hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,918 miles

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2004 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2004 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Feb 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Almost immediately after I got my car I had occasional issue with it dying while I was driving. It got to be more often so I took it to the dealership as it was still under warranty. After 3 trips I was always told, nothing was wrong. Then my warranty ran out and my car died almost daily. Then my car would die while I was driving, usually would start right back up but not always and then the check engine light would be on. Then I had issues starting my car. I decided to take the less expensive route and go to a local mechanic. He drove the car and saw/felt no issues as the check engine light was now off. He told me he had to have the car hooked up to the diagnostic machine at the time it dies so he could see what the issue was as 2 different codes were coming up. These codes were P0340 (intermittent cmp signal) and P0344 (no cmp signal). I was told one of the connectors was installed improperly on my camshaft sensor. After another try, the car dies again. Mechanic stated the car started right back up and issue was gone. I drove off only to have my car die again. At this point I called the Dodge dealership to see what the codes meant. Without even looking at my car, I was told, have the camshaft sensor replaced. I was quoted $285. I had just paid almost $200 to the last guy and didn't have any more money to spend. A friend heard me having issues starting my car one day, I told him what I was told was wrong and the quote of $285 from Dodge. We went to a local autopart store and purchased a camshaft sensor for $48. Literally it took 5 minutes to loosen a nut, pop the faulty camshaft sensor off, put the new one on and tighten the nut. That simple! no more issues with my car dying while driving or starting. I think its disgusting there are complaints logged at least 7 years back on this engine and they are still manufacturing automobiles with this engine and ignoring the complaints. This should not be acceptable.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #17

Jun 262007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I am still paying for 2004 Dodge Intrepid inwhich the motor just suddenly locked up on.my Intrepid is still under warranty and was told by dailmerchyrsler that it had to be taken to my local dealer, which it was by tow truck.after many weeks talking with the tech. At the dealer ship I was told that dailmerchyrsler was not going to honor the warranty.I had tried for two weeks to get a hold of the district manager that may this call but no one will give me his name or contact number.chyrsler customer service was rude and told me to go thru the dealership for handling this matter because they go thru the district manager.my car ran fine until that one night on my way home and it made a sudden light ticking sound and no warning lights was on and all the sudden about 3 minutes later my engine locks up leaving me in the middle of the road.the tech. At the dealership told me that the oil descending unit blew out when he first looked at it and also stated that it would cause the motor to lock up.but by so call order from the district manager the tech. Took a sample from scraping the oil pan.the tech. Then comes back a week later and stated that results are that sluge in the motor could also been a factor.I dont have the $6000 that they want to put another motor in but I still have to pay my big monthly car payments.I cant believe this multi-million dollar company is to cheap to honor thier company warranty on something that is clearly their car's malfuntion.

- Caryville, FL, USA

problem #16

Jan 162007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,036 miles
I own a 2004 Dodge Intrepid which I have had for 2 years. I was driving to work a week ago when I looked down my oil light was on. Then after that my car completely died. I tried to jump it, but it wouldn't go. It was also -1 outside. I then had my car towed to a place to have them look at it. They called me back and told me that my engine was completely shot. They told me I had to replace it. Something to do with lack of lubrication inside the engine. Nothing to do with me. I had oil in the engine. The reason for my complaint is that when I called to get some help from someone they had told me they couldn't help me due to the fact I didn't bring it to where they told me to. I still owe 9,000 and now I have to take out another loan to cover the cost of the engine which is 5,300. I only had 105,000 miles on the car. I think it should not matter where you bring you car to have it worked on. I think we say it's a free country and we can choose so many things, but when you have to figure out how to get to work due to a engine being replaced is crazy!! I have always had a Dodge Intrepid. I thought that Dodge was a good company but when it comes down to it they are terrible. I think that they could offer to help out with the cost of the new motor, but I didn't go where they told me to so now I have to suffer. I am not backing up Dodge at all. I am very angry with them. It's not my fault that they don't know how to make a engine, but I am the one who suffers. Not them.

- Cambridge, MN, USA

problem #15

Jan 112007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


- the contact stated that his 2004 Dodge Intrepid engine had failed. The odometer reading was 80,000 miles. While driving on 01/11/06 at 65 mph on a clear day he could see steam coming from under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed the nearest service station. The contact stated that a part had failed and was melted, so they replaced it, (he not sure which part). The contact stated that after this part was replaced the mechanic informed the contact that coolant was leaking into the engine and that the engine's head was warped. The contact stated that the vehicle is still at the mechanic shop waiting for a new engine. The contact was informed that his engine had seized. Updated 03/02/07.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #14

Dec 092005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
- the contact's 2004 Dodge Intrepid would not shift from second gear to third gear while driving at 35 mph, leaving her unable to accelerate to highway speeds. The transmission was replaced shortly after, she took the vehicle in for service and they told her that the engine need to be replace as well, at a cost of $5000. The contact was also complaining about a strong smell gas fumes in the passenger compartment. When she drove the vehicle the fumes were so strong that the windows had to be open at all times. The contact is waiting for a second opinion from another mechanic. All scheduled maintenance on the vehicle has been performed. The engine was replaced as well. Updateed 03/20/07.

