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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,658 miles

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2001 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Aug 302004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,086 miles


Driving at speed of 50-53 mph around a curve; 2001 Dodge Intrepid appeared to be in neutral, then "caught" ; problem persists intermediately even on straight highway.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 192003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Mutiple reoccuring problems with the transmission on my 2001 Dodge inrepid that I purchased new. Tranmission had an oil pan leak first, then was leaking again six months later from the "weep" hole. Dealer stated that this was going to require the tranmission be removed from the vehicle and repaired. The car has only 38,000 miles on it. Also had a multitude of other problems with the vehicle including: Been in the shop 3 times for an oil pan leak been in the shop for a leaking air conditioning system been in the shop for sway bar links and bushings this is a very poor quality automobile and consumers are being cheated by Dodge.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #2

Apr 302003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
My automatic transmission failed at approximately 57,000 miles on my 2001 Intrepid R/T. I was at a stoplight and it was like I hit something. I could only move in 3rd gear at that point. I took my car to a transmission shop, and they proceeded with repairs. After removing and completely tearing down my transmission, I was offered two options. The first was a stock rebuild, just as it came from the manufacturer. It was the option I chose and cost me $1800 after taxes. The other option was replacing the same parts, but with updates that are recommended by daimler Chrysler. That option was $2200 before taxes. The interesting thing is that daimler Chrysler knows about the problems if they recommend the updates. The transmission shop knew of the problems because the option I chose carried a 6 month/6,000 mile warranty. The other (updated) option carried a 3yr/36,000 mile warranty. They know that those parts are most likely to fail again, hence the short 6 month warranty. I have a few of the parts saved from the repairs. One of the planetary gears is completely destroyed, in many pieces. The gears are worn severely. I can supply pictures of these if needed. I have been in contact with daimler Chrysler through their customer assistance website and have complete documentation of our discussions, word for word. They blamed it on everything except themselves. The representative even took a condescending tone towards me in his last reply. This is obviously a problem they are aware of, other customers are having, and will continue to be a problem as long as they use the 42 le transmission.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #1

May 082001


  • miles
While traveling at approximately 5 mph gear shift located between driver and passenger seats was bumped. When gear shift was bumped, vehicle went from drive to park bringing vehicle to a complete stop. Dealership stated that there should have been a mechanism in gear shift which prevented this from happening. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

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