really awful
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Average Mileage:
106,350 miles
Total Complaints:
31 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. needs a new motor (29 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2004 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Jul 152015

Intrepid 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


Head gasket blew and they said it would cost about $2200 to fix, was not worth it in a car that already had a lot of issues

- Chris E., Grand Haven, Michigan, US

problem #30

Oct 082014

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,190 miles

I bought this car with just under 100,000 miles on it and only put 14,000 on it in a year and a half. I started having radiator issues, leaking couldn't get fluid down to engine then overheating started and I was going through 2 bottles of fluid a week. I tried using some water during summer months. Tried fixing radiator leak but I also had a leak that sprung up in the power steering and the oil. I tried doing what I could to get things fixed but next thing I knew I was hearing a knocking noise and when I checked the oil there was water in my oil. so apparently my block cracked because of all the over heating issues.

After seeing that, I called around about cost to fix it and it ran about 3 days and now it won't even begin to start. When I called the mechanic he said that he has never been able to fix a 2.7 liter engine after overheating and he doesn't want me to pay for something that wont work so I asked how much a new engine would cost and he said about $2500 so I am assuming with labor closer to $3000...that's what I paid for the damn car.

This was is my only means of transportation for me and my two very small children and as a single mother this really hurts financially...I have not had the use of my car since October 2014...thank God my boy friend lets me use his truck to drive to work but now when I get my taxes instead of being able to use the money for the care of my kids it is getting forked out to a new engine...

I have seen many many reviews of this vehicle since and I am not the only one that has experienced radiator problems leading to engine failure and I personally feel Dodge needs to reimburse those who have suffered this fate...its ridiculous that this cars reviews everywhere say that once it reaches 100,000 miles its a piece of crap.

Dodge should take more pride in their cars and I have always supported them but after this I will never buy a Dodge again. Dodge may not think $3000 is a lot of money but for those of us that work minimum wage to support our families it may as well be $10,000. again I feel some sort of compensation is warranted with as many complaints as there are about this model and Dodge needs to be responsible and create a recall for the radiator system of this vehicle and fix any engine trouble due to the radiator causing overheating!!!

- moonfairy, Butte, MT, US

problem #29

Aug 112012

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I am or thought I was a proud owner of my Intrepid and seems to be 1 of very few who had gotten to pay it off before their engine seized up. I called the NHTSA just to get referred to Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997 about the problem with the 2.7L engine. I got told that they have not done a recall because they have not had many complaints and would only know of the problem if us consumers would call. I recommend anyone whom still owns this car and has this engine to please call so we can get this resolved. I have been with out my car for sometime and where I live you either drive or walk a far distance to anywhere.

- she361968, La Fayette, GA, US

problem #28

Mar 102013

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles


I thought that I was getting a good car for my money-something that fit all my children and would be safe and reliable.

I went to work one evening and, when I went to leave, with no warning at all, the car would not start. At first we thought it was the battery. I bought a new one and installed it (pain in the rear with the battery being located way down in the car) then realized it wasn't the battery. Thought maybe it was the starter. Had that pulled out of the car and tested and was told the starter was fine. Then had to have a several different mechanics look at it and was told the engine was seized. This was not due to lack of oil. I check the oil regularly and have it changed every 3k miles.

I am a single mother of 4 kids. The hardship that this placed on me trying to get home from work was horrible. I live in a town with very little public transportation.

I can't believe that Chrysler/Dodge would even sell this to people knowing it has these problems. I can't believe that they would purposefully let good hardworking people purchase this engine knowing it's just going to screw people over. That's what is wrong with society today. They care more about their profit than they do being honest to one's family.

- Amanda H., Post Falls, ID, US

problem #27

Jan 272013

Intrepid SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Bought the car new in late 2003. Car ran well until we crossed the 80k barrier. First the water pump went (a $1000+ repair job due to location and adding in a timing belt replacement since the mechanic was already down there.) That's when then mechanic pointed out there was a terrible build up of oil sludge in the engine. Shortly thereafter the engine started to knock. I took the clunker back to the mechanic and he helpfully suggested, "you might want to ditch this car." Good advice. Before I could ditch it, the engine died completely while my wife was pulling up the driveway of our church. A 9 year old car, and it's dead and gone. Unbelievable!