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 012004


  • miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle has been having ongoing problems with sludge build up in the motor which has been affecting all the sensors and illuminating all the service lights. The vehicle was taken into an independent mechanic who replaced the camshaft sensor and the crank sensor. Repairs were also made to the motor. When the problems persisted the mechanic referred the contact to the dealers check out the vehicle. The dealer were called and determined that the motor was not covered under warranty for repairs. The manufacturer was also called who referred the contact to the dealers to determine what the cause of the problem was related to.

- Evergreen Park, IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 242006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


The caller stated while driving at 30 mph., all power failed in the vehicle, stalling the engine. After coming to a stop, the contact was unable to dissengage the automatic transmission from drive to the park position. No accident or injury occurred and no police report was filed. After inspection, the dealers mechanic informed the contact all the oil had leaked out of the vehicle and caused the engine to seize.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #11

Dec 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,900 miles
Hello again....I had reported this car back in July because my engine suddenly cut off while driving on interstate. The dealer was nice enough to fix the car at no cost to me. According to the mechanic they had to replace the crank shaft sensor. Well, a few days ago I noticed that I have no heat, I.e. in the morning I let the car warm up before leaving for work, unfortunately it will not warm up inside. Also my oil light has come on a few weeks ago, I immediately took it have it serviced. But the oil light is still on especially if I am standing still, it will turn off as they car speeds up! just left the dealership and they told me it could be the "thermostat" or maybe the oil pressure something, but he really worries because the oil light stays on. They quoted that the repair cost will start at $800.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #10

Sep 222005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact stated the oil tube that connects to the engine is too small for the proper flow of oil, resulting in a clogged line that seizes the engine. The dealer suspected this was due to a lack of oil changes. She feels as though this is a design flaw. The repair has been performed due to the expense. Chrysler will not offer any cost assistance.

- Springfield , MA, USA

problem #9

Jun 172004

Intrepid 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Dodge Intrepid. The consumer stated the check engine light stayed on. The vehicle was taken to the dealership to be checked, and they could not find anything wrong with it. The check engine light went off, and a month later the light came on again. This happened 5 times. The vehicle will bet taken to the dealer for the same problem for the sixth time. The warranty expired. It was going to cost the consumer $609. The manufacturer told her to take the vehicle to the dealership. The vehicle was taken to dealership last Tuesday and the leak detection pump was replaced. Also, replaced the cam shaft. In addition, there was a short in the tail light sensor..

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 292004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,809 miles


1. no events leading up to failure other than two prior events the same as this one. 2. repeat of prior event. Started car, it shut off and stalls. Engine light comes on and stays on. 3. dealer said if engine light is constant, it is ok to dive it to be serviced. Dealer found code P1687 for no bus message from cluster. Replaced cluster. Checked operations and cleared codes.

- Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 292004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
1. no events leading up to failure. 2. repeat of prior event. Driving car, car shuts off while driving and stalls. Engine light comes on and stays on. 3. dealer said if engine light is constant, it is ok to drive it to be serviced. Dealer found one code-code P0344 cam sensor circuit. Has problem with sensor itself. Replaced sensor.

- Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 172004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
1. no events leading up to failure. 2. driving car, car shuts off, car jerks, car starts again (while driving). Engine light comes on and stays on. 3. called dealer, said if engine light is constant, it is ok to drive. Following day, engine light was off and car was running ok.

- Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 202005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,100 miles
51,100 miles on the car. No warning that the motor was going to seize due to sludge build up. Motor seized while driving vehicle. Was told by Chrysler dealership's mechanic that a professional oil changer would not have seen this coming. Mfg. Warranty ( 7/70 ) doesn't want to cover this. Extended ( fidelity warranty services ) warranty doesn't want to cover this. Had two wrecker bills forsee a third to have car brought home. Two different Chrysler dealerships have told me that they would not repair this.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 252005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,700 miles
The 2.7L engine seized without any warning while driving 30-35 mph. The consumer was able to pull over to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The mechanic informed the consumer while checking the oil; they noticed sludge and metal flakes in the oil.

- Halifax, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 152005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Camshaft position sensor keeps failing. Have checked all the wiring and the module itself. Continues providing codes for camshaft position sensor circuit intermittent and camshaft position sensor circuit malfunction. This has happened to me 3 times, all on the interstate, and all causing the vehicle to stall and sputter in heavy traffic. Called today to have appointment to have it replaced. All of this happening at 37,000 miles (1000 miles over the expiration of the warranty). Figures....

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,700 miles
Less than 54000 miles on it, I am the second owner; the first owner was a route salesman and had put 24K highway miles on it. I do my own oil changes and was told point blank that I would not be able to prove they were done unless I had commercial receipts. The first time the oil light came on was late November, since then it has been driven very carefully back and forth to the shop 2 times. I do not have the money to do a $1200 motor flush recommended, nor do I have the money to pay for a motor if needed. The past month and a half it has been a very expensive driveway ornament, I did not even get a full year"S use out of it, bought it in March of 2004 and problems starting in November 2004. I will not continue to drive it, it would be irresponsible to do that when the information on the net is so specific on the problems. So I have decided to stop payments on the vehicle and in due course will be filling for bankruptcy the first of January to get out from under the loan, all thanks to Dodge. First and last Dodge/Chrysler product". aaron L. vanburen zzzaps@charter.net

- Roanoke, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 142004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,350 miles
Ac idle pulley bracket has been replaced twice and now it appears that it will have to be replaced a third time all within this year (2004).

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

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