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

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problem #31

Oct 302001

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,694 miles
I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7 liter DOHC that the engine had siezed at 87,000 miles, maintenance was kept as required, this seems to be a major problem among other owners with the same engine type, when we took the car to the dealer and showed him the reciepts for the oil changes, the mechanic stated that because the car was 500 miles over the limit for the current oil changethe engine had too much sludge causing the engine to sieze.price quoted for a new engine $8,000.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #30

Jan 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
I purchased a used 2000 Intrepid in may of 2001 at about 28000 miles. In January of 2004 the engine died. There was oil sludge build-up, and the timing belt fell causing great damage to the car. I called the dealer that sold the car to me and he basically said "too bad, come in and trade it in and buy a new Dodge." I have been on 3 other sites with hundreds consumers with the same complaint.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #29

Mar 032004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicles engine light came on. The consumer took car to the dealer and the replaced the oil sensor, mechanic says the vehicle needs a new motor.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #28

Mar 022004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at any speed engine began ticking. After the vehicle was taken to the dealership consumer was informed that the engine needed replacement.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #27

Feb 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Engine oil sludge due to malfunctioning of oil pump (and thus low oil pressure) combined with an overheating manifold. Engine rendered useless. Car was just 3 years old, 64,000 miles and properly maintained. No current recall in effect on the part though there ought to be.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #26

Feb 092004


  • miles
While driving at 45mph engine locked up, causing the driver to pull off the road.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #25

Jan 192004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 4,400 miles
Vehicle would not start. It had to be towed to dealer, and dealer stated that O-rings failed, causing loss of pressure. This, in turn, caused the timing chain to jump. Motor needed to be replaced due to bent valves.

- Bad Axe, MI, USA

problem #24

Jun 142003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,800 miles
Auto purchased in 2/2003. In 6/2003, engine started making horrible noise. Contacted a mechanic. He told us not to drive car; had to have it towed 300 miles home. Several mechanics have looked at the vehicle and tried to solve problem unsuccessfully. Between June and first of November, we had the car in for repairs about 11 times. Were finally told in 11/2003 that car needed new engine (at a cost of $8000) because of design flaw. This is a 2.7 litre engine in a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. Engine does not maintain oil pressure causing damage to belts, pulleys, and tensioner. This also causes the car to stall, which could result in serious accidents. Service manager at one local dealership has 4 cars with same problem, all needing new eninges, sitting in his lot. He has tried to get Chrysler to resolve this; they refuse. If there are 5 cars just in this area needing new engines for the exact same problem, how many are there nationwide? car only has 60,000 miles on it, so there must be something that Chrysler can do to resolve the problem. Any assistance you can provide is appreciated.

- Pellston, MI, USA

problem #23

Feb 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid blew an engine at 49,000 miles and needs to be replaced. Clearly the engine is faulty. The dealership who sold me the car will not offer much assistence, nor will daimler/Chrysler.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #22

Dec 302004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Enigine blew due to supposed sludge build up. $6500 repair on 3 year old car. All highway miles and regular oil changes. Looks like I am another on the long list. When shop called to give me an estimate he said another intrepip just came in with the same problem.

- Pennsylvania, PA, USA

problem #21

Feb 072004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
My 2000 Intrepid with only 77,000 has a blown engine. There was no warning lights, and only driving 15 minutes loud knocking noises ocurred which I pulled over to investigate and then could not restart the car. After towing to my mechanic, he advised me my engine was so hot he didn't know how it didn't start on fire. The repair cost is $6000 which I still owe $5000 for the car. We did all the required maintenace such as oil changes, filter changes, etc. There is no reason for such a vaulty motor to be allowed and with 89 complaints on this web site alone plus all the motors complaints there must be out there, something needs to be done here. I am sure if someone contact every Chrysler's customer of these 2.7 liter motors I am sure there would be a class action suit. Please advise me on how to have my motor repaired by Chrysler.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Engine oil sludge problem caused eninge failuer and manufacture refuses to honor warranty. Only had car for 10 months and only has 48000 mile on it. I purcashed the extend plus warranty along with the car.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #19

Jan 192004


  • miles
While driving at an undetermined speed engine check light appeared on the dash, causing the vehicle to stall. Consumer contacted dealer on two separate occasions, but the problem still occurs.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #18

Jan 092004


  • 55,000 miles
While pulling into a parking area consumer heard a loud grinding noise coming from the engine compartment. A few seconds later the engine stalled. Dealer found that the pistons and rods were bent in the engine.

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #17

Jan 062004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
2000 Dodge intrpid with a blown enginie.

- Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #16

Dec 202003


  • 56,000 miles
Engine failed at 56,000 miles.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #15

Dec 232003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph consumer heard a noise coming from the engine. Then, stalled on the highway. Dealer thought the problem was the timing chain. The hydraulic tensioner failed due to oil sludge in the engine according to the dealer. The engine was replaced. The driver door latch was noisy and inoperative. The door latch was replaced.

- Toronto/Onterio, 00, USA

problem #14

Aug 272003


  • 82,321 miles
Car would not restart after stopping for gas. I had the car was towed to a shop.I was told that the fuel injector was bad. Had it changed--car still would not start. Two weeks later, I was told that he could not fix it and I should take it to the dealer. He charged me $200 for the fuel injector & towing. The dealer immediately said it was the crank sensor and changed it. The dealer then called and said they changed the sensor and it still won't run. He told me "you have a bigger problem. Your engine is slugged up." I asked how that could be and was told that I must not have changed the oil often enough or used the correct oil. That is totally wrong! I took very good care of the car and always had the oil changed regularly. To repair the car will cost $1100 just to allow them to take the engine apart and further diagnose the problem (no clue how much money after that) or $6000 for a new engine. I do not have the money for a new engine--nor can I afford to make payments on a car that will not get me to work. This was the last problem in a long list of problems in the two years I have owned the car. The driver window fell off track, the pulleys and belts were repaired or replaced repeatedly, several sensors had to be replaced. This car is a total lemon!

- Cleburne, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 192003


  • 79,000 miles
While driving at 65 mph vehicle stalled and would not restart. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, who informed the consumer that there was a build up of sludge in the engine. Dealer blamed the sludge build up on the consumer, and would not repair the vehicle free of charge.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #12

Aug 032003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Vehicle was taken to dealer in November of 2002, check engine light was on. Told me they needed to put on computer to diagnose problem. Replaced cam position sensor for $ $100 June 2003, check engine light came on, vehicle kept stalling. I told dealer thought it may be cam position sensor. Was told no diagnosis could be made without putting in on computer. Told by dealer cam position sensor needed to be replaced. Reminded dealer it was replaced previously. Told dealer there was a tick noise in engine, was told it was the timing belt and "would settle down." August 2003, vehicle making loud noise, towed to dealer. Was told vehicle is out of warranty and engine needs to be replaced. Contacted Dodge customer service and was told that a factory representative would not investigate and that dealer indicated vehicle was out of warranty. Dealer nor manufacturer would not even look in to reason for failure unless I was willing to pay for additional costs.

- Ilion, NY, USA

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