2nd Nov 2004, 20:53

The look, feel and space of the car are unequaled to that of any other in it's class. Unfortunately, most of the happy owners don't have the '98-'02 models with which most of us have had our problems. I cannot speak for anyone else, but I was and am not cheap with my oil changes. I still had problems, twice, with a engine seizing up due to sludge. The facts are there. Both times for me, it happened at the 42,000 mile mark. The car now sits in an auction lot with no bidders. My particular vehicle had all the problems that have been brought up. I was just in love with it the first time and the dealership fixed it up with the extended warranty I purchased. Now, that has expired and I am out of a vehicle because of the cost of repairs. I do not wish this upon anyone else, but please don't preach on how to take care of a vehicle because you have yet to experience the "curse".

5th Dec 2004, 15:59

Hi: Do you have web page about the oil filter article. Is there anything I should look for besides being expensive.

I own a 99 intrepid and have not had sludge problem and am very worried about it. Someone else suggest synthetic oil.

Does anyone have other suggestions?


13th Dec 2004, 22:19

I do agree that a car is an investment that must be taken care of. With that said, we religiously changed the oil on our 1999 Dodge Intrepid; having the dealer change the oil and the filters (which is NOT your 19.99 cheap oil change), had a regular tune up, and in all ways took care of this car. We now have a 1999 Dogde Intrepid driveway ornament, since the engine has the "sludge" problem and can no longer be driven. We owe a lot on the vehicle, will not put the $6,000 into it to put in a new engine. This 2.7 liter engine is defective, and buyers should beware!

1st Feb 2005, 11:31

I just learned that the timing chain on my 2000 Intrepid (60,000 miles) broke and is going to cost me some serious bucks to fix, more than what it is worth.

I have my oil changed regularly and I have to agree with the ones who say there must be a design problem with this car.

All I can say is that this is my first and last Dodge product.

8th Feb 2005, 21:18

My parents bought a used 94' Intrepid in 96' with 42,000 miles on it as a mechanic I can honestly say the only thing that broke was a fuel sending unit and pump. They donated the car in 01' with 247,500 miles on it running. Yes there was several front end jobs and one A/C issue, but that was it. No water pump, No alternator, No Timing Chain (3.3L engine) No BULL. Change your Oil and regular maintenance.

8th Mar 2005, 18:20

I am experience in motor building as well as using good oil. I build race car motors and some street engines. I used synthetic oil and have documentation on oil changes. However I had a motor go out on my 2.7 with 62,000 miles. Just maybe it is the engine To the person saying use better oil clearly is talking without any experience of engine components. So maybe you should think before you talk. However the world is full of idiots.

30th May 2005, 17:35

All I can say is that I agree with most - the 1999 Dodge Intrepid is a piece of junk that needs constant repair. With the high cost of living, who needs the headache.

25th Aug 2005, 12:26

I understand about cheap and too far and few oil changes... I used the best possible with my car and took very good care of it... even changing the oil way before it needed... but like many others my dodge's motor blew up. All I can say is your car is new... so give it a few more years and then you give your review again when it hits 88,000 miles. Until you have a full experience of the year and not just a few months or years.. you should not speak!

10th Aug 2008, 17:29

I am not real sure what most of you are talking about on here half the time. You repeatedly put down the Dodge Intrepids and constantly have excuses. In most cases, most of you are not even referring to the engine that was installed in your vehicle. We have all read and I learned well before I bought my 99 Intrepid, that the 2.7 V6 engines were garbage. It seems to me that the time you should have taken to research a vehicle before you bought it, would have been time well spent. I bought my 99 SE with the 3.2 liter engine and 80,000 miles already on it about 4+ years ago, and I have had only one problem thus far. It had a coolant leak that ended up being a in the intake manifold gasket. At the tune of $400 for repair, the car now runs like a new one again. Even after one neglected oil change, I still had no sludge. Can I assume it is from the fact that I do use an expensive filter and am a strong believer in Castrol GTX oil (the best on the market!), it could be. But if you want to complain about Dodge Intrepids, please specify what engine you are trash talking. My 99 Intrepid SE with the 3.2 and 110,000 miles on it, still runs like the day that I bought it from the dealer.

27th Feb 2010, 22:20

I just bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid with the 2.7L engine. It has 78K miles on it and it is the best running car I have ever owned. I cannot even tell when the transmission shifts most of the time. I checked the oil, and also looked at the oil fill cap and there was no sludge whatsoever. I suppose the owner before me took good care of the car, and had regular oil changes and maintenance. I don't see any of the issues that I am reading about taking place on this car. Hopefully it will not all of a sudden develop any of the problems that some owners are describing.