Think I'll buy a Honda, I'm done with American cars.

- Barry D., Old Bethpage, NY, US

problem #26

Feb 202012

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

When I first purchase this car in September 2009 the check engine light came on. I took it back to the dealer they kept the car about 4 hours I came back to pick it up the check engine light was off. They said something was loose and it is on a timer. The check engine light came back on I call them back and was told it was going to reset itself. The light stayed on it seem to be doing ok, then it started shutting off. It could not pass the emission test. I had that catalytic converter repair, (both) I had the spark plugs repaired for some reason the engine blew them out. The car started shaking a little, then I smelled some burning. I turned it off and when I turned it back on I heard knocking, I drove it into my drive way and It have not started back up since. I am so mad, because after doing research I found out that there was a recall on the vehicle in May 2009 and the dealership knew it and sold me this car. Now I am 2 months from paying it off and I do not have a car. I am unemployed due to my health condition, I need a car to get back and forth to my clinic appoints all the money I invested in the car I do not have anything. NO JOB, NO CAR AND I STRUGGLE THE LAST 2 YEARS TRYING NOT TO LOSE MY CAR AND I LOST IT ANYWAY. I AM MADE.

- embraced2006, Chicago Heights, IL, US

problem #25

Oct 052011

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


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I was searching "Why my 04 dodge Intrepid would be knocking and oil light coming on when there was oil" what I found was a whole lot of people with the same problem and sadly there is not a damn thing you can do about it but bitch because Dodge WILL NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for their sh*tty motors like other manufacturers would. So anyway after the knocking and the oil light it was only a matter of a week before my engine seized up and died on the highway with my 3 kids in back. This seems like a serious hazard safety recall!!! what is it going to take before Dodge does anything about this? The lives of innocent families or children? I am a single mom with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and I have 4 children. This car was to be left for my older daughter to have to raise her siblings if anything should happen to me. Now we are walking everywhere we go, I saved for 3 years to buy this car and only got to drive it for 9 months, The dealership Ramsay Motors in Hillsboro wouldn't help me and Dodge wouldn't help me either. When is this going to be a civil suit?? Oregon lemon law needs to protect the buyer a little better!! TRY GROCERY SHOPPING FOR A FAMILY OF 5 with c.o.p.d and having to carry your grocerys home!!! ITS UNJUSTLY and I am so sorry to all that have to feel this way not fair, but thank you CARCOMPLAINTS!!!! for allowing us to be a voice and speak our feelings insted of being a bent over garage that Dodge can park their Lemons in for freeeeeeeee!!!!!!! I HATE YOU DODGE !!! I REALLY LOVED MY CAR SO DID MY DAUGHTER!!!!!!!!!

- Tina B., Beaverton, OR, US

problem #24

Apr 122011

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


- cgill, Hesperia, CA, US

problem #23

Dec 022010

Intrepid 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

After taking my vehicle to the dealership for repair, they replaced the ECM ($800) & missed diagnosing a code for the transmission. After having the transmission code read at the local auto parts store, I had the transmission rebuilt ($1,900). When I went to pick up the vehicle, it wouldn't crank. It was towed to another shop after the transmission specialists couldn't figure out the problem. The last shop called to tell me that my engine had locked up.

- querid, Central, SC, US

problem #22

Sep 052010

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,430 miles

My daughter bought this car at AN AUCTION on SAT 9/4/2010 the timing chain broke on 9/6/10 and F** THE MOTOR UP she paid $3700 for it but did not get the two hundered dollar (two day warranty) cause we had planned to take it to the dealer to have it checked out but in less then two days it died. That's why i dont buy dodge cars they are a peace of sht.

- msanders, Compton, CA, US

problem #21

Aug 182010

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles


My wife and I bought the 2004 Intreoid in 2004 with about 20, 000 miles on it. For us it was fairly new. We've driven this car to Connecticut a few times and my wife was making 60 mile round trip daily to her job (school teacher). Only problem we ever had was the battery (meaniless problem) and alternator. Changed oil frequently as recommeded. Well 3 weeks ago, her and my son were on the way to pickup another child and the darn thing just quit, shut down. Luckly she was @ stop sign when it happened and only about 2 miles from me Thought it may have been another alternator problem. Call my mechanic and they came with the jumper cables. Nothing happened. So we had it towed and low and behold, the engine had locked up. How disappointing was that.

