Originally posted by SILVER BULLET
I went to the link posted by DanIntrepid'00, and it's shocking. This would lead you to believe that the 2.7s are junk. However, it's so easy to forget that the Intrepid market is flooded with (former) rental cars.
Silverbullet, I work in the car rental industry. True, Intrepids are a very popular model for rentals, but then again, so are several other models as well, including the Ford Taurus.
For a proper comparison, look into Taurus' for sale on Ebay....and how many have premature engine failure. Compare that to the seemingly endless Ebay Intrepids sold as "mechanics specials", almost all with the 2.7. Some with amazingly low mileage, including one I saw last night, an '01, with only 30 something thousand on it. Engine's gone already. With so many 2nd generation Intrepids on the market, why are used 2.7's so difficult to find in salvage yards? Supply and demand, my friend, and the supply just can't keep up with the huge demand.
Look, I love my Intrepid, but I refuse to look at these vehicles through rose colored glasses. Chrysler screwed up big time with these engines, and the oil sludging problem. What's worse, they refuse to acknowledge their mistake and honest, hard working people who follow manufacturer's maintenance schedules are getting stuck with huge repair bills they can't pay.