DaimlerChrysler 2.7 Engine Problems

May 14 2004

There have been countless reports from consumers who purchased brand new DaimlerChrysler vehicles with 2.7 liter V6 engines which failed unexpectedly. In these stories, the engine simply seized with low mileage and regular maintenance. When contacting the dealer or the Daimler Chrysler Corporation, the warranty was not accepted and the owner was left with the $4000-$8000 responsibility for a new engine.

Experts believe the engine problems may be due to engine defects or oil sludge build-up that is common in 2.7L vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety has received five times more oil sludge complaints on Chrysler 2.7L vehicles than other vehicles such as Toyotas.

These defects can be financially and emotionally taxing and also may be physically dangerous as drivers and passengers may be severely injured in car accidents when the engine seizes in traffic.

Oil sludge and engine complaints involve the following Dodge and Chrysler vehicles from 1998 to present:

  • Dodge Magnum
  • Dodge Stratus
  • Dodge Intrepid
  • Chrysler 300M
  • Chrysler Sebringv
  • Chrysler LHS
  • Chrysler New Yorker
  • Chrysler Eagle Vision
  • Chrysler Concorde
The warranty on new vehicles covers the Powertrain for "seven years from the date the vehicle has been in service or 70,000 miles on the odometer, to the first owner." Unfortunately, these warranties are not effective as the company blames the consumer for the engine problems due to poor maintenance.

Legal professionals believe that DaimlerChrysler may be violating consumer rights under Lemon Laws or other consumer-protection laws. Lemon Laws are designed to protect and compensate consumers when automobiles consistently do not meet certain standards of quality and performance.

A lawsuit filed against Daimler Chrysler alleges that certain vehicles manufactured by the company were defectively designed, making the engines prone to accumulating engine sludge, which can cause engine failure.

"By complaints of its customers, DCC (Daimler Chrysler Corporation) was on notice that the 2.7 litre engine was defective and would fail prematurely regardless of routine maintenance," the complaint (found at autosafety.org) states. "Nonetheless, DCC has routinely denied, and continues to deny, claims made under its extended powertrain warranty, and its extended warranties, and/or otherwise refuses to reimburse the costs of repairing or replacing these engines."

The lawsuit alleges breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty of merchantability and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Register your DaimlerChrysler 2.7L Engine Complaint

If you own or have owned a Dodge or Chrysler vehicle that had a faulty engine, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill out the complaint form at right for a lawyer to review your complaint.
Last updated November 26 2012