Called around to see what an engine would cost and we found out anywhere between $1400 to $2000. Heck, I probably wouldn't get that much as a trade in. Here's the funny part, two days later, I saw the same tow truck towing another Intrepid to my mechanic and being curious I had to ask. He told me "same problem, engine locked up". His advice was not to fix it, not worth it.

So now it's sitting @ my mother's house with the perfect body and no engine. I ran into another mechanic friend of mine who happens to have a 2004 Intrepid and he told me, "you remember when I took that &#$%@#)&^ 2.7 out of mine and put a 3.5 in, because the 2.7 ain't worth a crap. Dodge, I had actually commented 2 weeks earlier on how good the Intrepid was to my wife and me. Trust me, last Dodge I'll own. My 1986 Isuzu pickup is far better that piece of junk. And the thing is, you see so many of them on the highway. BEWARE INTREPID OWNERS.

- Anthony B., Roseboro, N.C., NC, US

problem #20

Jun 252010

Intrepid SE 2.76

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Oh how I love my POS intrepid NOT. I bought the damn thing only a year and two months ago. At first I loved it I had always liked these cars now I regret the day I bought it. It was running fine until Friday when without warning it shut down on me on the highway. It was driving great then suddenly it whent up to 3000 rpms and got stuck there when I let my foot off the gas the POS died. I had no idea what was wrong the gas pedal was going straight down to the floor and the break and the stearing wheel had locked up. I was stuck on the side of the highway for an hour waiting for a tow truck. As soon as they put my car on the truck all of the transmission and engine oils gushed out. Come to find out my engin had locked up worst of all no one will even think about fixing it and of course I still owe on the damn thing. Oh but the shop that towed it did offer me $50 for the damn thing.

The only good thing was that I didn't have my kids with me.I'm a full time nursing student with three kids who is now completely stuck. Thanks alot Dodge.

- Lisa B., Fountain Inn, SC, US

problem #19

Feb 242010

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

My wife and I bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid because we needed a nice size family car, and when we bought it we loved it. It rode nice and it was what we wanted. 24 days after we bought it, we decided to go out on a date, and as soon as we got off of the freeway we heard a loud clunk and the car died, we started it back up and the noise started getting louder. The next day we called the place where we bought it from and told him what happened and we had to pay to have it towed to his shop.

Our car has been in the shop since Febuary 27,2010. We didn't think about buying the warranty because it was new and it was the last model made. We had to come up with $1,000 to get it fixed and he came up with the rest. I feel like we shouldn't have to pay anything because we only had the car less than 30 days, and he knew that there was something wrong with it when he sold it to us cause he kept telling us to make sure there is oil in the car. We finally got it fixed but now we are wondering how long it will last this time.

- Paul T., North Highlands, CA, US

problem #18

Apr 012008

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

I bought this 2004 Dodge Intrepid in March of 2005 and it only had 27,000 miles on it. It ran good the first year I had, then all the trouble started. I even had my oil changed every 3,000 miles and kept up with the other maintances. At about a year I had to replace the water pump. In 2008 I was driving down a highway and the car was making loud noises, like a thunk, it started losing power so I pulled off the highway because by that time it had died. I had to have the car towed to a garage and then the mechanic told me the timing chain had went through the motor and that my engine a 2.7L V6 is the worst you can get. I had to pay $5800 through autozone because Chrysler wanted $10,000 for it. I guess they're proud of that pos motor. When the motor goes out it leaves you in a fincial bind. For two months til I could get the new motor in the car, I had to worry about finding a friend or family member for transportation to and from my job.

Even after getting a new motor, only like a year later I am still having problems, if not worse than they were to begin with. My car has been in the garage several times in the last few weeks. My check engine light is still on, still shooting oil out of the motor, and I am not losing anitfreeze, and black smoke is still coming out of my exhaust. My motor is still under warrenty and I still have another year to pay on the pos. I will have the car payed off in a few months and after that it is gone. I will NEVER buy another 2.7L V6 engine car ever again! Dodge knew this engine was a piece of freakin crap and they still let people waste money on them. I'm very disappointed and angry and even more broke than I was to begin with.

