1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.8 V6 from North America


An underrated car


Mass air flow sensor went at 68,000 (my fault... drove through large puddle)

Rear passenger window quit at 79,000.

Blower only works on highest setting.

Gearshift knob broke off at 81,000.

General Comments:

Overall I am very pleased with the car. Plenty of power although I am not particularly an aggressive driver and decent handler for a moderately heavy car. Highway mileage is phenomenal. The car has had a few minor problems, but for being a 9 year old car with almost 100,000 on it I can't complain at all. One thing I did when I first got the car is follow my mechanic's recommendation and flush the Dex-cool out and replace it with the green stuff. The radiator, water pump, and intake manifold are all still in great shape as a result. The change intervals are reduced to 2 years, but it's definitely worth it.

Car still looks great as the paint hasn't faded at all and the interior has held up decently. Anyone on a budget looking for a good used family car should definitely consider looking at an Intrigue.

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

Review Date: 24th September, 2007

1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.8L from North America


I would never own another Oldsmobile again


I only had this car for 6 months when it started to get hot. I then went and had the radiator flushed; paid 300 hundred.

Then it overheated a month later. I took it to a dealer who said, "Someone put stop leak in the radiator." Messed it up, cause it took Des cool. It cost me 600 dollars for a new radiator.

Three months later the heater core went out. Replaced it, then the heater blower; replaced it. Then 6 months later, the heater core went out again.

Now she's running a little above normal, and you can smell radiator fluid when you drive her on a hot day. Sorta smells like it's over heating. So flushed the radiator, but still running a little above normal.

I have had nothing but trouble with this car, in the heating system. I think the Olds came out with a lemon, and I'm sorta glad they quit making them. Don't get me wrong, they are a nice ride, but I find the heating system to be a bad product. "Not put together very well, nothing but trouble".

Conclusion: get rid of it as soon as possible. Not a keeper; if you do, you will have to work on it regularly, and will have nothing but problems in the heating system, and will pay way more than what the car is worth.

General Comments:

It's a good running car, except for the heating system, which is nothing but trouble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th July, 2007

29th Jul 2008, 19:49

Who ever is doing the service work on your car must not know much. I can tell just by how you say you smell coolant and it runs hot that your intake manifold gasket is leaking. Every 3.8 in a gm vehicle will experience this problem around 100,000 miles give or take. Get it replaced, and make sure that your shop uses the updated gaskets, which are made by fel-pro. That would take care of your overheating and coolant smell.

1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue from North America


I bought my 1999 Intrigue in August 2005. I love the car, I was originally looking at a 2001 Intrepid, but decided on my Intrigue instead, the only problem I have with my car is that when it rains really really hard, the passenger side of my car gets flooded, my husband has looked under the hood to see if he can tell where the rain is getting in, but he cannot find the source. It only does it on the passenger side and I was wondering if anybody else has had this problem and been able to figure out why. Other than that the car is great I love it, it is economical yet sporty.

Marie Brock.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2006

17th Mar 2006, 06:34

My Intrigue also developed a water leak on the passenger side only. Like the posting, the problem only occurs during a very hard rain and didn't develop until recently.

The 1999 Intrigue has been a terrific car for me. I now have over 130,000 miles and have had very little trouble. However, just recently it has developed an issue with starting. I think it's related to water in the gas due to the unusual weather we have had here in the Northeast. It always starts, but it can take longer some times... meaning it cranks over more times before starting.

7th Jun 2006, 10:51

The starting issue on your Intrigue is the crank shaft postion sensor. It costs about 180 dollars with labor to replace. Its is a very common problem with 99 and 2000 Intrigues.

30th Sep 2008, 11:33

I own a 99 Oldsmobile, and I too have that cookoo leaking problem only in a hard rain, I knew the passenger side floor would be puddled with rain, it wasn't always like that it started after I had the heater core and blower motor replaced, what's that about?

13th Oct 2008, 13:41

I have a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.5. I live in el Paso, Tx, and most of the time I cannot find some parts for my car. I would appreciate it if somebody could tell me where I could find these parts for it easily.


Claudia A. Chuayffet

1st Feb 2015, 18:12

There is a drain hose in the blower housing that lets the water drain through from the vents outside, and your A/C gets clogged with leaves and debris, so it needs to be cleaned out.