Chrysler 2.7 Liter V6 Engine Class Action Lawsuits Consolidated

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By: AboutLawsuits | Published: February 11th, 2009

The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued an order which will transfer all Chrysler engine class action lawsuits pending in various federal district courts throughout the United States to the District of New Jersey for coordinated handling during pretrial proceedings in an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.

There are currently five class action lawsuits pending against Chrysler over their 2.7 liter engines used in several models of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles between 1998 and at least 2003. The Chrysler lawsuits allege that defective designs make the engines prone to form oil sludge, which could causes the engine to fail much earlier than would normally be expected.

A growing number of complaints have been filed by owners of Chrylser Sebring, Chysler Concord, Dodge Intrepid and Dodge Stratus vehicles with the smaller 2.7 liter engine, which have been found to fail around 50,000 to 60,000 miles, but in some cases as early as 20,000 miles.

This type of catastrophic engine failure would not typically be expected anytime before a vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, yet Chrysler has been denying engine warranty coverage since the problems are caused by a build up of oil sludge.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, at least 2,800 reports of Chrysler engine failure involving oil sludge in the 2.7 liter engines were received as of early 2007. Since that time, as the vehicles age, owners continue to report the engine problems.

Chrysler and Dodge engine failure class action lawsuits are currently pending in the Eastern District of California, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, District of New Jersey and Southern District of New Jersey on behalf of vehicle owners in those states. In addition, other class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits could be filed in other districts.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that the Chrysler engine lawsuits involve common questions of fact and that centralization would serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.

Chrysler’s lawyers opposed the consolidation, arguing that the proposed classes do not overlap and that agreements can be reached between the parties in the lawsuits to minimize any overlapping discovery or risk of inconsistent rulings without the formation of an MDL. However, the Panel rejected these arguments.

“These actions are nearly identical in terms of the facts alleged, and discovery undoubtedly will overlap,” wrote Chairman of the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, John G. Heyburn, II, in an order issued February 10, 2009. “Centralization will enable one judge to streamline pretrial proceedings and make consistent rulings on discovery disputes, dispositive motions and issues relating to experts.”

The MDL panel decided to transfer all of the Chrysler engine lawsuits to the District of New Jersey, as the action in that Court has been pending longer than the other actions. The litigation will be assigned to U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings.

Since the litigation involves putative statewide class actions for residents of five different states, the MDL panel did indicate that in the future, Judge Hochberg can suggest that the Panel consider remanding the actions to the original courts where they were filed for class certification considerations if that becomes necessary.

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  1. [...] federal Chrysler 2.7 liter engine failure class action lawsuits have been consolidated in an MDL in the District of New [...]

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  3. I have a 2001 Chrysler Concord with 139,000 miles on it & never had any sludge problems. This is because I change the oil & filter every 4000 miles. I would suspect that the sludge build up is do to lack of timely oil changes. If anyone wants to buy my vehicle I will sell it for $6000. Vehicle still runs great.

  4. I have a 2001 Chrysler Seabring with compression promblems!
    a lot of money has gone into its repair,,,,

  5. The engine in my 2004 Intrepid just blew, it had less then 50.000 miles on it, My mechanic told me that this is the 4th 2.7 that he has seen with the same problem, Being as i live in Canada i don’t think that this lawsuit will help me. P.S The dealership was willing to sell me a replacement crate @.7 for $7000

  6. I have a Chrysler Concorde with a 2.7 L engine. I just turned 107K and something occurred with my water pump where it fiilled/mixed my crankcase oil with coolant. I just got the car back from a local guy who informed me that there is a class action lawsuit with my engine. All along I was thinking that my engine was a 3.5 L like I had in an older Concorde I had. Luckly I didn’t drive the vehicle farther than I did when this occurred. A water pump should never mix oil and coolant. This is a design failure…

  7. We have a 2002 Dodge Stratus with the 2.7 liter motor with 80,000. Engine is shot and Dodge says they wont take care of it. I have 2 mechanics that have torn the engine apart and will verify the engine sludge problem. We have always taken great care of the car and this should not be happening. We would like to become a part of the class action suit.

  8. My 2004 sebring engine just seized on the highway first that didn’t know what happen so i called chrsyler head quarters so they would assist me but all of a sudden they said the engine had sludge in it know this car was welled maintained. the cr dealership telling me its 6570.00 to repair the engine I told them I will be bringing another machanic to look at the car know ther etelling me he can’t come on the floor wow this car only had 74,000 miles and it just shut off

  9. Thanks everyone that has posted to this!! I was planning on buying a 1999 Chrysler Concorde from ebay but you people have made my think twice and i have decided not to. Does anyone know, if you change the oil at every 3,000 miles like you are suppose to, will it still have this problem? The concorde on ebay says that the water pump is out and it will take a little to et it replaced, i thought no biggy but this water pump deal sounds like they’re main problem. I have been a big Dodge guy all of my life and have never really had any problems, this shows what happens when you make your car from parts made in Mexico and China, the foreign countries are ready for payback i hope!! lol

  10. we own a 2001 chrysler concorde with 48,000 miles. The 2.7 liter engine just blew on March 1,2009. The mechanics at the garage where it is serviced inspected the engine and have come to the conclussion that the engine blew due to oil sludge build up. The oil was changed evey 3,000 miles and I have the records to prove it. I have researched this problem on line and have found that Chrysler has many problems with this engine. I had the extended 7yr/100,000 mile warranty and it expired January 31, 2009. I have contacted the dealer and being the warranty expired they said they couldn’t doing anything for me and I had to contact Chrysler myself. I contacted Chrysler and they gave me the run around and said being it was not serviced at a Chrysler dealership I don’t have a got chance at Chrysler making good on the engine. My family and in-laws have bought a total of 26 Dodge/Chrysler automobiles of the past 20 years and this is thanks I get…… If anyone could help me out I would appreciate if you would contact me. Everyone works hard to pay off their vehicle and this is the thanks we get……. a $5,000 bill for a problem that is not OUR FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 2001 Sebring 83,000 miles, taken care of since purchase like a baby, Oil changed every 2500- 3000 miles, water pump changed at 36,000. Today wife calls and says the oil light came on and the car is making a terrible noise. Went and got the car, checked it out, no oil pressure and rod knocking. Have yet to pull it apart but I know its the same old problem. Hate the car and Chrysler!

  12. after 126,000 engine seized up then i found out that their was a problem with that 2.7 liter engine.

  13. just got an 04 sebring.oil light comes on at less than 1000 this gonna be a problem in the future?how can i get in on this lawsuit?

  14. Same problem as the others with the 2.7L engine in our 2001 Intrepid.
    Where can I participate in the class action suit that is in the Northern IL area. I have been searching, but so far no luck. Our car is no longer in working condition.

  15. I am a single mother of 3; I worked very hard to buy my oldest daughter
    a dependable car to drive to college , she also had a night job so we purchased this $17,000 dollar car, because I wanted no chance she would ever be stranded late @ night by herself. Imagine my upset when she called me and told me the Engine started knocking and smoking and then died and left my 19 year old daughter stranded @
    11:00 pm I did not have the finacial means to replace that Engine and
    now I have a $17,000. dollar beautiful piece of Junk;

    I feel that this Engine should be recalled and replace @ NO CHARGE TO
    The consumer.

  16. We own a 2001 Dodge Intrepid, which we purchased used in 2001. We have put at least $5K into the engine over the last 8 years. Yesterday the engine no longer operates and our mechanic stated that he gets a few of these in each week. He is the one who told us about the lawsuit. Would love to know how you would get involved seeing as though it would cost us $4K to replace the engine!? It is not even worth just over $1K at a trade in value. Car is basically where it is…sitting there.

  17. Another story of horror and deception with the infamous 2.7 engine in a Chrysler Intrepid 2001. I want to be a part of a class action lawsuit against this costumer careless company!

  18. engine seized at 86,200 miles spent 2400 dollars at dealer for new water pump and timing chain, also to de sludge engine. car went 20 miles after repair and the dealers says basiclly to bad. where can i join onto a class action suit. I hope chrysler goes bankrupt for what they are doing to so many innocent people with thus 2.7l engine.

  19. Yep same old problem own a 2002 sebring l.x.i.,2.7l engine 82.000 miles. Driving fine one day , engine shut off the next day. Took it to a machanic and gave me the bad news. He also has checked into abbratration with chrysler and said that they will not cover the oil sludge problem. I would like to be part of this class action law suit. Live in Ohio. The car is no longer drivable. I would definitly lika to have an attorney to help with this problem.

  20. I own 2003 chrysler sebring. Driving on the highway cars stops , taken to the dealer. Call next day oil sludge nothing they can do payed hundreds for them to tell me that. Had the car for 11/2 and still paying on it and there is nothing i can do but buy a new engine or get the one i have rebuilded.

  21. My car blew the engine last Friday. It’s sitting at a dealership where they want me to pre-pay for taking the engine apart before they proceed. I have the extended warranty for the engine-they stated that the timing chain is loose and that there is internal damage. I have my records for oil changes but they are assuming that it is a maintainance issue and not a mechanical failure. Now they are saying that the repairs exceed the value of the car so I may have to pay something either way. What a joke!! My car has only 68,000 miles!! It’s a Chrysler Concorde 2001…l

  22. Hello,

    I justwaant to share my feeling. I have a 2003 2.7. engeine. chry seibring. I have only six moths to pay off my car. and than my engeing went out. I have only 80,000 mile. It will cost me almost 4-5,000.
    My timing chain, oil,

  23. I did own a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, problems from the start, engine had a problem overheating, head gasket cracked, rack and pinion went at that time car had less than 60,000 miles, as of 04/04/09 cas still had a problem overheating, had radiator replaced new, thermostat replaced new, the car has cost me $7,000 to keep it running and I had a car note to pay as well, I want my money back and I hope Chrysler goes out of business so no one else gets ripped off by.

  24. Single mother of 3 also. My car stopped on a busy highway. I had it towed to my mechanic. He told me the engine was full of sludge and can replace for around $5,000. I have a 7yr. 70,000 mile warranty that the dealer is denying. I have no money to fix nor do i think I should have to….I want in on the lawsuit. It is a Dodge Intrepid-2004 with 50,000 miles.

  25. I have a 1998 Chrysler Concorde with the same 2.7L engine that everyone referenced here. Looks like the same story … although I bought it used, I am a “zealot” when it comes to oil changes. Every 3,000 to 3,500 like clock work. The engine started a sporadic “bad gas” knock within the last week or so. Change of gas appeared to make it go away. Unfortunately, this morning on the way to work, the engine started a heavy knocking. It is currently being towed to the garage, but I am expecting to hear the same oil sludge story as the mechanic immediately said when he found out it was a 2.7L engine … “that engine is a piece of crap”. And we wonder why the American auto industry is suffering. Bad design, bad quality, bad support, unwillingness to back their product as they should.

  26. My 2001 seabring convertable is dead at 82000 miles and is now parked until we sell it to the junk yard.The cost is to high to replace the engine and if we do we will have the same problem again. What a shame that the company puts a piece of crap out like this.

  27. I own a 2001 siebring with a 2.7 liter engine. I am a licenced mechanic and have taken good car of this car. with only 138,000kms on it it has developed a very bad knock. I know what this will cost so I have parked the car until I can figure out what to do or gain enough nerve to put another “piece of junk” engine in it.

  28. I have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring 2.7L V6. It has 61, 000 miles on it and now the engine light has been going on. I am very nervous about the engine sludge problem. I would also like more info about being a part of the class action lawsuit.

