really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,321 miles

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problem #111

Oct 102008


  • 58,000 miles
I bought a Dodge Intrepid in April 08. It had 53,000 miles, in great condition and spotless carfax. The car started making problems at 57000 miles. It overheated, so we got the radiator fixed which solved my problem for a week or so. After that week, while driving on the long island expressway my engine quit on me, and started steaming when trying to turn it back on. There was no warning of that happening whatsoever. No lights on, no engine overheating, nothing. I had to get the car towed to a mechanic, who told me the engine was broken beyond repair, and we donated the car.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #110

Aug 252006


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Intrepid. While driving between 65-70 mph, the vehicle began to jerk, rattle, make noise, and then shut off. The mechanic stated that the vehicle needed lifters. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 100,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #109

Jun 122007


  • 130,000 miles
Engine was running hot towed into repair shop said that the valves were burnt and block was cracked.

- Burnsville, NC, USA

problem #108

Apr 072007


  • 80,100 miles
The car starting smoking and then check engine light came on...cant find anything wrong with it...check engine light still on and still smoking lots.

- Glen Flora, WI, USA

problem #107

Apr 242008

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 87,052 miles
I have a 98 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7L engine. I bought car in July 06, came with 90 day warranty. Had it to dealer within a month of purchase for "ticking" noise. Was told was "normal lifter noise". two weeks ago, engine blew. Timing chain broke, damaging lifters, pistons, etc. Need new engine at cost of merely $6,000. Or used at $4,000. Still owe $4,600 on car. I feel totally ripped off! I am paying for a junk car that I can't even drive. Lost one job because of no transportation, and may soon lose second job for same reason.

- South Paris, ME, USA

problem #106

Jul 092007

Intrepid 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
I was on vacation for the weekend in Canada, on the way back, and all of a sudden heard a loud knocking sound. I pulled over immediately into a hotel parking lot, and the knock was so loud, it sounded like it was going to explode. It is once again a 1998 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter engine, that has gone bad. I have owned it since 2001, and have changed the oil every 3000 miles with synthetic oil. I even had the timing chain and tensioners changed January 2007, because I heard these go bad and ruin the engine. I am a former mechanic, who really takes care of my vehicles. Every mechanic told me in 2001 that these engines are junk, and not to buy it, but I didn't listen to them. Now the car sits in my driveway, and I still owe money on it.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #105

Oct 012007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine keeps turning off, oil light keeps flickering when stop.

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #104

Oct 042007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 30 mph, the engine failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle currently remains at the dealer. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 62,000.

- Clangshaw, VA, USA

problem #103

Jul 302007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Complete engine failure due to oil sludge build up. Mechanic stated that this was a common problem with the 2.7L engines due to a design flaw. My wife was driving the car when failure occurred, had it been at highway speeds a serious crash could of occurred.

- Fredericktown, OH, USA

problem #102

Nov 142000

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
1999 I bought a 98 Dodge Intrepid. 2000, engine blown from oil sludge at 42,000. I was taking kids to school and car stopped with no warning on railroad tracks and had to be towed. Paid $500 deductibles at dealership and they replaced engine. Had proof of oil changes. 2002 broke down again. The timing chain broke and broke other parts. This cost $800. Also, I have replace all window motors at least once and twice again on two more. And relay switches. At this point because I paid $21,000 for this car also all the money in repairs. Too much invested to just let it go. I started using fully synthetic oil and changes oil every 1000 miles. This was also expensive. I had to try something to save this car. Well that didn't work either. 2005 the engine blew again, oil sludge. I has set at the garage until 12/06. I had to borrow a car for the past year until I could fix the Intrepid again. Now I have paid another $2000 to switch the engine with at 3.2 liter engine. I get it back today!! I can not find even a junkyard salvage yard that will that the engine and transmission. That is sad!! I have been told be every mechanic and salvage company I have contacted, that everyone is aware of the 2.7 problems and will not touch one.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #101

Nov 052006

Intrepid 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph under normal road conditions, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who determined a new motor was needed.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #100

Jan 312005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110 miles
1998 Dodge Intrepid, oil sludge cause timing chain to break, damaging everything. Car just quit.

- Spring Lake, MI, USA

problem #99

Jul 262006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving the engine malfunctioned and the vehicle stopped, leaving the consumer stranded. A reputable mechanic determined that the engine had failed and was irreparable. Updated 9/5/2006 -

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #98

May 162006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Intrepid engine compartment caught on fire. The consumer observed smoke coming from the engine compartment prior to the fire. Updated 07/20/06.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #97

Jul 192006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
Car was purchased in 5/06 from private dealer. Fuild and oil levels where inspected by owner (at jiffy lube with documantation) which were clean and full. Oil change had been done less then 3,000 miles prior and was not due. On the day of the incident the engine light turned on, there was a click coming fromthe engine. The car was pulled over, from off the freeway, and the engine seized.

- Mesa, WA, USA

problem #96

May 242006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,053 miles
Vehicle's engine started knocking very loud then and it made a loud pop and seized, I was on a one lane highway around a curve where cars travel at around 65 mph, this could have been a deadly accident. Luckily I had a friend following me who pushed me to safety. Mechanic said the engine is no good and not repairable, would need replaced but he does not recommend because these engines are known for this problem and it could happen again after investing $3000 or more in replacing it. So now I have a very expensive lawn ornament! Chrysler should be replacing these engines free of cost, what terrible craftsmanship and even worse their customer service!

- Du Bois, PA, USA

problem #95

Sep 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First the water pump went out, had it replaced then my engine bottomed out and now needs to be replaced.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #94

Nov 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles
Ltr fm (mo) re the defective engine in his 1998 Chrysler vehicle, wants Chrysler to be held resposible for putting faulty engines in their vehicles.

- Rockaway Beach, MO, USA

problem #93

Oct 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,200 miles
I purchased a 1998 Intrepid (V6 2.7L) in Feb. Of 2005. In Oct. 2005 while driving, the vehicle began to make a loud noise coming from the engine. I parked the car immediately. The next day as a preventative measure, I had an unscheduled oil change done. Within one week, the engine began to knock and the motor was blown. I have priced repairs, and just a used engine alone is $2000 to $3500.

- Stella, MO, USA

problem #92

Aug 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving traveling 25mph coming upon a stop light the engine stalled. The contact tried to start the vehicle and it would not start. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. Upon inspection the problem was the engine failed due to sludge build up. The manufacturer has not been alerted, no repairs made

- Vancouver, WA, USA

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