Known engine problem
By mh on
Vehicle1999 Dodge Intrepid 4dr Sedan
ReviewI 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.
Best FeaturesSpacious interior, massive trunk, good looks, economical (24-25 mpg).
Worst FeaturesFix 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!
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