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. SHANA Reply

    2004 intrepid, just started with the problems… oil ilght had began coming on even after fresh oil change.. Now the car is stalling while driving like it will die out.. very scary does it on the Highway. First thought it was bad gas but NO!… almost hit a couple of time.. took it to Dodge Dealership ( NO LUCK!) they don’t even know.. guessing game about the sensor’s but told them not giving them anymore money unless they are sure what the problem was. They had my car for 3 days no, courtsey car or nothing, days off work. Called this Am stated think it’s some other sensors and wanted to do them MAP sensor and some other.. Spouse told them he had change the other one but not the Map.. Guy stated that he isn;t sure if this will slove it.. NO MORE dishing out monies.. Where’s the suit against these guys! If they can’t stand behind there own cars what are we in for?

  2. joseph Reply

    how can i be apart of the class act law suit

  3. Krista Reply

    WE have a 2002 Dodge Stratus less then 80,000 miles on it. and we have had to have the brakes and rotors repkaced 3 times. I will never purchase a Dodge again. What a lemon! Now the mechanic is telling us it needs $1200 worth of work otherwise he said it is dangerous to drive. BYE BYE DODGE!!!!!!!!!

  4. LaDonna Reply


    I would like to know if someone can please send me some information on how to add my name to the class action lawsuit agaist Chrysler? I have 2002 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 litter engine that is not driveable due to my engine just stopping 1 night. For 2 years I had and still do have to depend on public transportation to get to my part time job. This has been a very emotional 2 years for me since I paid off my car and the engine stopped on me just out of the blue. I had 2 authorized mechanics to suggest due to the oil sludge to replace my engine (proof with reciets).

  5. Cynthia Reply

    Has anyone heard from someone on your problems with your car? We had a 2004 Dodge Intrepid (2.7 engine), bought it with 28,000 miles on it and the engine blew at 110,000. We had all of our oil changes on time and it was a good car, and the engine just all of a sudden blew. We never got anything from Dodge Chrysler saying there was a problem with this engine.

    Did those of you who asked about information to be added to the lawsuit – did you hear from anyone? I don’t see any responses regarding that. Thanks.

  6. ruth Reply

    back on 28 jan 2010….how do i get i the class act law suit..or who do i call about is in my drive way and would like to do samething have them do do anything…fix or get used car 2001 or samething help help

  7. Duane Reply

    2000 Intrepid, Sludge problem…$$$ UGH What a piece of crap

  8. Darren Reply

    I have a Dodge Ram 1500 that is having similiar problems to what is happening with the Dodge Intrepid and Dodge Stratus. My Ram has the 5.2 engine. First I experienced a slight loss in oil pressure. Never out of the safe range. Then I had a cylinder 2 misfire. Now I have a problem with engine running hot. I have changed wires, plugs, cap and rotor. As well as the oil pump and oil sending unit when that was done they also replaced the oil tube and cleaned out all the sludge. I also had thermostat replaced. Still have same problems. Dodge needs to stand behind their vehicles and fix their mistakes.

  9. Sandeep Reply

    I bought 2003 dodge intrepid from dealer when it was 12000 miles on it. now as of today am 105000 miles.
    10 days ago my oil lights start flickering when i am at stop sign or complete stop. SO far i changed oil pressure sensor switch and harness and connectors.
    No go.still lights flickering. i can’t afford new engine.i need to know how can i join this law suit and put my name in it.Dodge sucks.

  10. cory Reply

    2002 sebring 2.7 blew at 46,000 on frist owner he replaced sold the car to me i replace the motor agin at 103,000 and now the car has 108,xxx and needs another motor.


    got my husbands 2002 intrepid used in 2005, had 60k miles on it… started with the water pump, the alternator, some other various (not cheap) reverselating gonkulators (dont remeber exactly what) and then in nov 2009 on the highway it started gushing water/antifreeze without any indication that it was overheating and is now a gold lawn ornament. cant afford to put a new engine in it, and there isnt anyone to sell it too. what a peice of crap

  12. Robert Reply

    I had a 2000 Chrysler Concorde and at about 50,000 miles the oil light started flashing and the only way I got it to stop was to have the sensor changed. The car eventualy threw a rod at 63,000 miles. I also had a 2005 Chrysler Sebring at the same time, which threw a rod two days earler and it only had 77,800 miles and Chrysler has refused to do anything about any assistance. I was personally told by a Service Manager at Zimmer Chrysler in Florence, Kentucky that he had only heard that the Concorde had the problem because the exhaust was too close to the oil pan and it caused the slug problem.

