2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue Reviews - Page 2 of 5

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS 3.5 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance96400 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Silhouette

Summary:

Excellent vehicle. Love the heated leather seats

Faults:

Replaced left CV shaft. Some mechanic did not put a boot back on when working on the car. Not the fault of the car, but the mechanic.

Replaced rear pads with ceramic; didn't have to, but I did.

Transmission shifted rough, so I had it power flushed and added DuraLube transmission additive. Seems to be smoothing out the shifting. One tranny shop said I needed to replace the solenoid at a cost of $1800.00. Sure a lot different than spending $100.00 for the flush job.

General Comments:

In regards to power window problems, every few months I spray the window channels with silicone, which helps them to raise and lower easier.

For all Intrigue owners who are upset or disgusted with their Intrigues, I suggest that you read about the Toyotas, Nissans, Kias, Chrysler products, and all the others on carsurvey.org. It should make you feel better to deal with the problems you have. Our family are happy with our 2 2002 Olds Intrigues. Best vehicle for the money. If you can do most of the work yourself, you can save big dollars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2008

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS 3.5L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Silhouette

Summary:

Best for the money

Faults:

Replaced rear pads with ceramic at 95,000 miles.

Replaced secondary air pump at 83,000 miles.

Installed cold air intake filter at 93,000 miles for better acceleration and fuel economy.

General Comments:

Best value vehicle for the money. Parts are not nearly as expensive as some foreign name cars. Easy to work on, and easy to change oil even though it has an in pan filter; the tool to remove filter is available for do it yourself. Easy to change oil and filter without a mess.

Our GLS is a pleasure to drive. I love the heated seats.

All around excellent vehicle. Expect to get 200,000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2008

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.5 liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired49426 kilometres
Most recent distance126500 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Easily the best car I've ever owned

Faults:

Blown rack and pinion steering at 70000km.

Coolant leak from a cooling pipe - transmission had to be removed to fix a gasket at 102000kms.

Rough starts caused by "sticky" throttle body.

Seized E-brake cable.

Signals stopped working; only the cornering lights would light up when signaling. The signal flasher, aka: the four way button on dashboard had to be replaced

General Comments:

It drives and handles VERY well.

I had to replace the rack and pinion unit, but I believe that was because the car was a rental vehicle before I owned it, and possibly could have been beaten on a bit. And just before it went, I had to avoid an accident, which almost spelled the end for this car; thank you traction control! After that, the steering was loose, and the car wandered all over the road when driving at any speed.

I have noticed the lights flickering on occasion. I have taken it to the dealership and nothing was found, and I notice it only when the car shifts at about 60km/h when it's damp outside. Unless it gets worse, I won't worry about it, especially since it seems like a common bug.

The coolant leak was slow; I had only to top up about once a month, but I had to get it fixed, which cost me an arm and a leg, and haven't had any serious problem since; no regrets.

The sticky throttle and seized E-brake cable ocurred after I had stored the car for winter, and wasn't much money to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2008

4th Jul 2008, 10:09

I have a 2000 Intrigue with 197,000 miles on it and all I've replaced was the air pump. It's a great car. I'm having problems with my blinkers and hazards and wondered if I too need the 4-way button on the dash, but I don't know what to get. Is there a part number you could give me? I've searched the internet and couldn't find anything. Thanks.

5th Jul 2008, 17:25

Unfortunately, I didn't save my invoice when I bought the button from the dealership, but replacing the button should fix the signal problem, it was about $110 cdn brand new, wasn't difficult to replace myself, the button pulls out of the dash from the inside after you remove the center vents, clips right back into place. You may save some cash finding one at a scrapyard too.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 16 reviews