  29. I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid that is in excellent condition with the exception of the engine. Oil changes have been done every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. Per a Dodge/Chrysler dealer’s expert mechanics, the water pump (located inside the crank case) failed and flooded the oil system with water and coolant. Their estimated cost to repair the water pump is $2,022 and they say that the fix won’t last 500 miles. Because of the water that filled the engine, they told me the only fix was to replace the engine (quoted at over $6,600). I want the new engine with Dodge/Chrysler paying the bill. This is a serious design problem.

  30. Our Stratus 2005 had the engine light on and we took it to the dealership they told us that the 3rd something was starting to stick inthe engine I said well fix just the 3rd on he said it’s not worth it to us to do that he wanted to tear apart the engine. We have the rap around extended coverage and were told they would need to tear apart the engine to see what it really was then he said that Chrysler would deny the coverage any way they don’t pay out on anything even though they knew the problem was faulty manufacturing. Why pay for the extended coverage when they won’t honor it anyway and your stuck with the bill. He tried to get us to buy a new car we said NO we still owe on this one… We want to join the class action lawsuit also.

  31. I have a Sebring Cabrio ltd 2.7V6 2002 with 60,000 miles. I have had it from new, bought it in Spain, it failed in 2006 and I haven’t used it since because I live abroad. There was a sludge build up and a knocking on start up when I last used it. While abroad I got it repaired at great expense. I have now returned to Spain, the knocking is now worse than before, quite loud on start up but quiet running when cold but louder when hot.
    I would appear to be a common problem with this engine, I hope Chrysler accepts responsibility though I don’t expect it’ll help me.

  32. I had a 2004 Sebring LXI and it had sludge build up in it. To this day I’m being garnish to make the payments for a car. That my credit union took back and sold iat an auction. An i still have to pay the balance of almost $6,350. I feel that Chrysler needs to take care of there responsiblities and take car of the mess with these 2.7 liter engine. I only had my car up to a year in a half. Before it started acting up on me.

  33. I have a 2004 intrepid and just replaced the water pump ($800.00). The mechanic informed me about the flaws in the 2.7 L engine. I have 94,000 miles on the car and am deeply troubled about this engine sludge problem. Chrysler needs to do something…. and soon!

  34. this car sucks big time. i took my carto be serviced under my warranty for a water pump leak. two weels later the repair shop informed me i had engine failure and my car was useless. i never had a noise or overheated. now i owe the repair shop for breaking dowm the engine to diagnose the problem, my finance company for the balance of my loan, and have no car to get to my medical appointments. I did i meantion im in a wheelchair? one more way to stick it to the disabled. thanks for making me a shut in Dodge

  35. I have a 2002 Dodge Stratus R/T with the 2.7 Liter Engine. I was aware of the oil sludge problem with this engine when I first purchased the car. A friend of mine who works at the dealership as a mechanic, told me to change the oil at least every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. He also recommended using synthetic oil to reduce the sludge problem. My engine just flipped 67,000 miles this month, and I noticed that my oil level looked like it was getting low. So I serviced it (about 1 1/2 quarts), with less than 3,000 miles since my last oil change. Two weeks later, it’s showing nearly 1/2 quart low again.

    My wife just returned home from an appointment today, and she told me that the oil light came on when she stopped at a light. I checked the oil and it’s still reading about 1/2 quart low. The funny part is that the oil doesn’t look broken down at all, almost as if it were still fresh oil, yet I’ve driven more than 3,000 miles since my last oil change. I’m wondering if my oil pump is failing. The only other reason why the light would come on is because the oil was trapped in the head, and what remained in the pan had run low, thereby “tripping” the engine oil light.

    I’m suspecting that the oil level is not low, and that some of the oil is trapped in the heads, and not properly draining back down into the oil pan. After it cools down, I’m checking my Heads for sludge. I’d recommend to anyone with even a little mechanical ability, to purchase, or borrow, a mini-scope, and pop off the service cap on the forward head. Then, slide the scope into the engine (COLD ENGINE THAT IS), and check the oil-flew passages for clogging. Believe me, you’ll know because it’ll look like wheel bearing grease.

    As God is my witness, if I have a problem with a car I just paid off two months ago, with less than 70,000 miles on it, I will never buy dodge EVER AGAIN!

    I had a 1997 Dodge Stratus with the 2.4 liter engine that cost me $$$ because it lost a head gasket at 44,000 miles. After repair, the engine seized up on me three weeks later, AFTER it was supposedly fixed! I swore I wouldn’t buy another Dodge then, but I assumed that the former problems were all based on Mitsubichi engines (2.0, 2.4, 2.5). I was hoping that the 2.7 liter engine would have been a major improvement. Apparently, it’s not!

    I warn you Dodge…you screwed me once before; don’t let this be another screw up! I don’t care how many HEMI engines you put out, because I’ll never buy another Dodge if this one ends up biting me in the butt! Man, just for once I’d like to buy an American made car that doesn’t break down three months after pay-off! No wonder why my Chevy Suburban has outlasted it, and it’s a 1999. I’m sticking with the older Chevy’s. The newer Chevy’s with the piston-slapping 5.3 engines suck; that is why I will only buy Chevy trucks with the old reliable 350 gas guzzling eats, but it’s a BEAST! I love Chevy all the way!

    Joseph from SC

  36. Ok, so I bought this 2002 dodge intrepid in march, used at dodge of lynwood in washington state, it had 82,000 miles on it, It would be paid off in 2 years, I got extended warrenty through WYNNS , Im a single mother to I was excited, and this is the first car from a dealership Ive got, I drove it tell april third. I was on the hwy going 55 miles per hour when something started making a “CLANKING ” noise, i could feel it in my steering wheel. I was in the far left lane, so Of course i had to driive it up the Hwy to get over and, pull over, well when i fnally got over, it went uo in smoke, and something felt like it , dropped out my car. Conclusion, was I had clean oil, filled to the top .. thank god or the warrenty would not cover it. I JUST BOUGHT THIS EFFIN CAR remind you! motorplex iin maple valley said it was not anything I could have done or known, but the rod went through my engine block , destroying my engine, to non usable, and I needed a new engine, my warrenty is extended so it covers all engine problems, as long as its not your fault, the man at the motorplex, told me and sent me pictures saying “not YOUR FAULT!!… and the warrenty people are trying to wiggle out of this one… yes, wynns will only cover 2800, and dodge dealership wont help me either, I talked to the manager at dodge of lynwood last night, he told me he tried helping me, but its not there responsibility, -and he looked up the 2002 dodge intrepid, and had NO IDEA THEY HAD SO MANY PROBLEMS – so they are selling cars that they know nothing about to people? I need help what do I do now? I will tell you what im going to do, Im not paying a dime, and Im calling our local news station, and im going to sue, the warrenty people, and expose dodge of lynwood.
    how are u gonna sell a single mother a car that already has a class action law suit, for selling that 2.7 engine????
    dodge was thinking of putting the same engine in a 2.7 then selling it again.. and refinancing me a diffrent car, but the damn owner dosent want to get involved, but he sure LOVED selling it to me in the first place! ( the manager at dodge even stated as well after talking with the warrenty people that I was not at fault, and all this was stupid of WYNNS warrenty , representive. ) my cars been sitting at motorplex now for 15 days…. I NEED MY CAR and im making payments on , a sitting duck, thanks dodge of lynwood.
    reliable my ass!

  37. I have 2002 dodge stratus with v6 2.7 liter and I just hit 101000 miles and my car just stop in the middle of the road with my 2 kids in it. I check the oil and it was milky and the mechanic at Firestone told me it’s crack engine. Then I went to another mechanic and he told me to go to dodge dealer and tell them and give them my vin # and they said there has not been a recall on this engine. What do I do because I still owe this vehicle. Because of the engine is out and the negative equity I have not been able to trade it. So I am stuck with a payment and non working car and I need transportation for my kids and myself. The vehicle stop on march 17th, and people not going to continue to allow me to use their vehicle.

  38. I have a 2003 Intrepid that developed a knock at around 100,000 miles and found no one who could determine what was causing it. At 136,00 miles the oil light came on and about 1 minute later the engine stopped. The engine was full of sludge and I had bearings that were ruined. I had made regular oil changes and was using a synthetic blend oil in hopes that I would avoid this type of problem. Needless to say, it did not work.

  39. 2002 c concord lxi paid for in 16months drive it for 21/2 years car stopped at red light and was never the same. neededs new motor, 6500. I’m sick about this that’s 16,000 dollars down the drain, and chrysler want own up to the defected motors. I was sold lemon.

  40. I purchased a 2002 dodge Intrepid 2.7L v6 in 5/03. Had only $26,000+ miles on it. Love that car. Just recently have been having ALOT of problems with the car. there are 117,000 miles or so on the car now but was running beautifully. All of a sudden, in 10/08 my troubles began. the car was running hot, took it to the mechanic, advised needed a thermostat and new radiater cap ($237). Car was fixed for all of 2 days. It started running hot again, and just simply shut off while I was driving, took it back. Now had to replace the Water pump ($858). Car then worked for a little while and noticed the oil light was flickering. Oil is always changed on time so I checked it and it was full and clean. Hmmmmm. A few days go by and the car will not start. Changed the camshaft position sensor and the crankshaft position sensor ($100). Car starts right up and runs good. Next week, notice antifreeze leak. (keep in mind, this whole tme the oil light is still flickering but was told nothing wrong) Now I had to replace the radiator and the upper and lower hoses ($295) Car running ok once again. A few weeks later, go to start the car, Guess What???? It won’t start and still won’t start. I have put so much money into that frickin car and now it sits in front of my house. I had some mechanics over to look at it and was told by 4 out of 5 of them that I need a new engine. AREYOU KIDDING ME!!! The engine in that car is a piece of junk. I have read through all the email sites and realize that I’m not the only one having these type of issues. Chrysler should replace all those screwed up engines at NO cost to the consumer. They are the ones that created this problem!!! I am not made of money as I am a single parent and this is simply ridiculous. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I have receipts for everything I have done on my car and would appreciate is someone out there would be on the consumers side for once!!!!

  41. I have a 02 Chrysler Sebring convertible and as everyone else has said my engine too needs to be replaced one month before paying it off. Not to mention I just had it replaced less than 3 years ago and it’s “not covered” now as my warrantee is up. How is it that a new/rebuilt engine doesn’t even last three years and there is nothing anyone can do about it?? I’ve had all my oil changes done in a timely manner with receipts in hand yet the oil light comes on and the engine’s burning oil and it’s the same news as it was three years ago when the mechanic calls and says to trade it in-now it’s not worth anything!! The first time it died at a red light at least this time the oil light came on-two weeks after an oil change! How is this not a safety issue?? If everyone has the same problem how is it Chrysler can not stand behind their engines and do something about it! I loved my Sebring and it’s my third Chrysler but I would never buy one again and would strongly advise anyone who is even considering it not to!!

  42. I am a die hard Dodge Intrepid driver…my 2003′s engine just went like nothing on Saturday…If any one has information about getting money back from Chrysler for a new engine, PLEASE let me know

  43. I have a 1998 Concord and at 73,000 miles the engine was gone. My sister bought this car and my father and myself are mechanics so we always maintained it for her. It always had the oil changed at 3,000 miles, ALWAYS. One day my sister came to me and said the car was getting hot. So we inspected it and saw that is was sluddging and this was with 70,000 miles on the car. We took the car to chrysler and they looked at it gladly and said the same thing we had said. But they did nothing and said the oil hadn’t been changed properly. We argued with them and they said they would put a new engine in it for around $6,500. We said no way. So we looked around and remanufactured engines cost atleast $4,200, so we just gave up on the car. My sister took one of my cars and I took the concord and drove it to the end. We tried to save the engine but I only drove it 3,000 more miles when it spun a rod bearing and started knocking and finished the engine off. Now the car sits in the back of my shop yard wasting down and this was 3 years ago when it happened. I could rebuild the engine but it would just happen again and parts are to expensive to waste my time with it.