  13. Mary Reply

    2001 Dodge Intrepid. Bought used in 2001 – only 6 months old. I’ve had various issues (oil light flickering on), but overall I’ve like my car – until now. Car started to stall while driving. I brought it home – thinking I had just bought some “bad gas”. Antifreze was leaking out of the car. It has mixed in with the oil. Had it towed to my mechanic. He figures $500-$600 for water pump. Thinks it my need a new timing chain or head gasket. Probably needs a new engine. He really doesn’t think I should try to fix it – he hates to “steal my money” for a piece of junk that probably still won’t work. Calling around to have it junked – most I’m being offered is $200.00

  14. Frederick Reply

    I recently purchased a 2002 intrepid SE – the oil light flickers when RPMs are low. I took it to a mechanic for a oil change, the mechanic told me that I would eventually need a new engine and the car has about a week or month to live. I was devistated, he told me that this issue occurs a lot with this brand of car. He told me I would have to spend about 3,000 dollars for a rebuilt engine considering I just paid 2800 for the vehice 2 months ago. I would love to be apart of a lawsuit to get compensation for something that obviously the manufacturer knows about but fails to address.

  15. Will Reply

    I purchased a 2006 Chrysler Sebring and we are the only owners. We have kept the oil changes as needed. In review of a recent call stalling on the freeway, the Chrysler Dealer informed me that our engine froze up. We had no prior warning or overheating issues. I am currently trying to get it fixed and also gather records from several places that did oil chages. At this point we have not been informed of what is going on with the car and who will be fixing it. If anyone can provide some input, we would appreciate it.

  16. corrina Reply

    I purchased a brand new 2005 chrysler 300 in march of “05” and have had multiple issues with the car as far as the engine was concerned and now the engine went out back in oct of “2010” and currently my financial situation isnt that great and the engine is so hard to find and very expensive

  17. CHARLES Reply

    2002 chrysler sebring with 57,000 miles and I have changed oil on regular basis and kept up with all maintenance. The Chrysler dealer is denying that there is a design flaw. I am totally disgusted with chrysler. I would not recommend anyone to buy chrysler products.

  18. Kristin Reply

    I got the Dodge Intrepid 2002 like two weeks ago, and the engine blew because of the timing chain belt broke.

  19. Steve Reply

    I have a 2006 Sebring with less than 35K miles that has a bad oil leak front right side of engine. I had a mechanic open up the timing belt area an he found the crankshaft seal popped out and excessive end play on the ceankshaft. I have read many post about this and the oil sludge problems. Does anyone know if there is a seperate class action on the crank seal problem, or would it be coverd in the oil sludge suite? Also information on how to join these suits.

  20. Jean Reply

    I have a 2001 Chrysler Intrepid, I have repalced the engine twice, now having the same problems. The head gasket is now leaking and I was told I need to replace the engine for the third time. How can I get in on the lawsuite agains Chrysler for this engine problem. Please someone send me some information.

  21. Rodney S. Reply

    The sad truth to all the Chrysler / Dodge engine problems is since they filed bankruptcy and our government gave them Billions to get going again , they are NO longer responsible for and past vehicles produced
    that had major problems like the famous 2.7L , which I own.
    I personnally think it’s total BS , because GM , which I absolutely dispise
    as a company has steped up to honor their prior bankruptcy problems.

    Trivia — I have a 2004 Intrepid with the oil light on at anything less than
    1000 rpm’s . It has 126,000 only because I’ve been nursing it along for years. It started consuming coolant a long time ago but with going to a 7lb. rad. cap and lots of stop-leak , I’ve made it this far.
    The engine has seen synthetic oil most of it’s life but now I’m running
    6 qts. of straight 50 weight to keep the oil light out. I’ve only heard a slight engine rap for a few seconds after changing the oil. I now fill the filter prior to installing to stop that.
    It’s not if this engine is going to die , just a matter of when.
    Like most of us , when it does , a perfectly good car will be parked
    as we have NO money to fix. Thanks Chysler !!

