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

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problem #358

Jan 262007


  • miles
Our 2000 Dodge Intrepid experienced an engine failure that resulted in loss of the vehicle because it would be more expensive to repair than it was worth. We had to have the vehicle towed and the repaid technician alerted us to the fact that this particular engine was known by chrystler to have engine oil sludge problems due to faulty design. Dodge should stand behind their product. This was our first and only chrystler product we will ever purchase... we are going to purchase our first foreign made vehicle, a Honda this time!!!

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #357

Jan 142007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7 engine. At 96000 miles I have experienced engine problems. The dealership where I took it to be repaired said that there was a problem with the 2.7 engine and said that I should have the engine replaced at a cost of $5000. They did not advise me to try to fix the existing motor because of a problem with oil sludge build up.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #356

Jan 042007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,911 miles
Another Intrepid 2.7 L engine failure. I was driving the car and it did stop runing without any warninig. I just came out of a twelve hundred dollas transmission repair. I know big chances are I will be ignored by Chrysler people, but I will do everything I have to do to stop my relatives and 20 generations ahead, from buying any Chrysler product.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #355

Dec 242006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
- the contact stated that engine ran as if it had no oil. He performed routine maintenance on the vehicle. The oil heated up and the engine failed. He called the dealer, and they had known about the problem. They said they wanted to give him $200 for the vehicle, but, he had spent over $6000 to fix the engine before and it seized for the second time. He recently purchase D the car. The mileage at the time of the incident was 65000 of which 52,000 miles were on the odometer when the vehicle was purchased. The dealer ddid not want to repair the vehicle. He took it to a repair shop, and they told him they would not fix these types of cars because of the inherent problems. Before it seized the second time the dealer had him bring in the vehicle. They ran diagnostic tests for a few days at which point he was asked to pick up the car and the engine failed again.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #354

Nov 132006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,443 miles
1) engine light came on 2) engine shut down while driving 3) mechanic replace fuel pump then computer car would still not start. Chrysler confirmed that the engine had sludge problem and said the engine needed to be replaced. I could not afford the $5000 to replace the engine.

- Holbrook, MA, USA

problem #353

Dec 012006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine would not start after multiple attempts. There were no warning lights illuminated to indicate a failure. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, who determined the engine had seized, and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #352

Nov 212006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 40 mph, the engine ran sporadically and hesitated. A bluish smoke was noticed coming from the exhaust. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who determined the engine needed to be replaced. Updated 1/19/2007 -

- New Albany, OH, USA

problem #351

Nov 172006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,600 miles
My 2000 Intrepid started knocking and then blew with no advance notice. After researching this problem I see why. Sludge build up even though I followed all maintenance schedules. I have replaced all the front end parts at substantial costs, oil pressure sending unit, also the brake a number of times.

- Forest, OH, USA

problem #350

Nov 152006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph on a city street, the oil and check engine light illuminated and the engine stalled without warning. The engine would not restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, who determined there was excessive oil sludge, and the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #349

Oct 092006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
: the contact stated when the vehicle was started; the engine was chugging and would not accelerate properly while traveling 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the nearest repair shop. After six weeks, diagnostics and physical inspection showed a valve part may have fallen into the motor causing damage and there was a severe sludge problem requiring the engine to be replaced. The service dealer bought the vehicle from the contact. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Weston, WI, USA

problem #348

Nov 102006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles
Temperature gauge topped out, came down, then blew fluid on engine. Dealer said engine was gone. I still owe a significant amount of money and do not have the means to get a new motor. And the dealer is afraid I will not get a loan for a new vehicle because of the amount still owed. I still have no solution for this problem. Car is.

- Johnson City, NY, USA

problem #347

Oct 192006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Without any warning, oil light etc, my 2000 Dodge Intrepid would not start. All was fine before this incident. Service station informed me of timing chain problem and oil sludge build-up due to imperfect 2.7 motor. I was also advised to not fix the problem because this motor is a piece of junk. Car only has 57,000 miles.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #346

Apr 052005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,837 miles
Engine ticking noise resulting in replacing engine. All expense was out of my pocket even after contacting Chrysler.

- Loudonville, OH, USA

problem #345

Oct 162006

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,290 miles
2.7 L motor on 2004 Dodge Intrepid has excessive sludge build up resulting in blown motor. Car is in excellent shape and has been carefully maintained. Bad engine design that is well known to mechanics.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #344

Oct 112006

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph, the engine operated at a reduced speed and stalled without warning. The contact managed to coast the vehicle to the side of the road without incident. After being towed to an independent repair shop, a diagnostic test was performed, which indicated the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #343

Oct 022006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,258 miles
Engine failure on 2000 Dodge Intrepid while driving on us interstate 77 South no previous warning.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #342

Sep 062006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
My 2000 Dodge Intrepid just blew two rod bearings and the chain in the front crank case cut all the through the metal after 81,000 miles and 6 years of owning the vehicle. The problem all started when I had to have my seat replaced via the seat recall Dodge issued (which the dealership did not notify me about, I had to find this out myself via the internet). So, I took my 2000 Dodge Intrepid into my local dealership, to have the seat replaced and while they were at it, I authorized some other repairs that needed to be done to my Intrepid (all out of warranty). I get the car back a day or two later, drive it off the lot and start to hear a ¿¿knocking¿ sound when the RPM¿'s would hit around 4000 ¿¿ 5000 RPM¿'s. the ¿¿knocking¿ went on for another day or two without clearing up, so I took my 200 Dodge Intrepid back to dealership to find out what the deal was, since they just serviced my vehicle. The dealership told me that I would have to pay them another $380 to have my engine pulled apart to diagnose the problem. I was very upset about this, but gave them permission to do pull the engine apart to fix the problem, figuring this would all be covered by their 12 month or 12,000 mile warranty they provide on their work/repairs they do. I get a call 2 ¿¿ 3 hours later stating that the news is not good and that my 2000 Dodge Intrepid had two blown rod bearings, as well as the chain had cut all the way through the crank case. The dealership blamed this on being poorly maintained, then when I told them that was not accurate, as I was very religious on changing my oil every 3,000 miles, they tried to blame the problem on oil sludge caused by the oil I was using (pennzoil). I asked Dodge how pennzoil would feel if I told them that Dodge was telling their customers that pennzoil oil caused oil sludge and the dealership had no comment. They also didn't have any comment on why other engines run & last using pennzoil oil and their engines do not, still no good answer from them.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #341

Sep 252006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid V6 2.7 engine. Stalled in after work high traffic. Would not start. Had to be towed. Bottom line is engine is bad. Unable to repair/replace. Still owe 2 yrs on the car.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #340

Sep 152006

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
My 2000 Dodge Intrepid had an engine problem at 69,000 miles. Apparently this is a problem with these 2.7 liter engines and is not backed by Chrysler. I would like to add my name to the list of complaints.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #339

Aug 082006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 45 mph on a city street, there was a loud, banging noise coming from the engine compartment followed by the engine stalling. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road. The engine did restart, but the banging sound was present. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who determined the engine failed and a rod was fractured. The manufacturer was not notified.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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