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Oil Sludge In The Engine
2002 Dodge Intrepid (Page 1 of 2)
CarComplaints.com 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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 97,400 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 24 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- not sure (8 reports)
- new engine (6 reports)
- engine flush (4 reports)
- mechanic removed as much sludge as possible (3 reports)
- change grade of oil (2 reports)
- dodge to own up to defect and repair (1 reports)
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
I purchased this car used on 08/31/06 from Cronic Dealership.with 72618 miles. Paid 8,000.oo.Took it to Landmark Dodge when engine light stayed on and was told NVLD had internal leak and purge solenoid was sticking I also requested complete 6 cyl. tuneup. Cost 677.80. I got 6000 miles out of it and the knocking began..I am on Disability and spent the last of my money buying the car.It has sat in my driveway since because it won.t pass inspection.Can't afford to get another car. Can't sell it for all the knocking..Dodge should take ownership of the oil sludge defect,
- carleen59ga, Morrow, GA, US