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

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problem #191

Nov 012007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. While driving at an unknown speed, the engine sputtered. The contact drove to a gas station and turned off the vehicle. When she attempted to restart it, there was no power. The vehicle was towed to a Dodge dealer. The dealer would not provide her with a rental vehicle to drive while they had her vehicle. The transmission type was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 73,000.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #190

Oct 032006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
I bought my 2000 Dodge Intrepid with 75K miles on it and 1 1/2 years later the engine blew. The Dodge dealership says it was due to sludge build up due to me not doing routine oil changes but, my mechanic begs to differ. He performed the proper oil changes on the car every three months. I still have this car sitting in my driveway from a year ago. It will cost me $4,000 for a new engine and someone to due the work.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #189

Oct 012007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving my 2000 Dodge Intrepid, I felt that my life was jeopardized on 3 occasions. Once with my two children onboard. While I was driving, the oil light began to flicker and the engine shut off. I lost complete power. I was lucky the first time when I run off the road and went unto the side walk where I luckily did not injure anyone. The 2nd and 3rd time, I was on the highway, I knew I was about the loss power because I notice the oil light flickering, as a precaution, I slowed down and was about to pull up to the service lane when the engine totally shut off. I had not control the steering nor brakes; nothing worked. I don't know how I got the car to stop. After that night, I called my husband crying, I was shaking, trembling and scared to death. After that I became so scared that I vowed never to drive the car again because I felt that one day I may be killed or kill my children or some innocent person due to no fault of my own. I had my mechanic pickup the car. Now he tells me that the engine died.

- Rosedale, NY, USA

problem #188

Aug 272007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
After starting the car the engine, it began to make a "rattle" noise that went away after a few seconds. Took it into a shop and they said nothing was wrong. 9 months later, the car would not start -> the dealership said the engine would need to be replaced (the car has ~72,000 miles). I now need to either buy a new engine, or sell it for parts (the cost of the repair will nearly equal the value of the vehicle. I would not have expected to replace a 2000 Dodge Intrepid engine so early. From what I can tell, many other people have had the same problem with this Chrysler engine: What are my options?

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #187

Jul 272007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that the engine light remains illuminated while driving 35 mph. The dealer advised him not to drive the vehicle because at any given moment, the engine could shut off. Chrysler advised the contact to file a complaint and stated that no recalls were available. The current mileage was 56,050 and failure mileage was 56,000. Updated 09/10/07.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #186

Jul 062007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles
Our vehicle is a 2000 Dodge Intrepid which will need the entire engine replaced due to "oil sludge" build-up in the 2.7 liter engine. The cost to replace this engine with another used engine (which may develop the same problem) has been estimated at approximately $4,000 at the local Dodge dealer. To replace this with a new engine would cost an additional $1000-$1500. The dealer indicates he may not even be able to find a replacement engine. We cannot afford to have this work done, but have no choice and the cost will totally deplete our savings account. This vehicle has about 76,000 miles on it. I have learned from some investigation that this is an extremely wide-spread problem that Chrysler has refused to acknowledge. I have contacted daimler-Chrysler directly and they have expressed their "sincere apology", but note that there is nothing they will be able to do about it. I have read complaints from other owners on carcomplaints.com as well as other websites. This is a problem with the 2.7 liter engines on many Chrysler vehicles (Intrepid, sebring, etc.). consumers should not have to pay the cost of a design flaw. Many of the people who have had this happen to them are still making payments and cannot even afford to have the repairs made! some have had their vehicles stop on them in the middle of the highway. We are lucky to have identified a problem (via an engine "noise") before something more serious occurred. This is a safety hazard for anyone who has a vehicle with this engine and it involves 1999-2003 vehicles. Please look into this problem. It is extremely widespread and daimler-Chrysler should accept responsibility for selling a defective product.

