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Oldsmobile Intrigue, Sedan
#4020 of 12345 jgriff and Feature content
Aug 08, 2001 (7:38 am)
I am pleased with Acura's content for price. The TL gives a whooooole lot for the money, especially when compared to its competition. I don't know what their sister Honda is doing, but I don't like their pricing structure compared to what is provided. Buick is still providing high content as well. Their problem is the AARP styling that they're afraid to break away from for fear of loosing customers.
Toyota/Lexus still hasn't gotten the picture. Or perhaps they have. Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong photo album. They still charge extra for things their competitors include as standard or at least as an option that isn't part of a $2000 package. The new ES300 has LOTS of nice features... they're just all optional.
Nissan seems to be coming along well in this regard. The new Altima looks like it will be subject to the varying price structure based on engine size, though.
With Olds effectively gone, perhaps the money that was being spent there will be diverted to Pontiac (Buick seems adequately funded) to offer more features and styling (after the lawyers get done with the Olds dealers). The upcoming Grand Am looks good from spy shots with bras on the front and rear. The Grand Prix is hard to see even with recent spy shots.
I plan on getting another car in about 3 years and garaging the Intrigue for it will be a classic in 20 years. So I've got my eye to the future for my next ride. And since I'm not loyal to any one brand, the ones that will be at the top of my list will be those who make a car that a fella 6'8" can fit into comfortably. THEN I'd be loyal to them for that reason only, as I have been (for the same reason) with Oldsmobile.
#4021 of 12345 wmatysti
Aug 08, 2001 (7:41 am)
Glad to hear you are okay. It amazes me how someone's life can be changed in a instant. Looks like things will turn out well for you and your sister.
Not to change the subject but you might want to look into the impala. Driver's side airbag and a solid metal ring around the passenger cabin, unlike the intrigue.
Aug 08, 2001 (7:42 am)
redline: I can't imagine this would void the warranty given it's basically a check up.
jgriff : Isn't that what your Honda company does? Stripper 4 banger Accords and top of the line 6 cyl models for $6-8K more. Why would anyone buy the 6cyl models is beyond me. You can hardly tell the difference between the two aside from the rims and some badging. Really cheapens the car.
#4023 of 12345 vacation report
Aug 08, 2001 (7:45 am)
Had a great time in the mountains. Looks like the clunking noise was solved while i was gone. Almost makes me want to buy another one. Impala was terrific. An incredibly solid car with no creaks. I do miss the 3.5L engine though.
#4024 of 12345 dindak
Aug 08, 2001 (7:46 am)
Have you ever been in a 4 cylinder accord? The whole car vibrates when it is in drive. That is enough to make me go for the six.
Aug 08, 2001 (7:48 am)
Mosaix, I agree wholeheartedly with you. I was also charmed by Grand Prix's design when I saw it the 1st time still as a design study. And, like you, I lusted for one. When I drove one for the 1st time, I was thrilled by its handling. But when it came down to looking at it while shopping, I was put off by the flimsy material and sloppy fitting as well.
When I was shopping for a compact car, I compared an Alero and a Grand Prix and the Alero was a no brainer: 4-wheel disk brakes, better finished and material, better audio system, nicer interior and exterior, etc. All for the same price tag. Easy decision.
Jgriff, I don't agree with you about Passat's interior. Too much cheap plastic all around. The front, central armrest is an afterthought, fragile installed. I wasn't fooled by the ugly chrome in the instrument cluster or the faux-wood on the central dashboard either. For a car priced closely to 30 grand, I want no "el cheapo" material. Period.
Aug 08, 2001 (8:02 am)
The only thing impressive about the Passat is the high price tag. And compared to the Intrigue it is pretty small. But I guess that's why I bought an Intrigue instead of an Alero.
Aug 08, 2001 (8:02 am)
What is Warranty Gold??Is it an aftermarket outfit??? I don't think anything you have mentioned will void a warranty..Cars don't have to be cuddled to death on maintenance..
The dealer is the drain; ask them something and you will be told the worst possible scenario..
relax and drive it..Cars are fairly idiot-proof since they are full of warning lights and flashing messages!!!!
Aug 08, 2001 (8:04 am)
Warranty Gold is a 3rd party extended warranty.
#4029 of 12345 warranty gold
Aug 08, 2001 (8:55 am)
i am thinking of getting warranty gold. Anyone has anything good or bad to say about it? Someone suggested a link in Edmund but i can't find it.