2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7 from North America
Care and preventive maintenance go a long way
This Dodge has been taken great care of, and now has 187000 miles on it.
And yes it is the 2.7. I have had it just over a year, and I have done nothing but change the oil over to 5w-30 synthetic. At the first oil change, there was NO sludge at all in this engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2011
Like the LSx-series GM V8s, you need an oil that can handle high temperatures in these engines. Corvette engines have been filled with Mobil 1 from the factory since 1992 - this allowed GM to do without an oil cooler. Without an oil cooler on a vehicle that is will be driven hard, synthetic oil is the key to a sludge-free engine - and thus, longevity. The question is, why does a relatively mundane engine such as the 2.7, installed in a family-oriented vehicle, have issues with oil temperature? Smart move on the poster's part, as these are good engines otherwise.