  44. I have a 2000 chrylser intrepid 2.7 l and it just died with no waring it only has 88,000 miles on it . I have put 300 into so for and it still does not run it is the worst vechile i have ever own in my life

  45. I purchased a 2002 Intrepid in March of 2003 with 20K miles on it. It did very well until last year and the tranny went out to the tune of $2,200.00 and the transmission shop commented that it was due to a faulty sensor. About a month ago it got hot and I had it towed home. I have been working on it in my spare time and have found that coolant got into the oil and there is coolant coming out of the water pump weep hole. It didn’t run hot long enough to blow a head gasket and cause this. What a poor design that when the water pump goes it causes this type of problem. I have heard about this problem from other 2.7 owners. Chrysler needs to make this good. It’s no wonder they were screaming for a government bailout!!!

  46. i bght a 1998 dodge intrepid and i had it for66 days before the motor blew. it had oil sludge and it was anall of a sudden blow. i want to know more on this la suit cause the car caused me to be out 5500 dollars and someone should half to pay for it if it was the companies problem!!!!!!

  47. I have a car that’s been sitting for 2 years, and still owe over 5k on it.

    2000 Crysler Concord 2.7 engine.


  49. I have a 2000 Intrepid that blew an engine and due to the economy havent had the $$ to get it fixed.

  50. I just bought my 1999 dodge intrepid in january 2008 and by july 19 th 2008 it was towed back to my place of living. I just heard about this lawsuit and would love to know how to jump on the band wagon. My car ran like a champ amd then nothing. It was the oil pump that seized up ,Due to sludge thank you so much for building a car that would be worth fixing if there were a motor that would work.

  51. I am a used car dealer and am accustomed to seeing used Chrysler products with 2.7 blown engines at many auto auctions. Everyone that is in this business knows what a horrible motor the 2.7 is. Have seen them with less than 40k begin to knock loudly. I own a 01 stratus with knocked moter at 101 k miles……no wonder Chryser is going down th tubes

  52. My 2001 Intrepid has been sitting in my driveway for about a year. I don’t know what to do with it. Try to fix it or junk it. Engine began rattling all of a sudden, took it to 3 mechanics all said the same thing. The 2.7 engine is junk, don’t bother replacing or repairing, time for a new car. I guess it is good that I had it paid off.

  53. I own a 2002 Chrysler Sebring LX and my car broke down with that engine sludge and knocking in 2006 with onlly 70,000 mi. I called Chrysler’s Corperate office and they gave me the run around. Chrysler had to know about the defects because just weeks after I bought the car my Dad told me that according to the comsumers report the car I bought has a problem with the motor. I’ll make sure I reserch before my next purchase.

  54. Chicago 2002 dodge stratus…GUESS WHAT ENGINE!!!!! OIL LIGHTS AT IDLE AND MY TECH WON’T TOUCH IT….it’s good to have an honest mechanic . try this…try that …costs alot RIGHT???? Bottom line is I see the light at the end of the tunnel….IT’S THE FRICKIN’ CHRYSLER TRAIN!!!At 53 years old i’ve owned alot of cars…never mantained one better than I did this one,’cause I have payments for a couple more YEARS!!!!YES I HAVE MY PAPERS IN ORDER,TIM.Here’s a bailout plan…pay the 2.7 owners Chrysler rear-ended ( if you know what I mean…ouch) then let them fold.I’m sure a toy company in China could make better cars.I’m offended as an American that you call yourself an American company.Mine car is still running so I could sell it fast…but that would make me….CHRYSLER.

  55. I have a 2006 Chrysler 300 Touring and the engine light came on at 38,000 miles and major work had to be done needless to say I am leasing and the coverage was for only 36,000 miles and I had a repair bill of $1,200.00 plus 10 day car rental . I am running into more and more Chrysler 300 owners that is expierencing the same problem. If there is a class action suit out there I can join in on please advise…..

  56. I used to have a 2001 Sebring. Mine engine seized at 54K. That was with regular oil changes. I was on the highway when my engine light came on and 20-30 seconds later the engine locked up. It has nothing to do with where the part were made, it’s all about the design. Chrysler engineers designed it poorly causing the oil channels to get extremely hot and prematurely breakdown the oil. DO NOT BUY CHRYSLER…THE COMPANY DESERVES TO GO UNDER FOR NOT STANDING BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT. They aren’t the first company to have this problem, but the others at least acknowledged their mistake and rectify it.

  57. In 2000 I bought a brand new Dodge Neon from a dealer in Plymouth N.H. I drove it to Cape Cod when my brother passed away. It had just over 12,000 miles on it when I attempted to make the trip back to N.H. The check engine light came on while I was still in Massachussetts on the Interstate. I was trying to exit to find out what was wrong and I lost power and brakes. Luckily the car stopped itself at the end of the exit ramp. Smoke began pouring out from the hood and I grabbed my dog without her leash as flames started shooting out from under the hood. As dozens of cars drove by I tried to flag someone down as my cell was inside the car which was now also in flames. Most people ignored me as I was bent over holding my dog’s collar. Finally a passerby asked if they could call the fire department for me. I gladly accepted and the fire trucks arrived within about 10 minutes. By this time the tires were blown from the heat. I rented a car and drove home. Chrylser continued to hound me for payments even though the car was destroyed. After stressing for months my doctor prescribe Xanax because I was a total basket case. Just a few months ago I was driving to town and I saw a Neon on fire. I stopped to offer assistance. The husband and wife had already called the fire department. The man told me that his check engine light came on and offered a story very similar to mine. I figure if I witnessed 2 Neons burning up due to engine failure, there must be more cases.

  58. I have a 2002 Sebring with 58,000 miles and the rod bearings went and destroyed the crank shaft while my daughter was driving the car, I had the car towed and when the pan was pulled they discovered that it was full of oil sludge which damaged the engine. I called Chrysler and informed them of the problem they more or less laughed at me and said it’s not their problem, and here I sit with a car I have to make payments on but can’t drive. Repair costs will be $2300.00 for a new short block plus 13 hours labor cost. Doesn’t make me want to buy another Chrysler!!

  59. My first two cars were a ’71 Dodge Charger, and 1 ’76 Plymouth Volare. Both had 318 engines, and that’s what I blame for not being a mechanic, as the darn things were almost bulletproof! I am now the regretful owner of a 2002 Chrysler Sebring convertable, that needs a new engine! Looking at $3500-$5000 for repairs, and since no other engine is compatable, Ican’t even try to swap to a different size engine! I don’t know if anyone can contact through this post, but I would be interested in this CA suit!

  60. I have a 2000 Dodge ,I had regular oil changes,valve cover gasket replaced and a Harmonic Balancer.The motor died at 129,000 miles. If anyone knows of a class action suit against Dodge please let me know.

  61. I have a Chrysler Sebring 2001 convertable which has a knock in the 2.7 V6 engine. My mechanic told me to take it to Chrysler to see if anything can be done. He states that the engine would need to be replaced at a large amount of money. I have taken care of this care like all of the others, oil changed every 3000 miles. Only 65000 miles on it? What are the conditions to join the class action suit? This is my seventh Chrysler product and just filed a lemon law on my 2008 Town and Country and it was replaced. Looks like I will change makes.

  62. I am concidering buying a 2003 Sebring LX with the 2.7 engine. This vehicle has only 44,000 miles on it. I just heard about the engine problems two days ago. I have been told that I need to replace the timing belt around 90,000 miles. So I am thinking I have a few years before this is needed. Is the 2003 Sebring engine also prone to all the mentioned problems? Does buying a extended warranty cover this? I like the car but now I don’t know what to do. Were there any warning signs prior to the major breakdowns?

  63. I got my friends 2001 intrepid with 90,000 in my shop for a engine rebuild and I had never saw a engine with this much sludge in it both upper and lower ends of the poorly designed 2.7
    A+ Chrysler. And you want a Bailout hahaha
    ill give you a bailout…………………

  64. I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring LX. The engine died on the freeway “all of a sudden.” The friggin oil had run out, with no visible evidence of any external oil leaks. WTF? This was in March 2007, and the first estimate I got was $7,600 at the local dealership. I couldnt believe it. I loved the car when I got it. I drove for it for only 5 months, having bought it used with 63000 miles on it. I had the “platinum” coverage warranty, which was of course, denied, even though the warranty adjustors knew about these design defects, due to “lack of lubrication.’ I did scheduled maintenance checks, and I have had plenty of cars and none of them used oil like that.

  65. I have a Chrysler Sebring 2001 convertable with a 2.7 V6 engine. The car died on me at 80k because of sludge and I got oil changes at every 3000 miles.

  66. I have a 1998 Dodge Intrepid that I bought used. Within 45 days the engine blew. It has been 2 1/2 years since I bought this engine and now I am having engine trouble again. My oil leaks, transmission leaks and now I have to have it towed because it is making a loud noise AGAIN. Please let me know how to join this class action law suit. I have owned 3 dodges…..2 intrepid and they both have had blown engines…..this is no way to have me buy another DODGE

  67. I have a 2001 dodge intrepid. It has been well taken care of. Regular oil changes. I had if for one yr. gave 5000 for it. It had 106,000 miles on it when it left me and my 3 children stranded on the side of the road, in the pouring down rain. The car died with out any warning what so ever.
    Had it towed to the shop and of course as soon as they seen it was a 2.7 they knew it blew. I was told if you get one that makes it past 100000 you got a good one.

  68. i was an owner of the 2001 dodge stratus with the engine failure described by so many my problem is that the vehicle was repossesed after paying over$14,000 in payments my engine failed and was replaiced the replaicment failed within a month this was my only vihicle shortly after I lost my job due to lack of transportation and time off do to these reocuring issues now the bak wants $2500 to replace the engine plus $345 for my last payment how or whom should i talk to join one of these lawsuits or one for residents that live in the detroit “MOTOR CITY” area.

  69. I just bought a 2006 Chrysler Sebring Convertible for 13,000 it only had 50,000 miles on it. 2 weeks later, it died. MY warranty wouldnt cover it because they said it was negligance on my part due to putting too much oil in the engine which caused it to freeze. I never put oil in my engine, and I’m left without a vehicle. And 13,000 im still paying off. What should i do about this?

  70. I too have a blown…useless 2.7L 2001 Dodge intrepid motor. This car was bought for my daughter for use to and from college. So much for that, I (dad) have been without my spare car…she is using it know! Any word on whats going on with the current lawsuit? Count me in. Is there a site that would keep me informed?

  71. i have a 2001 dodge intrepid 2.7 and the engine blew. had just over 100.000 miles. i have always took care of this car along with all of the other vehicles i have owned. never had any problems until now. very dissappointed in chrysler. i am interested in being part of the law suit as well

  72. im in the same boat with a 2.7l engine in a ’01 sebring. i am currently searching for a new engine for it but im almost afraid 2 invest in that when i would be better off looking for a new car.

  73. I bought a used 2001 Sebring LX with a 2.7L engine and about 65,000 miles on it a little more than two years ago from a corner garage owned by a neighbor, the husband of our mayor. I changed oil religiously at 3,000 miles and was looking forward to having it paid off this August and may years of driving pleasure without care payments. It hasn’t died yet, but, a couple of months ago it suddenly started making a lot of noise, which my trusted mechanic and the local Chrysler dealer both say can’t be repaired short of an overhaul/engine replacement. It has 98,000 miles on it.

