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

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problem #298

Feb 222006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph the engine made a knocking sound and failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop for inspection. The mechanic determined the engine needed to be replaced, however no repairs were made. The dealership and manufacturer were not alerted.

- Parker, KS, USA

problem #297

Feb 052006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
: the contact stated upon starting the vehicle the engine knocked. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was determined engine sludge was the cause of the problem and the engine needs replaced, however no repairs have been made.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #296

Feb 072006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to start the vehicle the engine would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, the dealership determined the engine needed to be replaced however, no repairs have been made. The manufacturer was notified. Updated 03/09/06.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #295

Feb 052006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,823 miles
2000 Intrepid w/54K miles blew (2) holes in the timing chain covers while driving on highway route 422 in Ohio at 11 pm 2/5/06. Towed car in for repairs and sludge build up was under the valve covers. Purchased car from halper Chrysler dealership on 2/17/05. We only added 13K miles on it in 12 months. We did regular oil changes but it still built up sludge in the motor. Our 19 year old son was driving our car back to college when it blew. We are glad he is safe and he is a strong enough young man to hold the wheel when this happened. The add on warranty we purchased will not cover this repair since it appears the oil was not changed regularly so we now have a $7K in repairs to make or a $7K driveway ornament until it's paid off.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #294

Jan 232006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
: the contact stated the check engine oil light illuminated, the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop. The repair shop determined the oil pressure was low and the engine would need replacing soon. No repairs made and the vehicle was sold.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #293

Feb 022006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,841 miles
Engine failure 2.7L.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #292

Jan 262006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter motor with 70,000 miles on it. No sign that the engine was going to fail. Car was running fine. All of a sudden the motor was knocking. Took to dealer, they said there was sludge build up due to poor maintenance(they didn't even ask how often I changed the oil). Dealer said it would cost thousands of $ to fix. I still owed $7,000 on a car that would cost that much to fix. So now I still pay for that junk car and drive a $2,000 beater until I can finish paying the Dodge off.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #291

Dec 152005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Engine is bad. Loud knocking. Originally thought it was main seal that went out but upon further investigation and several mechanics, the engine is gone. Second thought was the oil pump went bad, no luck there either. No known reason for engine to go out and no warning signs. No "check engine" lights or anything else. Car has less than 52,500 miles. Up to this I never had any problems with the vehicle, other than the weather stripping around all four doors keep coming off, even after it was replaced at dealership.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #290

Jan 142006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
I am a 35 year old woman who was traveling with my mentally challenged and autistic daughter from Ohio to Missouri. While nearing indianapolis, in. My 2000 Dodge Intrepid it started "ticking" very loudly and then would not go over 40 mph. I pulled off on the median where my car just died as I was trying to slow down to stop. This was the most terrifying, inconvenient and costly experience. My autistic daughter was screaming while we waited for help. I spent my entire vacation calling the Dodge dealer where my car was towed, my extended warranty company and rental car places. I first spoke with the Dodge dealer who informed me that my engine was "blown" and it would cost me $8800. They informed me that my engine was full of "sludge". I then called my extended warranty place to make sure they were going to cover the damages. I was then informed that I needed to prove to them that I had my oil changed every 3,000 miles. I then spent the remainder of that day calling the three different places back in my hometown that I took my car trying to get proof faxed that I did get my oil changed every 3,000 miles. Once this was accomplished I was informed that my warranty would not cover the $8800 but would only pay the nada value of the car which was $2650. I then spent the next few days calling around trying to find someone who would rebuild my engine for $2650. That I found was impossible. I called around to junk yards to see if they would buy the car. After several calls, the most I was offered was $150. I was informed by one junk yard employee that my car was not worth anything because "the engine is the only thing worth getting from those cars" and that he had 12 other Intrepid's sitting in his yard with the same problems I had. I was so stressed out over my car situation that I cut my vacation short. This entire situation was the biggest nightmare with my autistic daughter and has not only stressed me out but left me with no car.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #289

Jan 182006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
: the contact stated the check oil light illuminated however, when the accelerator pedal was depressed the light went off. There was a knocking sound coming from the engine. After inspecting the vehicle the dealership found the engine needs to be replaced.

- Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #288

Jan 162006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,769 miles
: the contact stated while stopped at a red light, the vehicle stalled and would not restart. The vehicle was towed into the local dealership were the dealer determined the head gasket, tensioner, cam shaft sensor and timing chain needed to be replaced. After repairs were made, the owner drove the vehicle one mile away from the dealership, and the vehicle proceeded to stall again. The vehicle was towed back to the dealership for additional repairs. The dealer determined the engine had a complete failure due to sludge build up and would have to be replaced.......

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #287

Dec 172005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter engine failed twice (two engines) due to lack of oil even though there was oil in the crankcase. A Dodge service manager told me their is a design problem were sludge can restrict the oil flow back to the crankcase. Both occurrences were at 85 mph.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #286

Dec 272005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact heard a knocking sound in the engine. The vehicle remained parked and not driven for one week. When the contact tried to start the vehicle it would not start. The vehicle was towed to a certified dealership, who determined the engine failed due to sludge build up. The vehicle has not been repaired.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #285

Mar 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,702 miles
The contact stated while driving vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local dealership. They replaced the timing chain, intake manifold, coolant tube, and serpentine belt. The vehicle was driven home. The vehicle drove fine for awhile. The vehicle then experienced the same problem. It was taken back to the dealership, and they replaced the chain tensioner. The vehicle drove fine again for awhile. Then it started experiencing the same problem. It was taken to an independent repair shop. They found that when the previous dealership had replaced the chain tensioner they had not tightened the bolts properly. This caused the valves and the head to be warped. No repairs were made.

- Caspian, MI, USA

problem #284

Dec 262005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,895 miles
: the contact stated while driving wife heard a knocking sound in the engine. Several minutes later when stopping at a red light the vehicle stalled and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. Diagnostic testing was performed. The repair personnel confirmed the engine was filled with sludge and the engine would have to be replaced.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #283

Jun 152005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
We own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The engine seized, without any failure warnings or indications late at night (11:30 pm). I understand this is a common problem with the 2.7L engine manufactured by Chrysler.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #282

Dec 182005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact had the oil changed, and less than a week later she heard a knocking in the engine. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, and the mechanic determined that the oil change caused sludge from the oil pan to get into the engine. This caused the engine to blow out. The vehicle needed a new engine. No repairs have been made due to the expense.

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #281

Dec 132005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact stated while driving heard a clanking noise underneath the hood. He immediately drove the vehicle to the service dealership for inspection. The service dealer determined that the timing chain stretched and released metal shavings into the engine, resulting in a complete engine failure. The engine was disassembled to estimate the damages. The final diagnosis concluded that the engine would have to be replaced. No repairs have been performed.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #280

Nov 182005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,420 miles
I was driving on the freeway at a speed of 60 mph when the engine on my Dodge Intrepid 2000 2.7L failed. I had to stop on the freeway with heavy traffic, a dangeruos situation because there was not much space to stay on the side of road. My life was at risk staying on the freeway and waiting for towing.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #279

Dec 102005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55 miles
I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7L engine. I was driving down the highway when the oil pressure symbol popped on. The engine started to make a knocking and pinging sound that got worse as I went down the road. The motor finally stop running so I pulled on side the road. I tried to restart it but it would not turn over. I had to have it pulled to the house. I had made it a habit to change the oil every 3,000 miles and to make sure the oil level was full every time I left the house. I don't know of anything that I did or didn't do that would have cause the motor to seize up. I do know that there are a lot of complains about the 2.7L engine and that it is not a very dependable motor that will quit and seize up for no reason T all. I believe that this motor should be recalled and that the consumers should be compensated with a new or rebuilt 3.2L or 3.5L engine to replace the 2.7L engines in these vehicles.

- Bastrop, LA, USA

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