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:
94,806 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. buy aftermarket headlights (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Intrepid lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 092009

Intrepid 3.5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles


For whatever reason, Chrysler/Dodge Intrepids are known for their crappy quality headlights. The plastic used is of low quality, and fogs very quickly. You can buff them using polish to get rid of the discoloration, but it is a pain in the ass, however a lot cheaper. If you have the funds, spend the extra dough and buy an aftermarket headlight assembly.

- , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

problem #2

Oct 212008

Intrepid SE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

the lights have a smoke type color that makes the lights dim looking. they are not clear lens because of discoloration

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 132007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

Dodge should reconize their mistake and give replacement discounts on their lights since they are so expensive.

- , Lynwood, CA, USA

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