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Oldsmobile Intrigue



  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    The dark blue was my first choice when I bought my Intrigue, but the dealer could not locate one in that color equipped as I wanted. So I had to settle for my second choice which is black. Mine has the dark grey interior as well and that along with the chrome wheels and gold emblems really looks sharp. That is when it's clean and the not damaged by the dealer. But I still usually do a double take when I see one in the dark blue. And I'll also agree that Aleros and Bravadas look good in this color. And the 2002 Auroras got a similar shade of dark blue (marine blue is what they call it) and it looks very sharp. It's the same dark blue Cadillac uses as well. Once I get the body damage fixed and get the car detailed(and windows tinted) I hope to take some pictures and post so that everyone can see it.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    I have the factory service manual on the car and I will look and see if it has instructions on how to remove the rear seat and rear deck. Please bear with me, it may be a few days before I get back to you as I am very busy right now.

    Good move with the Intrigue, hope you have better service with it than with the Alero. And I sincerely hope you have a decent dealer as I've discovered just how a terrible dealer service department can really sour what was an excellent ownership experience.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    To those who had their windows tinted, other than the tint not wanting to stick to the "dotted" section at the top of the backglass, any other problems either with installation or afterwards? I'm really considering doing this as I think it will look good and more importantly, keep the interior cooler. We've been at or near 90 degrees the past few days and after sitting in the sun all afternoon, the interior is quite toasty. The A/C seems to cool well as it blows cold air, but even with that it takes it a while to really lower the temperature. All that heat can't be good on the dash and interior either. I know why white is such a popular car color in Florida and other warm climates.
  • one2oneone2one Posts: 626
    Mine is Midnight Blue and looks incredibly good when clean, if I may say so. I've been using Meguiers and have had good results. In fact, even when it's dirty (excluding snow dirt) it still gleams. Was going out with a buddy and he wanted to take my car because he liked the shine. I had to "tell" him it was dirty until we got close. I hear Zaino is great but not easily accessible and is costly.

    But not to get off the point, it was a toss-up between Midnight Blue and Ruby, which I think is absolutely beautiful. It was such a tough decision that I, in a way, let the dealer decide for me. I went to GM and searched for an Intrigue that had all the things I wanted: GL, leather, spoiler, no Bose, etc. My car came up in the list and it was Midnight Blue.

    Those two colors look so good on this car that it basically came down to flipping a coin.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    When we bought our Alero I wanted the blue but it was not available on the 02 models. Then I wanted the polo green but they could not find one for us. Settled for the ruby red and it's actually a very nice color. I think the Intrigue looks good in the ruby also. We have a silver gray Intrigue which is a bit bland, but I like it!
  • one2oneone2one Posts: 626
    I see a lot of Ruby Aleros out there. I think it looks better on the Alero than the Intrigue. And I LOVE the way it looks on the Intrigue!
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    If ruby is darker red, I saw a beautiful ruby Intrigue a couple days ago.

    Intrigue GL, with spoiler, and gold emblem. Wal-Mart parking, Wallingford, CT.

    I always thougt that the gold is just to throw moneys away, but with darker red it is really gorgeous. I stopped on my way, and just enjoyed how the car looks for couple of minutes.
  • swagledswagled Posts: 195
    I used to think the "change oil" light was only for absent-minded people who forget to change oil. But I've seen articles that say GM came up with this feature, because engines and oils are much better than they used to be. The breakdown point doesn't really start until 5000 miles or more.

    GM's position is that people are just spending extra money on oil changes... Kind of like people who insist on putting premium gas in their cars, the "3000 mile change" is just money spent to "feel good".

    I changed my first oil voluntarily at 5000, and the next 3 times at 6000 more. I'm at 27k now on the odo, and I'm just going to let the change light tell me when to do it again.

    Remember to reset the light after an oil change, though. (I don't trust the grease monkeys to remember this.) Put your key in the ON position, without the engine running. Press the gas pedal three times at a moderate pace, kind of like using a heavy door knocker.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    I can understand changing the oil the first time a bit early I changed mine after 1000 miles just to be on the safe side. However, now I just use the oil life monitor. It is really pretty smart. Here is some info on it:
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    Anyone had this done to their Intrigue? They apparently change the fluid and filter and make sure the gasket around the pan is OK. Paid $125 CDN. They recommended it since I was well over the 85,000km mark it was suggested at. They also checked my serpentine belt but said it was ok.

    RE: Colours. I have the Opal Blue that was only on the 98-99 Intrigue. Goes well with the tint. Here's an old pic, I'm trying to get a new one parked beside my bosses 02' 7-series:


  • 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
    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 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 ; I have found them to be cheaper than
  • swagledswagled Posts: 195 ! ;-) It will be the only way to get Intrigue parts someday...
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