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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Dodge Intrepid wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 262007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. The contact purchased new tires for the vehicle. After driving the vehicle for one week, the passenger side rear tire was punctured. The contact was told that the tire could not be repaired. The current mileage is 97,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
While driving 35 mph the rear driver side tire blew out without warning. The consumer noticed a huge bubble on the sidewall prior to the blow out. (tire size 225/60R16) please provide additional information.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 132004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Goodyear, american Eagle, size 225/60R16 bw. While driving at 65 mph right front tire blew out. Consumer changed the front tire. About 50 miles after replacing the first tire the left front tire blew up. Walmart replaced both tires without any charge. All four tires were replaced at the wall mart Goodyear in portsmouth, nh. Failure mileage was 44750. The left tire blew out at 46604. The right tire blewout at 46674. The consumer was told that the tires were defective.

- Rye, NH, USA

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