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #185

Jun 192007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,005 miles
Own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L engine that failed due to oil sludge at 59K miles. The car is now worthless and is sitting in my driveway. I am the original owner and change the oil arroding to the requirements in the owner's manual.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #184

Nov 012006

Intrepid 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,600 miles
I picked up the car after purchasing it and never made it home. The car stopped on the highway. I had just pulled off because I heard a sound and the car became sluggish. I tried to start the car up to no avail. I had it towed to a local repair shop, which stated that the water pump failed and flooded the engine. As a result, I was without a car for awhile. The car has been sitting because I could not afford to make the repairs at this time. I was unsure what to do until a new coworker mentioned that she had the same problem and was able to give the appropriate steps to take. The car will be sitting until I can save the money to fix it.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #183

Jun 242007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 65 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle and steam underneath the hood. The vehicle was towed to her residence. The mechanic stated that the coolant air bleeder for the radiator became detached. A mechanic at Dodge inspected the part and stated that it was defective. The current and failure mileages were 101,000.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #182

May 292007

Intrepid 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
My car shuts off at random while I'm driving. It doesn't matter if I'm going 20 miles per hour or 45 miles per hour.. this has been happening for about this past year. In March 2007 I had it towed to the Dodge dealership and paid approx $1300 dollars to correct the problem. A week later the same thing happened and has been ever since..here lately it has been shutting off 1-2 times per day and I only drive it to and from work.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #181

May 052007


  • miles
Complained about Dodge Intrepid 2000 2.7 engine. Problem began with lifter noise and oil light came on. Imediately stopped and shut engine down. Checked oil level which was okay. Restarted engine and drove 2 miles when problem recurred. Discussed with mechanic. Problem was sludge buildup in oil and blocking of oil line. Sludge apparently drained when engine shut off. Lifter noise and oil warning light stayed off until sludge again blocked oil screen and line. Regular changing of oil seemed not to be an answer. The mechanic stated she is aware of numerous engine failures. Also numerous complaints on the internet of engine failure because of sludge buildup in the 2.7 Dodge engine.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #180

Apr 272007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 55 mph under normal conditions the vehicle started shaking and making a knocking sound, and after driving another 15 miles, the engine shut off while sitting at a light. The dealer stated that the engine needed to be replaced, but could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The failure mileage is unknown, and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #179

Feb 102007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Major engine failure due to oil sludging: The car is a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7 liter engine. We replaced the bad engine with another that is also now failing from the same problem.

- Cato, NY, USA

problem #178

Mar 092005

Intrepid 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 70 mph the engine stalled. Prior to the vehicle failing there were no warnings or indicator lights present. The vehicle was towed and a new engine was installed. The vehicle failure occurred at 91,000 miles. The owner doesn┐T know the current mileage, and did not have the vehicle's VIN.

- Albion, MI, USA

problem #177

Dec 012001

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2 miles
Vehicle gave no warning, was driving and engine cut out for a few seconds and then died.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #176

Jan 032007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Engine malfunctioned. No warning, and was driving down the highwy at about 60 mph and the engine just quit running.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #175

Jan 242004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The timing chain broke on my 2000 Dodge Intrepid as I was driving down the road. As a result, the timing chain and guide and all the valves had to be replaced resulting in a bill of over 6,000 dollars. This happened within 100 miles of the factory warranty expiring. The manufacturer nor the retailer would do anything whatsoever to assist in the repairs.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #174

Jan 152007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,959 miles
Engine failure of 2000 Dodge Intrepid. 8jb

- Robbins, IL, USA

problem #173

Feb 212007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
2000 Intrepid 2.7 L motor seized with only 115,000 miles, good maintenance. With no warning, noises or fanfare the motor simply seized up. We had just gotten it out of the body shop from a fender bender (to the tune of $2500) and now I have a worthless husk of a car - it costs more to replace the motor than the car is worth..... guess that is what we call a disposable society... the last mopar I will ever buy.......

- Powell, WY, USA

problem #172

May 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The engine seized due to problem with oil sludge build up then it blew.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

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