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Oldsmobile Intrigue, Sedan
#5633 of 12345 anniversary
Dec 13, 2001 (4:03 pm)
I remember it well. This thread was jumping. I remember shooting for 100 posts that day, but i think we ended up 98.
lots of unhappy campers. I think OLdsmobile was telling us they would be around until 2007. I laughed at that. 2003 is it. I said it then and i say it now.
If olds had kept developing the car it would have been a winner. I think they quit trying in 1998.
I also think if the intrigue had been included in C&D's latest sedan comparo it probably would have come in no lower than second.
Dec 13, 2001 (5:30 pm)
I agree about the comparison in C&D! Everything they disliked about the Buick is simply not the case with the Intrigue. No "porthole era" V6, no Chevy Vega gauges, and no cushy seats.
coonhound, I ordered the manual directly from Helm and it was $120. Good luck finding one cheaper.
#5635 of 12345 Light dimming problem
Dec 13, 2001 (5:46 pm)
I have heard so much here about the altanator and I have the same problem on my 2000 Intrigue and the service place keeps saying that they cannot reproduce the problem. Is there any written articles or recalls on these that you can share. I even cut and pasted complaints from here and still no luck. Have 24k on the car and lovin it!!
#5636 of 12345 Re: 5457 wbhall
Dec 13, 2001 (5:47 pm)
Waiting to hear how things turned out at your dealer regarding dimming headlights!
#5637 of 12345 LIGHT DIMMING PROBLEM
Dec 13, 2001 (5:51 pm)
Well, my wife picked up my car for me today and lo and behold, they couldn't find anything wrong with the lights!!! I will be giving them a call tomorrow!
Dec 13, 2001 (7:24 pm)
I have heard on pretty good authority that Bravada will be converted to a Buick for 2004. GM can't give up on the luxury SUV's. Too much money to be made.
Oldsmobile could have been a great brand and a real winner if GM had put stronger marketing, quality and effort into it. Instead they gave up and GM will loose even more market share in the car market unless they get some good sedans on the street in the next year or two.
At least GM has a good truck line up (probably one of the best period). Now they need to funnel some of that cash into the car line and get some leadership back there also! CTS is a start IMO, but they have a long way to go.
#5639 of 12345 Update on starting problem
Dec 13, 2001 (7:24 pm)
I took the Intrigue in today for my not starting problem. It took most of the day for them to diagnose my problem. They inspected wire harness's for chaffing all seemed fine. Per TAC Line they installed new Ign Switch. Sounded like it was quite the job. They told me to try it. Gm is aware of the problem and this was the first step. There are other things they would try if the problem still exists. (I hate that last sentence!)At least I have it on the record. So if 6 months down the road when I am out of warranty I have leverage.
Dec 14, 2001 (8:13 am)
The manufacturer warranty pins you to be serviced by a dealer. Does not matter if you like the dealer and if he is located conveniently. However, some dealer mechanics and/or service advisers are rude, or not competent. Or it takes 30 minutes to get here, while you know a good mechanic the next door. Or the independent shop is opened through weekends and till 8 pm every day, and did not require an appointment, while the dealership is open 8 to 5 week days only, with a three weeks waiting. All of this are good reasons to to avoid the warranty.
There are other problems with a third-party warranty. In my experience, it is too difficult to get the approval for repairs. Not that they refuse the payment, but it simply took too much work to get through. Phones are always busy, and after the repair is done it tooks another call to get payment, with the fixed car waiting in the shop, probably through a whole weekend or at least till the next morning.
Any case, in average, the seller makes money on the warranty, while you pay him for the service. It is fine for those who do not mind paying for the peace of mind. However, financially it is better to self-insure. Better in average, and in long run only, of course: anything can happen with the particular car during the particular year.
The self-insurance must be affordable, of course; otherwise it is wise to buy a warranty. As it happens so often, the poor pays more...