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 steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012002

(reported on)


  • miles


I have had steering/suspension and brake related issues from normal driving in the bay area since 200 miles after purchasing vehicle new. I have had to pay for a professional computerized full precision alignment and balancing of two tires that were out of balance from the factory. Two Dodge/Chrysler dealers and wheel specialsts have checked and adjusted tire pressure. Vehicle seems to drive straight more often but still drifts to the left, sometimes to the right. Front wheels feel like they are slipping bad over bumps even at low speeds. Very intermittently steering wheel becomes harder to turn and is much more sensitive all of a sudden. Vehicle does not seem to be handling or taking bumps very well at times. Wheel does not usually return smoothly or consistantly, sometimes jerky and sometimes slow, usually off center, oversteering or understeering. Steering wheel sometimes needs constant attention, having to remind wheel where to go. Wheel will move by itself excessively at times on bumpy roads or on slanted roads sometimes almost making complete turns on it's own. Sometimes steering wheel has looseness. Clunk in steering still continues wheen wheel is turned sharp and braking. Excessive amount of groaning noise wheen turning wheel at times. I had to brake hard the other day and was able to lock vehicle up into a heavy skid although vehicle has ABS. Vehicle feels unstable sometimes and over bumpy roads sometimes. Every once and a while you can hear squeaking from struts. I am not the only person experiencing these issues. I have witness testimony on video and video proof. I have video of massive tire squealing at low speed 15mph manuvering in parking lot. My girlfriend does not want to drive the car also experiencing and complaining of these issues. Transmission still hesitates or stumbles sometimes. Two dealerships say there is nothing wrong with car and couldn't duplicate anything abnormal with steering. Chrysler does nothing. Car is unsafe at times.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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