  22. Mark Reply

    Owned a 2001 intrepid with 2.7 L. Engine failed at 97k, Prior to that no issues car was a great cat. I purchased a 7 yr extended 100k bumper to bumper warranty. What few issues I had up to the engine fail was always covered. When the engine died at 97k the Dealership said is was sludge problem and stated it was not covered so I called Chrysler. They set up conference call with dealer and stated “we can save you some time, I guarantee a car with 97k will have some sludge but any engine failure is covered by the warranty, so fix the car” Diamler Chrysler warranty covered car rental as well. Car was repaired in about a week and we drive the car another 75k then traded for another Chrysler product. Not sure why other folks are having these issues. For me Diamler Chrysler held to their warranty

  23. deborah Reply

    My daughter (Sam) just bought her first car, a Chrysler Dodge Intrepid 2001, and has been putting money into it ever since she bought it only three months ago. Now the car (that broke down in the middle of the night on her way home from work in scary Ft. Lauderdale Fl.) is dead in the driveway, do to the piece of shit 2.7 engine. My question like so many others is is there a recall on this engine and if not will there be. Sam paid $5,300.00 for this Intrepid and still owes most of that money, also $1,200.00 out of her pocket for additional repairs since time of purchase. It’s no wonder so many people don’t care anymore if they buy american made, when an american company like Chrysler won’t step up and recall their faulty products. I apologize for you Chrysler, for ruining the reputation for all american companies.

  24. Jamie Reply

    My daughter bought a 2002 Dodge Stratus about 8 months ago paid $4500.00 for it . Bought from a private seller he had all the paperwork for reg. oil changes tire rotation all the maintenance. She has kept up with oil changes as well . She is now 8months pregnant also has gestational diabetes and 3 Dr. apts. a week with that said last week the engine started knocking took it to the shop and a rod is knocking nothing they can do to fix it . After doing some research i find out about this faulty engine . We are just sick about this there is no money to get a new car or replace the engine which will eventually blow and i am worried for her safety when it does . So i am now driving her car and let her use mine. I just cant believe there was not a recall on this engine !! Anyone have a clue how to maybe prolong the life of the engine even if there is already a rod knocking ?

  25. Aleks Reply

    Same story here. 40,000 miles in and we had to replace the engine on our 2001 Sebring LX (2.7L V6). The tech told us it was sludge buildup. That was $6,000 I’d have rather not spent. That was 5 years ago, so this new engine’s probably due to go now too. Does anyone know anything about joining the class-action group?

  26. Dan Reply

    My brother took my nephew to purchased his 1st car.Found a 2oo4 stratus with 5om miles.Paiid $8000 . Now the engine is shot.Only had it for several years . His mother died in 2ooo @ 42. an hsi father let’s just say he doesn’t exist.H.e trying to go to college .So what do you do with a 2004 car with a bad motor…

  27. serena Reply

    WOW, it all sound so fimiliar. I have a 2002 Dodge stratus I have already spent 700.00 on this car 4 months after purchasing it then 3 months later coming home from work it started knocking really hard and stopped had it towed to the house then I saw it was reading ” DECK” where the mileage should be and it has not started since so I am making payments on a car that I can’t even drive because I don’t want to ruin my credit anymore than it is. No money to get it fixed and no money to buy another car. How do I get in on this lawsuit.

  28. {Plurb} Reply

    Serena: DECK means your trunk is open close it and get the engine fixed.if it needs it. You can either afford to drive or you can’t and must take the buss. Stop trying to sue or fight everybody. mechanical things break, some break sooner but all of them break at some point in time.

  29. David Reply

    I have a 2002 Dodge Intrpid that has not blown up yet, but continues having the oil coming on at times. The other issue is It’s starting to overheat.

    How can I get in on the lawsuit for the 2.7 engines?

  30. Blake Reply

    I hate 2.7 thanks dodge I ll never buy one again. Your lame and thanks fot making cars that break. Single dad. 148,000 2006 dodge magum

  31. Billy Reply

    I own a 2007 Dodge Charger with a 2.7 24v DOHC and i gave the car to my daughter after driving it about 9 months after i gave it to her she was driving home from the beach and it over heated my first inclination was coolant after checking realizing that wasn’t the problem she told me that her oil light came on i checked the oil and the sump was full after it had cooled down she tried to start it again and it just locked up and i could hear the bearing spin i could sure use some help here is there any thing i can do to try to rectify this issue?

  32. jay Reply

    i bought my wife a 2002 stratus 2 yrs ago at a local lot in redding ca. . one day driving down the freeway , the moter throughs a rod throu the oil pan . 5,000 dollers gone ,do you think if it been a issue since 1989 the owner of the lot new any history on the car ….i do ,frankly im tired of being lied to and rippedoff , from the government to the bank ,to the car dealers.

  33. Chris Reply

    Bought a used 2001 intrepid with roughly 100k on it 6 weeks ago. Water pump suddenly went with no warning and trashed the engine. Car is now sitting in junk yard. $1200 to replace water pump and no guarantee the bearing won’t cease due to prestone in the motor having been heated up while driving. Temperature gauge didn’t even give me an indication of trouble. This is terrible that their motors are like this. We are a family of 4 with a brand new baby and we bought a car that was in MINT condition for it’s age. Very well maintained, new pumps, timing chains, all service done over it’s life. All oil changes done. Records to prove. A $40 part that is known to break due to terrible engine design has now left us with no car. I will never, ever ever buy a Dodge or Chrysler product again. Period. I sincerely hope they go bankrupt. First it was the neon’s faulty engines.. then the faulty rack & pinions… now this. And they were bailed out for this???

