Last post on Oct 08, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#3445 of 3457 Re: dodges mistake [rustbucket587]
May 12, 2011 (12:14 pm)
I drove my 2001 Intrepid SE 129,000 miles with no serious problems with the 2.7l engine, outside of having to replace the water pump at about 95,000 miles. I traded it for a new Honda Odyssey as I needed more passenger and luggage space for long trips. It was the best car I'd ever owned. To prevent problems with engine sludging, I changed oil every 5000 miles using 5w20 full synthetic oil.
#3446 of 3457 Re: Don't pay these much mind... [joho4241]
May 19, 2011 (11:39 am)
did you ever figure out what was causing your air bag light to come on and the windows quit working? my car just started doing that ...
#3447 of 3457 Re: electrical 2004 [jeffery6]
Jun 12, 2011 (8:34 am)
Im having the same exact issue. Did you ever find a resolution?
#3448 of 3457 Re: 02 Intrepid oil light below 2000 rpm?? mystery-HELP [chelsey]
Mar 08, 2012 (11:59 pm)
I had this same problem on my 2000 2.7 dodge intrepid. It was the oil sending unit sensor I think that was defective. There was oil leaking inside of it and was causing this issue. Not sure if its the same thing on your 3.5 though...
#3449 of 3457 140000 miles
Mar 13, 2012 (4:19 pm)
Just turned 140000, still running great. I use it every other day or so for my commute. Average just under 30 mpg. I will have to do rear brakes, front stabilizer arm links and bushings this spring. New tires before next winter. A couple little bubbles in the paint near the gas cap. A small list for a 12 year old car.
I still wish we could have bought a new one.
#3450 of 3457 2.7L needs babying to last
Apr 05, 2012 (2:45 pm)
I bought a 2001 Intrepid SE with the 2.7 liter V6. The engine is poorly designed and needs close watching to make it last. The engine compartment stays mighty hot when the engine is warmed up, the engine flanked closely on both sides with catalytic converters that heat the engine compartment and the engine externally more than I have seen with any other car. Knowing that, I changed the oil in mine each 5000 miles using full synthetic 5w20 from new on, driving about 22,500 miles per year. At about 90,000 miles, the timing chain-driven water pump started leaking at the seal, so took it to a mechanic for replacement. He found signs of oil sludging present, even with frequent oil changes and mostly highway miles, so replaced the timing chain tensioner which depends on oil pressure for proper chain tension. This engine has three timing chains, one main one and one for each of the two camshafts. He told me that many a Chrysler 2.7 L engine has failed catastrophically at relatively low miles due to timing chain tensioner malfunction due to oil sludging.
While he was at it, my mechanic also replaced the upper tie rod ends that had lost lubrication due to rubber boots surrounding them rotted by the high engine compartment temperatures, this at only four years of use. I ended up driving this car 129,000 miles and, because of the finicky engine design, will never own another Chrysler product. I had a 1999 Chrysler 300M ahead of this car, it being a big troublemaker due to transmission problems at 38,000 miles total.
#3451 of 3457 Re: electrical 2004 [jeffery6]
Apr 05, 2012 (2:36 pm)
My 2001 Intrepid did the same for years, quite infrequently. My mechanic looked but couldn't find a problem. He said to wait for a complete failure or a diagnostic code. I traded the car, having never pinpointed the problem
#3452 of 3457 Re: Vibration [maxwedge]
Apr 13, 2012 (9:33 am)
I have the same car and had the same trouble, it was the bearings. It cost me about $100 bucks at the local garage to have it fixed.
Apr 13, 2012 (9:41 am)
My Intrepid was running fine until the other day I pulled into the drive got out for something then went to leave again and nothing! I get no response when I turn the key. All the electronics come on lights, radio, relay switches, etc but no further response from the starter or motor. I did the key trick with the check engine light and got a code 21, as far as I can find that means as issue with the PCM. The PCM was replaced with a used one in 2003. Where is the PCM and can it be tested?
#3454 of 3457 Re: 1997 3.5L [shadetree78]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Apr 19, 2012 (7:18 am)
I'm not a mechanic, but my sources say the PCM or Powertrain Control Module is under the air box. You'll see it next to the frame rail by the engine. You might want to check all the fuses to see if that could be the problem.