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#1588 of 12345 PCS and traction control
Feb 26, 2001 (4:40 am)
In response to the recent thread regarding PCS and wether it can be turned off, I have both PCS and traction control on my 2000 Intrigue and here's what the owner's manual states at p. 2-60 "If the PCS warning light comes on, it means there may be a problem with your Precision Control System. When this light comes on so will the TRAC OFF light and both the Precision Control System and the Traction Control System will not be functioning." My interpretation is that if you turn off your traction control system you are also turning off the precision control system. I have had the Intrigue for over 9 months now and have 10,000 miles; so far no warranty work. Only 2 oil changes and a tire rotation. Yes the traction control system has been a huge advantage this winter in Milwaukee. Last week low temps were still single digits. Heating bill was a shocker. Golf season will arrivce late this year.
#1589 of 12345 Election/Alternators/Babble
Feb 26, 2001 (4:41 am)
teo:::::The results out of the southern slice of Fla is that dubya won!!!! I doubt if the Palm Beach Post prints too much about it.
arnie82:::::Probably had the heater blower on high, rear window defroster on, headlights on, radio on and idling in traffic..I had a 98 and have a 99; no light flickering except the radio readout dial does flicker. If one used the cigarette lighter while everything else was on the car would probably stop or go up in smoke.. I will be at the Olds dealer this week ; I shall ask about any TSBs..
Trivia observation:::::In checking oil yesterday and trying to locate the front end banging noise; I noticed that the fuse relay box located on the right-hand side with the red + atop rubs against the hood insulation, in fact there is a nice "+" imbedded in the underside area with evidence of the entire top of the box rubbing..
The alternator and a/c compressor faces are shielded by a fiber splash panel which is junk and justs flaps in the breeze and will probably fall off.. It is fastened by three molly-type plastic retainers which were finished after the first puddle of water..
Feb 26, 2001 (4:58 am)
Treadwear rating on Aquatread III: 640; Traction AA; Temp B. Handling seems to be unaffected; i.e. about the same as the LS's.
The re-designed alternator just became available about 3 weeks ago, according to my service manager, so anyone who had an alternator replaced prior to that got the old design, which, if you have the 3.5, will fail again. BTW, I think it's probably the voltage regulator that is actually failing, perhaps due to an overloaded generator. GM probably underestimated the needs of the 3.5. So far, the alternator is working okay... it will be 3 or 4 months before we know if this really fixed the problem. Ours would flicker with just the headlights on; no heater, wipers, or rear defogger needed.
#1591 of 12345 1415
Feb 26, 2001 (5:27 am)
You said you bought an extended GM warranty for your '99 Intrigue. How much did you pay? Up to what mileage you get coverage? Benefits? Deductions?
#1592 of 12345 Warranty
Feb 26, 2001 (5:58 am)
teo::::::::Bought through dealer--GM Major Guard--"0" ded, 5yr/75, $1025..Just like the new car warranty..Not cheap but you can put it on GM card with "0" interest charge over 1 yr. Really it was too easy not to buy.
I keep reading about all these damn problems which will probably be covered by TSBs; but my worry is the engine, suspension, and steering. Plus if I get really peeved with this car; then a warranty does help the sale to a private party. Not that its a money maker; but does make the next owner a little more comfortable.
To be real truthful---no sane soul would buy my car with the front end noise--warranty or not..
#1593 of 12345 Winter wheels
Feb 26, 2001 (6:45 am)
Looking for info as to what wheels will fit my 2000 Intrigue.Any other olds/gm wheels that will fit?They are 16"
#1594 of 12345 My Intrigue issues...
Feb 26, 2001 (9:57 am)
Alrighty, time to check with everyone else...
I'll be taking my 99 in to the dealer this week, probably, to have them check on a few things for me; still under warranty, so I'm taking advantage of that..
I've read about some of these, but I'm just curious how many people have had the same problems..
And, do't get me wrong, I still love my car. No regrets about Olds. Juts wondering about the small stuff...
Car doesn't start soemtimes...just won't turn on on the first try; then it will.
Grinding noise in the front end when turning and in motion.
A/C randomly turns itself off or on when the dial is "on" (I have a feeling this is just a simple wiring issue...or related to the next issue
The "A/C" button gets really damned hot. I've tried to keep my finger on it for more than a few seconds, and I can't...maybe it's burned a wire or something behind the panel and that explains the random turning off...
A/C fan makes a rattling noise in the dash..gets faster when I accelerate
Anybody else's driver window "thump" when it goes down?? The rest of the windows are fine, but the driver window really makes this loud noise when it goes all the way down...like it's slamming into something.
And, finally, has anyone else's dash started to warp or anything like that? It's coming undone near the center A/C vent....doesn't that usually only happen after a long time in the sun? I realize this is Florida, but, it's usually not parked in direct sun for very long, and it's only a 99....
Ok...that's my list/rant for today....Any thoughts, or experiences witht his stuff?
#1595 of 12345 Motor Trend
Feb 26, 2001 (10:14 am)
Was looking at a copy of the new Motor Trend in the drug store today. They had an update on the LT test of a 2000 Intrigue. Mostly all positive though they were sad about Oldsmobile going away. They retracted their dig at the cruise control so they must have got some calls. Only problem was a wacko temperature gauge/ thermostat which was fixed under warranty. I had the same problem so who ever made those components obviously didn't do a good job.
#1596 of 12345 Olds Issues
Feb 26, 2001 (11:21 am)
shadow monkey - regarding A/I fan makes a rattling noise in the dash.. gets faster when I accelerate, I have a few noises in the dash:
1. The blower fan beneath air filter for the cabin is not seated correct and makes a noise when it's on. It comes from the passenger side right where the blower is. If I run the fan on high for 5-10 minutes it seems to clear it up.
2: A growl type noise that appears to come from the engine when accelerating and sounds as if it's coming through the vents. I posted a question last week asking if anyone has heard this noise. I got the following response:
"I am guessing that the noise you hear is the lock-out torque converter engaging and
disengaging at around 40mph. After it engages engine revs drop, and you can feel the engine
labor/shudder slightly under acceleration through the 40+ speed range.. My guess??? I feel that it is more noticeable with the 3.5 due to its torque curve and need for rpm to develop horsepower and
smoothness. It labors and drones badly in the speed range of 40 through 55 under heavy gas pedal
without switching to another gear freeing up the revs.."
I haven't addressed either with the dealer figuring they are worthless. Let me know if you have any luck.
Feb 26, 2001 (12:40 pm)
In the news:
GENERAL MOTORS Corp. said its OnStar in-vehicle communications service is expected to generate $5 billion in annual revenue by 2005. The communications service currently lets subscribers make calls, check e-mail, get directions and trade stocks from their vehicles.
It's my understanding that GM wants to make OnStar a standard feature eventually for all of its vehicles. Does this mean I will have to subscribe to this service if I buy a GM vehicle? The hardware alone must add to the cost of the vehicle. Why do we have to pay for it if we don't want it?