    I’ve owned several Chryslers, most recently a Dodge Caravan with 170K miles on its 4 cyl engine when I sold it, still running strong; an Acclaim that was a wonderful car with a good 6 cyl engine, still running strong at 130k miles when I sold it, although it had a weak transmission — I had two trannies replaced, both covered completely by Chrysler warrantee, no questions asked, they admitted they had a problem with the transmissons — and a New Yorker/Fifth Avenue/Mark Cross with a Mitsubishi 6 cyl — the best car I’ve ever owned — that had 225,000 miles on it when I sold it and I still see it every once in a while running around town.

    My Sebring is sitting out front of my house now. A local rebuilder wants $3,500 if the block is not ruined, $4,500 if it is, to get it running. I still owe $585 on it and I feel fortunate reading how other people have been stuck so much worse. I’ve been a loyal Chrysler buyer, but it will be hard for me to go back and buy another one due to their refusal to make good on a engine made that I understand was made in Wisconsin.

  74. this seems very rediculous to me that it takes years for this to be resolved. the law suit was first issued on april 12 2007, and here it is may 30 2009 and still the clock is ticking. the government should not give aid to this company nor should it allow the sale of chrysler to fiat till this issue is resolved and they pay for the damages that they owe. of course this is just my opinion and you can probably tell that i am stuck with one of these lemons that cost me thousands of dollars to repair. i also live in canada as some of the other people that commented and dont know if this will benefit me or not but just wanted to speak my mind.

  75. It has been going on two years that my 2.7 went out almost as soon as I
    bought my Chyrysler seibring.The motor went out a few months after I bought the car. I called the place where I bought the car which was
    Auto Depo at the time and they gave me the run around as well as Citi
    Financial. I continue to pay for a car that I cannot drive and it hurt me so bad. I have had to rent cars and to find ways to get to work. I am still
    without transporatation and all I want is for this situation to be solved.

  76. it cost me 2000 dollars to get my 2002 intrepid fixed due to oil related sluge and carbon build up and if their is a class action law suit add my name to it

  77. I have a 2000 Dodge Stratus with a 2.7L engine…. with about 146K miles…the car strarted knocking very loudly and jerked 1 time as I was driving.. The check engine light came on & the oil light & blinked twice. I added some oil & the rattling stopped a little. I drove the car a little bit further & it died while I was in traffic. When I attempted to start it woudn’t start. Luckily, I was able to pull over & have it towed. The rattling is a little quiter at this point but I’m stuck out of town & scared to drive at this point. I will not start when i attempted to restart it.

  78. I was driving my 2003 Chrysler Sebring that never had a problem. Last night on the high way going 65MPH, I heard a noise, before I knew it the oil light came on, I pulled over and my car just stopped running. I had it towed and this morning, the Chrysler dealership told me that I need a new engine and that it cost around $8000. I don’t have that kind of money. I just spent $4000 last week to paid it off and now the car is dead? I support American cars but I will never buy one again if this is what we get…I’m living a nightmare right now :o(

  79. I have a 2004 chrysler sebring with a 2.7 engine 24 valve I just bought this vehicle it started knocking I took it to a mechanic he said oil pump got plug up and the engine was damaged.he fix it.before I new it the engine started knocking again.

  80. I have a 2004 Dodge Intrepid. I cannot find a mechanic shop that will work on my car because they said that there is a problem with the engine and they don’t want the liability. My car is not drivable now and its going to cost a lot to fix it. If someone know what I can do to make Chrysler responsible please let me know.

  81. how do i sign up and join the lawsuit?? I have had 2 intrepids with 2.7 v6 engine, both needed engine replacement.. I want dodge to reemburse me.. I spend alot of money replaceing these engine…

    if anybody knows how I can get into the lawsuit , please let me know.. thanks

  82. The Car rattle, the motor knocks, and it has Bad excelleraction.

  83. My wife and I have 2004 dodge stratus es that has engine failure 2.7L garbage engine. vehicle just turned 94,000 miles / 4-years old and now sits at dealership were it was towed to. Nobody there seems to know what to do with it!! I have networked and read all day long about how long this problem has been going on,dodge and chrysler should be ashamed of how they handled this whole situation. Now we are making payments on a vehicle that no longer runs and no body cares about… DISGUSTED IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!! NEVER OWN ANOTHER DODGE…

  84. I have an issue with my 2001 Concorde…the engine needs to be replace with only 60,000 miles…I was wondering how I could join the Class Action if I live in Maryland?

  85. I have a 2001 Chrysler Neon 2.0 and it starter making a knocking noise after being parked for the winter. The battery went flat, and when I tried to jump start it, instead of hearing the regular cranking noise, it was knocking. Still having the same issue after recharging thte battery.

  86. Sure join the class action suits, the only ones that make any money are the lawyers. Had a cousin that signed up for one because he was a welder. He got a whole $17 after the lawyes won the case. Now he can retire.

  87. I purchased a 2004 Chrysler Concorde with a 2.7 wish I has did my reserch before this thing is nothing but problems. Other day it just shut off had it tooken to shop who told me more then likely the head is shot because there was oil mixed with antifreeze and also that the engine was making a ticking sound. They told me thease are junk motors and they see more of them then any other engine ! Please include me in class action law suit

  88. i would like to get in on this law suit.i have 2000 concord with the 2.7 junk eng

  89. my father bought a 2001 concorde in september of 2001 off the show room floor he passsed in november 2001 my mother and I took over the payments . my mother recently died. the car has 46000 miles and just stop . they tell me it is the engine and will cost me 3.000 dollars to fix I cant believe this !! pleas email me to were I can join the class action

  90. got 2002 chrysler sebring xl 2.7L 71,000 miles very loud tapping light flick on one time and along came the knocking got oil

  91. 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7. 80,000 miles. Oil / filter changed religiously every 3,000 miles. Water pump just blew sending cooliant into the engine. Engine is now being overhauled as a result. Years of oil sludge build up can be seen on the psitons, valves, everywhere.Engine was maintained to the mile. How can I get in on the lawsuit.

  92. I brought the 2004 Dodge stratus 2.7L v6 engine car in 2006 with 25,000 miles on it. I now have 133,000 miles on my car because I had commuted from college and I currently use my car for work. When I first got the car I had to have the air conditioner compressor replaced and that was replaced under factory warranty. Within the past 6 months I have had the MAP sensor, fuel pump, tuneup, oil change, thermostat, top housing to the engine replaced, tie rods (both sides) and (ball joints both sides), brakes that was replaced a year and a half ago), and I need a oxygen sensor. After getting all of that fixed within a month, I started hearing ticking and I got the oil replaced. A day later the oil light came on (the light was never on before that) now I need the oil pressure pump fixed and it may be possible that there is sludge in the engine and after there is sludge in the engine, the mechanic suggested that there is nothing else to do because the engine will then freeze up and it will need to be replaced. Although I have put a lot of miles on this car I have been consistent with my oil changes and I even had a tune up. There is no reason for all this failure in my car I had a 2002 Dodge Neon previously for 2 years that had 45,000 miles on it and when I traded it in it had 100,000 miles and I did not have any work done besides brakes and tires so I know this cannot be wear and tear because my driving habits never changed. Please help.

  93. I own a 2000 Concorde…Engine light has come on. My mechanic states its the Cam Shift Sensor. He ordered the part to find Chrysler updated this part but the new part is shorter than the part in my car. My mechanic states if I put this part in it will cause oil leaks in the future which will cause problems with my engine. Chrysler Customer Service states this part will fit. Yea, it will fit if you use some silicone and mickey mouse the part to fit. Anyway, I am having to take the car to the dealership to repair it. I am not sure if they will warranty any damages to my car should this “updated” part cause problems with my engine in the future. So far I have not experienced any sludge in my car, but I am experiencing a problem part for my car. This is our “only” family car.

    I refuse to buy any Chrysler products.

  94. i just bought this car a month ago ,and i wish i would have looked this up before hand,same problem as others have stated,rod knocking .i have a warranty from the dealer wherei bought it,but the warrenty is crap.i would really like to be apart of this lawasuit .

  95. My 2000 chrysler concorde was running quietly and smoothly until I took it to have an oil change. When I picked my car from the oil lube stop I was told that my engine was knocking and ticking . Could this be the results from oil sludge buildup ?

  96. Same O Same O. I have a 2001 Sebring – had the extended warranty for 75000 miles. Paid off the car and at 76000+ miles the engine made an odd sound and was knockkng. The mechanic said the rod bearings are spun and I need a new engine – $6500. That is more than the car is worth. It has been sitting for a year and is worth even less now. The only solution is for the courts to order Chrysler to recall the bad engine.

  97. I bought 2001 sebring lxi about a year ago and its been sitting the car was well maintained that’s why i bought it . I drove for 1000 miles since i had and the engine started knocking it’s been sitting since $ 5000 down the drain.

  98. I have a 2004 chrysler sebring with a 2.7 engine & I had to replace the engine. Bought a used engine that had a 90 day warranty. Two weeks after my warranty was up the water pump & the oil pump went out. This car has been nothing but trouble & money for us. I would like to get in on this lawsuit.

  99. I have gone thru all of the above.
    My 2003 Intrepid engine failed on May1, 2009. Aprox. 60k miles.
    Just paid it off in Feb.
    Timing chain broke and engine ruined, I experainced a lot of funny warning signs before this and in retrospect the engine was slowly cooking.

    Chrsyler had it towed to one dealer in NJ and they REFUSED to look at it.
    Towed at my own expense to Dealer / Autoland in Springfied where I purchased it. I have a 7 year 70k manufaturers warranty.

    Dealer looked at oil pan and said sludge caused timing chain to break, chrysler won’t honor warranty.. Didn’t even bother to look at oil change receipts.
    I filed a complaint with NJ Department of Consumer Protection and now dealer is going to re examine engine with rep from Chrysler.
    I do not trust them and suspect they will continue to blame lack of maintence on my part. They called and continue to basically make me guilty before proven innocent. They told investigator from NJ that waranty states oil needs to be changed at dealer, that is completely false.

    I also contacted Chrysler 17 times during the month of May and they only considererd dealers report of sludge and the lie that they looked at my service records, when in fact THEY DID NOT.

    I think Federal authoriies in congress should be aware of the thousands of customers left stranded by this company while they TAKE BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS TO STAY IN BUSINESS.

    They essentially are taking our money in bail out but committing out right fraud over this engine.

    I also logged in a complaint with the Federal National Highway Safety Administration.

  100. i2001 seabring convertibles with the 2.7 . i have changed the oil from 5w 30 to 10 w 30, replaced the oil pressure sending unit , cleaned the oil pick up screen which had little debrie , car runs and and changes fine with no engine knocking. but the light is driving me crazy. what else can you suggest to get the light to stop flickering? Someone suggested that the ECM could be going bad, but i don’t understand how that could effect the light flickering. Also with the merging of Chrysler with Fiat did the Federal Gov. dismiss this law suits as they did with the the others filed for defective issues?

  101. I have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring with a 2.7 V6, it died the other day on my way to work, stranded me on the freeway. It is definately an oil problem. I was careful to keep it serviced. I want to join in the class action lawsuit.

  102. hello… I am seeking an attorney
    I am seeking an attorney that will sue Chrysler for this 2.7 Liter V 6 Dodge Intrepid taht I have? While the motor was going out I hit a curve and I felt my neck pop and can not quit hurting since this happened about a month ago.

  103. I have a 2002 Chrysler Concorede with 38,000 miles on it, I am the second owner, just recently my oil light has come on a few times and flickers, usually when I am stopped at a red light. When I proceed on the light goes off. I replace oil and filter every 3000-3200 miles, the car is still running, very nice looking car, but now reading all these stories i am scared to death that it is going to break down on me. Not sure what I can do to prevent any issue from coming up before it breaks down. I owe 6600 on this car and would not be a good thing for it to break down. HELP

  104. Wow, as I read all of the comments about the failure of this engine I realize I am not the only one. I too have had the oil sending unit replaced on my sebring. Money down the drain. I now have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring sitting in my driveway with the blown engine described by all others on this page. The first diagnosis was build up in one of the cylenders. I paid $300 to have the cylender cleaned out as well as plugs replaced. 2 weeks later the same mechanic tells me I need a new engine. Thank you Chrysler.