  34. Adam Reply

    2002 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L SE. Thing totally crapped out at me on 128k without warning, no sitting in driveway with little hopes of moving again. Had put in Royal Purple Synthetic oil just weeks prior. Thanks Dodge.

  35. Lillian Reply

    I had the 2.7 engine blow up in my 2008 Dodge Charger, dealership said it was caused from oil sludge build up and would honor the lifetime warranty.

  36. SUZETTE Reply

    2004 sebring 85000 Engine just seized, I am thinking about swapping the engine. Are there any upgrades or another size engine?I love the car plus I can,t afford a new car.

  37. kathy Reply

    my 2004 dodge intepid oil light keeps coming on.had to replace transmission 1500.00 later. everyone says the engine is going to blow anytime

  38. Larry Reply

    I have a 2005 Magnum with a 2.7 engine I have changed the oil every 3,000 miles and did love theI car until l had engine problems. I took it to the mancanic told him what it was doing and he told me the proable problem before he ever look at it because it is widely known in the industry about sluge problem. So the took the valve covers of and I could not believe my eyes there was sluge a half in thick all over the valves told him of the oil changes and he told me it does not matter their is a defect in the engine. He told me he believes it is that the return lines are to small and that is why it gets clogged up and causes the sluge build up. He said the only answer is to completely rebuild the engine but evenwith that it would eventully build up again.
    I had an Intrepid and Dacoda with same engine the engines went bad on them but they were used when I bought them.
    This is the last Cyrisler Car I will ever buy an advise every one else to do the same. I would like to get in on the class action suit if anyone has info on how please respond.

  39. Richard Reply

    My wife’s 2007 Dodge Charger one day car temp was hot, put water in, car was fine. The next day (morning) car ran hot after driving for only 30 min. Adding water helped for 10 min., car started knocking, then smoking then shut down completely. I had car towed to Dodge dealer and was told there was no oil in the car/engine and the engine was ruined and it would cost $7,000 to fix/replace. I had a tune-up/oil change less than a year ago! WTH!!! Oh and the oil light NEVER came on!!!!!!! Is there a class action lawsuit concerning this?

  40. Ralph Reply

    We brought a used 2004 Dodge Durango with 45,000 miles for $10,000 at a Dodge dealership. At about 85,000 miles the motor seize. The dealership told us it would be $4,000 for a new engine. We kept up with the oil chances but they didn’t want to hear it. With two year payment left on the car we ended up buying a used van and transferring the rest of the Durango payments, now we are paying $365.00 for 5 years which is crazy. Don’t know if the Durango is included in the law suit can some help?

  41. A F Reply

    My problem sounds all to familar to most of the comments above. I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid and ended up with a blown engine. I let the car sit for over 3 years, wasnt aware of lawsuits. So does anyone know of the outcome? I just recently had an engine put in it, but it appears I might have the same problem again. No wonder the guy that did the work for me told me that he was having problems finding an engine for it.

  42. Mark Reply

    I am the not-so-proud owner of a 2003 Dodge Stratus. I bought this vehicle from a small dealership in La Habra, CA. I want to say first that it is a very lovely car on the outside, but boy does it have engine problems. I guess the previous owner kept it very well, but the dealership didn’t do an oil change. I don’t know exactly what went wrong, but in addition to the oil sludge issue, there is an oil distribution issue with the design. That means even if you sink 800 bucks in part and fix everything yourself (the right way) it may still blow up on you again later.

    This is where me and my friend disagree, although he is a lot smarter when it comes to cars. I had him rip everything apart for me because I thought my engine issues were sludge related. They weren’t. My friend’s friend works in a machine shop and is pretty well respected among the car restoration community. He said that he rebuild a 2.7 V6 DOHC Dodge Stratus (just like mine) for a customer one time and she was back within a month with the same issue as before. he said it is the design of the engine that causes some places to not get quite enough oil which causes heat/wear/friction/chips of metal… (at least in mine…). Anyway he said higher viscosity is better (like 20W50 but it seems to me like it would be harder to circulate unles you had a high pressure oil system). Anyway, i hope this helped someone.

