hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles

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2003 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 242016


  • 86,000 miles


The car has major engine problems like all the 03 2.7 L eng SE. Connecting rods is falling out, and etc. The car is unbalance. I took the car today to find why the oli light was coming on when the vehicle thermostat rises. Turn out the engine isn't allowing the oil to reach the upper part of the engine and that is causing my vehicle to overheat and make noises on startup. And also when you reverse you hearthe car make a bad knock sound and feel the vibration. This car only has 86000 miles and the mechanics could only shake their heads. This car should be in better condition then this. Anyways, the cost for new engine with warranty is over $6000. And that includes everything! now who has that type of money and why didn't Dodge recall this problem on the 03 Dodge Intrepid"?" all I want is the engine replace and Dodge could do that at any of their companies or auto lots. I'm a simple person. I just want to work and be at peace.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Mar 062014


  • 122,000 miles
Driving on the freeway in AZ the car started to loose power and than trail smoke.... as we pulled off smoke rolled out the front of the vehicle... checking the passenger side, there was melting plastic running to the ground and the top of the hood was hot.. car later burnt before fire department was able to put out the fire.. time from it lost power to when it was consumed by fire was less than 10 min.. I can only assume a transmission line, power steering line, or fuel line started to leak and started a fire by spraying the fluid on the catalytic/exhaust system on the passenger side of the vehicle... car was a total loss.. I've owned this car for 11 or 12 years... it was in good shape... we later looked at the car and in the same storage lot was a second 03 Dodge intepid with the exact same failure and brunt front end... I believe the two failures are related..

- Nien Mile Falls, WA, USA

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