  105. 1998 Chrysler Intrepid (yes Chrysler, not Dodge) with just shy of 80,000 miles. Out of the blue started making a loud knocking. After research I find the engine has a design flaw and I’d be better of not replacing the engine. Now I have a nice car with no engine.

  106. 2001 Sebring Convertible-started with slight engine knock and now after driving the car for about 25 minutes the entire engine is shaking and knocking. The higher the RPM the worse the knock is. The temp unit is not reading a hot temperature and the car is dying a couple times per drive. It is now sitting in the yard awaiting what to do and wanting information on an atty that is handling such cases.

  107. I have a 2002 dodge stratus with a 2.7 engine. I had to replace the water pump last august at the dealer for 1200.00 Now the oil light is flckering at less than 1000 rpm. I would like to be a part of this lawsuit.

  108. I have a 1999 Chrysler Concorde with 70,000 miles on it. Same thing happened – oil light came on, started making horrible sounds. We took it to our mechanic and he said he had seen this many times before and they are notorious for this. I sent Dodge a letter requesting assistance and they responded with a “Oh, I’m sorry to hear about your bad luck” BAD LUCK happens when you do not take care of your car. It is in pristine condition and has been cared for well. I want in on the lawsuit. Someone tell me where to sign up!!!

  109. I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid that I paid off June 4, 2009. On Saturday June 20th, it cut off on me while on the interstate and now the mechanic tells me that the engine is gone. I just paid $600 to have the AC fixed in the car and now it is not drivable. In the past year I’ve put almost $3000 into that car if not more. From the water pump, the timing, those cam sensor, to the oil sending unit and now I don’t have a car and it’s finally paid for!

  110. I had the same problem with that flickering oil light. My mechanic changed out the oil sending unit and told me that it didn’t fix the problem. He advised me that the oil pressure and oil was just where it was supposed to be. He also told me to get rid of the car, but since I went through this program for 1st time home buyers I was unable to have my credit ran so it left me with no choice but to keep the car. He then advised me to set it a fire! Wish I would have listened to him cause now i don’t have any transportation.

  111. 2002 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 with just over 77,000 miles. I went to jiffy Lube 6/20/09 and had the oil changed. About 15 miles after I had my oil changed my car was smoking and getting worse. I pulled over and the car stopped running and was smoking. At first I thought it was Jiffy Lube’s fault. I towed it to my mechanic and they said it was not their fault. It appears the water pump failed sending coolant into the engine. This caused the oil cap to pop off enough to have oil come out all over the engine and bottom of my car. I am not sure if the water pump failed due to the engine problem or vice versa…or was it something else causing a cascading affect.

  112. I have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring. I have always kept up on oil changes and taken good care of my car. In February the water pump gave out. My son is a mechanic and began to repair the water pump, when he took it apart that is when the sludge was discovered. He repaired and cleaned and did all the things that needed to be done for about 1k. He still felt the sludge did more damage than what he repaird. He was right I drove the car for another month before the engine gave altogether. I am in the midst of buying another engine, but the problem is that this particular engine is such a lemon that now it is in high demand. So a typical low mile engine would cost $800-$900 is now selling for $1,500 and up. Chrysler needs to show accountability take care of those who had trust in their product and own up and show accountability for this lemon of an engine.

  113. I purchased a 1999 Dodge Intrepid in middle of June 2009. I drove it for about 2 weeks and oil light started coming on and the car was shutting down. I went to the doctor one day and on the way home the car started running hot. I was close by a friend house and parked it there for a couple of days. I had the dealership to come get the car. They said all the sensors was going out. I had to borrow 800.00 to get it fixed. I got the car back and drove it for about a week. We went out of state and on the way home the car started making a noise. Looked in the rear mirror it was smoking. Pulled over and the car died. I sat on the side of the highway for almost a hour for a tow truck. Got it pulled to a mechanic and the motor is blown. The car dealer I bought the car from just changed the oil when I got the car. The mechanic said that a junk yard engine is 1900. and brand new is 3800. I live off disability and I now I have no way back forth to the doctor or anywhere.

  114. I just wanted to fill in a few gaps in the information you have all been fed by Dodge.
    First, the engine sludge problem is caused by the water pump being inside the engine in an oil passage, any problem that occurs with the water pump has the possibility to pump water into the oil.
    This was a design flaw with the 2.7 engine, I mean any shadetree mechanic knows that you keep water and oil as separated as possible.
    Second, no amount of oil changes can prevent this situation, the only cure is if you see sludge, replace the water pump.
    Third, for the people who talk about cheap foreign parts, this pump was made in Marked tree Arkansas by some of the hardest working people that I have ever had the honor to work with.
    In short, the 2.7 has some serious design flaws and if you are not a mechanic steer clear of this engine
    P.S. I own a 2002 intrepid with the 2.7 and am in the process of replacing my water pump now.

  115. Can you someone tell me how to get involved in the class action suit in NJ. I have a 2001 Stratus sedan ES 2.7 v6 and the engine just died last week.

  116. I have a 2001 dodge intrepid and just like everybody else on here im having the same problems and because it is not my cause of problems i also would like to be apart of this suit i have paid so much money on a peice of junk i cant even drive

  117. Well hear another chrysler nightmare, My mother in law just paid off
    her 2003 sebring two months ago , and well today I received a call
    from hear. Telling me the car started running hot and she heard a loud noise. I went to her job and check the coolant but it was full, I then check the oil and saw that water was mix in.with the oil. I didn’t want to believe what I was seeing because this woman took extra care for this B.S of a car. the motornow just turns, so I know the timming is gone out but there is hell alot of sludge present and the
    water pump is in the engine now what kind of s— it that
    chrylser will get theirs Karma is a mother

  118. I, have a 2004 Dodge Intrepid, – Cam Sensor issue car stalled on us on Freeway replaced CamSensor, 3 Times ! talked to various
    Chrysler Mechanics, said 2.7 Liter is a poor quality Engine,
    car is a Lemon, !! problems with 2000-2005 Stratus, Intrepid, Sebring,

    Safety Issue, Car not Running also contacted a Lemon Law Atty.

  119. I have diligently maintained my 2002 Chrysler Sebring Limited convertible and have changed the oil & filter religiously every 3000 miles since I bought the car in 2003 with 6700 miles on it. My engine blew without warning at 51000 miles. Don’t try to tell me that an engine blowing under those conditions is a result of my maintenance negligence. That is absurd. When I contacted Chrysler, they were less than helpful telling me that my warranty was 36 months or 36000 miles, nothing more was offered in information or otherwise. Does anyone know if I have any options other than to simply bite the bullet and replace the old engine?

  120. Add me to the list, just one more EXTREMELY unhappy Intrepid owner. I, too, have the 2.7 liter engine in a 1999 Dodge Intrepid. When I was calling around for prices on parts, one of the parts houses said “Oh, so you have one of the dreaded Intrepid’s, huh?” When I asked what they meant, they said “you have the 2.7 liter, we keep those parts in stock because they blow the engine all the time. And it is usually the #3 bearing that goes out”. I used to think highly of Dodge/Chrysler.

  121. I have a 2002 Sebring Convertible Limited. It is beautiful. Bought it a year and half ago with 34,000 miles. I do a lot of highway driving. Now it has 67,000 miles and it just died suddenly last week. No warning. Out of the blue on the thruway, all warning lights came on at once and it died. It was dangerous as I was merging from one thruway to another (most dangerous merge in my city) and it was rush hour traffic. This is not only a costly defect, but potentially dangerous. Chrysler should do something to fix this!! I still owe $10,000 on the car. It is now a very expensive lawn ornament. It will stress me out every month when I write the check to the bank to pay for a car I cannot drive.

  122. My sebring with 138k klmts just decided to stop working on the
    highway when my teen son and i were going on vacation,I also
    use my car to help save kids from drugs you would
    think Chrysler would help us all get our cars fixed,I now have no
    transportation,no job,things are getting worse,Thank you Chrysler
    for being such a bunch of LOSERS……….

  123. We were returning home from a trip and our 2002 Chrysler Sebring LXi starting running hot and stopped on the interstate. Had it towed back home to a mechanic and he wants $1475.28 to replace the water pump and he won’t guaranteed any part of the job. What a bummer!

  124. bought a 2002 intrepid with 2.7l motor back in 2004. Head engine seized up today and blew the head gasket. Upon findings by a mechanic, sludge build up at the oil pump was the problem. minimum of 2000.00 to replace head gasket or 4000.00 to 5000.00 for rebuilt motor. This is crap and why isn’t there a lawsuit for all of us affected to get aboard on and fight Chrysler for the 2.7L engine failures that are really wide spread and abundant.

  125. The Issue i described early on my 2002 intrepid was result of bad water pump with oil sludge present after review not oil pump like earlier mentioned. How do i get on this class action lawsuit.

  126. 2001 Sebring – another bad engine. They are telling me $6500 to replace the engine. Is there any hope of getting Chrylser to help pay the expense?

  127. I have a 2004 dodge durango and a 2005 seabring convertible both have started burning oil early on and the dodge at 86 thousand miles the check oil light went on and it was out of oil I thought it was supposed to tell you when its low not out same with the seabring only at 55 thousand miles

  128. I have a 2005 Dodge Stratus 2.7L engine which I purchased August 2008. I took the car back to the dealership 11/10/2008 because of an oil leak; they replaced the cam shaft position sensor. I also told them my dash lights flickered and they could not find anything wrong therefore did not fix the problem. I continued losing oil from my vehicle. Took the car back 1/28/2009 for oil leak; they replaced head gasket. Took my car to Walmart for an oil change 4/18/2009 and they told me the car was leaking oil. May 4, 2009 I checked my oil and it was below the add mark. Went back to the dealership and they checked car with some type of ultra violet light and told me there was not an oil leak. They filled my car with oil and had me come back every 200 miles for over a month and could not give me an answer as to why my car was losing oil. About every 1000 miles I have to add a quart of oil to my car. Prior to buying the Stratus I had a 2002 Dodge Neon which I purchased from the same dealership and never had a problem with that car. This is very frustrating to me that I now have a vehicle that I still owe over $8000.00 for and no one can fix the problem.

