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Oldsmobile Intrigue

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  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    I thought the first tranny service was recommended at 100,000 miles and the serpentine belt at 50,000 miles. (??) I go 5,000 miles or 6 months (whichever comes first) for all my vehicles now. Filters for the 3.5 are kind of a pain to find; can't get any better now that they don't even make this engine any more!
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    vcjumper : I like that color too.

    one2one / yurakm : I love the red with the gold also but as the Alero was a second car, we were just going to stick with a base car. There is actually another ruby red Alero down the street. We don't know the people so no big deal.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    Funny I guess this is a bit of a controversial topic.. Some feel you should change it every 50,000 miles or so, but if you don't, don't ever change it:


    Trans fluid change, good or bad?

  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I am going to stay away from that topic.
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    Hey that's the same 1999 Intrigue that I used to have same color, it sure looks nice though, mine did not have the sunroof or fog lights. I also added some custom 18 inch wheels, but none-the-less looking at it it sure brings back memories. I now have a 1999 Aurora in Onyx Black with the 18x8 chrome wheels.

    Hey vcjumper how did you manage to post this awesome picture of your ride?

    I have a picture of my former 1999 Intrigue with the custom wheels that I like for all of you to see.

    Oh by the way one thing that I really liked about the Intrigue was how it looked coming down the street with it's 2 day time running lights on, it just looks nice and one of a kind.
  • one2oneone2one Posts: 626
    This isn't a recommendation; just what was my experience.

    In the '98 Intrigue, I never changed the tranny fluid in 80,000 miles. Transmission was smoother than when it had lower miles. Fuild was still red with no grit. Remember, it has the 100,000 mile long life fluid.

    On the wife's '95 Bonniville it had started to shift hard (kick is a better description). At the time it had about 50,000 miles, give or take. I thought I was going to have to spend a bunch of money on transmission work. Before jumping to conclusions, I changed the fluid (that year does not use long life fluid). It became buttery smooth. Now, at 60,000 miles, it still shifts smoothly.

    My recommendation (the one I said I wouldn't give :-) is to change it according to the schedule. If you're paranoid, do it earlier. If you've missed the schedule even by a lot, do it when you get the chance. Because not doing so couldn't possibly be worse than changing it.

    As a side note, owning an Intrigue for such a long time (mileage-wise) was very, very easy. The only thing I concerned myself with was oil changes. And I let the car tell me when to do that. Occasionally I had to fill add coolant when it went below the fill line. But that didn't start occuring until I got higher mileage. Maintaining the car was a no-brainer.
  • one2oneone2one Posts: 626
    One thing that might explain why the person on that post said the trucks trannies failed after changing could be in how it was changed. In most transmissions, the fluid should be dumped, reflilled then drained again, then refilled with a new gasket and screen. This is because the torque converter needs to have new fluid put in and run to get out the gunk.

    Fords, interesting enough, have a plug that eliminates the need for the above proceedure and thus requires only one flush.

    At least that's what I read. Anyone more knowledgeable please correct me.

    I had an '89 New Yorker I purchased used with 50,000 miles. We got a rebuilt transmission under our used car warranty. We kept the car until the odo went 114,000 miles after which we gave it up due to engine problems. We never had any problems after the rebuilt tranny and I changed it every 2 years faithfully. Note: The original tranny problem was a documented Chrysler problem, not because of the mileage and fluid changes. Same thing with my '95 Camry. Purchased with 50,000 miles, fluid changes every 2 years and ran it to 109,000 miles before trading it on the first Intrigue. I never had problems with that tranny. Ditto for a 1983 Buick Century (my FIRST ride!)

    So, I still believe that it should be changed. Just take it to a reputable shop.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    For some reason I thought June 5th was the last day of production. I just checked, and between 6/10 and 6/15 775 Intrigues were built. I wonder when the last ones will roll off the assembly line?
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    There is fluid that stays in the torque convertor. About 4-5 quarts, so it's no small amount. The service manual for the 3.5 Aurora states 7.4 quarts are needed for a drain and refill, 10 for an overhaul, and 13.4 if it's dry. I think the overhaul includes emptying the torque convertor, but there is still the tranny cooler that's integrated into the radiator, and the various lines and such. I've heard there are machines that can flush most of that out, but dealers tend to charge a lot for it. All the mainenance schedule requires is the drain and refill that includes changing the filter. However, that seems like a good idea to run it a bit to get the good fluid to circulate then drain it again. You still wouldn't get every drop of bad fluid, but it would help.

    B4z, I thought the Collector's Edition (Final 500) were being built in June.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I think GM is piling up Intrigues to last until September. I've noticed 3 different lots have more Intrigues than the usual 1-3 Intrigues. Local dealer had about 6 last drive by.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Maybe they've just come to their senses and decided to keep building them. Seems they built nearly as many Intrigues as they did CTSs that week.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    did you guys find such detailed production numbers? Thanks!
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    www.autonews.com
    Scroll down the page and look to the right.
    You will see a box with production numbers.
    Click on the pdf.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Amazing the amount of info available on the internet these days. Five years ago we were all in the dark I guess.

    ;-)
  • winter9winter9 Posts: 98
    Speaking of wonders of the internet... Does anyone know where I could go (besides the parts dealer) to find the OEM part numbers for such things as fuel filters, windshield wiper blades, cabin air filters, etc?

    I'm thinking of coming up with a good list and going to GMparts.com to do up an order. Some on this board have used and recommended this site.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    A lot of part numbers are listed in car manual.
  • buzzard4buzzard4 Posts: 43
    The other night I was driving some friends to dinner, and one noticed that the light switches over the back seats are different colors. On the passenger side, the light switch is tan, matching the handle and the rest of the trim. On the driver's side, the switch is gray. Has anyone else noticed a mismatch like this, or do I have a one-in-a-million collector's item? I wonder if they have a QC check for that kind of thing. I never noticed it before, but I don't ride in the back very often, and when I do, I'm usually on the passenger side staring at the gauges to see what the driver is doing to my car. If anyone with a gray interior has a tan button, maybe we could work a trade...
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    Check out instructions on how to post pictures in the beginning of the pictures group in each of the car owners' clubs.
  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    You might check out auto-parts-for-less.com ; I have found them to be cheaper than gmpartsdirect.com.
  • swagledswagled Posts: 195
    www.car-part.com ! ;-) It will be the only way to get Intrigue parts someday...
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