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

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problem #118

Mar 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,600 miles
While driving at 65 mph oil pressure gauge went down and suddenly consumer heard noise coming through the engine. Vehicle was taken to the independent shop and service technician determined engine needed to be replaced.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #117

Mar 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
While driving engine seized and shut off. Engine needed to be replaced.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #116

Feb 132004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,026 miles
The timing chain tensioner in my 2000 Dodge Intrepid (2.7 liter DOHC V6 engine) went bad, causing the timing chain to get loose. It started slapping against the housing, making a horrible racket. I got the car to my mechanic before the timing chain broke. He replaced the timing chain and timing chain tensioner. He also found oil sludge all through my engine, which was the likely cause of the timing chain tensioner going bad. My engine did not need replaced at this time. I had 58,026 miles on the car when this happened. The oil had been changed every 3,000 miles. My mechanic said that this should not have happened at that low a mileage. I did not take this to a Dodge dealer, as the car was out of warranty. I took it to an independent auto repair facility. The owner has extensive experience in major auto repair and engine rebuilding and replacement. I have just this past week traded this car off, and no longer own it.

- Belpre, OH, USA

problem #115

Mar 082004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Engine failure at 51000 miles Chrysler says sludge caused engine failure due to maintenance. This engine is known for this problem but Chrysler refuses to acknowledge. Result $6300 for new engine.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #114

Mar 122004


  • miles
While driving 45 mph a loud noise was heard coming from underneath the hood; vehicle stalled. Consumer was able to pull over to the shoulder, and tried to restart vehicle. Then, driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that motor blew out and needed to be replaced.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #113

Feb 242004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,408 miles
The car was found with no oil, no signs of leakage found. Next day engine broke down. The pannel warning lights of "check oil" or "check engine" never turned on, all pressure appeard normal. Always kept with regular maintenance and oil change. No warning sigs from the vehicle at any time.

- Sachse, TX, USA

problem #112

Mar 022004

(reported on)

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 62,355 miles
Ltr fm gregory roszel (NY) re his 2000 Chrysler Dodge Intrepid, vehicle has a defective engine, wants his car repaired at no charge. The consumer stated while driving, the timing chain broke.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #111

Feb 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Similar to an extraordinary amount of complaints, the engine in my 2000 Dodge Intrepid has siezed, due to oil sludge, per many auto mechanics. Because I have seen the numerous similar complaints, I am to believe that this is not just a coincidence or my car in particular. I believe at this time that it is a manufacturer defect and that the consumer should not be made to suffer because of it.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #110

Feb 232004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a noise coming through the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the technician determined the need for a new engine at consumer's expense of $8,800. The consumer checked the web site and found many similar complaints. There was also a loss of power. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they suggested that there was a problem with the rod bearing.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #109

Feb 172004


  • 150,000 miles
At any speed consumer heard a rattling noise coming from the engine compartment. Dealer examined the vehicle and found a build up of sludge in the engine. Replaced the engine.

- Ontario, 00, USA

problem #108

Feb 202004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Engine faliure while driving- no warning.

- Parma, NY, USA

problem #107

Jul 132003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The engine failed to run with just over 75,000 miles. I had the engine diagnosed and was told that it was sludge that caused the timing chain tensioner to freeze and knock the timing chain off which in turn caused a complete failure due to this being a interference engine. I was surprised when my local dealer was not aware of any problems with the 2.7 litre engine. I called jasper engines, who is the nations leading seller of remanufactured engines, and they told me the design flaws in the original engine. I feel that if I was able to learn the truth, the manufacturer should have been able to.

- Kasson, MN, USA

problem #106

Feb 012003


  • miles
Shortly after purchasing vehicle it started experiencing engine problems. Consumer said that it was making weird rattling noises. After a number of inspections by a mechanic, the sound was due to lack of oil pressure. The engine started racing and making a louder noise. The mechanic determined that it was the tensioner which was replaced. On another occasion the vehicle chugged and was impossible to steer and would barely move. The consumer was told that the vehicle needed a new engine. There were other vehicles with the same engine problems.

- Pellston, MI, USA

problem #105

Jan 202004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Motor blew while I S was driving causing me to almost go into the ditch. I lost all power and then it had to push it away from the highway. I then find out the warrenty magicaly does not cover it and diamond crysler was not helpfull at all.. I have proof that the moters are faulty made...please help me.

- Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #104

Jan 152004


  • 45,000 miles
While driving engine failed without warning. Dealer stated that sludge build up in the engine which caused it to fail.

- Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #103

Feb 022004

Intrepid 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,500 miles
Car would not start - now the dealer is telling me my engine needs replacing - have 26,500 miles on it.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #102

Feb 072004


  • 62,000 miles
While turning at 25 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed, but dealer could not resolve the problem.

- Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #101

Feb 052004


  • 39,000 miles
Engine failed at 39,000 miles due to sludge.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #100

Feb 062004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid with 2.7L engine engine failure due to oil sludge buildup at 84,000 miles.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #99

Oct 262003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,813 miles
Bought this car brand new in 2000 and at 3 years old with just under 80,000 miles it is shot! did routine maintenance and changed the oil on a regular basis at 3,000 to 4,000 miles even though owner's manual states oil changes at 7,500 miles. In October, 2003 the day after I had my oil changed, I started hearing a slight knocking noise and took the car to my mechanic. Mechanic proceeded to tell me that my engine had sludge build up in it and would have to be replaced at a cost of between $4K - $6K. Mechanic also told me that this was a very common and "known" problem with the Intrepid 2.7L V6 engine but that so far Dodge has refused to recall the engine. Told me that oil should actually be changed at least every 2,500 miles religiously and that we should use synthetic oil (owners manual does not say this - why"!"). mechanic was very sympathetic and said "don't take my word for it do an internet search for Intrepid engine sludge and see what comes up". followed his suggestion and was absolutely shocked and disgusted at what I found! the number of people having the exact same problem as we are is just shameful! my wife and I paid approx. $22K for this car and now, 3 years later, the cost to repair the car is more than what it is valued at! finally, just this week, we all but gave away our 3 year old car for $2,000 because that is the best offer we had. My wife and I have worked hard for everything we have and we feel cheated and betrayed by Dodge for putting out such a lousy product and then continually refusing to acknowledge this defect despite plenty of evidence to the contrary! please, do something to stop this!!!

- Youngsville, LA, USA

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