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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Dodge Intrepid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 052007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Had to replace front brakes 5 times over the course of 4 1/2 years. Also had rotors turned and replaced 4 times. The last set of rotors were warped within 6 months. They were drilled and slotted rotors to help heat escape, but were soon destroyed. I now have 61,000 miles on my car. I used an independent shop to replace my brakes. On my last check-up at the dealership, I asked the serviceman to check my brakes. The new set have been squealing. When I was later called to P/U my car, the serviceman said there was absolutely nothing wrong with my brakes. When I drove out the driveway of the dealership and stopped at the exit, my brakes squealed. This will continue to be an expensive repair.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

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