1999 Dodge Intrepid Base 2.7 from North America


2.7 just went


Engine went at 67,774.

General Comments:

I paid $6,500 for this car put $1,000 down and traded in a tempo with 125,000 miles I still had to finance over $ 4,000 bought warranty and still will not cover repair. Only put 300 miles on this car and just made my first payment. I don't know what I am going to do. The mechanic said that the timing chain tensioner went and polluted the engine with parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 from North America


Unreliable car due to serious engine problems after 100,000 KM


Engine failure at 120,000 KM, problem was corrected before serious engine damage. It required 7 days to fix replacing tensioner belt, timing chain etc..

Engine failure at 135,000 KM, pistons hit valves. New engine required.

General Comments:

After doing some research on the Internet it is obvious that the 2.7 Litre engine is a lemon. Even speaking with a Chrysler mechanic will back this up - most engine breakdowns are not fixable due to zero clearance problems (re: oil pump) and other design flaws. As per others that have reported here - if you own a 2.7 L Chrysler product get rid of it before 100,000 KM or you will regret it. If you are considering a Chrysler product - read through these reviews again.

Most dealerships will give you the story that the engine oil was not changed and this caused the problem. This is simply a way for them to pass the buck - the engine is garbage after 100,000 KM. Generally speaking all kinds of things start falling apart with the car after 100,000 KM, for example. Key Truck lock seized and corroded, brakes after sitting for more than 4 days rust out (poor quality steel).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2004

1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter from North America


A lemon that doesn't come in yellow


The engine blew at 57,963 miles requiring 3 months in a repair facility and at a cost of over $5,000.00 The engine failure was allegedly due to lack of proper maintenance which was untrue.

Both front window motors had to be replaced.

Rack and pinion had to be replaced.

Air conditioning had to be repaired.

Instrument panel lights had to be repaired twice.

Engine cooling fan had to be replaced twice.

The current mileage is 66,123.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable and fantastic looking, but the quality is decades behind the design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2004

28th Apr 2004, 10:01

This is an update from the author of this complaint. I took the Intrepid in at 65,911 miles to have 4 repairs done as well as have the transmission serviced at my expense. Yesterday at 66,281 miles the "check engine" light came on and the transmission got stuck in first on the highway. That is a whopping 360 miles after have it serviced. One again I had it towed to the repair shop and took the bus to work late.

10th Jul 2004, 17:15

As for the engine, the engine is a wonderful engine (lemme finish before you start cussin me out), it is the Timing Chain that is bad. They put a very weak timing chain in it and it can't take a lot of abuse. But they just don't break. They SHOULD come loose and start banging around before they completely break. When they do break, this basically causes everything inside the engine to fall down and become destroyed. Simple solution, have a much better timing chain put in from a well trusted independent mechanic ahead of time, to avoid engine failure. And as always, keep up on the maintenance.

1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 from North America


Stay away from Intrepid, this car is junk


Engine blew at 40,000 miles due to "sludge buildup."

All four power windows broke.

Twin fans in engine broke separately.

A/C evaporator.

Front headlight covers had to be replaced due to leak.

Rear taillights replaced at least a dozen times.

General Comments:

The car looked great, and we loved the roominess and handling when we bought it.

However, it seems like all the engines in these cars are locking up due to some mysterious "sludge buildup." I changed the oil every 3,000 miles, and had all necessary maintenance performed, yet the engine still locked up. Dodge has refused to address the issue, and I was out $7,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2004

16th Apr 2004, 21:40

I would like to say that I have a 2002 dodge intriped. It has almost 60,000 miles on it and works just fine. IO have only had to replace the tires and soon the brake pads that are all wear and tear parts. Nothing else has gone wrong with this car.

14th Aug 2004, 12:57

I have an Intrepid with 200,000 miles on original engine and it still performs flawlessly. I suspect your problem may be that you did not have your car's oil changed at the dealer and they did not use a genuine Mopar oil filter.

1st Oct 2004, 06:42

Consider yourselves lucky then. If I were you though, I'd be sure to check for any traces of sludge on your engine. It happened so fast.