Dodge Engine Oil Sludge Lawsuits

Certain model year 1998 to 2002 Dodge Intrepid and Dodge Stratus vehicles contain defective Chrysler 2.7 liter V6 engines. These engines have a propensity to build up oil sludge, which could result in engine failure much earlier than would be expected.

STATUS OF DODGE ENGINE LAWSUITS: Chrysler has been denying warranty coverage for the 2.7 liter engine problems, forcing many vehicle owners to contact product liability lawyers to pursue Dodge engine lawsuits to recover the repair costs.

All federal Dodge engine failure class action lawsuits have been consolidated in an MDL in the District of New Jersey.


OVERVIEW: The Chrysler 2.7 liter engine used in Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Stratus as well as certain Chrysler vehicles, is defectively designed and could fail between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. In some cases, owners have reported catastrophic engine failure as early as 20,000.

Chrysler has been denying warranty coverage for the Dodge 2.7 liter engine failures, requiring owners to incur between $4,000 and $10,000 to repair or replace the engine.

DODGE ENGINE PROBLEMS: Chrysler designed the 2.7 liter V6 engines as a smaller engine with less oil capacity. This has caused the Dodge engine problems because oil sludge could develop if the oil is not replaced within a small margin of time.

Even when owners have regularly replaced their engine oil within the time frame outlined in the owners manual, there are still some who have had their engine seize suddenly when the vehicle still had well under 100,000 miles.

DODGE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS: At least five state class action lawsuits over the Dodge engine oil sludge problems have been filed in various federal courts throughout the United States. In February 2009, all of the cases were consolidated in an MDL in the District of New Jersey.

The Dodge engine failure lawsuits allege that design defects in the 2.7 liter V6 engines make them prone to form oil sludge, which could result in catastrophic engine failure.

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  1. Kevin e Reply

    I have 2007 charger 2.7 ran very good coming home from the store all lights came on. Engine locked up on me only had 75,567 miles sludge is what happened crazy

  2. JOYCE Reply

    2008 dodge charger 2.7 engine just stopped on me with no warning sign now I need a engine just wrong need help !!!! 251-362-0115

  3. Ruth Reply

    Argh i bought my 02 dodge intrepid in 2008, i have had to replace the motor once, and drove about two years. Need a new motor again. I was a single mother with two kids and a very unreliable vehicle in Alaska. Help!!!! Please i bought a lemon

  4. Denisa Reply

    I have a 2006 dodge stratus that’s in the shop right now getting new motor the old motor had 140k on it and been having problems since 120k now the sludge has ran my repair bill to 3,900 new motor and having it out in…. Now as that’s in shop my Crystler 300 which has 85k miles on car and never had any problems all the sudden starts knocking real bad and lost power, now I’m told the 300 needs new motor also? How is it I never owned anything but ford until these two cars and never had any problem till buying dodge and Crystler … Help me I’m going broke in repairing engines

  5. Zachary Reply

    Please contact me someone about this lawsuit thank you

  6. Johnny Reply

    I have a 2007 Dodge Charger and my engine just went out. I had to put in a new engine that cost me 6,000 dollars. I really think that everyone really need to get together and make this lawsuit real. I will never buy a dodge again.

  7. Kevin Reply

    Bought my wife a 2003 Chrysler Concord last year in May for her birthday. Had to replace the water pump and timing chain in August and again this summer. In the process of the mechanic tearing the front half of the motor down I was told that motor was gone, because when the water pump went out water got in the motor and mixed with oil. I kept up with the general maintenance the year my wife had the car. doing the water pump cost me 600. I even had to put a starter on , another 400. All this in a year, not to mention the 3000 I paid for the car not counting taxes, tabs and the plates, plus insurance. Knew nothing about that Chrysler 2.7 engine, but I do now. ”PIECE OF CRAP”

  8. Annmarie Reply

    My 2007 dodge charger with the 2.7 engine just suddenly ran hot and the car shut down. I had all on my services on the car. Now they tell me that I need a new engine. This is just crazy. They know that there is a problem but ignored it and put are lives in danger. Now I have a car that I can’t drive .please let me know if anything comes of the lawsuit

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