10th Nov 2010, 10:00

Hello everyone!

I am servicing an 2000 Intrigue for a cousin. She just bought this car and now I'm thinking she may have made a mistake. Her problem is the blinkers are not working sometimes, but that's not all. Her high beams don't work at all. I have been all over this car and come up empty handed.

Any suggestions?

17th Nov 2010, 18:34

Man, you guys are scaring me! I have virtually owned my Intrigue since new. I bought it wrecked with an 'R' Title @ 3200 miles. I replaced a rear door, quarter & tranny. She was wrecked into a ditch and the driver tried to drive it out destroying the tranny. I've driven over 120k miles only replacing tires, brakes, filters & oil. A squirrel chewed through the tranny connections causing some shift problems 'til I found the damage. The only real problem happened today when a brake line rusted.

24th Nov 2010, 13:11


I have a 1999 Olds Intrique, and last night I noticed that when I turn on my heater or defroster, the light will start blinking and eventually go completely out.

Also, my horn has decided not to blow as well.

Any suggestions on accurate working remedies? I'm taking it to the shop on Saturday morning and I don't want to get ripped off.


16th Dec 2010, 19:24

I have a 2000 Olds Intrigue, and have had a couple of problems and fixed one. If you have starting or stalling problems, check your grounds as they may be corroded. Or if you burn oil or are leaking oil. some may have got into the wires, causing bad connections. Also may want to check the wire running to the fuse box to the alternator (corrosion).

20th Dec 2010, 15:21

2002 Intrigue GLS.

Beautiful car, terrible engineering/quality. I think I've paid for this car twice I think due to repairs. Have experienced all of the above, and just this week the climate control/cruise/heated seats and OnStar all failed.

Replaced the airbag sensor/control, because they put it under the passenger seat where the leak (see above) soaked the floor and corroded it. Nice.

ABS & Trac Control died at 150km, didn't bother fixing, would have been $1600+. The only thing I've never had a problem with is the engine. Still runs strong at 250km, but the transmission is now failing. This is my last GM, enough is enough. Even my mechanic is sick of seeing it!

21st Jan 2011, 08:35

I'm having the same starting issue. Bit to add to it is my cruise control doesn't work. My high beams are stuck on.

I'm reading a lot of people have the same issues, but does anyone have any solutions?

12th Apr 2011, 17:11

Hey, just wanted to throw this out... I have a 2002 Intrigue... about 6-9 months ago it had problems holding an idle.. changed air inflow sensor thingy, took it to a shop, and all they found was my battery low.. (also no engine check engine lights on). Put in a new battery and been running fine since??? Til this weekend, wife said it was doing it again. Put in a bottle of fuel injector cleaner, filled the tank, and still the same.. Took it to work this morning, and had to 2 foot it, because it wouldn't idle.. On the way home it started to run OK.. Gonna see what happens.. If anyone has any ideas, it would be appreciated... Thanx.

21st May 2011, 22:37

Check the radiator fan motors. The Intrigue has 2 fans.

31st May 2011, 17:28

I have a 1999 Intrigue and it doesn't use a drop of oil. Maintaining fresh oil every 3000 miles is recommended for any vehicle. Change your oil regularly is the life of any engine.

26th Jun 2011, 16:11

My 16-year-old daughter recently bought a 2000 Intrigue GLS in mid-May 2011. Almost immediately she had problems with the turn signals not working properly, intermittently failing to register the signal on the dash. My son (who does have knowledge of electronic installations) recently upgraded her radio with a Sony radio/CD player, which consequently rendered the air/climate center/cockpit lights non-operational. That problem was traced to a blown fuse, which was replaced and the accessory lighting was fixed. Other significant information might include sparking from the battery during the process of installation.

Without intending to sound all doom and gloom, yesterday my daughter and I took a 150 mile (one way) road trip. We had just begun our return when she heard a pop, and it sounded like we were driving through gravel. I looked in the mirror and noticed we were blowing a trail of grayish smoke and told her to pull off the road. When she turned the ignition off, it became obvious the smoke was coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment; the smoke had a peculiar odor to it, somewhat reminiscent of hot electronics. We tried to unlatch the hood, but were unsuccessful, and wound up calling 911 for disabled vehicle service. While I was on the phone with the dispatcher, I saw flames coming from the area of the engine compartment close to the windshield on the passenger side.

Obviously at this point our options were limited, but we did elect to abandon her sweet little car. Some twenty minutes later the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire, with only the trunk area left intact. Traffic was backed up for at least a mile and a half to prevent other travellers from inadvertent risk, but we were quite fortunate none of the seriously volatile elements of the car exploded.

After reading about the history of electrical problems, not just with this particular car, but with pretty nearly all Oldsmobile models since the early 1990s, it is clear that this division of GM failed for a reason. Not only did they manufacture defective products, they refused to own up to them. My recommendation if you are considering buying this car or any other used Oldsmobile, is think again. We were lucky that no one was hurt. Someone else might not have the same experience.

16th Aug 2011, 09:38

I have an 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. It has 110,000 miles on it now. My turn signals, cruise control, and emergency lights have always worked off and on since I bought the car at 45,000 miles, but it gets worse every year.

I had to replace the transmission at 85,000 miles. My mechanic said that the transmission in these cars are so bad, that they quit using them.

I had to get my A/C replaced. I have had to get other things replaced also, but cannot remember exactly what they were. I can say, whenever something messes up, it cost lots of money.

The latest problem, is that my low oil light came on. I had 1,000 more miles to go before my next oil change at 3,000 miles. I put 2 quarts in, and took it to get a new oil change and looked at for leaks, or oil burning. Neither of these were going on. They cannot find anything, but did say my oil looked like it had not even been changed, that is was dark black and thick, like it had at least 7,000 miles on it, but it had been changed. I am going to watch it this time around and see if anything happens because, it has never done this before.

My main concern right now is the electrical system and my gas needle floating back and forth, working sometime and not sometimes. If anyone knows a way to fix this, or is going through the same problem, please let me know. My email is mccall.kristi@yahoo.com

24th Jan 2012, 18:51

I have a 1998. In between oil changes, I still have to add a few quarts. Plus the light flickering problem started happening to my car about two months ago. I'm sad to learn that it's not fixable.

25th Aug 2012, 20:46

Put in a GM thermostat and bleed it. After market ones do not work and make your car over heat. It costs about 80.00 for the GM thermostat.

31st Jan 2015, 20:27

If the blinkers are not working, wiggle the flasher switch; usually those go bad. Replace it and it should fix the blinker problem.

19th Feb 2015, 01:51

From what I have been told and have researched, it is the inner (in dash) blinker switch. When your blinkers don't work, turn your hazard blinkers on, then turn them off and try your blinkers. This is how I found out it was in the dash.

Hope this helps.

4th May 2016, 03:55

I chased the same issue on the same car. Under hood fuse box itself, three big plug ins and three small ones, very simple.