30th Dec 2009, 22:33

I purchased a 2002 Dodge Intrepid 3.5 liter engine and love this car. I am the original owner and purchased the maintenance package for the first 7 years. It is now almost 2010 and the only thing I can comment on is I believe my thermostat may be going out. Sometimes when I've drove around for 15 or 20 minutes, when I turn off the car I can hear the sound of bubbling water going into the overflow.

5th Jan 2010, 15:49

All I can say is WOW! After reading all these comments I am beginning to feel lucky that I have not had any serious problems with my 2.7L in the 2 years that I have owned it. That is until now. I have always had that oil light flickering problem, but now the car is around 80,000 miles and I am experiencing the same problem many have had with the bleeder valve blowing out. Who designed these things, he should be held accountable? I want out of this car loan badly, before I have a huge debt and NO vehicle. Any ideas who would give the best trade in value?

6th Feb 2010, 13:41

Feb 6, 2010

I also own a 2002 Intrepid that is at my mechanics shop for about the 10th time in the past 2 years. This car has been a total nightmare.. I've had every problem mentioned by other owners, and I'm just on pins and needles waiting for my mechanic to call me today and tell me I'm looking at another $400 or $500 in repairs.. Thanks GOD this car is not made anymore, it is a total piece of mess...

Tracey/Balch Springs Texas.

17th Feb 2010, 12:32

Have a 04' Intrepid with approx 50,000 on it. Bought it in 04' and was a program car. So far I have replaced upper and lower tranny cooler hoses, high pressure power steering hose, timing chain (thankfully under drive train warranty), and now the hose to the PCV valve deteriorated and plugged it up, resulting in oil spraying all over the engine compartment.

I also have a 99' Dakota with 147'000 miles, and all I've had to do is replace coil wire & a new drive shaft in the front end. Same company, why can't they be the same quality parts?

18th Feb 2010, 04:04

The sleazy accountants are getting an ever tightening grip on manufacturing. That's THE REASON WHY QUALITY IS GOING DOWNWARDS.

7th Mar 2010, 19:46

I have had problems with my accelerator sticking? It happened two years ago, and it happened again today. I keep up my maintenance on the car. The first time it happened it almost killed me. Has anyone out there had this problem? I'm getting so I'm afraid to trust the car.

9th Mar 2010, 23:32

I just bought a 2002 Intrepid from a girl at work. She said she loved the car and hated to get rid of it, but her husband was making her (they have 2 other cars, and didn't need a third).

I took the car to a mechanic, because the check engine light was on, before I bought it. He said it was definitely worth buying. He assured me that the problems were minor, and would not cost a lot. The mechanic says that 3 of the four O2 sensors need to be replaced, it wasn't an immediate need. He said I could fix one every couple of months, and it would be fine. He also said it probably just needed a tune up. So I paid $1900 for the car.

After I bought it, a week later, it started to drag when I pushed on the gas pedal and then it would just take off, so I took it for a tune up ($200). The dragging did not stop. Well it has been a month since I bought the car and I have been driving very carefully, just dealing with the misfire or what ever the problem is (seems to drag if it's not warmed up). Well today I go out to start it and it just clicks. The radio and lights work. It won't take a jump. I can't get my money back, should I trade it in? Did I buy a piece of junk? What do I do?

27th Apr 2010, 07:14

I also have a 2002 2.7 liter, and have had nothing but problems with it! I have done all recommended preventive maintenance to the car, and at 65k it just went to crap! I've sunk in about 3k extra into the car, and it still keeps shaking when I get up to highway speeds. Not all the time though, just randomly replaced brakes, calipers, tires. Still trying to troubleshoot this bugger! Nice looking car, but bad engine designs!


22nd Jun 2010, 13:04

I am just going to break down and sell my 2002 Intrepid SE for parts! After reading all of these comments, and already forking over $1000 in repairs. It's not worth the headache!

Thanks carsurvey.org

27th Jun 2010, 13:48

I bought a Dodge Intrepid SE 2001 2.7 in Feb 2010. It took month to unflag the paperwork. Finally it was mine, yeah... until 4 days later! The engine blew on the freeway, engine sludge. Couldn't afford a new engine, so I paid $2,000 to rebuild and unsludge the original engine, at 130,000 miles. Put in a new water pump too.

Next, new brakes for $400, then one month later overheated... all new cooling system, $500, next 2 days later, oil sealer over engine, $550, then some plastic piece for overspill, and tie rod for right wheel, $400, then new fuel pump $550.

I may be forgetting something, oh yeah, new battery, and that was $160 because you have to go to the Dodge dealer since the right front tire has to come off.

Now it's June of 2010, I've owned the car for just 5 months and I paid $2,700 for the car and spent over $4,000 in repairs, and guess what? It still overheats like crazy, even if I check the overspill and it's full when I leave the house, you WILL overheat in a short time. I live in Phoenix. AZ so summers are 115 degrees most days, and overheating is a given if you own this car! So I carry 4 OR 5 gallons of coolant, and 6 gallons of water, and stay close to home till I sell this piece of crap!!!

I love the smooth drive and the design, but it's pimping me too hard!

26th Jul 2010, 22:15

Today I purchased a 2004 Intrepid with the 2.7 from a friend for $500. It does need a little work, the engine is knocking. I figured out where the battery is and charged it up, also replaced the ground cable to the battery. I thought I was getting the deal of the century with this car as the tires are brand new and the body is perfect. I found this site in doing research on the engine. I am a little concerned as to whether to spend the money for a new engine, or go ahead and cut my losses now. As of right now the only issue is the engine knocking.

29th Aug 2010, 12:36

I own a 2003 2.7L Intrepid SE and am the original owner. I didn't have any problems with the car until February 2008 at just under 75000 miles when the oil light came on at stops. Fortunately I have several mechanics (one of which had seen this problem in several other Intrepids) to consult with and it was determined it was the oil pressure switch. I ended up putting in 2 because we found if the area where the switch is installed isn't completely free of oil, it will burn the switch out again. After installing the second switch, I've had no more problems with the oil light.

Since 2008 I've replaced the oil pan gasket, water pump, coolant reservoir (separated at seam), thermostat and repaired a transmission cooler line. Body-wise I've replaced the rear/driver side door lock and window motor.

After reading all the other reviews I can see I'm extremely fortunate. I'm almost OCD about keeping my car maintained and am hoping it will last me a few more years. I mainly wanted to post this review because of all the reports about the oil light. I was hoping to shed a little light on the problem.