really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,827 miles

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problem #258

Aug 222005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
There was no warning as I was driving along the street and my car died and would not restart. I had it towed to hampton's auto. Upon examining the car, he called and reported to me that my engine was gone. I had 82,000 miles on the engine and had changed my oil every 3,000 miles. I bought a used engine from bohannon's auto for $2,400 and paid $1,382 to bud's engine service to install it. I have been advised by several auto repairmen that this 2.7 engine is faulty. I have one more year of payments or I would not have repaired this automobile. I am very disappointed in the performance of a car that I intended to drive for several years more.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #257

Sep 022005


  • miles
Our 2000 Dodge Intrepid starting making knocking sounds. We brought it in and were told that there was sludge buildup and that a new engine is needed but it is not covered under the warranty that we purchased because the buildup is from poor maintenance. We told them that we had the oil changed regularly but this did not make a difference and we are currently trying to find a way to pay for a new engine in the car. I have checked this out on the internet and found hundreds of other people that have had the same problem and that their warranty is also not being honored. First there is an engine that is defective in the car and then they won't even honor a warranty that we paid for. I am very frustrated.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #256

Apr 082003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Had to replace 2.7 liter E engine with 54000 miles on vehicle. Had a totally different engine put in the vehicle. The vehicle was stalling and the timing chain broke. After a field adjuster came to the dealership they recommended it be replaced. The engine went out on April 8, 2003.

- Cato, NY, USA

problem #255

Jul 012005


  • miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid engine needs to be replaced.** answer required***.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #254

Jun 052004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Hi. my 2000 Dodge Intrepid blew its engine while driving it. It had under 80,000 miles on it and had been perfectly maintained. It has the 2.7 litre engine in it that I now see on the web is full of defects. I owe $8,000 on a vehicle I can't drive, trade in, or even junk! since the lender still "owns" the vehicle, I don't have the option of getting rid of it. There are so many of us that have had the exact same problem and Chrysler is unwilling to help. For that matter, they don't even respond! the dealership blames Chrysler but does nothing. They state that perhaps there weren't enough oil changes (even though we can document every oil change performed at 3,000 miles). Used auto parts shops cannot keep the 2.7 litre engine in stock since there are so many folks in my position desperate to get their Intrepid fixed. Mechanics advise that there is no guarantee whatsoever that putting a used 2.7 (or a brand new one) will fix this problem. The next 2.7 could be every bit as defective. Also while driving this vehicle a short time before the engine blew, the steering column locked up causing us to swerve into oncoming traffic. This was a potentially deadly occurrence. $1,800 from the dealership that we're still paying off to repair that little problem. Please help!! thanks. Leo cunningham West seneca, NY 716 821-9586.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #253

Aug 242005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First the oil light flashed. Then the light became a constant. I was heading back home when at a stop light the car died without a sound. It kept shutting off at the lights. I never made it home. I made it to a parking lot, this became all to familiar to me, ( I had engine problems before with this car due to sludge, but it was determined that I had kept up with my maintenance after a long investigation and was fixed) I knew I needed to get a tow truck. The car was towed to South Chicago Dodge in Chicago, il. After their initial inspection, the cost was already at $2417, it would cost me $360 definite labor just to continue the inspection to determine additional problems (this cost was just to take the part apart, I would have to pay $360 again to have it put back together. I am a single mother and I do not have that kind of money. A long story, short I am now stuck with a car that I have three more payments on and is inoperable. I was advised that I could get a used engine, but that only came with a 12 month warranty, or I could get a re-manufactured engine w/3 year warranty. However, they both cost too much. I have read that Chrysler is not aware of the problem with the engine, this is a big cover-up. They know, or they are just not interested in a good customer product. I know about iso standards and the big 3 automobile regulators, my question is how did this engine meet regulations? what auditor let something like a engine with faulty valves get produced over and over again. I bought my car in good faith and the same was not delivered. Yet Chrysler can continue to produce expensive commercials with Mr. Iocola and snoop dogg etc. This problem needs to be attended to. Americans who buy american made products, should receive a product they can trust. I have to borrow cars or take public transportation. If they do not want to recall the engine then they need to provide a lifetime vehicle warranty on the engine so we can at least get it fixed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #252

Aug 232005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
I was on the interstate when the engine light came on. Before I could reach my house it blew! the engine is ruined with no warning! the car had been serviced on a regular basis and I have proof of all services...according tothe Dodge dealership, it was "sludge" and very common in the 2.7 liter engine! great...

- White Hall, AR, USA

problem #251

Nov 112004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,167 miles
The engine in my Dodge Intrepid began making a minor rattling noise, the noise proceeded to get progressively worse until the engine started rattling loudly. I took the car to a mechanic because I thought it was the transmission, which I had repaired the car continued to make the same loud noise not less than 2 weeks the car made this tremendous rattling as if something had come a loose it started smoking and then the engine died. I took the car to another mechanic who rebuilt the engine in little over a month the engine went out again.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #250

Aug 082005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The engine failed which spun a rod bearing into the engine. This happened on August 8, 2005. The dealership stated this would cost $600 to repair it. He has spoken to several other people that stated Chrysler was having problems with the 2.7L engines and were not doing anything about this problem. The dealership stated that the engine failed due to sludge build up and not changing the oil like he should. The current mileage on the vehicle was 60,000 miles. He kept up on the maintenance, however he did not have service invoices available.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #249

