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:
Average Mileage:
76,314 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (18 reports)
  2. Chysler TSB 88-36-99, install terminal/wire/vent (3 reports)
  3. replace engine block (2 reports)
  4. replace oil pump (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jul 172006

(reported on)


  • 90,000 miles


We started having the problem with the oil light coming on with when idling. Now it stays on until the car is at almost 2k RPM. Does anyone know what is causing this? I live on a tight budget and can't afford to have a bunch of things replaced when we don't know the cause. Thanks

- , Britton, SD, USA

problem #3

Mar 252006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 85,000 miles

Oil light flickers at low rpm's, at stop lights or traffic. Haven't noticed any engine damage thus far., but its really getting f*cking annoying. Plan on replacing oil pump this week.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 112006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 64,000 miles

haven't had it fixed b/c no one is sure whats wrong with it.

- , Rural Hall, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 112006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 65,000 miles

The oil light flickers when I slow down, and when I am at idle at a light, the oil light comes on and only goes away when I accelerate. I am concerned that the bearings and/or oil pump need replacing before any more significant damage starts with the engine. I have called auto shops and no one gives me a straight answer on what it is. All I know is that repairs are very expensive. This is horrible, its only a 2002!

- , Glendale, AZ, USA

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