2002 Dodge Intrepid SE from North America - Comments

3rd Sep 2004, 13:57

I tend to think that you work for Dodge because there is no way your motor lasted that long...

6th Sep 2004, 18:41

My 2000 Dodge Intrepid had just over 85,000 miles on it when it went. We took good care of it. This is the first AND LAST new Chrysler that we will buy. We have bought 5 new chevy and a new ford truck and will go back to buying chevy and ford, at least we can get 150,000 to 250,000 miles on them.

You must be a Dodge dealer. I find it hard to believe you have had 3 Dodges with 2.7L engines and have not had any problems. If true CONGRADULATIONS!!!

28th Oct 2004, 17:23

Yeah yeah yeah, I must work for Dodge, too. Whatever. I love my Intrepid. My motor is perfectly fine. My husband works in an "automechanic" shop. Intrepids are good cars. The problem is people who drive them and don't maintain them. I'm trading mine in for a 2004.

22nd Dec 2005, 17:07

I can believe those engines lasted that long - 220,000 km's = about 138,000 miles, for instance.

However, I'll raise the b.s. flag on 37 mpg.

21st Oct 2006, 00:38

The use of kilometers shows that the author is from Canada, and was thus using Imperial gallons and not U.S. gallons. When you convert it to U.S. gallons, it comes to about 31 miles per gallon, which I have attained in my Intrepid on long trips.

In one sense I am lucky, because my 1999 2.7L Intrepid has almost 170,000 miles on its original engine. We used regular fossil oil and changed every 5,000 miles, and have since switched to full synthetic. The car still drives great.

2nd Nov 2006, 09:20

I have a 1994 Intrepid and a 2002 Intrepid R/T. The '94 has over 265,000 miles on it, and the R/T has almost 100,000 miles. I've never had a serious problem with either.

Now, I don't work for Dodge, or any car company, but, I am an engineer... and, I'm telling you straight... maintenance is absolutely essential to these cars.

The 2.7 engines were known for problems... virtually all relating to a lack of regular oil changes. (...or, using really poor quality oil.)

And, DCX transmissions have always had more than their share of trouble when driven too hard... and, when the transmission fluid changes are ignored.

Both generations of Intrepids were far ahead of their counterparts & contemporaries in terms of technology and engineering... and, that advancement - as is being seen now in many other modern cars - caused a heavy reliance on the engines and other moving parts being properly maintained, because tolerances are so much tighter.

Intrepids were excellent cars... and, fantastic values for the money. They offered more room and style, with more power and handling, than ANY similar sized vehicle on the market... but, there was a premium to be paid for all this extra - sticking with regular maintenance.

I thoroughly believe people who had problems with these cars caused their own problems... and never deserved such a great car.

27th Apr 2008, 21:06

Amen to the comment above.

24th Feb 2009, 14:57

Does anyone here have a 2002 2.7L? I had the car for about 4 months and drove about 7000 miles. Transmission issues occurred at just over 50000. I cared for the car, and put synthetic into it myself. I am 23, and don't drive like an 80 year old, but are you saying that I shouldn't keep up with the flow of traffic, so that my car won't break down? My car before this was an '92 Acura Integra with 287,000mi and it could run with the rest of 'em.

2nd Apr 2009, 00:39

Yes, I have a 2002 Intrepid with the 2.7 engine. I however don't have a transmission problem. It is unusual for a vehicle less than seven years old and 50,000 to have transmission troubles. If you give me more info, I might be able to help.

Also I have engine problems, apparently loose bearings. When I would drive for 10 miles or more, the oil pressure light would flicker at idling. I began using 20w-50 oil and the oil pressure light has never come on once. I have have been advised to switch to a 15w-40 or 15w-50; which would be gentler for cold start ups, but I live in Arizona where the temperatures never get low enough to be effected by 20 weight at vehicle start up. Some people have told me to go down to 40 on the higher viscosity end, since 50 takes longer to warm up. I have confidence in continuing the 20w-50, but if anyone has info I don't know, please inform me. I need the car to last 18 months at least.

7th May 2010, 09:35

What is the best weight of oil to put in an 02 Intrepid 2.7?

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