2002 Dodge Intrepid SE from North America - Comments

6th Aug 2005, 20:17

I own a Dodge Intrepid 2002 SE v-6 2.7 liter

I bought it with 18,000 and have had nothing but problems. The "check engine light" came on. (And Dodge replaced the "brain" twice!) After talking to one dealer a dozen times. The oil light flickered at idle, causing the oil sensor to be replaced. The cam sensor had to be replaced. The power window motor was replaced. The plastic upper bell housing was replaced due to fluid leak at top of engine, (where hose goes to radiator) Now engine overheats, and water pump is leaking a brownish liquid. This car has been nothing short of a lemony headache, and it's only got 72,000 miles on it! How due I get into the class action suit? rperry7187@sbcglobal.net 916-663-1310.

8th Aug 2005, 13:48

I am a Dodge Intrepid owner as well. Thermostat housing just started leaking heavily a couple of days ago. It has almost always had the coolant stain around it throughout my ownership. It has 83k miles. Though, it sounds like I have been one of the lucky owners as this has been my only problem so far. Just for protections sake, I am also interested in this class action suit. Please provide details to me via email on how I can help and get involved to <makinmagic@hotmail.com>.

26th Nov 2005, 23:30

William Hoarst.

Thank you for designing such a reliable engine. I'm so happy to know that I was nearly killed in your 1998 dodge intrepid, because I didn't take care of my car. I'm sure the thousands of other victims of this 2.7l engine mess were also negligent in taking care of their cars.

27th Nov 2005, 02:32

I believe it's Chrysler's fault, on one hand for not apparently testing the engine enough under adverse conditions, and on the other hand for not recommending the proper oil. Anyone with knowledge of lubricants would now say that the 2.7 should only have ever used synthetic oil.

22nd Dec 2005, 12:58

I have a 2002 Intrepid that has had problems from the get-go. The check engine light is on pretty much all the time, even when there's apparently 'nothing wrong' with the car. The front brakes were 'warped' & had to be replaced 1 year after I purchased the car; it was used with 25,000 miles on it. About the same time, the steering wheel started trembling fiercely at speeds of 45-58mph & no amount of balancing, rotating, tire changing has helped this situation. Starting home for a 1000 mile trip, a single mom & 2 girls alone in the car, from Christmas with family last year, the engine started knocking very loudly like there was no oil. Luckily, I was still close enough to get a family member to help get to an auto repair place... he found the crankshaft & camshaft sensors totally coagulated with oil & sludge... these were replaced at a cost of approximately $600.00. Now, exactly 1 year later, my teen-aged daughters were driving to their dad's for Christmas when the engine completely quit in the middle of a major highway, with no power steering, etc. It was all she could do to get it completely off the road & then they had to sit there for over 2 hours until we could get to them. I had the car towed back home, 106 miles, only to find out that the engine had seized up completely. A check of the oil finds it full & fine...hmmmm...how does an engine seize if there's plenty of oil??? Unfortunately, my intrepid has 95,000 miles on it... do you think any of us stand a chance with Chrysler? This just shouldn't be happening so much! I want in on the class action for sure! Jody Raymer, Myrtle Beach, SC.

27th May 2006, 20:17

Too bad my fiance didn't read any of the previous comments before purchasing a 2002 dodge intrepid. Just like the others we are experiencing the same problem with the oil light coming on. Fortunately we were lucky enough to be under our 30 day warranty and was able to get the oil pump changed for free. But after I picked the car up from the shop and drove on the interstate doing about 60-65 mph there it was that darn oil light on again. It doesn't stay on, but I've noticed after traveling some distance it comes on again. Any info pertaining to a class action suit please email me at mrsnefertiti@hotmail.com.

4th Jun 2006, 22:37

Just my $.02 worth:

I bought a new '02 Intrepid SE with the 2.7L engine in the summer of 2002, and it's been very nearly flawless for over 100,000 mile of reasonably hard use. I have two friends who were so impressed with my Intrepid that they bought Intrepids of their own (both '02s with the 2.7L), and neither of them has had the slightest trouble, either. I am not trying to discount the bad experiences people have had, but I just don't think the Intrepid is any less (or more) reliable than average, and I think that maintenance has a lot to do with it. I, and my two friends, stick to the letter of the severe-use maintenance schedule in the owners' manual, and our cars run and drive like new, have great power, burn no oil, and get good gas mileage, even into the 100,000+ mile range. I've done nothing to the car, but basic scheduled maintenance. It's even running on the original battery. I've owned a lot of cars, and put a lot of miles on them, and this Intrepid is the most trouble-free I've ever had (knock on wood). Literally the only problem I have had is an occasional check-engine light reporting a problem in the evaporative purge-flow control system. Plugging it into the dealers' computer shows no problem, and I do believe it's a flaky sensor. The car runs perfectly, and the light rarely stays on for long at a time, with long stretches where it never comes on. I don't consider this a big deal; try and find ten newish cars that don't have their check engine light come on from time to time for no apparent reason. I've had the same problem in two Fords, a Toyota, and an Oldsmobile.

5th Jun 2006, 13:25

I got a used 2002 intrepid in Feb, of this year.

Its the 2.7L SE model. its been working good so far I bought it at 99000km on it. the only real problem I have had with it is the engine light comes on, but that about it. runs good.

8th Jun 2006, 19:53

I brought “Blue Thunder” in Feb 2003; he had 18,000 miles on him. Excuse my referring to my car as “him” but he has been very good to me. I now have over 78,000 miles on Blue Thunder. He has taken me to Missouri, Canada, New York, Virginia Beach and Indiana. With absolutely no-problems. Not even a cough. I am not like the average owner either. I don’t change the oil as recommended. I don’t do the “regular maintenance” as recommended. I do it as I feel he needs it. I am on the road a lot. I would go broke if I adhered to the regular maintenance schedule. Remember, hi-way miles are the best miles you can put on a vehicle.

As a matter of course, I don’t stamp on the gas at stop lights and I don’t fly down the road. Blue Thunder throws me back when I need quick acceleration and that’s enough for me. Treat your car nice & he or she will treat you nice. I’ve got 2000 watts of amps and sub woofers in that carnivorous trunk space with full coverage insurance. I drive 22 miles round trip to the office Mon-Fri and gas mileage could not be better. I average 400+ to a tank and I own the 2002 SE model.

I have no idea how you folks use your car, but take this from me. DRIVE them right and you will keep more loot in your pocket, and not your local mechanic’s.

To that engineer who designed the engine on Blue Thunder, thanks for a great job!!