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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
133,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2002 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 212011

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,000 miles


Its been a good running vehicle just needs some TLC as any other vehicle does to keep running well.

- , San Tan Valley, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 022011

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

The car won't go past 2500 rpms .Put on scanner, says throttle position sensor. Put on sensor, still does the same thing. Engine still stays on. Not sure to be trusting scanner. What is the problem?

- , Ashland, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 082010

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

Hello, I put a 2001 dodge intrepid motor in a 2002 intrepid , it will not start.. it has spark and has good fuel pressure and there is power to the injectors.I believe it has something to do with the computer and the cam and crank sensor timing anyone agree?

- , Northfield, MN, USA

problem #1

Jan 092007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Lately it is getting harder to start. I have to hold on the ignition key when it used to start immediately. It only has 60,000 on it and has very good maintenance.

- , Jackson, MN, USA

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