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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
130,132 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 242010

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,132 miles


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no reverse

Well, the reverse started sliding,then quit working but it drove forward no problem.then couple day's later,it started making a noise like it had gear drive,it would make noise,then no noise,till going home one day it went into neutral.I then down shift to 3rd,& it went.When we reached my driveway,it quit driving forward.I let it rest till the next day & got in it & it drove but still got the gear drive noise & not sure how long it would drive.(don't want to be stuck on side the road)You know what I grew up in a time where Dodge was the car's to buy,Charger,Challenger,Dart,the list goes on.Now,I don't think I ever going to buy a Dodge ever again,I lost fate in Dodge...Really pisses me off to have this guys putting out a product that is a beautiful (excuse my french but)PIECE OF SH*T! Obama should fine this A%@HOLE'S big time for ripping the people of AMERICA off selling rubbish,make them pay everyone back...SHAME ON YOU A#@HOLE'S,F@#$ING DODGE!I like one apology from the A@#HOLE who made this car,f@#$ing car only 8yrs old & giving problems,I get one 1980 tercel,which is 22yrs old,& that automatic run cherry till today.F@#$ING DODGE YOU PISS ME OFF,we got a saying here in Hawaii when something is worth sh*t"MO' BETTAH MAKI BABE TIME!"....Sorry if I offended anybody BUT DODGE YOU F$#@ER'S!Sorry for that,I can't control myself,it's so upsetting when you get ripped off by a car maker that you grew up driving in F@#$EN DODGE!sorry.if you thinking of buying a DODGE....DON'T F@#$ING DO IT,TELL THAT F@#$ER"TAKE YOUR CAR & SHOVE IT...I AIN'T DRIVING A DODGE NO MORE!"

- , Puna, HI, USA

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