  129. i have an 04 chrysler sebring limited convertible with about 57K mi on it. i bought it used two summers ago (@33K mi, i’m the 2nd owner) and had not had any problems with it until recently. a couple of days ago, my mother drove it to the store and it overheated. it took a lot of slowed driving and prayers to get the vehicle back home. we couldn’t figure out why or how the car could all of sudden overheat without warning. we just had the car serviced for our routine oil change and fluids check and wasn’t alerted that anything was out of the ordinary. i immediately took out the manual to find out what i needed to do, checked the coolant level, bought antifreeze, refilled the tank after a few hours when we were sure the car had cooled down and thought we had nipped the problem in the bud since the car had never actually cut off. a couple of hours after that i started the car and everything seemed fine. i drove it about 10 miles, eyeing the temp gauge the whole time, when i noticed the needle jump suddenly from the halfway mark to the red H. i pulled off the road with smoke coming from under the hood and waited another couple of hours before checking the coolant again. the coolant was low and this time when i refilled it i put a paper bag under my car (like a friend told me to do when i was looking at used cars to purchase)–no leaks. i waited again for the car needle to drop all the way down to C (more hours) so i could attempt to drive it home. needless to say i didn’t make it even though i was driving at about 20MPH with the hazards on. this time when the needle jumped back to H i pulled over and left the car, thinking that i would go back and have it towed to the dealership to be repaired–and again keeping hope that since the car had never actually died on me i was in good shape and that (as my shady trees told me) it was only a matter of having the thermostat replaced. boy was i wrong! besides the run around i’m now getting from the dealership and the corporation’s “senior agents” about whether or not the part (what the dealer says is a plastic piece called the “coolant housing”) is actually covered under my powertrain warranty, i’ve been told by the dealership that they can’t tell me anything more about what needs to be fixed or what caused the malfunction until i pay the high amount they’re quoting to fix this plastic part. i’ve been online all day trying to find out what a “coolant housing” is and how it affects the engine. now, after countless google searches, i’ve come across this page where everyone seems to be complaining about the same thing–cars with 2.7 engines that overheat or die without warning–and i am extremely nervous about it. add to that, when i started the car this morning and backed it up to turn it around so the tow truck could hitch it, i noticed that the red oil light–which first came on a couple of months ago and disappeared after a few days–is now on again. what do i do? do i get the plastic thing fixed even though i feel in my gut that they’re going to tell me that something else is wrong? if sludge in the engine is the biggest complaint and my car engine never knocked or cut off, do i pay for that flush that cleans all that sludge out (more money) and hope that buys me more time with this apparently defective engine? or do i just look forward to paying off a loan on a car that i soon will not be able to drive like a lot of other folks? do i only get considered for this case if my engine dies or can i pursue something to mitigate what’s already happened and what i’m currently still dealing with? i feel helpless and i don’t like that feeling!

  130. I own a 2001 Sebring LSi Convertible 2.7 . I had problems similar to these and had to get the engine replaced. At 33,000 miles, t he temperature gauge would go to the top and stay for about 15 seconds and then return to normal. I took the car to the dealership for this twice and they could not find anything wrong. I went to another mechanic and was fortunate enough to have this happen while I was there. What he eventually found was that the car had a pin hole in the engine block. When the engine was cool the pinhole was so small that no fluids leaked, as the engine heated up the hole got bigger from the engine expanding with the heat. He called the dealership to see if there was a recall on the engine and there wasn’t. He told me that the mechanic at the dealership told him to PLUG THE HOLE WITH A JB WELD !!! They also told him that they recently had a Viper with the same problem but hte hold was bigger so they PLUGGED IT WITH A SCREW!!! My mechanic wouldn’t use JB Weld on my car, so I took it to the dealership and told them that I didn’t want them to use JB Weld, but I wanted my car fixed. Whatever they did worked until the car reached 49,000 miles. Then the entire engine blew because the engine now developed a leak near the transmission and water was leaking into the oil. Chryler would do NOTHING for me, except try to get me to buy another car. They wanted $6800 for a new engine. I went back the the mechanic that found the problem and ask him to look for an replacement engine. When he called the engine shops, he didn’t even need to tell them what size engine it was, they told him, and said that it was the most requested engine they had. We ended up getting an engine out of a junkyard from a car that had been wrecked. The engine had 12,000 miles on it, and from a newer car. The mechanic made sure that this engine did not have the same problem I experienced before. I have had this used engine in my car with no problems for four years, it has more miles on it than the original engine that blew.

  131. my car died on me driving down the interstate, it was crazy. yesterday the engine started making this crazy tapping noise so I checked the oil. As another post previous, my red oil light came on and off even after regular maintenance. The car over heated never warned me and basically blew up. I almost wrecked the car due to the car just stopping in the middle of the interstate. NO WARNING WHAT SO EVER. Also noticed this same “sludge” that seems to be in common. and just like everyone else. Hello where do you get thousands to replace and engine. The stress of today has me feeling scared, helpless and lost. I need to rent a car. What are all of you doing. Any suggestions. My car does not even have 80,000 miles on it and up until recentely, I only drove 5 miles to work.

  132. Same stalling and oil light as above.

  133. We have a 2003 intrepid which developed a slight knock at 137,000 and the oil light came on and we changed the oil every 3,000 miles or sooner…No one could figure out where the knock was coming from at 140,000 the knock got louder and the car is not drivable anymore. It costs to much to fix even rebuilt motors are 3 grand….I believe dodge should be responsible for putting faulty motors in their cars.

  134. I have a 1999 concorde 2.7L with 78,000 miles. For the last 2 years (only because I cant afford it) It’s sat in my driveway. I bought it with 25,000 miles on it and im very anal with oil changes(3 months/3,000 miles). My wife went to warm it before work one morning, she said it started then just quit. Later that afternoon I checked it out, changing the cam & crank sensors, checking timing, If im getting spark, fuel pressure etc. They all checkout fine and im baffled, it wont even pop! So I check around on the internet and find that this engine is a pile of crap due ONLY to BAD DESIGN not because of the owner!!!!!! I broke down and took it to a repair shop, got a call 2 days later to find out that they did a compression test on all cylinders. They said all were between 25 & 45 psi when they are suposed to be around 100 psi.
    After 15 years my shop closed the other day so i have time to take a closer look at it. I took the heads off today and found everything in good shape(no bent valves, piston rings ok, no wall scoring). The only thing I can think of is the head gaskets are shot, even though I had no warnings when the car was running? What do you think? After contemplating starting it on fire just to see it burn I dont know what else to do. I’ve spent loads of money and time on the pile of S$#T need to be part of the class action lawsuit.
    By the way my oil light flickered at low RPM all the time too.

  135. yes i too spent alot of money on this carand the engine went out at 130,000 miles this car was junk i also would like to be included in the class action

  136. I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L and THIS CAR IS WORTHLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has 149,000 miles and the engine is ruined because of the timing chain and i was told that I was lucky that it lasted this long. I was to know more about this lawsuit

  137. I have the same problem that most on this blog have. My 2002 Chrysler Sebring Convertible apparently over heated and water entered the engine and now just smokes. I need to get it up an running and I am wondering if I replace the engine I will have a claim?

  138. I too have got a 2002 sebring with the same problem , oil sludge , leading to engin failure , the car has 84000 miles on it , I have a after market warrenty on it , I just got the car 2 weeks ago , every thing was great with the car , as soon as I got it home I changed all the fulids as I do with any car I buy , now 2 weeks later the engin is knocking like all hell , and it will seaze up any monent , and I can not drive the car the way it is now , I have to look into getting a remanufacture engin , that has had the defualt corrected in iin. Please let me know how to join into this law suit.

  139. This is horrible, my 2004 Sebring has the same problem I keep reading about oil light flickers when driving slow or at a stop. Now it needs a water pump too. Problem after problem!! Leaking antifreeze too!
    Sad thing is now it is no longer drivable and needs major costly repairs and guess what its not even paid for I still owe $3,800.00 on it!!
    Chrysler should be held responsible and fix our cars..
    Makes me sad to make monthly payments on a car that now sits parked and can’t be driven.

  140. My husband and I purchased a 2001 Dodge Stratus it has 93,000 miles on it I was driving it home one night and all of a sudden this loud knocking was coming from the engine and the car just shut off. Now finding out about this I would like to find out if its due to the same problem everyone else has had with the 2.7 V6 motor!

  141. I too own a 2001 dodge intrepid i purchased the car in 2005 had 3 years to make payments,not shortly after my mom passed away november 2008 i paid the car off. with all its many problems i thought it would be a good idea, well i wish i would have listened to the mechanic, i had to replace water pump, water resevior, and numerous sensors, after the same knocking and shaking others have experienced while traveling down the highway the car made some sound as if something fell from under the hood, i seen a little smoke and next thing i knew i got a mechanic telling me there is no oil in the car and the engine is blown up.I replaced the oil reguarly and timely i always found myself adding quarts of oil way before the required maintenance schedule. I would love to get in on this lawsuit considering i need a new engine and my car is now undrivable sitting in my yard.

  142. I own a 2002 Sebring with the 2.7 engine. At 104000 miles I noticed a knock and was advised to replace to replace the engine. Now I have a nice looking car sitting in my drive way I can’t drive or afford to fix. The bank feels my pain but they won’t let me off the hook ,” Please pay us off and good luck to you.” Where is the justice in that? Chrysler took our money and received there bail out what about us?

  143. I have 1 2002 lXi with 90457 miles with bad motor with no funds to repair the vehicle. how do I get in the class action law suite?

  144. i have a 2001 chrysler sebring and i replaced my moter at 68,000 miles. i got my oil changed every 3000 miles because i did a lot of stop and go and it still had a build up. i settled my case because i needed transportation to and from work. i would advise anyone to stay away from those cars because soon after i replaced my motor everything started to go bad ie computer

  145. I have a 1999 Dodge Intrepid. I loved these cars . I was not aware of the motor problems. I hope they learned how not to build motors at our exspense. People what to go to foreign cars when things like this happen.

  146. I have a nice 2001 Chrysler Sebring. I love the ride. Ya but, it’s parked at a local auto shop. Its parked there because they won’t touch it. They want nothing to do with a blown 2.7 Mitsubishi/Chrysler engine. There was another Chrysler car in the lot with a similar engine knock. I told him my story. This guy was pissed. Hears my Chrysler story. About last May (2008), I started to hear a knock in the engine (front passenger side). Had around 97k miles. Brought the car in to a few shops for advise or possible repairs. I heard the same things from all. Oil sludge or Timing Chain Tensioner. Both manufacter defects. Guy at Chrysler shop agreed with these conclusions. All the local shops wanted nothing to do with the car. Best advise from them… scrap it or drive it until it dies. Dealership said to sell it while I still can. SNAKES!!! Sell this piece of junk engine to someone else. What a bunch of losers – at the dealership. Well, guess what has happened. Yep! the engine blew at 114k, 08/03/09. Well!? I had to drive it! Couldn’t afford to replace the engine or buy another car. Still paying on this one. I nursed it along. Kept the r.p.m.’s under 2500, oil changes every 2500-3000 miles, flushed oil oil out with a recommended product, stayed off the highways. Being a steel worker (machinist/Suprevisor) for 27+ years,I know the importance of proper machine maintenance. And I am confident that I followed the requirement in the owners manual. Chrysler can say what they want about the maintenance I’ve kept on the car, but they are wrong. So there my car sits. Right along side another Sebring, 2.7L. 24 valves, dual over-head cams, 98,500 miles on it.
    Good luck to all how are driving the 2.7l’s with a ping.
    Don’t venture to far from home!!!

  147. bought a 02 intrepid and it is leaking oil and water. luckly i had an other car to drive. but the oil and water are empty after about 5 min of running

  148. I too had a strange breakdown car was checked out before a trip and all appeared working fine. when traveling down the interstate on 7/13/09 my 1998 Sebring with only 74000 miles over heated without any warning went to extreme hot we pulled over and engine was smoking…. Tow driver stated engine may be blown. Currently in shop waiting for answer on isseus

  149. I have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring 2.7 engine. I have approximately 113,000 miles and my oil compression light came on about 3,000 miles ago and i changed the oil, that did not fix it. I want to be part of the Class Action Lawsuit as well.

  150. I own a 2001 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter with 176,000 miles on it. change my oil every 3000 or 4000 miles. I used full synthetic oil. Never had a problem with the car and she still drives nice.

  151. We bought our 2006 Chrysler Sebring Touring Convertible with 17,000 miles on it. We love the car. This summer, June 2009 we were driving on the highway and felt like we were loosing power. We took it to our mechanic and he suggested we take it to Chrysler in case there was any warranty left. There wasn’t. We were told a valve spring broke and bent a valve stem in cylinder # 4. We drove it for 500 miles more and the impeller on the oil pump broke. We are told now that we need a new engine for our 2006 car with only 53,000 miles on it. We have only driven it for one week this summer. We are not fans of Chrysler and will think before we buy American again, at least not Chrysler.

