hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,349 miles

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2003 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2003 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Oct 252011

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


While driving to work the car lost power and acceleration several times and finally made a loud clanking banging sound. It stalled and completely stopped about a minute after the sounds. I had the car towed to my mechanic's shop and he said the engine had seized due to oil sludge build-up and that the engine would have to be replaced. He also stated that this was a familiar occurrence with this specific engine, the 2.7L V6. Dodge is aware of the problem with their product and will do anything they can to avoid taking responsibility for their defective product.

- West Salem, OH, USA

problem #21

Apr 042010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated while traveling at approximate speeds of 35 mph, there was an unusually loud noise and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to coast off the roadway and attempted to restart the engine but to no avail. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the independent mechanic advised the contact that the engine main bearings failed and the engine would need to be replaced. The contact was awaiting repairs to the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000 and the current was unknown.

- Bradenton , FL, USA

problem #20

Dec 212009


  • miles
The check engine light came on and went off periodically before receiving a recall notice in Sept of 2009. Recall states 'the catalytic converters on your vehicle MA become damaged from continued operation in "limp-in" mode following a camshaft position sensor fault.' Nothing was done to repair the problem because ' the repairs cause more damage' according to a Chrysler rep. The rep also said that there was nothing that they could do for me and they will send another recall notice in the mail. The license plates on the vehicle have expired. Because the check engine light is on, I am not able to register the vehicle.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #19

Oct 162008


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 55 mph the vehicle stalled, and then smoke engulfed the engine. He was able to extinguish the flames using the fire extinguisher. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility, and a mechanic concluded that the engine misfired. However the head gaskets were not replaced. The failure and current mileages were 88,000. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #18

Jul 252008


  • 91,008 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid with a 3.5 liter V6 engine. The contact stated that the engine misfired; however, prior to the failure the cam-shaft position sensor was replaced twice, and the crankshaft position sensor was replaced. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, and a technician concluded that the engine needed to be replaced at an expense of $7100. No repairs were made. The manufacturer was notified and since the warranty expired they would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 91,008 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Rockayaw, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jul 012009


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that the oil warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. He attempted to maneuver the vehicle off the highway, but the brakes were inoperable and the pedal extended to the floorboard. The contact observed smoke rising from under the hood. Upon further investigation, he discovered a small fire underneath the hood of the vehicle. The contact managed to extinguish the fire and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The mechanic stated that the water pump failed and blew out the engine. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 140,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #16

Nov 012008


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. When the contact arrived at his place of work, he noticed a ball of flame coming from the engine compartment. There were no warnings prior to the failure. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they sent out an investigator, who concluded that they were not responsible for the failure. However, the fire department report stated that the fire was caused by a faulty gas line because the wires were not damaged. The fire department report number was unknown. The vehicle will not be repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bell , CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 012007


  • miles
Ongoing problems with---brakes---screeching sound when braking and grabbing/thumping sound, A/C & vent musty odor, squeaking sound from rear struts.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #14

Dec 072008


  • 65,000 miles
2003 Dodge Intrepid with 2.7 L engine- experience sudden and catastrophic engine failure while at highway speeds. Very dangerous that these engines experience this type of sudden loss, and it could have caused a major accident. Public web sites state this engine is a constant problem for Dodge. Here's the real kicker- I called Dodge and the zone office said they would do a 50-50 split on the bill. $8000 split in half would still be $4000 to fix a car only worth $6000 in resale value. A local auto repair quoted me $3900 for the same repair. So Dodge ups the cost to repair, then discounts it by half, and it's still the same cost to repair it elsewhere. Sounds like a real racket to me. And here's another sticky point- I wasn't sure of the mileage because the car was at the shop, so I guessed 65000 miles. The guy at Dodge was all set to call the dealer and make them fix it for no charge, but when he called me back and said the mileage was 7000 miles more, or 72000, it was now "past warranty" and they could only do the 50-50 split. So how does 7000 miles make the difference? the warranty was 6 years, 60,000 miles, it was already past the 60,000 limit when I called Dodge the first time, now that it's only 7,000 miles more they changed their mind.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #13

Aug 082008


  • 130,080 miles
I never had a major problem, except cloudy smoke coming from the tailpipe and an oil. All of a sudden the oil light came on it began to over heat and stopped in the middle of the interstate. I had it towed to landmark Dodge, the mechanic said it was the timing chain (upon my arrival, I explained the mechanic, what happened to get to the point where the vehicle stalled, he immediately told me it was the timing chain and I needed and engine, without doing a diagnostic. I asked the mechanic to do a diagnostic to be exact and not guess what the problem might be. They responded by having a sales rep call to try and sale me a vehicle). I wanted a second opinion, therefore, I had it towed to steve rayman Dodge that's when the mechanic discovered I needed an engine for sure after a diagnostic was performed. The mechanic said it lost oil pressure, and had sludge build up. At first, the mechanic said he could replace the head gaskets for $3000 but he could not guarantee the motor would last. Upon further investigation, that's when the mechanic discovered the sludge build-up, no oil pressure and I needed an engine. The mechanic at landmark recognized the nature of the problem without a diagnostic and tried keep my car for non payment of service that was never performed. Is this common for Dodge/Chrysler vehicles? as a consumer, I have the right to investigate, protect and pursue legal action.

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #12

Apr 182008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


Engine was running slow and lacked power. Took it to local shop and come to find out the engine is trashed. Its a 2003 Dodge Intrepid with 84K miles, 2.7 engine. Owned it for 21 months to be exact. Was told this happens alot with these models, and he's fixed 6 of these cars with the same engine. As of the moment we are trying to get money together ($3000) to replace the motor with a 3.2/3.5L engine. Dodge dealerships were of no help.

