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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,000 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.

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2001 Dodge Intrepid wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 102006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Intrepid front right tire blew out. The blowout caused damage to the passenger side front fender. There were no injuries.

- Caro, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Contact stated the driver's side front tire came off the rim in one piece. The tire was properly inflated. There was an accident. No one was injured. The car was totaled. Saw a very big dent in the bead on the inside. He rotated tires every 3,000 miles, and regularly serviced tires. The tires had a 100,000 mile warranty and the tire only had 20,000 miles on it. The manufacturer of the tires was toyo. Contact did not notice any vibration before the tire came off. The wheel just started to wiggle a little bit and then the car hit the road. There were no lights to come on in the car before this happened.

- Westbury , NY, USA

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