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#1633 of 12345 Intermediate Steering Shaft Problem
Feb 28, 2001 (3:06 am)
I bought my 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue used last year and it had 25,000 miles on it. I noticed a rattle in the steering just after I had purchased it. I took it to a dealer and they replaced the intermediate steering shaft. It was fine up until recently when the same problem started occurring. It has only been 7 months and 8,000 miles since the shaft was replaced. I have noticed many other vehicle owners are having the same problems. Is there anything I should ask the dealer to do that will correct this problem permanently? Since the vehicle is now out of warranty, should the dealer be totally responsible for fixing this at their cost?
Feb 28, 2001 (3:23 am)
Go get it fixed again. There should be no cost as it was recently fixed. This is the main reason I always tell people to stay away from 98s. While it should not re-occur, it seems that it does for some reason.
#1635 of 12345 jg28
Feb 28, 2001 (3:33 am)
You can probably go to a 245 section tire, but i think our rims are only 6.5 to 7 inches wide. So i wouldn't go to a 245 tire. If you do go wider you will need to go to a lower aspect ratio, like a 50 or 55 series tire. If you went to a 245/50 then the rim size would need to be 17" to get the same tire height.
The last thing that you would want to do is go to a taller or shorter tire that will affect your speedometer and computer.
I would stay with the 225. Just get a more performance oriented tire. The michelin is a good choice and i think it puts a little more rubber on the road than the goodyears.
Feb 28, 2001 (4:04 am)
The other day I drove a 2001 Intrigue GLS, midnight blue, neutral interior, PCS package. etharmon, you would have loved it!
Anyway, I made it a point to determine if noise had been reduced. The answer is: depends on your perspective. I must say it is noticeably reduced as I had jumped out of my '98 into the '01. If you're coming out of a Maxima, then it might not sound like anything special. For those considering another Intrigue, the sound is better muted although it could still stand to be better. Rubber undercoating might do it. But unless you live in an area where it snows a lot, it might not be worth it.
#1637 of 12345 New appreciation for 3.5
Feb 28, 2001 (4:09 am)
When I did my test drive of above stated Intrigue, I got the chance to push it on a 2 lane road on a hill. The speed limit was 50 and the guy in the 4-banger was only doing 30. When the opportunity arose, I passed him and got back in my lane. What I didn't realize until I looked down was that I was doing 85 and never even realized it! I must say, I was impressed.
We've been on this debate before but I revisited it for my own satisfaction. The 3.5 is very nice; so is the 3800. The two feel and drive differently but I won't say one is *better* than the other, just *different* if you follow me. I will say that it wouldn't be difficult to go from the 3800 to the 3.5.
#1638 of 12345 3.5
Feb 28, 2001 (4:28 am)
I definitely prefer the 3.5. There are times when someone gets a jump on me at a stoplight that i wish i had the 3800, but i am getting to old for that, and usually tuck in behind them and go to my turn off following them.
The smoothness, refinement and sound of the 3.5 above 3500 rpm is incredible. Its passing power at 55 mph never ceases to give me a grin. I will never go back to pushrods in a sedan.
You need to buy that intrigue one2one.
Feb 28, 2001 (4:43 am)
You mentioned that you haven't had the flickering lights problem with your '98... does it have the 3.8 or the 3.5? My theory is that the 3.8 models don't exhibit this problem.
entyyw... Any warranty repair is supposed to be covered for a minimum of 12 months/12,000 miles, regardless of original warranty.
#1640 of 12345 Driver Door Sticking
Feb 28, 2001 (5:45 am)
My Intrigue has had the driver door start to Stick several times over the past 2 years. When I go to the dealer, they fix it at N/C; but I always forget to ask what the problem was and how I can fix it myself. It feels like the rubber seal is what is sticking when I try to open the door.
Has anyone had this problem, and is it easy to fix myself, so I don't have to go to the dealer again?
Feb 28, 2001 (7:14 am)
The revel molding (the hard plastic with the chrome trim) at the top of the window slides back and contacts the rear door. If you look at where it starts, near the outside mirror, you will probably see a gap.
The temp fix is to open the door and tap the end of the molding with a rubber hammer.
The permanent fix is to have it replace. Since mine was replaced no problem.
I would tap it back for now and have the dealer replace it next time you are there. It must be a widespread problem since when i took mine in the dealer insisted on replacing the passenger door too, since it would be next.
#1642 of 12345 b4z and '01 Intrigue
Feb 28, 2001 (7:42 am)
Funny you should mention it. I dropped the car off to get the accesory belt replaced and they had the '01 sitting in front of the dealer for everyone to see. Even my wife wanted me to get it, especially since it has been sitting for a few months. The only reason I didn't pursue it further is because the GLS w/PCS has a sunroof. While I could get in I felt myself digging my head into my shoulders so I wouldn't scrape my head. I asked if they had any GLs coming w/o sunroof but w/PCS in Midnight Blue w/neutral but no one seems to have them. I'm talking from Trenton, NJ straight down to Wilmington, DE and everywhere in between.
When I got my car back it felt so good I started loosing my head trying to decide whether to get the '01 or not. At 72,000 miles and a new belt, it feels brand new. Really. So I resolved (not very resolutely) to wait for '02. Check back in a few weeks. I'm sure I will have changed my mind