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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2002 Dodge Intrepid body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 202002


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After several days of owning the vehicle the driver side door has become noticeably out of alignment. The dealer was able to correct this and realign the door assembly. Also, I noticed that the rear light piece on the top part of the trunk seems to have been cut sloppy from the factory. The bottom edge is jagged and seems to have been poorly trimmed from the factory. I notice this when opening my trunk and when washing the vehicle and feel that it is tacky. Selling dealer stated that no one usually sees that so they are cut like that from the factory. The trunk also makes a rubbing sound when opening, which sounds like the wire cover rubbing. Vehicle includes a trunk cargo net with the floor mounting hooks not exposed and seems as if you are supposed to tear holes in the carpet from looking at the cargo net instructions. I would like to be able to use the cargo net for groceries but I do not feel comfortable tearing holes in my carpet. I expected a quality vehicle for the price I paid and it so far does not seem that I have recieved a decent quality vehicle with all the issues I am experiencing.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

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