1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue from North America


Money pit


Upper intake plenum disintegrated.

Upper manifold gaskets had to be replaced.

Coolant is no good, eats away everything... turns to mud in no time. Flushed it all out and installed new coolant (green stuff).

Wheel bearings on both fronts failed.

Transmission has many expensive issues.

Fuel lines and brake lines rusted out.

Rear lower axle trailing arms are paper thin, and the left side broke in two.

The car eats brakes like it's going out of style.

Seats are crappy and split.

Drinks gas like a guzzler.

The car is in general a mechanical nightmare. Stay away from this junkbox.

GM has had all kinds of problems with the 4T65E transmission... Do a search, you will find tons on it, as with the Dex-cool coolant. The Grand Prix with the 3.8 is the same junk.

General Comments:

Worst lemon ever built. Boat loads of mechanical problems with this car. Engine, trans, suspension; you name it, and it's got problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2011

28th May 2011, 08:54

You bought a 12 year old brick with a lot of mileage, and turned out to be a piece of garbage like all used cars... no surprise.

28th May 2011, 13:45

Your opinion of Dexcool is flawed. Dexcool will not turn to mud. It doesn't eat at everything, that's what Dexcool's purpose is; to reduce the deterioration process. If you don't have Dexcool in it, it is going to do more harm than good. Say goodbye to your radiator and say hello to cracked engine block. And GM'S 3.8 is not junk; the 3.8 is know as one of the toughest engines ever built by any company.

18th Jun 2015, 03:03

Got a 1998 Intrigue from my Grandpa. I found none of the above mentioned problems. A good V-6 3.8 and a good transmission. It is 17 years old and I would recommend it. Minor rust, although driven in the worst salt melted winter roads in the world (Qu├ębec).

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue LS 3.8 liter V6 from North America


One of the best cars for the price ever owned


So far, not a thing.

General Comments:

I bought a 1998 Olds. Intrigue with 80000 miles for $850, & had to put 2 front tires on the front. Got just like new 16" tires at a junkyard for $60 for pair, & put on a new exhaust system & new muffler from the cat. converter back for $110 at a muffler place.

I put Bosch Platinum +4 plugs at $5.99 each, Bosch wires at $33.85 per set, & a K&N ATR filter system on for $44.66.

Also put Lucas engine oil treatment in at every 3500 mile oil change, put Lucas trans. treatment in, and also in the power steering unit. Put 5.24 ozs. in every full tank of fuel.

I get 33 mpg at 65 mph.

This has been a great car to drive, & is very dependable. It has the euro heavy duty system & corners like a scraped ape.

It has a Bose stereo system, & is the greatest ever heard. Has a cassette/CD/MP stereo.

Have driven the car 201,621 miles. Got the car in Sept. of 2009.

In 19 below zero weather, it starts up every time, and has never let my family down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2011

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.8L from North America


Great car for what is in my opinion


Fuel pump problems at 130,000 and 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have to admit this isn't really my kind of car, but its been good to me.

I have only had to do a few things to it, and I won't hold it against the car, because stuff breaks.

The interior is OK, but kinda cheap feeling, and the seat seams didn't hold up too well on mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2010

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue GL 3.8 liter V6 from North America


Great American engineering


- EKG sensor fowled and needed to be cleaned; 150 bucks for the cleaning and a new air filter.

- Fuel leak after sitting for 2 weeks; 60 bucks to get that fixed up.

- Strut in the back is noisy, not yet replaced but will need to be.

- Wheel bearing replaced, 300 bucks labor and parts.

- Keyless entry remote as had issues, fixed myself with paper towel to apply pressure at certain points.

General Comments:


This is my second car, it's currently 12 years old with just 118,000 km on it. She runs great, engine is nice and smooth, tranny changes gears great, just a little weird when going into over drive, nothing major though.

Car is loaded, the only features it doesn't have is the dual zone climate and the leather seats, has everything else.

All the windows still work fine, cruise works like a charm, has the 6 speaker surround Bose stereo system installed, 12 year old factory stereo still reads CDs with no problems at all.

I really do love this car, I have done a lot of mods to it myself, fixed the A/C myself, added a couple of cool lights to it, etc.

The only thing it will need for inspection on year 13 is the strut in the back, and maybe a couple of tires in the front, that's about it.

Love her, and will never let her go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th September, 2010