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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
59,948 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace tie rod parts (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 262010

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,895 miles


My dad first reported the problem before his death in Nov 2010, just got back home from overseas and drove the car and almost had 3 wrecks from the steering simply jerking all over the highway. It will catch and then snatch to the other side. It jerked so bad that the steering wheel was facing down instead of the upward position when it finally caught. Every time you make a turn or change lanes, the car snatches to the side that you're turning and you have to maneuver it back the opposite way until it catches. I've looked on here, other websites, spoke to mechanics and other owners and have seen this exact problem reported numerous times. I'm surprised, NHTSB hasn't stepped in and forced Chrysler to fix this very serious problem. I know there's power in numbers, so hopefully something can be done about this before more accidents and more importantly deaths.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 102008

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Rack went out in 2008 at 70K, as evidenced by severe shimmy under hard braking at 60mph. Had it replaced for around $300. The replacement rack always had a squealing noise as the car was turned. A year later, I took the car in for an alignment, found the inner bushings on the rack were already gone. Took back to shop where rack was replaced, got second rack for reduced cost of $200. Mileage was around 85K at that time.

Now, a year later, at 100K, car is wandering all over the road. Trusted mechanic says needs new inner tie rod bushings again, and one outer tie rod end--total cost $638 with an alignment.

Previous car was '96 Intrepid; went 240,000 miles with little trouble. Only had to have inner tie rod bushings replaced once at 150K. Hate this 2001. It isn't half the car the '96 was, and is costing way too much money to keep going.

- , Independence, MO, USA

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