really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,948 miles

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problem #71

Oct 062004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,982 miles
Oil light came on without any other warning. Stopped car to check oil and it was full. Car would not start. Called dealer and told him what happened, they asked for oil change receipts even before the saw the car. Towed it to dealer who charged $230 to take engine apart so the extended warranty company could come in to see it. They denied the claim because of lack of maintenance. I bought the car used and it had 21,000 miles on it. The first time I took it to have the oil changed they told me it had sludge. I paid to have the engine cleaned and changed the oil every 3,000 to 4,000 miles myself after that. When I called Chrysler to see about them covering it I was greeted with the person telling me I should have taken my oil pan off to check for problems hen I changed my oil. He told me I was full of S* when I told him no one does that. After that comment I asked to speak to his supervisor and was told to go F*** myself. I tried filing a complaint with the better business bureau and was told they couldn't do anything about Chrysler's customer service people and unless I could provide them with receipts they could file a complaint against Chrysler either. Is everyone in detroit in on this conspiracy? now I am stuck owing $5,500 on a car I can't drive or sell. I called a junk yard about selling it to them and they said the best they could do would be $600. The man said he gets about 3 calls a week about the Intrepid either someone getting rid of one or looking for an engine. So here the car sits in my garage while I try to find something to get me back and forth to work.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #70

Sep 132004

Intrepid 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Driving to work about 35 mph, engine just stopped, no warning, was told by mechanic rod/piston siezed up. Need to replace motor. Had 85000 miles and extended warranty did not cover.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #69

Jul 162003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle lost speed while exiting the freeway. After towing engine had to be replaced.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #68

Jul 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
2.7L Dodge Intrepid. Went to start car one morning, car did'nt start, had car towed to dealer and was told motor blown because we did'nt flow the oil change time frame in book. I advised them we changed oil more often then book said. They wanted $6000 to fix car. I still owe $368 per month and total of $9100 on car for the next 3 years. I don't have, and should not have to put out $6000 on a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. I had the car towed home with all the parts in trunk. Then on Thursday I saw on abc7chicago.com news report called "the sludge report" and it was my same car with the same motor. I am now faced with the tought for (1) letting them take the car and ruinning our credit (2) leaving it in my garage until I can come up with $6000 to fix it. Since I have had to buy a used car + insure this car + insure the Intrepid along with making monthly payment on a car that doesnt run along with towing, machanic fees, it has caused my family so much stress and financal problems it is not funny! can anything be done about it" do you know if there is a class action lawsuit and if so, how can we be a part of that? is there a message board we can go to and see postings of other people with this same problem? the report on the news said there are many, many consumers out there with this same problem with this kind of motor. What can be done about this faulty motor"

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #67

Jul 012004


  • 75,000 miles
While driving check engine light illuminated and vehcile jerked. Also, made a knocking noise in the engine. Power automatically shut down while driving. Radio and lights stayed on. Took vehicle to dealer for repair. Dealer continuously replaced the sensors. Consumer stated that it was always a different sensor that failed.

- Walton, KY, USA

problem #66

Jun 202003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,520 miles
While driving vehicle started slowing down. After a short distance vehicle cut off. After being towed, the cam shaft sensor was found to be defective.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #65

Aug 212004


  • miles
Bought auto used with 104,000 miles. Oil was new at time of purchase. Five days later as son was driving home, engine died. Towed to shop where mechanics said engine oil turned to sludge and motor was shot. New motors run $3000-$4000 to install. Thank you Dodge for such a pleasant experience.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #64

Aug 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter engine. Driving vehicle at 65 mph when engine made a loud "clanking" sound. Immediately pull car over, engine stalled. Had it towed to a garage that stated that the engine must be replaced. Motor is very hard to find and if you do find one, there is no warranty associated with it. Recall!!!!!

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #63

Jul 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
While driving 35 mph engine failed.

- Bostic, NC, USA

problem #62

Jun 222004


  • 76,000 miles
While driving 65 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer managed to restart the vehicle. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #61

Jul 162004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
While driving 15 mph vehicle stalled and was stuck in the middle of an intersection. There was no warning. The long block was replaced. The consumer requested reimbursement. The consumer was told a new engine was due to oil sludge.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #60

Dec 012003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
No real events leading. It just stopped. Fine at red light. Then when pulled out I heard ticking noice. I pulled into very next off road approx 1 block. Vhenever ran again. Mech advised oil pump. Engine blew up. $7000 to repair. Mech advised Chrysler has known this problem since day one. Chrysler refused to help. I am now paying the balance of a $8000 loan on a car I can not drive and had to buy another one. I work and drive the atlanta roads. When your vehicle stops in these roads. You are risking your life.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #59

Jul 182004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Downshiffted during course of driving. Rpms went to 3500. Upon slowing down, motor shut off. All accessories turned off. No warning. Re-started vehicle to drive off the street. All systems shutdown again. Finally restarted motor long enough to pull into a nearby parking lot. Had tow truck deliver vehicle to home.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #58

Mar 092002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
I was driving down a road engine sounded fine. All of the sudden there was a loud knock in the engine compartment and then the engine just stopped running. I had to drift down the hill till I could find a place to pull off. I had it towed to two mechanics and both said the engine was shot and that I needed a new one. The engine was replaced at a cost of over $4000.

- Port Vue , PA, USA

problem #57

Jun 022004


  • 93,000 miles
Consumer was unable to start ignition. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, who informed the consumer that the problem pertained to the engine blowing out. However, problem was not resolved.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #56

Jul 092004


  • miles
Consumer noticed that while starting vehicle engine would not engage. Vehicle was towed to dealership, and technician notice determined that sludge built up in the engine, causing it to blow out.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #55

Jul 082004

Intrepid 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to restart vehicle, but was unable to do so. Then, consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the engine needed to be replaced due to a blown head gasket.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #54

Apr 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 45 mph vehicle stalled, causing the driver to drift to the side of the road. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #53

Jun 292004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Engine blow out while driving. There was a knocking noise. Then, vehicle stalled. Vehicle was towed to a dealership, who indicated that this occurred because of an oil sludge in the engine. Vehicle had regular oil changes in which one was performed 4 months prior to this incident.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #52

Jun 172004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
While driving 35 mph the engine locked up. The dealership was notified but did not resolve the problem.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

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