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

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problem #38

May 032003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving my 2000 Intrepid when I heard a noise from the hood. I had it towed to the dealership, and was told that the engine had sluge on it. He said that is the problem they are having with that type of engine that's in that car. The cost for repairs woud be 6,000 dollars. I started checking around and found that other people where having the same problem and that Dodge would not do a recall.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #37

May 312003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,919 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid w/ 39919 mi. And all maintenance met or exceeded, broke a valve spring, dropping the valve into the cylinder, breaking the piston, w/ the final result being engine replacement paid for by the owner( me). Daimler Chrysler's comment was " the warranty period was over 3919 miles ago, you have no complaint. Why are you calling us? " I said valve springs on a passenger car get weak, they don't break after 39000 miles. Daimler offered no help, but the local dealer helped a little, because engine and car condition were excellent.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #36

Jun 252003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,010 miles
The engine on my 2000 Dodge Intrepid, with 64K miles; simply died. Towed it to my independent mechanic, who said the engine was worthless, because of no oil in the passages. This cars oil has been changed religiously, and has never had the oil light register a problem. After investigating the problem, just a bit on the internet, as well with the local Dodge dealers, I found: In just 2 small dealerships in my area, 17 autos have had the same problem and had to either discard the auto or replace the engine ($4900 approx.) the internet showed numerous other complaints, including one who was starting a class-action suit. I hope your Agency can help me and other owners with this serious consumer problem. Thanks.

- Riverwoods, IL, USA

problem #35

Jun 182003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,979 miles
The rack and pinion was replaced at 24,000 miles and was covered by warranty. The rack and pinion failed again at 39000 miles and had to pay a $300 deductible. Also the valve cover gaskets leaked.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #34

Jun 122003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid and had a sudden engine failure on June 12, 2003 it caused rapid acceleration/ deceleration and there could have been serious injury to other parties and myself, had in it occurred in a populated area instead of the country road I was on. The engine failed and had to be replaced.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #33

Mar 052003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2000 Dodge Intrepid presently has sludge in the engine, and my extend warranty will not pay for any repairs. My car sounded like a diesel engine as if something had broke within the engine, this all happen on March 5th, 2003 I supplied documentation to show that my oil was changed as required but to know avail would the warranty company assist me in repairing my engine or even given me any alternatives other than it would cost me $10,500 to repair. The shop manager explained to me that the 2.7 engines are really crap and there is not much that can be done to correct this obvious defect. I am extremely disappointed that these engines were not recalled, for as long as I have been an owner of cars I have never had an engine go out or will be going out without any warning. I want to be included in the class action suit that is pending with Dodge/Intrepid problems.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #32

Apr 192003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Dodge Intrepid 2000 with 58,000 miles on it, has engine failure. Was told the timing chain broke, needs cylinder heads, valves and rods replaced. Extended warranty company is giving the dealer a hard time about fixing the problem. Looks like the car will need a new engine. Very disgusted with Chrysler and their lack of ownership on a problem they know occurs (friend is a mechanic for Dodge, says this is a very common problem that Chrysler is aware of). I have a small child and fortunately the engine died in the driveway and not on the highway with him in the car. Don't even want to think of the tragedy that could have caused. Chrysler needs to be responsible for their engine troubles. I have been reading a lot of postings and this is not an uncommon problem. It looks like it happens more often than not. Bought this car used in 2003, still owe 3 years of payments.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #31

Jun 022003

(reported on)


  • 18,930 miles
Engine seized due to sludge. Vehicle was taken to the dealer.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #30

May 222003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,800 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with 52000 miles. I recently this car has been staling, sometimes on a freeway. It has also been driving rough. When I took it into a Dodge dealership, I was told they need to place a rail on a chain to prevent a rattling noise. $400 was the quote. I told them to start work on it. Later they called and told me there was sludge on the motor and it must be replaced. $7000!!! they also told me they can not put the motor back in. That it would not start. They (oakland Dodge in madison hts, mi) also told me that I have not been changing my oil regularly. This is a false accusation, however I do not have oil change receipts. I have also changed my own oil several times. I am now stuck with a rental car until I can afford $7000.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #29

May 062003


  • miles
The vehicle stalled, which caused the consumer to pull over abruptly.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #28

May 022003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Engine failure on a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with 64,000 miles. No warning signs, no rough running. The oil pressure light came on and pulled over right away. As soon as I did the engine quit. After having it towed to the Chrysler dealership, I was told that the engine is full of "sludge" and had to be replaced. Cost of new engine is approximately $8,500 which is more than the wholesale value of the car. Seems to be a common problem with the 2.7 engine on the Dodge Intrepid's. see this web-site: anyboard.net/autos/cars/cars/>.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #27

May 242003


  • 71,000 miles
The vehicles engine light illuminated and engine shut off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the dealer said engine locked up and would need to be replaced.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #26

Dec 142002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,150 miles
At 90,015 serviced miles, the vehicle was traveling at 60 mph. Check engine light came on and the engine failed. Driver coasted to a stop several hundred feet. Tensioner failed after motor seized up. Dealer offered to install new engine for >$4500 and was told to call national number. Dodge told me that my only recourse was in court, and that was the end of the conversation.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #25

Apr 102003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter and it started making a ticking noise and then one day in April my engine just quit while I was driving it down the road. I sent them a letter and they said there was nothing they could do because my warranty was up, but who puts a 36,000 mile warranty on a vehicle unless they know the engine is junk. They need to fess up to their defect of this type of engine and recall it. It is not right. I am a 23 year old single mother who still owes 10,000 dollars on a car that I can't even drive because I didn't have 6,000 dollars to give them for a new engine.

- Woodland, MI, USA

problem #24

Apr 232003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid with 2.7L engine seized with only 59000 miles.

- Elk Grove, IL, USA

problem #23

Apr 262003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Bad engine {sludge}.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #22

Mar 292003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
On Mar 29th, 2003 my 2000 Dodge Intrepid check engine light came on and the vehicle began stalling. I took it to a local garage. After placing it on their computer, I was told the vehicles' cam sensor needed replaced. I also had the mechanic change the spark plugs. Both of which had to be ordered through the dealer. $200 dollars later, I picked the vehicle up and drove approx. 5 miles before the same thing happened again. I took it back to the garage who advised me that I should have the dealership look into it. Once at the dealership, I was told I need a crank sensor. Another $200 dollars later, my wife picked the vehicle up, drove it no more than 2 blocks from the dealership where it stalled on her and my two children in the middle of us 52 in Ohio. Now, after not having my vehicle for almost a month, I am told by the dealership the timing chain might need replaced which will easily cost $300 labor for 6hr of work, and at least $200 for the new timing chain. In less than a month I will have spent at least $900 on a problem yet to be actually verified as the problem needing fixed.

- Portsmouth, OH, USA

problem #21

Mar 072003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,600 miles
Last week I was exiting the highway on an off-ramp and noticed the engine had 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. The mechanic said that it looked like a bomb went off in my engine and he was not sure of the cause but it was most likely because the timing chain broke.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #20

Apr 022003


  • 71,000 miles
The engine stalled without warning, prior to the incident, the vehicle made a ticking noise.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #19

Apr 102003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,500 miles
The tensioner unit on the timing chain caused the timing chain to fail completely, causing engine failure to the tune of $2,100. Only 60,500 miles on vehicle. Also had cam sensor replace two days prior to the failure of the timing change, cam sensor cost was $205.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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