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You are in the Oldsmobile Intrigue
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Oldsmobile Intrigue, Sedan
#12296 of 12345 Re: to drive or not to drive [bold_1]
Dec 07, 2009 (6:45 am)
Yeah, it's up to you. You know how well your car does. I have a 2000 with 167K on it and we took a 1000 mile road trip recently, I don't even blink at anything under 3hrs each way. We've driven this car all up and down the east coast and I didn't even buy it till it had 100k on it. My car run like a champ, and cruises great on the highway, I think you'd have to have a feel for it if you think your isn't doing so well. Are there any problems that make you hesitant? Does it fail to start, die randomly? shake badly? Have transmission issues or bad shifting?
#12297 of 12345 Re: to drive or not to drive [jwales19]
Dec 07, 2009 (8:16 am)
none of the above, i have the violent shaking at idle and take off from a bad engine mount but thats going to be fixed before my trip. The only thing i have noticed lately is sometimes after a warm start, it'll fire and die immediately but starts right back up on the second try.
#12298 of 12345 Re: Olds Intrigue 2000! Possessed? Possiably? [jensolds00]
Dec 08, 2009 (6:41 am)
I am pretty sure you are dealing with multiple, known problems with your Intrigue.
First, do you have the following dash lights on : "Service Vehicle Soon (yellow), Trac Off (yellow), Anti-Lock (yellow) and Brake (red)? If so, it is likely that your Electronic Brake and Traction Control Module (EBTCM) is bad. (sometimes they go bad intermittently). To confirm, you would need to go have a special brake scanner put on the vehicle (most Autozones don't have these) - if it has a code C0550 the most common issue is a EBTCM going bad. There are some repair places on Ebay, but you have to remove, ship and reinstall the EBTCM. Not a bad job, but you have to be careful. The car can be driven without the EBTCM (with the lights on it isn't working anyway) but you won't have any ABS or traction control. Your car might not have traction control (does it have the button on the console rearward of the shifter?) so you might not have that light.
The flickering lights when the engine is cold is likely the air pump for the air injection system - these pumps live under the front fender and fill with ice or water and die, drawing current as they try to run. Again, a known issue with the 3.5l engine (which is what I assume you have).
You might try surfing over to the Intrigue forum on automotiveforums.com. Fixes for these issues are often posted over there.
Hope this helps!
#12299 of 12345 Re: Olds Intrigue 2000! Possessed? Possiably? [99intrigue00]
Dec 08, 2009 (11:31 am)
by now good old jen got herself a new car and a new husband.
#12300 of 12345 Re: to drive or not to drive [bold_1]
Dec 09, 2009 (3:50 pm)
I say go for it. I have a 2000 Intrigue with 235,000 Kms (141,000 miles) and it runs and looks as good as the day I bought it back in 2001. My mechanic says with the way it is maintained I should easily get 350,000 kms. I'm still getting a minimum of 30 MPG highway. Had a few of the issues that plague the Intrigue (ISS being the most significant) but nothing major. Have always enjoyed this car.
#12301 of 12345 Re: to drive or not to drive [donp9]
Dec 09, 2009 (5:17 pm)
Yeah, it sounds good, I wouldn't be too afraid of it. Was there any specific reason the mechanic thought it shouldn't go on the trip?
Donp9, I haven't been able to get over about 28mpg on the highway, more like 27 ish depending on conditions and speed, have you done anything to help your gas mileage? When you say highway driving, how fast are you talking? Anyway, it's not a big deal, 27mph is fine and I love the car, just thought I'd ask.
Dec 10, 2009 (5:34 pm)
i am having a problem with my heater. when i turn on the heat it only comes out of the passenger side while the driver side stays cold what could be the problem
#12303 of 12345 Re: to drive or not to drive [jwales19]
Dec 15, 2009 (3:25 pm)
Most of my highway driving is done at 65 MPH. I find any faster and the gas mileage really drops dramatically. I.m retired now so no need to get any place fast.
#12304 of 12345 Re: to drive or not to drive [jwales19]
Dec 18, 2009 (10:27 am)
jwales19 no specific reason. he just stated it would be "risky". I just took a 5 hour ride round trip this past weekend and everything went smooth as glass. One question-I had my tie rod ends replaced by an independent mechanic. The steering is tighter than what is was, but not tight enough. A half turn of the wheen and i was able to turn through an intersection etc. now it seems as though (even though it is tighter than before) one of the wheels is turning faster than the other?? maybe i should take it to the dealership and have them "tune" it the way a GM vehicle is supposed to run...all in all I kno with the miles i have its not going to be perfect but some things are just irksome
#12305 of 12345 Intrigue steering leak
Dec 28, 2009 (2:42 pm)
I have an 99 Olds intrigue and in the front end there is this metal tube that came down on the passenger side, almost under the front bumper. it hung loose for a while but I tried to secure it. it came loose, apparently, and got a hole in it. Now my power steering fluid is draining out of it. I would fix this (tube/hose/line?) except I can't seem to find out what this part is actually called. can I please get help? this (tube/line/hose) is aluminum and comes down on the passenger side, goes to the driver side, does a U and goes back to the passenger side before disapearing up inside the engine again.