- Joyce W., Waverly, MO, US

problem #17

May 192010

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I've maintained the vehicle extremely well. Even my mechanic is shocked that this is happening to the vehicle. Who the hell makes a car that has catastrophic engine failure at 80k miles?! At least I know that I'll NEVER buy an American car again. I still owe the bank about $3500 for the car and it's only worth about that much--when it's running. I can scrap the thing for about $300 or pay twice what it's worth to put a new engine in and more than likely have the same problem in a few years! It seems like there should be a class action lawsuit of some sort again Dodge for the continuing severe problems with their vehicles.

- Sterling J., Cameron Park, CA, US

problem #16

Jan 042010

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

last problem was transmission at 80,000 miles(replaced under extended warranty.) I noticed a small knock in the engine that got louder over last 2,000 miles. Most of my driving were highway miles and changed oil every 3500-4000 miles. No indication of the problem. Turned bearing on 3rd cylinder. Had to fix as I drive 25,000miles+ a yr. Engine warranty is 3yrs/100,000 miles. I have a big concern keeping the car now based on this engine problem. I like the room and ride but this engine problem is something that will drive Chrysler over the edge for good.

- Bill S., West Trenton,, NJ, US

problem #15

Nov 292009

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

I've had this car for almost 2 years with no problems. Suddenly a couple of weeks ago, the check engine light came on, and i had it checked and was told that I had a misfire in one of my cylinders and needed a new gas cap and a speed sensor. Nothing major. Then the light went off. The next week, I was driving on the highway and the car starting making a loud noise, started losing acceleration, then it just shut down. I was barely able to get onto the shoulder since my steering wheel locked up. I sat in the car for about 5 minutes, and then I heard a loud sound like an explosion and the car shook. Suddenly I saw smoke and heard sizzling. A man stopped and looked under the hood and told me that some type of valve blew off the car and all this fluid came shooting out of it. I had to have it towed 90 miles to my house to find out that my engine locked up and I need a new one. I'm very disappointed, angry and disgusted. The car didn't overheat, none of the gauges showed any problems and none of the lights came on. After reading other Intrepid owners horror stories, I regret purchasing this car and I don't think I want to get it fixed.

- Gina J., Louisville, KY, US

problem #14

Nov 182009

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

Oil sludge and engine failure. My has a dodge intrepid also that had engine failure and she told me to get rid of it because her mechanic told her the dodge intrepid was a car that had many problems. The oil sensor kept failing and I had replaced it once and when the oil was low there was sludge on the dip stick and when I was driving my car just stopped while driving on the bridge and was very dangerous.

- sleyva86, Firebaugh, CA, US

problem #13

Aug 062009

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

Well, here goes another sad Intrepid story. First of all, I loved my car. I bought the car in 2004 and was so happy. I thought this was one of the sharpest looking family cars out there. Last January, I had to have the thermostat housing fixed. What a pain! It was on the bottom of the car. At that point, the mechanic told me that the engine was a nightmare to work on and wished me luck in the future with the car. In August, without warning, the car stopped running on my way home from work. The gauges didn't indicate that the car had overheated but apparently, it had because according to my mechanic, the water pump had broken while I was driving the car. There was water in the oil which basically meant the car was toast. Especially since, right before it stopped running, it sounded like my engine had a bad cold, coughing and making this horrible noise. Well, from what I have been told, a new engine would cost $1700 but that the car is a piece of crap and don't bother to fix it. I owed about a year of payments. I had no money and, the car was repoed from my yard 3 days ago. Now I am going to have to pay for a car that does not run... Thanks Dodge. I will never buy Dodge AGAIN....

- lorial, Smith Station, AL, US

problem #12

Jan 192009

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 193,937 miles

The complaint that I have is that me and my husband paid 15000.00 for a piece of junk the motor quit running in the middle of winter. and we don't have the money to repair it so what are we suppose to do now with no way of getting the kids to the doctors this dodge is a piece of sh*t.

- Tina K., Filer City, MI, US

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