2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7L from North America
Horrible 2.7L, steering design, looks are definitely deceiving!
The 2.7L engine blew up at 35,000 miles due to sludge. I believe it was due to coolant entering the engine creating sludge. I was told by the dealer that it was my fault, although I changed the oil every 3,000 miles with Mobil1. I had to pay $7500 to replace this engine.
I was shocked to find many others also being blamed and having the same problems. There are complaints all over the internet and many NHTSA complaints about this engine. I was even more shocked and amazed when I found websites about the problem.
Steering began clunking at about seven thousand miles where it would also wander, which I found is fairly common due to suspension design. This also makes me angry.
I thought I've driven junk in my life, but never experienced anything like this with a well kept car with any other.
The only thing I can really compliment Chrysler on is the interior roominess, design and looks of the vehicle, which are all top notch.
If this vehicle didn't have such a problematic 2.7L engine and steering/suspension, it would have and could have been absolutely perfect. It's too bad.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd March, 2007
19th Sep 2008, 18:31
Your engine blew because of poor oil circulation. Let me explain. The engine was designed on a computer CAD and was sold to Daimler Chrysler. There is poor oil circulation to the top of the engine, which causes it to run hotter and breaks the oil down faster, creating sludge.
Look under the oil cap - if you see sludge then chances are it's in the engine. The more sludge, the less oil can move, causing parts to wear out faster.
I read about this on another web site with 1,768 complaints on the 2.7 engines in the Intrepids. And almost all were due to sludge.
I have talked with 2 mechanics who own Intrepids and they said to switch to a full synthetic oil because it doesn't have oil elements in it, and that's what breaks down is the oil elements. Also change the transmission fluid regularly.