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Oldsmobile Intrigue, Electrical, Sedan
#25 of 34 Flickering lights
Feb 28, 2003 (10:05 am)
I have 2000 Intrigue with flickering lights in Colorado. Also my interior lights theater lighting started acting up?? now my head lights go to a dim state between off and normal for almost 30 seconds can I win if I'm out of waranty? it has had a alternator and ambient light sensor replaced, is this still a alternator problem? I can't drive my car at night. I noticed when the outside lights flicker so do the dashboard lights is this everyone's experience? Can anyone tell me how to fight this to get some justice or repair?
#26 of 34 flickering headlights
Mar 19, 2003 (4:07 am)
Went to the G.M dealer yesterday. Went to the parts department and told them about my alternator problem. They told me they have a remake of there old alternator, a cold climate alternator.All of a sudden they have a fix for the alternator problem. Why don t they put out a recall.
#27 of 34 Because it's not just an
Mar 19, 2003 (5:29 am)
alternator problem - it's a ground connection problem, too. I've seen GM step up on quite a few of these in lemon law cases.
#28 of 34 zeus!. re grounding
Mar 19, 2003 (10:07 am)
What does that mean.
What have you heard regarding grounding( frame, atenator, engine...) and could you elaborate on "gm stepping up to quite a few of lemon law cases.
Mar 19, 2003 (10:44 am)
Hey Zeus,i would like to know more about this alternator problem too.Can you explain the problem with more detail. thanks
#30 of 34 They've discovered
Mar 19, 2003 (10:45 am)
that the main culprit in these "flickering" cases is bad ground connections, like where the main harnesses attach and are "grounded" to the vehicle.
I see between 8-15 GM cases a week and I've seen many cases involving these electrical problems. For what it's worth, GM seems to settle the cases. It shouldn't need to get to an attorney to get handled for you, but my income depends on the fact that the manufacturers are stubborn and foolish, as well as not very consumer-oriented.
Mar 19, 2003 (4:50 pm)
So does the alternator cause any of the problem or is it just the ground?
#32 of 34 GM "settling"?
Mar 19, 2003 (5:07 pm)
GM will offer to extend the warranty or in some cases offer to buy back the car if you prove your case. We did. The problem with a buy-back is the depreciation that's at the top end of the scale.
I don't think the flicker is just a matter of a grounding problem or they wouldn't have replaced our alternator 4 times.
It's just been easier & less costly for us to restrict our driving to the daylight hours.
Gas prices are now at $1.99 for 87 octane here in the Phoenix area. So glad to get about 20-25 MPG around town.
Mar 20, 2003 (8:02 am)
the alternator is a secondary cause and they've installed updated versions in many cars.
jjpowell - this statement:
"The problem with a buy-back is the depreciation that's at the top end of the scale."
Depreciation has no part in a true "buy-back". The manufacturer is entitled to a mileage offset, based on a certain amount per mile (caries by state), from 0 miles until the first documented problem.
#34 of 34 Mine was fixed....
Apr 14, 2003 (10:22 pm)
Only trouble with my 2000 GLS, fixed just before it ran out of warranty.