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.


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2002 Dodge Intrepid seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles


The driver's seat belt housing attachment blocked the view from the window when trying to overcome blind spot. The belt housing attachment to the vehicle's frame was very wide. The windows glass also seemed difficult to see through. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer and was traded in for another vehicle.

- Lumberton, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 112002

(reported on)


  • miles
My seat belts in this car are too easy to open. All it takes for an article of clothing to hit the button and it pops open. I have three young children riding in my car with me and the other day my daughter dropped her juice cup onto the latch when she fell asleep and it opened. I was unaware that it opened until my older daughter stated what had happened. I contacted the dealership and they said that there was no recall issused for the seatbelts, however I feel that this is a major safety issue. Later that night my husband went to the car and just rested his arm in the back on the button very gently as if a child might and it opened. I think this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, as well as other people made aware that this might happen to them.

- Manorville, NY, USA

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