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

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problem #58

May 022003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 62,355 miles
Vehicle's time chain broke and head cams blew out. While driving the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the timing chain broke and in turn destroyed the engine. The vehicle was equipped with a jasper motor. The consumer is requesting assistance.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #57

Feb 192002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Inherent poor design of Dodge 2.7L V-6 engine.

- Lamar, AR, USA

problem #56

Oct 292003

(reported on)


  • miles
Upon starting vehicle consumer heard a rattling noise from under the hood. Without any indication vehicle stalled/ shut down. Dealer told consumer that the engine needed to replaced.

- Smithfield, NC, USA

problem #55

Oct 042003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid threw a rod at 80,000 mi. Having engine replaced from mid-atlantic. After they sent one to our auto shop, they could not get it to stop leaking in various places. Sent it back now waiting for another engine for this car. Been without this car now for 3 weeks. First engine failed now brand new engine could not work.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #54

Oct 222003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Engine died while driving.

- Wellington, KS, USA

problem #53

Oct 152003

(reported on)

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Sludge problem in engine of 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The consumer was told that a new engine was needed. The consumer had taken the vehicle in for routine maintenance/oil changes. The consumer had heard engine knocking.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #52

Jun 062003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,400 miles
A few months ago I purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with 84,000 mi and a week later while exiting the highway on an off-ramp, the engine stalled. It was running great one second and the next second it just quit with no warning! I had it towed to a mechanic for service and was informed that my engine needed to be replaced. I have talked to a local salvage parts dealer and was told that these engines is in very high demand. After doing a little research on my own regarding the 2.7 liter engines, I have found that this problem is more common than not. I had my engine replaced last week and it cost me over $3500.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #51

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2 years ago. In Nov 2001, after 1 year of owning the car, the engine sludged, started knocking, & quit. It has been sitting in a garage for 1 year because I do not have the $5000 to get it replaced, but I am still making payments on it. I changed the oil regularly also, but after speaking with numerous mechanics, they all said the same thing. Dodge engines are terrible, & unless you use high quality synthetic oil, & change the oil consistently every 3000 miles, it will sludge and break down. The dealership I purchased this car from did not inform me of this. I have also read numerous reports regarding the problems with this engine. I cannot believe that Dodge has not recalled this engine. I understand that when you get the engine replaced now, it comes with a kit to be installed to prevent this from happening.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #50

Oct 052003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Engine light comes on during a road trip with my daughter to woodfield, oh from columbus. Mechanic says I'm lucky the engine didn't blew up before I got there. Mechanic says there was only a pint of oil in my car yet I saw no signs of oil burning or leaking and an oil change had been done earlier in the year. Mechanic puts new oil in, scans and resets the car so the engine light doesn't stay on. After that, I started my trip back home and everything seems fine, then 10-15 minutes in the trip the engine light comes back on so I turn around and head back to the mechanic. On the way back I could feel the engine kicks back and almost stall out. Again, I was lucky to make it back to the mechanic. While car is parked and engine is running, you could hear the engine revving up and then it would idle back down. It would do this a few times and then stall out. Mechanic does another evaluation and determines that a new engine is needed and the car cannot be driven. A week later I got my car towed back to columbus (the car broke down in woodsfield, oh) and had it checked again by a mechanic in columbus. They told me the same thing that the engine needs replaced because the water pump housing is damaged and there is no coolant in the overflow and felt that I could not have prevented this. So I called around to get estimates on replacing the engine and every place I called, they said that they've had lots of complaints about the Dodge Intrepid's 2.7 liter engine. They say that the oil is not getting to the top of the engine. One place told me they replaced this engine almost once a week. So now I'm stuck with having to come up with several thousand dollars to replace a faulty engine. The fact that the safety of my daughter and I was jeopardized because this is becoming a common problem, and that there isn't even an investigation going on, leaves me very upset. I hope something will be done about this soon.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #49

Oct 102003


  • miles
While driving about 55 mph on the highway engine locked up and shut down on the highway. Vehicle was towed to the dealership. Mechanic told the driver that corrosion mixed with oil was the problem. Engine had to be replaced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #48

