1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue Reviews - Page 2 of 15

1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance161635 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

Great looking, bullet proof car Oldsmobile

Faults:

Right Rear strut was leaking, replaced under warranty around 45,000 miles.

Car needed tune up. New plugs, fuel filter 69,000 miles.

Replaced front pads and turned rotors at 71,000 miles.

New coil packs, fuel injectors cleaned, and plug wires at 99,000 miles.

Leaking Left hand transmission seal replaced at 100,000 miles.

#5 fuel injector replaced 101,000 miles.

Intermediate steering shaft greased 106,00 miles

Fixed loose rattling steering feel in steering column.

New battery installed 107,000 miles.

Left hand turn signal quit working. Fixed by replacing turn signal stalk approx $400.00 107,000 miles.

Rear brake pads worn out. Replaced pads turned rotors at 115,000 miles.

Alternator light on. Replaced alternator AC delco unit at 116,000 miles.

Car hopping and skipping over bumps handling really bad. New Rear Struts installed 118,000 miles.

Throttle body cleaned that caused poor idle, stalling, and sticky accelerator also replaced fuel filter and cleaned MAF sensor 128,000 miles.

Fuel pump replaced 138,000 miles. (Daughter ran car out of gas and ruined the pump/$400.00)

Intermediate steering shaft lubed 142,00 miles

Fixed loose rattling steering feel in steering column.

Front brakes worn out. Replaced pads and rotors at 147,000 miles.

Car handling badly, noisy front end front struts replaced also both outer tie rods, rack and pinion unit replaced, 4 wheel alignment done at 148,000 miles.

Blower only working on high. Replaced blower motor resistor at 160,000 miles.

Dealer noticed some fluid on the intake manifold. Advised that the upper and lower plenum needed to be replaced and resealed. (Known problem on the 3800 motors.) Was surprised mine lasted this long. Took car to local mechanic and had work completed at 161,000 miles.

Leaking rack and pinion unit installed in the last 9 months was replaced under warranty. New power steering hose installed, along with LH hub and wheel bearing that was worn. Car has a tighter front end and less rattle.

General Comments:

First read about the great reviews of the Intrigue in 2000. Loved the body style. I test drove a GM program car with 29,000 miles on it. I loved it and bought it. Purchased an extended warranty also, but only used it for the rear strut that went bad.

The car has a stiff feel in turns and handles great. Even got the rear spoiler for added looks. The 3800 motor was smooth, had plenty of power, is one of the best power plants GM makes.

I run 10W-30 Castrol and change oil every 3000 miles. Car is easy to change belts on and brakes are fairly straight forward. I run Goodyear Eagles and rotate and balance them every 7000-9000 miles which is important for ride quality and handling.

It is a bullet proof car if maintained properly. It will run 70-80 mph fully loaded with AC on and get good mileage. A lot of feed back can be felt when tires, brakes, alignment, steering, suspension, are not right. Take the time to dial it in and keep it right and you will notice a huge difference. One negative is the poor design on the intake plenum that eventually leaks coolant and or oil due to heat around the EGR valve. Turn signal stalk is another problem area as well as the running light sockets that will burn up bulbs. Replace any bad sockets and you are back in business.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2008

1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue gls 3.8 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres

Summary:

Great when new, costly later

General Comments:

I have the fix for most of the flickering lights/ ac/c issues that I always read about. After a lengthy process with an uncle who works for GM we completely fluked onto the solution. The ignition module for A lot of the gm vehicles around this time. It was a problem in the grandprix, but I guess no one told anyone from olds. Try getting the ignition module replaced, it really fixed all of my issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th February, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 49 reviews