The 2.7L was a bad design. It had a problem with oil sludge building up that often killed the engine. Chrysler is not covering this because far too many engines came back like this, and Chrysler can't afford to admit it's a bad design. Check online to see if there are any lawsuits pending against Chrysler.
Sorry this happened to you, especially a working mother.
All these Intrepids are terrible cars, it's a Chrysler though what do you expect...
If you want a car that's engines don't need replacing every few hundred thousand, buy foreign!
If you paid $8,000 to have a new engine installed, then you were badly cheated by your garage. And I mean so badly cheated that you should consider talking to a lawyer. If all they did was put in a remanufactured or used engine, then you paid 2-3X too much.
On the other hand, when the car is so far out of warranty, I agree that there isn't much that Chrysler Corp. was obligated to do.
That's nothing!= = my garage charged me $14,786 to repace my motor.. came with a 12 month warranty- so it was a good deal!
I wouldn't recommend buying anything from GM, they're no better than Chrysler. I'd recommend you buy a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry if you're still looking for a car within the size range of an Intrepid.
Or better yet, a Ford Fusion or Ford Taurus. Though if you wanted to stay with Dodge, the new Avenger or Charger are reliable and don't have the bad reputation that the Intrepid did. I've driven a number of Impalas and Malibus as rentals, and although they are nice cars to drive, it seems that after a few years annoying things like window mechanisms and plastic trim seem to break.
You have to love the fact that everybody thinks that American Cars are junk. My wife owns a 2003 Sebring LXi with the 2.7L.
At 101k we replaced the water pump and timing chain tensioner, we are now at 188k. The only "major" maintenance done to this car has been struts and control arms. The 2.7l could be a great engine, but only with owners who don't say "oh, 6k mile oil changes are completely acceptable..." OK, that was my rant for the day.
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PEOPLE!!!
I have an Intrepid 1999. And I'm sorry, but it's a good car. Very roomy inside, very roomy trunk. Nice comfortable drive, and absolutely no mechanical problems whatsoever. Like at all.
BUT, preventive maintenance can be overdone on Chryslers. I've owned Sebrings, and a Plymouth Breeze, as well as the Intrepid. Though oil changes are very smart, I have found that Chryslers don't seem to enjoy too much preventive maintenance, LOL. I have no clue why, but have historical proof to say that. They run like butter, and change oil half the recommended times. I NEVER am at the garage, they always start, and never choke. So go figure.