  152. I posted my sad story on July 14th. Since then I have researched the Class Action Lawsuit. It’s a company in New Jersey – don’t have the name handy, but I called them. They said that since Chrysler went bankrupt, nothing can be done.

    I explored every option and really wanted to put the 3.5L in it with some slight modifications (researched on line and is cheaper than the 2.7 reman), but no mechanic would try to do the swap. Finally caved and bought the same 2.7 remanufactured engine with a 5 year warranty and unlimited miles from a local engine repair place. I just got my car back last week. Price tag for this was $4,700 (it’s so expensive due to the high demand on these engines since they SUCK and blow up all the time) (Also – original price was $3,800, but I insisted on all new parts and the warranty). It was expensive, but what other option did I have? I wasn’t about to junk it, the car is simply too NICE!! If you go this route – MAKE SURE YOU GET A WARRANTY!! It could easily happen again!! I just need to keep my receipts for oil changes, since it probably will!!

  153. I too owe a Sebring. I started with a 96 Jxi and never had a problem with the V6 that is had. I drove it until 2005 when I traded it in for a used 2004 Lxi with the 2.7L engine. It was still under manufacture warranty and running fine. A little over a week ago I began to hear a ticking and thought that it might be a low oil issue. I took it in for an oil change (it was within 3000 miles of the last change) and they told me that it was not low. The next day the ticking was worse so I took it in to have it listen to by a mechanic. He informed me that it was the timing chain and that if it had not done too much damage they might be able to repair it. Less than a week later the timing chain took its toll on my engine and cracked through the end of the valve cover while I was driving to work. I now have a nice looking over sized paper weight that I owe nearly much on the car as it will cost to have it repaired. I was also told that this particular engine from Chrysler has had nothing but problems since its release. How can I get information about the class action suit and get involved in it?

  154. 1999 intrepid…68000 miles…routine oil changes…engine blew…sludge…paid $4500. for new replacement engine…84000miles it blew again…not a very nice flower pot.

  155. Good luck to all with the 2.7L and the lawsuit. I run a repair facility and can say that week before last we saw three of the 2.7L vehicles that needed engines. The saddest case is a dear lady who is a very good customer. One year ago she came to us with a 2.7 Intrepid she had recently purchased. It had an engine noise. We explained the problem and advised her to get rid of it and not fix it. She didn’t listen but had someone put a used engine in it. It cost here $1,800. We just saw the vehicle again and after only 7 months the used engine has died. Now she will scrap it. The salvage yard is offering $100 for the car.

  156. This car in general has been nothing but problems from the start. 6 months after we got it the belt tentioner went out, which is not covered. 2 months after that camshaft sensor, since that inner tierod bushings 3 different times, the radiator, battery cables 1 time, battery cable ends 2 times and now the water outlet housing, which is made of plastic. You think that a part that sits directly on top of the engine block would not be made of plastic and the 2 pieces of it would not be glued together. Just a poorly designed car all the way around.

  157. We bought our grandaugher a used 2002 Dodge Stratus with the 2.7 liter V6 engine in December 2007, In January 2009 the car quit running and we were told it needed a new engine. We ended up putting a used engine with 41K miles in this vehicle. This engine didn’t last 7 months. We didn’t realize how big a problem this was. I found this web site while searching for problems with this engine. We hope to join a class action lawsuit to be reimbursed for some of our costs.

  158. We purchased a Chrysler Sebring with a 2.7 liter V-6 new in 2001and have driven the vehicle over 107,000 miles with none of the problems so many owners have experienced. The oil is faithfully changed every 2,000 miles with standard grade lubricant ( non-synthetic ). No matter how good the oil, sludge will develop and will need to be removed. High mileage lubricants encourage neglect of the motor. As my grandfather once told me, oil is cheap and parts are high; keep the oil changed and the parts lubricated!

  159. I bought a 2001 concord kept in excellent shape and at 80.000 miles it made and noise and just stopped working, took it too a chrysler dealer and they said yep thats about right these engines were not to ever see 100.000 miles But was us as the consumers told about this engine that this would happen? NO I would have never bought that concord. My brother is in the industry they said the 2.7L engines should have been recalled there is nothing but trouble. If I only knew. What to do now? I had to go out and get something else that I really can’t afford in this day and age but does chrysler care? NO they just wanted to charge me 4500.00 to fix it for only maybe 50.000 miles for it to run. So the car sits in my garage while my husband fixes it and he will drive it, I will never by a Chrysler again, I will tell everyone I know what happened to me and If they have that type or car or engine get rid of it. Its a LEMON, the lemon law should pertain to this engine. Help us consumers from getting Cheated.

  160. My son’s 2001 Dodge Intrepid, with only 82,000 miles, has just suffered what the mechanic now calls a un-repairable engine. The water pump destructed and spewed water and metal shavings into the oil pan, which got into the lubrication system and ruined the engine. My son is a Marine serving half the world away, and now has a worthless car for which we owe the cost of the water pump replacement (which was repaired before the mechanic discovered the debris in the oil pan). If there is a class action lawsuit with any prayer of financial relief from Dodge/Mitsubishi, we will want to be included.

  161. I came across this site while looking to sell my moms’ dead Chrysler Sebring Convertible. She has the 2001 2.7 L V6 and it’s on it’s SECOND blown engine due to oil sludge. her first engine blew up with only 60K miles and they spent $4500 on a second engine and now that has blown up. The oil was changed regulary and the car only has 95K miles on it when this second engine died. I’m trying to sell it for her. Does anyone know how I can submit her car to one of these lawsuits? Can’t believe how many of you have had the same problems.

  162. I purchased a 2006 Chrysler Sebring Touring Edition. 2 days ago with almost 118000 miles, my 2.7 liter engine blew leaving me stranded. I now have a car that I still owe 3 years on that I cannot drive. I would love to join the Class Action Lawsuit!!!!

  163. Don’t be too quick to accept a diagnosis of a leaking water pump. A less-than-scrupulous dealer tried to pull that on me. Just drain a small sample of oil from the crankcase and let it sit for awhile in a glass jar– if there is any coolant in the oil, you will see the separation. No “layer” look, no leaking water pump.

  164. I have a 2002 Intrepid with 70,000 miles and last weekend the engine blew on the freeway and I was told it was caused by the water pump blowing and after inspection the entire engine needs replacing at $5,000.00. The car is not worth that much so I will just have to junk it and get a new car. I take excellent care of my cars and it had regular oil changes every 2000 to 3000 miles, including an oil change just 3 days before it blew.
    The mechanic told me this type of engine is well know for blowing out.
    I too wish to participate in the law suite.

  165. This is obviously an engine that never should have been aloud to leave the drawing board.This engine blew after and the maint has always been kept up,oil changes exct.

  166. I had a 2002 dodge intrepid with 113,000 miles on it and I have drove it for 6 years without a problem. My husband drives it to work and when he stops at a light, it dies without warning! We thought it was the alternator, but after my second opinion from a reliable mechanic, he tells us that the engine is gone and that they are junk! I have to work 2 jobs to help support our family and now we are down to 1 vehicle. We just paid the car off and all scheduled maintenance was done to the car. What are we supposed to do now? We couldn’t even send our daughter to pre-school because we only have one vehicle. And the really bad part of it is,my husband works for a company that makes Chrysler parts, and all they do is complain about how the parts they are getting from my husbands company are unsatisfactory and that they will be put on quality alert if it doesn’t improve. Maybe someone should tell them that a little plastic piece is not something to cry over when people are paying them their hard earned money for vehicles that they help to make for Chrysler, and they can’t even put in an engine that isn’t a piece of junk!

  167. My daughter started college this fall and I traded my Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab 4X4 for a more fuel efficient, reliable, smaller car – a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. She got the car with the trade-in and $500 cash around July 11th and drove with no problems or warnings until, on August 11th, the engine started knocking on her way home from a movie. She stopped at a gas station and put gas and oil in the car and made it home but the engine is toast. The rod is knocking severely and can not be driven. The Dodge dealer we bought the vehicle from says the car was as is and no warranty is implied.

  168. I bought a 2001 sebring with 94,000 miles on it. I drove find nothing wrong with it and the engine started knocking and it died without warning. I see from all the recent problems I would like to become a part of the class action lawsuit.

  169. 2004 Chrysler Sebring 2.7 has 63000 miles on it. Maintenance has been done regularly. Had oil change and now oil light comes on when applying brakes. Engine has been flushed, new oil put in, sensor replaced. Oil light still flickers. Mechanics states that it needs a new engine.

  170. I bought my 2002 Chrysler Sebring after i finished high school at the end of 2006. The past month my car has had a lot of white smoke come out of the exhaust, and now that stopped but if i drive my car more than 5 miles it overheats until all of the coolant and water leaks out of it.

  171. I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The oil sludge ruined my motor too. I would love to sue Chryslers butt off. I am very lucky though because my dad and my husband can fix my car instead of me having to take it to a dealership to get it fixed. But the point of the matter is that Chrysler needs to get their head out of their butt and fix their mistake. If not, one of these day Chrysler will have to close down because no one in their right mind will want to buy their crap.

  172. I never new anything about these engines till I took my car to my mechaninc about the flickering oil light when i stopped at lights or signs. He just told me not even to bother getting a new engine but to just get rid of the car which I still owe a year of payments on. ’03 chrsysler sebring at 94000 miles. Never Never Never Again! I will do my research before buying another car.

  173. Buy a SUBARU because I had a Dodge Neon and at 40,000 miles like clockwork the head gasket blew (They all do this) at 12,000 miles all the brake rotors look like swiss cheese. I had all types of electrical problems too. Not a big Chrysler Dodge fan as you can see. 95,000 miles on Suby and no problems (oh i had to reset the computer once by disconnecting the battery) and it is more reliable then the Hondas I owned. Suburu mechanics suck though take it to a good service garage or work on it yourself.

  174. i have a 2002 sebring convertibale lxi and i broke down almost a year ago and i have been trying to get rid of it every since!! I have spent almost $2,000 dollars trying to to fix it and for a college student that is not easy to come by i would love to get in on this lawsuit because i need someone to take responsiblity for this faulty engine ASAP!!!

  175. Just bought a 2004 Sebring LX used. It’s got 64,000 miles on it, and I noticed when idling, the oil light comes on. Wish I would have read this page before buying. The car has a warranty on it, so I plan on calling the dealer tomorrow. Hope this can be resolved, otherwise, I’d like to be considered for this lawsuit as well.

  176. I had a 2001 Intrepid – I bought it used with 80,000+ miles on it, I got the oil changed between 4,000-5,000 miles. The first problem occured within the first months of owning the car, the dealership I bought from Gene Steffy’s took care of the problem, they replaced the motor, they said that I broke a timing belt. I replaced the car and had to take $5,000 of the balance onto the new loan when they said that the new engine failed due to sludge several months later. I thought I had bought a good car from a 5 star dealer, now the concord 2004 that replaced the Intrepid is now beginning to require work and it doesn’t even have 100,000 miles on it yet. I am going back to Chevy as soon as I can. At least I know their cars work my Cavalier 168,000 miles and did not need the care or the concerns that the Chrysler, Dodge products have. Now I begin to panic when I reach 3,000 miles for an oil change. – 5 stats for this dealer I don’t think so for his repair department the guys are outstanding I guess they have to be with all the problems that must come in.

  177. I am a college student working 2 jobs my 2002 sebring was my only source of transportation. One day for no reason my engine failed leaving me stranded. I still owe money on this car and I have no way to replace the engine. This is awful that this could happen to so many people who in good faith purchased Chrysler products! At least it didn’t die when I was on the highway. I’ll never buy another Chrysler ever again nor will I recommend anyone else too!

