Known engine problem
By mh on
1999 Dodge Intrepid 4dr Sedan
I always enjoyed the car. It was comfortable, roomy, and the 2.7L is economical. It was reliable in Chicago winters, and only had minor repairs. At 70,000 miles it threw a rod. Dodge wants $6300 for a new engine. Turns out small oil ports sludge up and kill the engine. Dodge says the problem is poor maintenance, but dealer changed the oil every 4-5,000 miles without warning me that 4-5,000 mile changes are only good on the Hondas, Toyotas, Volvos & Pontiacs on which we've put 125-150,000 miles each in the last 20 years. Who knew? Oh - wait - Chrysler did. If you've got one, find out what you can do to de-sludge it, or trade it in by 50,000 miles.
Spacious interior, massive trunk, good looks, economical (24-25 mpg).
Fix the engine! 70,000 miles is not a normal lifespan for an engine. At the very least, warn all owners: change the oil every 3000 mi, with synthetic oil!