10th Apr 2007, 21:41
My 2000 Olds Intrigue GX is having problems. When I am idle at the intersection, the temperature gauge seems to go from normal temp up to the midway point between the normal and hot points. Never actually gets hot, though, and then when I accelerate after being idle at the intersection then the temperature gauge goes back down to the normal point.
I had the thermostat replaced today and now its still doing it and I am hearing some type of clunking noise under the hood too. So I am taking it back to the auto repair shop ASAP tomorrow.
8th May 2007, 11:31
I must say, there are a lot of common issue here. I have a 2001 Intrigue GX. I have the light flickering issue, Have had issues with the window working intermittently, the heater/ac fan is now working intermittently, I do hear clunking when on anything other than a smooth surface, and the transmission occasionally shifts hard. Being this is not a constant transmission issue I am lead to believe there may be some truth about it being a solenoid issue. I have never had the temp gauge fluctuate, but I occasionally get a low coolant light (but the reserve is full). I think the VW guy may have provided what I need to know there. Uses oil... about 1 qt every change. I like the sound of needing broke in, but am optimistic. I am going to try my best to figure out the grounding on the alternator instead of buy a new one.
I must say, I have a lot of small issues going on, but if I can do almost all of them myself and inexpensively, I will be more than pleased... I still love the car.
If you have an Intrigue, all of these posts are well worth reading. I have a busy night in front of me.
16th May 2007, 13:29
I own a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue with currently 108,000 miles on it. I was having trouble starting the car, so the mechanic eventually saw that the Fuel Pressure Regulator was cracked. The new part seemed to help, but it still seems to start with a lot of effort. So I've been lucky for the past year with no major problems. The car definitely eats up oil. I always have to use at least one extra quart between oil changes. Also, I notice a cranking/bumping sound come from the area of the passenger side front tire, especially when I turn the wheel left. At first I thought maybe a tie-rod, but it comes and goes and lately I haven't heard it. So the other day, without any noticeable warnings, the alternator completely went on the car, destroying my fairly new battery and putting me out over 800 bucks. It intriguing how there are a lot of similar problems going on with all of these Intrigues.
21st May 2007, 19:11
I own a 2000 GLS Intrigue. I bought it new. It has been an awesome car overall. I have had a few issues. It currently has around 129K miles. No issues (knock on wood) with it over heating.
- I go through tires like nobody's business. I average a set a year. I'm constantly having it aligned. I'm not hard on my car. I don't take it off-roading or anything (LOL) just back and forth to work. Highway miles. Don't know what's up with that.
- I go through brakes as well. It's in the shop now as I type, for brakes...AGAIN, as well as, other issues (mentioned below).
- Rack 'n pinion needs replaced. Not bad yet. But I'm milking it until I have to fix it because of the cost. Not sure I want to put any more money in the car due to the mileage and age. I took it in because I was having problems with the steering. Thought it might be associated with the master cylinder or what ever it is you put power steering fluid in. But they called and said it was the rack 'n pinion.
- I have this weird humming from under the car. Almost as if the tires are rubbing as it only happens when the car is bouncing over bumps in the road. Need new shocks? I dunno.
- The 3rd year I owned the car the power window regulator (all four windows) had to be replaced. I was driving down the road one day and the back windows just fell. How freaking weird. Well I didn't get that fixed right away, but would wedge cardboard between the window seal and glass to keep them up. LOL Then about three weeks later the passenger front went down. Okay. Enough already. I got it fixed. Three out of four? LOL Figured the fourth was just a matter of days.
- I've also replaced the wheel bearings. Not a major cost. But I noticed other people mention that as well.
- Can't keep oil in the thing. No apparent leaks. So where the heck does it go???
- The blinkers. OMG. They are the craziest dang things I've ever seen. Works one minute. Not the next. One side goes out. The other side works. Vice Versa. Both out. But never both working at the same time. At first, kept replacing bulbs. But didn't take long to realize that was not the issue. Bulbs don't blow and then work suddenly and then go out again.
- The lights have flickered a few times, but never stayed out for longer than seconds.
Well, I think that's all. Can't think of anything right off. I think if we get enough Intrigue owners complaining that someone should be paying for these issues. Sounds like this car should have been recalled for some of the same problems we're experiencing.
15th Aug 2007, 18:45
Just got my used Intrigue; 1998, 220.000 miles, runs good, drives like new.
It's been took pretty well care of, but after reading all these posts, I must ask why people choose imports? And why they stopped making the Olds is beyond me.
It's not my moms old 442. but I do like my Oldsmobile.
10th Sep 2007, 15:11
I own a 2000 Intrigue - and it drinks a lot of oil. With an LOW OIL light this morning I decided to bring her in to one of those "quicky" oil changes places. They also do bulbs, they told me I have some sort of electrical problems and the car kept blowing bulbs. Now I have NO blinkers working and only went in with one not working. Would appreciate some help on what to advise mechanic to search for when I bring it in for "electrical problems". Thanks!
29th Sep 2007, 22:15
I own a 2002 Intrigue which has run pretty well. But, it now has developed a strange air conditioner problem. The unit is working fine, but cold air is only being pumped out on the passenger side. Any ideas on how to fix this?
10th Nov 2007, 22:11
My 2001 Intrigue is a marvelous car, purchased with 23,000 miles on it. However, it is also loaded with problems that have been mentioned - blower, blinkers, lights, power steering pump, trans-axle, power windows, on and on - but I may be able to fix a few of these problems thanks to the forum.
I just replaced the alternator and now the battery light is coming on. It did not come on before I replaced it!
By the way, replace the alternator by removing your battery, take the motor torque mount loose from the body of the car and fold it back on top of the engine, then pull out the fan. This sounds like a lot, but it is not too bad. Then the alternator is easy to reach. Take off the serpentine belt. Make sure you have a diagram before you take it off. Unplug the wire harness from the alternator and the battery cable from the terminal on the alt. You have to take the thermostat housing off and then remove the belt wheel from the left front of the alternator. This is a bolt that holds the wheel to the alternator and the alternator to the engine. Finally, remove the two bolts on the top right side of the alternator. They hold the alt to the engine.
Give yourself at least a half-day unless you are really good at this stuff because little things can add up, and have some help ready for replacing the torque mount and the belt, for instance.