25th Sep 2005, 18:16
I've had pretty much the same flickering oil light in my '99 Intrepid. Mine will flicker only when the car is in gear, but stopped, such as when waiting at the stoplight. The instant you press on the gas or put the car in park, the light goes off.
The even stranger part is that my 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado does the exact same thing. The cars are a world apart.
Both cars always have plenty of oil in them.
10th Mar 2006, 22:44
I too had problems with my 1999 Intrepid, the 2.7 engine blew at 50K miles, paid over 5000 to replace it! I pitched & pitched & Pitched a fit until Dodge finally called me back & Agreed to pay me 60% of the repairs! You just have to PUSH!!
Email me if you have questions! Tawnya74@aol.com DODGE SUCKS! I drive a GMC now!
11th Mar 2006, 20:46
The flickering oil lights in both cars certainly seem like evidence of low oil pressure. The least serious problem would just be a clogged sending unit. However, the flickering light at low RPMs like idling in gear at a stoplight, sounds like worn-out main bearings. We had a 1974 Dodge Monaco station wagon with a 400 (from a wrecked 1973 Charger) that did the same thing--flickered at stop signs, and that one was surely worn out bearings. Try changing your oil sending unit and see if it clears up.
22nd Jun 2006, 07:54
I've had that same flickering light, low oil, no smoke problem and now I'm being told it's because the pistons rings/seals have seperated and I need a new engine at a cost of $3000. I think I'm going to try to trade it back to the dealer that sold it to me and stick Dodge with they're own piece O' crap. It has 76,000 miles on it and I need a new engine? Unbelievable! I've already spent $3500 in repairs on this car. Intrepid means bold, fearless or brave. I think that definition fits anyone willing to buy this car.
9th Jul 2006, 11:18
I had (still have although it doesn't run) a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. In September of 2004, it just quit. Took it to a repair shop and was told it needed a new engine. We serviced our car regularly, so there is no reason why the engine should have gone. Contacted Dodge. They couldn't have cared less. Sat on the phone for half hours at a time trying to get hold of a human being. Eventually, after many such calls, I was offered $500. They told me I would be lucky to get that. I kept arguing and got them up to $1625. Big deal in the scheme of things. A new engine installed runs $5000+. I took it though because, at the time, I needed it to get another vehicle. That car still sits and I continued making payments on a dead car. Dodge does not stand behind its product.
9th Jan 2007, 20:00
Add me to the long list of UN-suspecting drivers of the famous 2.7 1999 intrepid. Don't get me wrong, it is a great car if you love speed and handling (smooth too) ; but ever since I drove from NY to Florida (Miami) and back, doing over 100mph the whole way, I noticed that I was over heating. So I got the water pump changed. This is when all hell broke out.
First, the powerful acceleration was gone, then I noticed that when I pressed the gas down to the metal, the rpm gauge shows 6000rpms, but I am only doing about 30mph (sad) ;
Secondly the famous check oil light is now flickering;
Thirdly, here it comes, the engine shuts down, and I am told that the engine has seized, need new one. WHAT!
All I asked for was a water pump change. Yes I understand that the water pump is way under, so you need to remove a whole lot of components first, O.K. poor design.
Lastly, the great mechanics who ruined my life where able to restart the engine claiming that their initial diagnoses was wrong. They changed the oil switch, oil filter, oil pump and a bent rode that was not installed properly.
So here I am with a car that is now a shadow of its former self. TRAGIC
I will buy the 3.5liter engine because I love the car.
11th Feb 2007, 16:38
When your water pump was changed, was the timing belt also changed?
All of the manufacturers for the pumps recommend that they be changed in conjunction.
As far as the oil light flicker, it's definitely an issue of the car idling too low in gear. Next time this happens for you slide the car into neutral and the problem will stop right away.
8th Jun 2007, 01:46
Can someone tell if a 3.5 or 3.2 motor fits with no problem a 2.7 99 intrepid? cause I am one more in long list of owners of a dead intrepid an I need a new motor, but I don't want to put the same kind and have the same problem in a year.
9th Sep 2007, 09:19
I have a 1999 dodge Intrepid and my car won't start when I turn the key over it just clicks... so I replaced the battery it wasn't that... then we played around with the rely plugs (or something like that) switch them around it started working again, but not its doing the same thing...I'm not sure if its something else like the starter or what... but if any one can help that would be great...email@example.com.
9th Sep 2007, 16:03
Oh boy, this is classic! You burned up your car, and now you're a "victim" of Dodge. You brought it on yourself, and got what you deserved. Why complain?
9th Nov 2007, 18:08
Well add me to the list, bought a 2.7 liter 1999 Intrepid, runs like a watch, I changed the oil and filter with standard oil, as my wallet was thin at the time, knowing these cars do sludge up, I put 1/2 quart (topped off) of trans fluid in the oil and drove the car for about 500 miles before I changed the oil, this was a trick and something I have done with all my cars for the past 25 years (auto mechanic taught me this). Now three weeks after the oil change, the oil light started flickering, usually at a stop when the rpms drop to 500 and when hot. now after checking oil, which was full, three days later, the light comes on at about 800 rpms. I have read, that people do not recommend the old Trans fluid trick in these newer cars. Especially in the 2.7 Dodge. Did I trash the motor, still runs fine except when you shut if off after its hot and restart it. What's my next move here? Just wanna get a year out of this car and not spend a fortune.
10th Nov 2007, 16:01
Well, you know, first of all changing oil is the easiest, least expensive thing you can do to prolong the life of your engine. Using cheap, regular oil instead of synthetic Mobil 1 only saves you ten bucks. It isn't worth it. I'd say on a touchy engine like this, where people talk about oil passages that are too narrow, use Mobil 1 5W-30 Synthetic and change it every 3,000 miles. The lower viscosity means it will get into all the little passages, even if you may have to check oil more often in case it leaks out the gaskets.
I have also heard of the "add tranny fluid" trick, and it may have been a substitute for the "engine flush" products, but even they recommend only adding it right before an oil change and only letting the engine idle for about 10 minutes before draining it out, or at most, driving it a few miles up and down the road. I think you blew it by driving 500 miles with cheap, thinned-out oil. Get that tranny fluid out of there right away. Try changing the oil and adding full Synthetic, and see what happens. Maybe even pour in a bottle of Slick 50. It might hang in there for a year if you really baby it.
13th Dec 2007, 10:01
My Intrepid has 179,000 miles on it and it is a 99 2.7. I have the oil changed at Jiffy Lube with the type of oil for cars with high miles. Anyway recently my crank sensor went out. Now I have the flickering oil light when I'm at a stop. No change in how the car runs. I'm also throwing a code P034. I don't know what to do.
7th Apr 2008, 22:18
Yet another 2.7 with the flickering oil light here. After years of being a Chrysler apologist... never again. They are absolute garbage.
11th Jun 2009, 12:32
I have a 99 Intrepid 2.7. I'm on my 3rd motor. Now on this "new" motor with roughly 35-40k miles on it, I too have the oil flickering of death. Shakes at 30mph overheating. Dodge really dropped the ball on this one. I do not recommend a Dodge any more, and I once did like Dodge :(