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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,475 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.

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2002 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012013


  • 170,000 miles


We bought this car as the third owner the air bag light was on the cruise control didn't work and the horn wouldn't sound.after searching the internet, and finding out that they had many many of the internal pasts changed and the multitudes of people reimbursed, we took our car to the dealer and told because we were the third owner, and that the mileage was high, they would not accept responsibility. The car was never been in a accident, nor has it been abused. I think that because my horn can't work it may be a concern. I also think wile driving my air bag may deploy causing an insident.both Dodge Intrepid, and other Dodge have the same problems. The problem can be resolved by paying 4-TO5 hundred dollars to the consumer. I feel as though the cost and replacement of the part should go back to the manufacturer as it is an internal part in the steering that breaks with out warning and without any cause from outside sources I.e.accedentsor other. Because not enough people contacted you, the manufacturer decided it wasn't good enough to be considered or issue a recall.

- Grass Lake, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 042010

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 139,852 miles
Bought a Dodge Intrepid the engine has been replaced twice it's an 2.7 V.6.... the car stalls, the light flickers on an off as well as my radio!! my sensor are faulty because it give my car faulty reading to the wrong errs not only, that I have had build up in both engines grime and broken down particles! my speed is off sometime my car picks up speed by it self or it don't gain speed at all! the car also loses power for no reason at all! drain my battery four times! over heat without warning! had my thermostat replace twice!!! to many problem keep occurring and I can keep up with any of this!! Texas dmv told me about this site told me about that these cars are not any good!! please help what do I do with this car?

- Artlington , UT, USA

problem #4

Feb 232010


  • miles
I own a 2002 Intrepid which has a very serious problem with the cruise control. If I set the cruise say at 65 miles per hour it will surge to 70 or more miles per hour before it slowly comes back to 65 miles per hour. I have complained about this to the dealer who eventually replaced the cruise with a new one. There is no difference with the new one. It still surges when it is set. The dealer said there is nothing more they can do. This is very dangerous because I almost hit the car in front of me when I engaged the cruise. I had this problem since I bought the car new.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 272009


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated the when starting the vehicle, the steering wheel began vibrating excessively; however, the vehicle did not move when the accelerator pedal was engaged. After a while, the vehicle began accelerating at a rapid speed which caused the driver to lose control. Three mechanics were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer has not been notified and is aware that they contact is unable to pay the repair cost. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Flat Woods, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 242003


  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle at any speed will suffer sudden acceleration. Dealer notified.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282003


  • miles
The speedometer was giving a false reading. Every 100 miles the vehicle adds 10 additional miles.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

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