Jan 122003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The vehicle has a knocking noise coming from the engine. The contact had this problem before. The first time the dealership had to replace the engine. It was done under warranty. They kept car for one month and took pictures of the car, and did not supply the contact with a rental car. Currently, the engine needed to be replaced again. Warranty expired, and the contact will have to pay for it. The dealership did not know why the engine had to be replaced excessively. The dealership will not look at the vehicle because the warranty expired. The dealership did not tell her that they put a new engine in before she had to contact Chrysler, and they told her they replaced it. The first time car broke down at 45,000 miles, and they only gave her 1 year warranty. Now at 54,000 miles the engine needed to be replaced again. The car was over warranty and mileage, but new engine has not been in that long and did not have a lot of miles on it.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #248

Aug 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,013 miles
While driving at 50 mph uphill, engine stuck in passing gear then lost power. Valves started knocking, engine died shortly thereafter. I was advised by my dealership repair shop that engine must be replaced. Estimated cost $3500 for a used engine. Another mechanic advised me not to bother because it will just happen again due to the timing chain design and the sludging effect to the engine. I bought my Intrepid 1 year ago, still owe over $6000 on it and it's not drivable. This engine design is defective. You can have mine to see the results.

- Ligonier, PA, USA

problem #247

Nov 092004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
My engine died at 45,000 miles. We had regular maintenance, including oil changes, done by our mechanic, and have all of our receipts.

- West Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #246

Jun 262005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
There was a persistent noise coming from the vehicle. The consumer thought it was the engine. The consumer had not even travelled a mile when this happened and was going 45 mph. The consumer pulled over to a garage when the noise began and took the keys out of the ignition. The mechanic at the garage thought it was the engine or the timing chain.

- Altamont, NY, USA

problem #245

Jul 112005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,900 miles
My Intrepid only has 69900 approx miles on it. This problem started in April 22, 2005 with bad timing guides tensioner etc... the garage had to replace 2 tensioners to get one that was good. Got it home andabout June 1 it started making racket again and I had it towed, this time to the Dodge dealership, whom I had been in contact with. They charged me 252$ to dig into the engine and see what was wrong. Supposedly there was "gunk" in the oil pan that they said should have been cleaned out before installing the tensioner, and it needed a new timing chain. They wanted to charge me over $1000. So I pd $252 and had it towed back to the auto shop, because I had just paid them to do it already. Altogether it cost me over $1200, not counting the rental car I had to pay for because all this nonsense took so long, so I could go to work. Well on July 11 I was driving it and it started making loud noises under the hood. Had it towed once again to the Dodge dealership where I bought it new, and they said I need a new engine and it would cost around $5000 on the low side.he said all the parts I had just put in would have to be replaced. All these parts came from there, so I am stranded with a well maintained car with no engine.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #244

Oct 152004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that her air conditioner was not working. The engine also stalled while she was trying to accelerated from a stop on a hill. The vehicle began to roll backwards. After the vehicle stall it could be restarted, the vehicle would stall repeatedly for the rest of the day but the next day it would run properly. The dealership has attempted to repair the problem three times but they haven't been able to permanently rectify the problem. The transmission is an automatic. The consumer is also having problems getting recall work done on her brakes. All the dealer would do is run a diagnostic test and charge her more money. The manufacturer has not been contacted as of yet.

- Balitmore, MD, USA

problem #243

Jun 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Whilst driving the vehicle home from work along a busy highway I suddenly lost all engine power. The steering, braking and all associated systems failed with no warning. The vehicle became heavy and inoperable and I managed to swerve off the highway onto the shoulder, where the vehicle eventually ground to a halt. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and it has been determined that the engine which is a 2.7 litre will need to be replaced entirely and the cost will be approximately $6,000. The car was bought new 5 years ago, regularly serviced and has only 70,000 miles on it. I would like Dodge to replace the engine at their cost since I understand this engine failure is apparently becomming common!!

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #242

Jul 022005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Owner was driving down interstate 95 about 70 mph and the engine failed when a rod blew through it. This occurred on 7-2-05. There was no warning prior to the rod blowing. The engine suddenly sounded like someone dropped marbles in a bucket. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop where the engine was replaced. Chrysler was contacted, but they were not willing to repair the vehicle under warranty. A tow truck took the vehicle to the private repair shop.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #241

May 172005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
Engine power loss due to severe lower end rod knock

- Westville, IN, USA

problem #240

May 212005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,439 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7L V6 engine. The vehicle was properly maintained and only has 44,000 miles on it and never traveled farther than 300 miles on any trip. I stopped the vehicle at a local store and when I returned it would not start. The vehicle was towed to a local garage who would not work on it because they expected it to be the timing chain which they said was a common occurance with this model due to a design deficiency. The car was towed to the dealer who confirmed that the timing chain broke and the engine was full of sludge and would have to be replace. This is unbelievable for a car with only 44000 miles. I have researched the nhts site and have found hundreds of similar reports for the same engine. My lawyer has recommended we begin a class action suit.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #239

Jun 202004

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
My 2.4L 4 cyl engine in my Dodge Intrepid failed while I was driving at night. Apparently the timing chain failed which leads to the valves being crunched and the rods bent because of the close tolerances used in this engine. The car had to be pulled to the side of the road and it was inorperable, and the engine had to be replaced at considerable expense.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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