- Greenville , PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 272007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2003 Dodge Intrepid with the 2.7 liter engine. It has died while driving at least 5 times, the engine light comes on frequently and eventually goes off. I've had it to the dealership more than once and they can never find anything wrong. Now the oil light is coming on after the car warms up. It only has 60,000 miles on it.

- London, OK, USA

problem #10

Dec 062007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,604 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a knocking sound in the engine. When the vehicle reached 2 RPM, the knocking became louder. The vehicle would not exceed 25 mph. A diagnostic was performed that indicated there was an issue with the engine sensors. Currently, the engine will not start. The current and failure mileages were 87,604.

- Linden Wold, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 312007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,941 miles
July 31 2007 traveling at 65 mph on a major highway (75) in tulsa okla the motor in our 2003 Dodge Intrepid, a 2.7 V 6 shut down. No indications of any kind of problem. (no low oil pressure light, no high temp., no noise indicating a problem. The motor just died and my wife had trouble even getting it off the road and out of traffic without having an accident. I had to have the car towed to a dealer, (East tulsa Dodge where they examined the car and told me the motor was damaged and had to be replaced. The car has 83,941 miles on it. I called the factory rep and they refused to cover any of the expenses saying we did not maintain the vehicle to their specifications. The oil in the car is less than 40 days old and any sludge that the old oil had in it should have been removed as this oil was removed from the oil pan. It is not normal maintenance to have to remove the oil pan and wipe out the sludge build-up or remove the cover on the top of the motor to wipe out the sludge build-up. This is a problem caused from poor design of the oil pump and the oil pick up tubes being to small for the job required to keep enough oil flowing through the motor to protect engine parts from this kind of damage.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #8

Apr 072007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 65 mph on the highway the vehicle lost power and the contact was unable to restart it. There were no warning indicator lights during, before or after the failure. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer will not honor the warranty. The dealer stated that transmission and the engine needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileage were 53,000. Updated 05/21/07.

- Warren , OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 312007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
-the contact stated that while driving the 2003 Dodge Intrepid, at 50 mph the vehicle slowed and would not accelerate over 45 mph, and then the vehicle made a tapping sound. He stated that the vehicle started jerking and lost power. He pulled over to the side of the road and tried to restart the vehicle, but the vehicle would not restart. He had the vehicle towed to a local mechanic in Texas. The mechanic informed him that the engine had seized. The contact had all the fluids changed in the vehicle in September and again after a trip from New York to Texas in December. He stated that he purchased the vehicle in February 2005. The current and failure mileage were 79,000.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 212005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,770 miles
My 2003 Intrepid had 43000 miles on it when I bought it in June of 2005. It has the 2.7 liter V-6 engine. The oil has been changed twice since then, once at 43000 and 45000. There was no hint of trouble from the engine and I checked the oil regularly. I also can't vouch for what the previous owner did as far as maintenance either. The incident happened while in farmington, Michigan on a business meeting. The oil light came on and then went off while the car was at a traffic signal. It also flickered while driving home to lansing, a seventy mile trip. It also did the same thing on my way home from work to next day and there was still no usual signs of failure such as clicking, etc. Not wanting to take chances I took the car where I bought it, I also purchased a warranty with it; that Friday morning. They replaced and oil sender and checked the engine. The oil light immediately stayed on and they called me back to tell me the engine needed to be replaced because of sludge and it would in fact be covered under warranty. The dealer, sundance Chevrolet has been very cordial thus far. I'm hoping there's a more permanent solution for this fix rather than spending so much money on an engine that might fail again. The car has 47700 miles on the odometer.

- Lansing , MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 272005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,200 miles
Purchased 2003 Dodge Intrepid 6/3/05, as used. While driving a couple weeks after purchase, engine light illuminated. Took car back to dealership while still under dealership 30 day warranty. Informed car had faulty O2 sensor and sensor was replaced. August 9th, driving with young daughter at night at approximately 50 mph, car made 'pop' sound, engine and oil light both illuminated, car engine died, but was able to veer onto shoulder of road without being hit by other cars. Called dealership where car was purchased and was told to bring it back. Car was found to have faulty cam sensor. Cam sensor was replaced-at my expense. Almost out of the month of September, was driving this car on the 26th, once again with my young daughter when engine light illuminated, car felt as though down shifted hard through all gears, then transmission acting as if not proper shifting. Close to local auto zone which I had them run diagnostics on. Found "transmission system failure." The computer of the car was reset at auto zone. Called local Dodge dealership and was told to bring it in the next morning. Was informed that because the computer had been reset they could not repeat, nor find the problem. Was told that the problem was "more than likely 2 sensors, " and to continue driving this car until the light comes on again, then notify the dealership. So, now I have the pleasure of driving a car that I know in the month of October will have some sort of "sensor" failure, if not outright major transmission damage. Did I mention I have only owned this car since June? I have no idea if the previous owner was notified of service bulletins. I would think that as much as I owe on the car (over $10,000), the year (2003), the mileage (43,000 miles) would at the very least guarantee me a road worthy, safe vehicle. My son owns a '99 Dodge neon clunker that I just bought for $1000 that is becoming apparently more reliable than my pricey luxury ride.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 242004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The vehicle stopped while driving. The vehicle had to be towed, whereby it was discovered the oil screen is defective and the dealer and manufacturer states the vehicle has not been maintained.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Dec 072004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer was able to restart vehicle fifteen minutes later. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the crank angle position sensor needed to be replaced.

- Alpine, CA, USA

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