Apr 122000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid from dadeland Dodge in miami, fl. The car is qualified for the lemon law 3 months after purchase, but unaware of such a law and never filed. Now it is too late. It is now I decided to take action since the engine blew on 04/12/03. My brother in law was driving and the engine just stopped without warning. I called for a tow truck to be taken to the dealer. The car has about 65,000 miles, and the extended warranty should have covered the repairs; however, the dealer declined. I ended up paying $2,714.87 to get the engine rebuilt. In addition, I also don't have a car for 2 months, and disputed with the dealer and extended warranty company during that span.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #47

Aug 152003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 42,360 miles
Vehicle has sludge build up in engine. The vehicle died on the highway. Consumer thought the extended warranty would cover the replacement of a new engine. The mechanic informed the consumer the warranty wouldn't cover it as a result of "excessive sludge" and the work was estimated at $8712.37.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #46

Sep 162003

(reported on)


  • 66,214 miles
There was a loud noise, smoke came from the back tail pipe, then vehicle stalled while driving at 65-70 mph. This was caused by the engine blowing out.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #45

Aug 142003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
I purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid on 3-28-03. The car had 58000 miles at purchase, was checked out by a mechanic and seemed to be a very good reliable car with service records. I had no trouble, other than the air conditioner not blowing cool air, until 2 weeks ago I noticed a very light ticking sound during acceleration. I have changed the oil twice and now have 62000 miles on it. I took the car to 2 different mechanics both of which did not do internal work and was afraid to diagnose car if they could not fix it. I took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and was told I needed a new timing belt and repair would run me $1,600. I was upset with the cost and before I agreed to let the dealer repair my vehicle they assured me that I was getting out cheap and if I repaired the car immediately I would not need a new motor. After a week in the shop, the dealer called me back to say I had a blown motor (even though I had drivable car when I left it) and repair costs would exceed $6,000. I still owe $6,200 on a car I have only made 4 payments on to date. I am a working mother with 2 small children and this is our primary source of transportion. After doing a little research on my own I have found that regarding the 2.7 liter engines this problem is more common than not. I have talked to 2 local salvage parts dealers and was told by both that these engines are in very high demand. When I spoke with the daimler Chrysler customer service rep I was told that Chrysler was aware of the problem but since they have not been forced to recall the product they are under no obligation to repair the problem. So now I am left without the transportation that I will be paying on for the next 2 1/2 years. I am financially devastated with no transportation and Chrysler knows they are pettling junk with the 2.7 liter engine. I feel violated as a consumer that trusted what once was one of the "big 3". if anyone reading this has had similar problems or suggestions please contact me at donya74@aol.com.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #44

Aug 122003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
I purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 engine. The engine locked up while driving on a highway, luckly I was able to control the car eno0ugh to pull it to the side of the road. My family was in the car. I had the car towed to a garage where the macanic had told me that this has been happening quit frequently with this model car. So I began to look online and I found thousands of people who had experiencd the same problem. This is a danger and should be checked into before there are fatalities, and there very well may be. These cars should be recalled for engine failure.

- Franklin, NH, USA

problem #43

May 082003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I was driving my 2000 Dodge Intrepid with my wife and son on the highway when suddenly, there was a loud clicking noise coming from the engine the following day I took the car to my dealer, who informed me that I needed a new engine because the rod had went. The car has only 48000 miles and I have the maximum care protection which covers just about everything. Coverage was denied because I did not have the receipts for oil the changes I had performed religously and the engine had developed sludge. I have since read on several sites that this is a problem with 2.7L engine and Chrysler refuses to due anything about it. I am now stuck paying for a car that needs approx.$6000 dollars worth of work. The only thing I am grateful for is that nobody was hurt. Thank god the rod did not go through the engine wall.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #42

Aug 072003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,261 miles
While traveling on the highway without prior warning, the vehicle shut down. The dealer was made aware of the problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #41

Jul 252003


  • miles
Consumer took vehicle into the dealer for engine noise, dealer stated needed to replace engine.

- Salem, WI, USA

problem #40

Jul 222003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,900 miles
As I drove South-bound on interstate 95 (in Maryland) I noticed my oil light blinked 2 times; a short time later, I heard a tapping sound under the hood.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #39

Apr 152003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,622 miles
Sludge in the motor.

- Houston, TX, USA

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