glen, CA, USA

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