    LAWSUIT UPDATE: The only thing I have been able to find regarding the lawsuit was the consolodation of a lot of them into ne court, but with many more pending in other courts. That was in 2005? Anyway, you know what hapened. The US Government told the court to let them off the hook because it was going to be tax payers paying the settlements. If anyone gets one started call/text me or have your lawyer do it so I can join. I bet I could help find some certified, respected mechanics (and engineers) say the design is flawed because Dodge/Crystler/Whoever at the time wanted to make an ecological engine and saved a bit of energy by making smaller holes somewhere in the oil system. I gues a lot of that is speculation, but I digress.

  43. Diane Reply

    My son just bought his first car in October of 2013. It’s a 2008 Dodge Charger 2.7. The car just came out of the shop on Thursday, April 17 for having a new water pump and timing chain tensioner installed (he had to take our a loan for that bill!) The mechanics called us to look at the horrible sludge in the engine before reassembly. My son took pictures of the mess. Now, two days later while driving, the oil light came on and the engine lost power. The car died and had to be toured home (another bill!). The alternator and battery are both fine but the car will not start. We are pretty sure that the motor is shot and will find out for sure soon. Now the poor boy is stuck with a very high interest car loan for the next 4 1/2 years! There is no way he can afford a new/rebuilt/used motor. What’s he supposed to do? If anyone has any updates on this suit, please advise. We live in Mississippi.

  44. Shirley Reply

    I have a 2006 Dodge Magnum with a 2.7ltr which I purchased in 2012 and the motor went out on September 1, 2013 while I was driving. The oil light came on the engine lost power and shut completely down in the middle of the highway. Before that I didnot have any problems. I had to have my car towed to the mechanic shop. He broke the engine down and found a white substance mixed with the oil and caused the oil pump to stop up and caused the engine to loose compression. I haven’t finished paying for the car yet and I can’t even drive it. I cannot afford a new or rebuilt engine. They are expensive and this is rediculous. So many peolp haveing problems with these engines. Being a woman when you buy a used car the salesman know something is wrong and they won’t tell you. I asked specifically about recalls and problems with these cars and I was told they were very good on gas and have the best engines out of all of the latest Dodge designs. The gas mileage is true but the engines I don’t think so. I live in Georgia and I need help.

  45. Steve Reply

    Over 200,000 miles with no issues. Regular oil and filter, changed every 3,000 miles. Of course, regular maintenance is up to date as well.

  46. Melissa Reply

    I have an 04 dodge intrepid and I’ve only had the car a little over a year now. I bought it off a car lot at for what I thought was a great price of $2,500 with all taxes and fees. I’ve added miles to the car in the last year and she now reads at only 165,000 and something. Still plenty of mileage left on the engine or I thought. My head gasket blew out in my engine a week ago and it also leaked coolant into my oil and caused sludge and a milky oil substance to form in my oil now. Is this normal for these engines to do this? Can anyone give me some insight on this and also I’ve been told that its best for me to replace my engine now. Thanks to anyone who can share with me.

  47. Ruben Reply

    I want get in on the lawsuit because I bought a 2003 dodge stratus 2.7 engine. I been hearing everyone problems and I’m going the same.. I have put a lot work into this vehicle but it’s hit and miss with the car.. The check engine light stays on knowing I fix everything you can think of. I would like to see what I can do about this problem just like everyone else is.

  48. ktisten Reply

    I have a 2002 dodge intrepid 2.7 v6 . And my husband was head in the intrepid and it acted like it was runing out gas but it got over half a tank . And had it towed it would not start and now it starts but makes this loud clanking sound when you start it . My brother want say we have a brown motor can any one help me please

  49. Latrella Reply

    I own a 2007 dodge charger I have had a lot of work done on it I keep the routine maintenance done on it faithfully I keep the oil change and everything else kept up to date, all of a sudden Friday nov the 14th my oil light came on blinking and chiming really fast then all of a sudden there was a loud fast ticking under the hood, like I was out of oil I just had a oil change last month then the car just shut off luckily I was close to the dodge dealership I coasted into the parking lot I cut the car off and tried to start it all the lights came on but would not start I had the technician to come check the oil it was full and fresh oil in there, I found out today on the 17th of nov that my motor has locked up, now how can that be when you faithfully keep the routine maintenance up is there a lawsuit for dodge 2007 v6 engine recall

  50. Mindy Reply

    I bought a used 2002 Dodge Intrepid with the 2.7 engine, 3 weeks later, with no warning the head gaskets blew. I can’t even find a used engine for this car because they ALL HAVE THIS ISSUE!!! SERIOUSLY? OMG, how do I get in on the suit? Chrysler should never put a car out, and leave it out with such a defective engine. I am very disappointed in Dodge/Chrysler

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