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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,500 miles

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2002 Dodge Intrepid wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 282006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,500 miles


Subject: Mastercraft tire tread separation comments: In March, 2003, I purchased a 2002 Dodge Intrepid using ebay. The car had 8,000 miles and carfax showed no accidents. When the car arrived, I noticed it had two new mastercraft sensy tires on the front, unusual for that low mileage. Upon inspection, I found that the right tie rod end had been bent and not repaired, the likely cause of the new tires. I then replaced the right tie rod end and had all four wheels aligned. As the tires had a tread wear rating of 620, I figured there were good for many miles. In late July, 2006, the car had 32K miles. I was hearing a loud "slapping" sound on the front end. Taking the car to a costco car center, they determined that both tires had tread separation, requiring immediate replacement. The tires had less than 25K miles on them. The car has a lifetime four-wheel alignment policy from Firestone ever since I purchased it, and the front end alignment has been checked about every 3-4K miles. These tires apparently had a manufacturing defect. Their identification is mastercraft sensy 01, 225 60 R16 M&S 98T, dot 3dx3 fmw 3302, not as described by your form below which has incomplete info use only the info in this paragraph to describe model, size and dot number. I suggest this defect should be investigated. The tires were left at costco and are no longer available, but I have their written statement of the problem. Your comments please. Thank you.

- Orangevale, CA, USA

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