I am sure Mr. Castaing thought he was developing a "new direction" with this engine, but as we in the trade have seen, it was not what was hoped for. I test drove a new Intrepid in 1998 with this engine, and my impression was, man, this is a sick engine! I passed it off as being an anomaly, and thought no more of it. The next model year, I drove another Intrepid with the same engine. I got the same feeling, and my mind said, "Bring back the 3.3 liter, NOW! I know you cannot build the same engine forever, but when we have our version of the Ford Escort 1.6L, then it is time for some serious soul-searching. When you build the same basic engine for almost 40 years, i.e. the vaunted 5.2l v8, albeit with some improvements. To build an engine that is such a disappointment. it cries out for a quicker replacement. Thankfully, the 3.6lL Pentastar came along to salvage the damage that had been done. Although, the sludgemaster 2.7L had left a bad taste in many mouths. I recall a similar situation with the A604 trans. too. Need more testing folks, not letting the customer do it like The General does!