  178. I have a 2003 sat. sebring lxi conv. Oil has been changed every 3000 miles like clock work. Car ran good up to 120,000 miles. The water pump went out, leaked into the motor. I have not gotten it fixed yet. Cost is around $1000.00 ( so i was told by 3 different garages). I am worried about the sludge build up now, even if I change the oil and fix the pump. Does any one know if I can get in on this suit to fix the motor. I understand it cost money to fix a waterpump—- but not a $1000.00 any one got any answers. Thanks

  179. Well my father has a 2004 Concorde with a 2.7 Liter engine in the car from 2003. We put on over 209000 miles on the car and the motor just went. Car is in still good shape except for some paint chipping. Overall we were happy with this car. We were surpraised at the millage we got out of this car but now we have to part with it. It was a good car and our first chrysler product.

  180. worse engine ever made very poor engineering they are selling a dangerous defective engine. i am interested in a lawsuit against dodge chrysler etc

  181. were do I sign up. I have a 2002 sebring converible oil light comes on at when I stop.

  182. I own a 2004 Chrysler Concorde LX and the check engine light is on. The problem is that when slowing to a red light, the car shifts down and I have to pull over, cut the car off and restart in order for it to go into the gears while driving. I had the car repaired one and half years ago for the very same problem and the Chrsyler Dealer, replaced the valve body but the check engine light came back on. When I phone the dealer and told them that the problem had reoccured, they stated that the valve body may have been bad and they tried to come up with other different problem as if it was neglect on my part. When driving any car, you have to stop and I get very tense when I start slowing down because the car will shift down. These dealers seem to rely only on diagnostic testing instead of driving the car to see what it is doing. This is the last AMERICAN MADE AUTO that I will buy. Chrysler needs to help their customers more and be honest with them and not be in it for the money. I need my car repaired because I have no other means of transportation n0r do I have anoth $695.00 to re-repair what should have been done 1 1/2 yrs. ago.


    This is the reason why I never buy the cheap version or base model of a car! Pay a little bit extra next time and get the better engine. I wouldn’t have even considered buying an Intrepid with the smaller engine? That’s just being cheap. I’ve owned many Chryslers, Dodges & Plymouths. Always the best version motors and equipment. Same with my Chevys and Fords. You get what you pay for.

    Here’s a good example: Back in the late 80′s I purchased a Cutlass Supreme International series with the High Output motor. My friend bought the same year Cutlass (base model) with the 4cyl. His was junk with in two years and a few years later we both traded them in for new cars with in a week of each other. My car had almost twice the mileage and ran like it was new, his barely ran and leak oil bad! Who do you think got the better deal when we traded them in? Again, you get what you pay for.

    I understand the 2.7L’s are junk and agree that Chrysler should pony up.

    As for you who say I’ll never buy from Chrysler again! Well they all have there good and bad cars. How about the Chevy Beretta’s or the Ford Tempo 4cyl. cars or any Ford four cyl. car.

    That’s why Ford bought Mazda because all Ford 4cyl’s were junk and they knew it.Buy a Ford today and there all by Mazda or Nissan. My father-in-law bought 2 Tempos back in the late 80′s. Both of these cars started to leak oil at 30,000 miles. by the time they got to 40,000 the heads cracked on both cars like clock work. Fords answer, not our problem!
    In the mid 80′s, A friend of mine had a Mercury (LN7 EXP Escort) We went to the scrap yard to get him a head for his engine and was told that cylinder heads sold for $100 but if they had one for a ford it would cost $400 due to how rare a good one was. Then on top of that we found out that ford went out of there way to screw there customers with the help of Michelin tires. They spent a lot of money to make a metric rim just the right size that nether a 14 or a 15in. tire would fit on. This way ONLY Michelin had tires for those rims. A monopoly, and charged over $200 per tire. And remember Ford did this on purpose no mistake just GREED. And OMG don’t get me started about the Ford Focus problems or the Ford van & trucks ignition switch fires!!!

    And as for the Chevy Beretta’s, You might see one on the road once in a blue moon. I still see a lot of the Dodge Shadows still driving around. The shadow was the Dodge competition to the Chevy Beretta. The Beretta almost killed GM, they were that bad. And how about there trucks? For 17 years they knew that they were death traps in a side collision. They also knew that $12.50 per truck would fix the problem. They had to be sued to get them to fix it!

    The point is they all have Lemons and problem cars. So the next time you go to buy a car spent a little extra for a extended warranty and upgrade in service. You buy cheap you get cheap! It’s that simple!

    If all you can afford is a base line Chrysler 300 with no extras, You can’t afford a 300. Buy a PT Cruiser with the extras for the same money and enjoy the fact that if it breaks down it’s covered. Duh’

  184. I purchased a 2001 Dodge (Brokedown) Intrepid from an auto auction recently( I know you take your chances with used cars but we all should not have the same problem. That mean manufacturer is doing something very wrong). The car was very clean inside and out with 110k miles. When they drove it in it was whisper quiet. I am a college student and was excited to get my first car I had saved up for almost two years. When I picked the car up the next day it had a knocking noise and cut off when I switched gears to leave. They had to come out and jump start it for me. Then it cut off again less than two minutes while driving. I had to call a tow truck and had it towed to a mechanic who told me the engine was dead and my damage would start at least $2000. Almost more than the car cost. I wish I knew about this website before I pour my life savings into american made cars. Could have gotten something better for my money. Next time I get a Toyata Camry. I just want to break even before i’m out of thousands of dollars and still no car. How can I get in on the lawsuit. Rip offs!

  185. 2001 Chrysler Concord 70,000 mi water and oil mixed.

  186. i brought my 1999 chrysler concord in 2007 and shortly after i got this car i immediately started having constant problems with this big machine no machine could ever figure out the main resource to this type of year model i have put many of my hard working dollars into this car just to end up on the side of the road broke down with my 2yr old little boy this seems like its a common problem with this 1999 concord

  187. We bought a Dodge Intrepid used with 13K miles and right after we got it the check engine light came on and we spent approx $1500 to fix with no success. We attempted to trade it but dealer offered us next to nothing due to check engine light. We had mechanic flush engine several due to sludge build up ……this we could not understand. Now the water-pump dumped/mixed all the coolant into the crankcase and caught fire while we were on I95 going to visit on 4th of July. it is now sitting i my driveway as every mechanic i talked with wants roughly $3000 – $5000 to repair or replace engine. I filed complaint with Daimler Chrysler and they refused to help. Is there someone out there who can help us?

  188. My 2003 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 Lt left me and family stranded on July 4th weekend when water pump dumped coolant into the crankcase. I am the only one working to support a family of 4. We change oil and service regularly according dealers manual. I spent approx $1500 in parts and labor due to the check engine light since I got the car. The oil light comes on when idling a stop light or intersection and still comes on even after several engine flushes …… mechanic said this was due to sludge build up. Before water-pump incident the car engine would just stall while i am slowing down and turning at intersection or unto driveway or into parking. I have have already replaced the transmission for shifting down to 2nd and and not changing while on the highway. But the July 4th incident was the most bizarre, as we were on the Highway the oil light came on which was strange because we had just topped it up (no flickering this time) and when I looked in my mirror i saw a dense white smoke trailing my car, I tried to pull over as fast as i could only to find that the brake pedal went straight to the floor and I had to use the park brake to help stop the vehicle. at this time smoke was coming from under the hood and fire on the exhaust by the O2 sensor and brake line …. it seemed like fluid of some sort (brake or power steering) was leaking/spraying on the engine. We had to leave the car on the side of the street and had it towed to a mechanic shop the next day (this was approx 80 miles out of town). the mechanic first listened to the engine and told us that it was a failed water-pump, he then checked the oil and told us we need to replace the engine due to water and oil mixing and that this would cost anywhere from $4000 to $5000 to complete. We then checked with 3 other mechanic shops that told us the same thing. We ended up towing the car to the house as we do not have the money to fix. My Husband bought this car for my birthday in 2004 and we took great care of it and worked hard to pay it off and we could not even get a fair trade when we tried to exchange it. This product is clearly defective due to manufacturer design or substandard parts. I believe that the manufacturer should be held accountable to repair or replace my vehicle as well as reimburse me all the expenses I have incurred over the past 3 1/2 months due to this car along with some compensation pain and suffering. Please include me in the class action lawsuit.

  189. I have a 2006 chrysler 300 with a 2.7l engine. I bought the car with 30,000 mile on it. I thought i was getting the car of my dreams, After about 3 years and 89,000 miles and treating my car as if it was a baby, changing oil on time and washing it almost every day. I was pulling into a car wash when the oil light came on briefly so i went to jiffy lube. becouse that is were i get my service done.They said it was a half a quart low so they topped it off and sent me on my way. the light was off and i got on the freeway and was heading home .When i got off the freeway exit i heard a noise coming from the engine. when i got home the noise was very loud. So i took the car to my mechanic and he said the rod bearing had spun and i needed a new engine 4,000.00 dollars .So after a mouth in shop and a new engine i got it back. within one week of having it back it stalled at a light and the idle positioning sensor light came on. It does this every time im at a light for longer than a minute. what the f_ _ _ else is going to go wrong. So much for my dream car !!
    Not a bad deal for a 32,000 dollar car that is 3years old. How can i join the law suit.

  190. having put 107,000 onmy 2.7 liter sebring touring sedan all of a sudden it overheated filled with engine oil an dantifreeze just junk

  191. Just bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid, with a 2.7, the next week the motor went out.
    I would like part in this law suit

  192. I just purchased a 2001 Chrysler Concorde 6 days ago while driving the car yesterday it just shut off with no warning, I had it towed to a local garage and they tell me the motor is seized up due to oil sludge. I just purchased this damn car and love it but now I am faced with having to put a new motor in a car that I just purchased and the dealer says that they are sorry but they will not stand behind it. I want put on the class action lawsuit, this is totally insane. I wish I would have known about this motor before I purchased the car. Now I have a beautiful car that is just sitting.

  193. i just boght a crhysler concord with a 2.7 and 3 days after the water pump went out then the engine blew.i am interested in a law suit.

  194. I have a 2001 startus with 100,000 miles. Oil light comes on at idle. Ive been told the motor is full of sludge. I have awlays changed the oil every 3000. Im scared to drive the car now. I live in northen illinois and i want in want more info on this proplem.

  195. I too, am a Chrysler victom. In 2003 I was on the NYS Thruway on my way to work and the motor seized while I was the passing lane. Lost control however; was able to pull it off to the center median. It simply died right there. I bought it as a second owner it had 34,000 miles on it and shortly after the engine light kept coming on. I tokk it back the dealer, fixed over a few times as they told me. I then for 2 years took it to my own machanic becuase the engine light came on. Costing extra money in the thousands. I had to get a seond car paying two car pmts and starving to death and barley making my bills. Stress up the wazzooo. I paid $12,000 + on car I drove for less the n yrs having a 5 yr pmt plan. Total nightmail of my life…..I hate Chrysler and Dodge and used to swear by them. They cost me much personal pain. Not to mention could have been my life on the thruway that day.

  196. I got screwed too on my car I bought a 1999 Chyrsler Concord with the 2.7 engine, not knowing all this was going on with this engine. The car looked so good and I thought I was getting a deal at $3500/ I did this last Nov, and after ten months the engine blew up. Grant you it had 97,000 miles on it, after adding 3,000 miles. Now I have a note to finish paying and no car to get to work and there is no one to help because the car is too old. My mechanic check on a use engine to put in it and they wanted $3000 for it and you know it is going to do the same thing, you just don’t know when. I would not waist anymore money doing that. The saddest part is you know the car dealer knew when he sold it to me that the car would not last a year and the note is for 2 years. I am interested in the class action suit. I am 68 years old and can not afford another note. I believe the should have recall these engines long ago.