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Oldsmobile Intrigue



  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Well, I hate to tell Bedard but I've never been embarassed by my Intrigue in front of friends or co-workers(or my old 89 Toronado for that matter). In fact, the Intrigue has been quite the contrary as I've embarassed numerous Hondas and Toyotas at stoplights. Okay so thats a bit juvenile, but whats the fun of having a car with some balls if you don't enjoy it a bit? Funny how Bedard must not have read the long term review of the Intrigue in the June 1999 edition.

    b4z, how is that Pat Benatar DVD? I've got her greatest hits cd. Thats another good one for crankin while driving. My co-worker made the remark about the sound of the engine on his 2000 GLS that it sounds better than anything on the radio these days.

    white6, I think the foglights compliment the look of the Intrigue. Even if they are more cosmetic than functional. My 98 does not have them and slots in the bottom of the bumper are open and it just doesn't look as good. Speaking of foglights, have you guys seen the current Maxima without foglights? It's like there is a dark grey round plug in the hole where foglights go on higher end models. Looks purely cheap to me.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    Well on the way to work today on the highway, had a run in with a Mustang, mid 90's I would guess, one of the slow years where they only had 215 or so hp.

    We were both being held up by a left lane hog going about 120km/hr, and when they finally pulled over to the right we did a run to about 175 or so. Neither car gained on the other. We did it again a minute later or so, and again we were even, then it was time for me to exit. Was a lot of fun.. With the weather warming up I'm supposed to be getting better gas mileage, but my foot is having other ideas!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 6,856
    Try the "Two Against Nature" DVD by Steely Dan. Some great playing there. The Dan are on a roll; 4 Grammys and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    bz4 : Bummer on the DVD being only 60 minutes. Not sure how you know ahead of time how good the DVD will be. You feel taken, especially when you pat $15-30 for one.

    Etharmon : Fog lights are a must on the Intrigue. The car has a VERY Aurora like look to it when they are on. My wife followed me in the Intrigue once and I kept looking in the mirror and admiring the good looks, especially with those fogs on.

    Noticed in a Tahoe ad today that the rims look a lot like the 2000+ Intrigue rims. I guess other divisions are already helping them selves to the Oldsmobile treasure chest.
  • desmierdesmier Posts: 9
    I just bought a 99 X. Does anyone know if it is possible to access the repair history of a used car over the web, or does it only reside in some dealer's stand-alone computer?
  • jjpowell2jjpowell2 Posts: 91
    How many noticed that Sipowitz on NYPD Blue was driving an Intrigue in last night's episode? Too bad it wasn't an all-out chase scene. It's the first time I've seen it on TV other than in ads.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    The dvd is okay, but is dated. Sound quality is pretty good. Cymbals cut through really well. Not sure i would recommend it unless you are a true benatar fan. Pat's husband Neil Geraldo is a killer guitar player, probably as good as Eddie Van Halen. Very underrated.
    Was also disappointed in "Almost Famous" should have rented it.
    I had a dice with a 4.6L Mustang several years ago. My camaro has 215 hp, and the Mustang had 215 hp. At the light i jumped a car length ahead and stayed there until we shut down at 70 mph. I just have to remind myself to shift at 4800 rpm, because the camaro has no top end power. I suspect that if we had done a rolling start from 55 mph, he would have beaten me.
    I have actually gained on a 4.6L Mustang on the highway in the intrigue, but there were three people in the Mustang.
  • 14151415 Posts: 249
    To avoid any controversy I will stick to the mundane subject of economy. Filled up with my favorite octane 87; and registered 25.34mpg; this is phenomenal considering my driving habits..This is alot of short run driving with some high speed blasts, winter weather, snow, and heavy traffic..

    Tomorrow I have a little 400 mile business jaunt; straight southbound I-75 into the heart of Asian owned auto supplier plants serving the Hondas, Toyotas, and Nissans of American. Don't worry I am dealing with 100% American owned businesses..

    Isn't it funny that the Japanese have stole a great percentage of our auto business and their banking institutions are busted-broke-and near belly-up. As you know I could say more about this whole mess for it is helping to pan our stock market on a daily basis..

    The worst is yet to come!!!!
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    I've never had a car with foglights and didn't realize the Intrigue's were just cosmetic. They've got to help somewhat in fog. And yeah maybe a part of me just wants to look cool driving around with foglamps.

    I still think the cornering lamps are a bit odd. Last night on the freeway I made a lane change and the cornering lamp lighted the entire side of the vehicle in the next over lane. It was kinda embarassing really. My buddies that ride with me all think they're cool though.

    I remember someone posted a bit back saying he/she hated the sound of the turn signal lamps. I quite like them really. I feel like I'm in a foreign car when I hear the loud ticks. I just like them.

    Does anyone else always hit their foot on the parking brake lever when getting out? Dang that bugs me. I sat in a Catera the other day and loved how the floor was level with the door. I have big feet and it's pretty difficult to get out of my Intrigue since the floor's so much lower than the door opening.
  • jg28jg28 Posts: 257
    When I read that in Ward's I couldn't believe it. I'm SO GLAD that the car isn't called Cutlass Supreme. I think using a name for heritage sake is too trendy these days. I, for one, am glad that Olds dropped Cutlass from their lineup. I do, however, think that 98 would've been a cool moniker for the Intrigue, so long as it was numerical and non spelled out Ninety-Eight. 98. Ooh... just think of all the young marketing possibilities... with that band 98 degrees singing about Oldsmobiles. Think of it... a remake of "Come away with me Lucille."

    Maybe I should be in advertising but I really have this commercial in my mind about a guy pulling up in a black Intrigue, a lady standing on a balcony... it's night... she's in a long white scarf... he says "come away with me Lucille"... and then they're seen getting into the sleek black Intrigue and the song "come away with me Lucille, in my merry Oldsmobile" plays softly in the background, while a lady whispers... "Intrigue.... Oldsmobile"
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    "Hell Freezes Over" [DVD 1994] 99 minutes.

    Can be purchase for 19.99 @ Target. Great sound quality.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    They killed the name when they labelled everyhing Cutlass.. Cruisers, Cieras, Calais. Might as well have called the last one Cutlass Malibu, two classic names, one car!

    jg28: hmm I never thought of the embarassment of the cornering lamps. Now I'm going to be self conscious of that. Maybe they should have had more x-files related ads. I remember x-files newsgroups talking about test driving car because of deals related to the show.
  • 14151415 Posts: 249
    Mention a certain word and guess who appears?????

    If it smells fishy; then you know who bites!!!!

    It's the mole; and I have been reported to the central committee!!!!

    I knew our friend could not resist the temptation..

    My mistake was buying an Intrigue; however that experience has been enlightened by the a group of truly well-mannered/knowledgeable, and well-spoken Intrigue owners with whom I have shared the ownership thrills..
  • rbb2rbb2 Posts: 70
    1415 - Took the car in yesterday and the dealer confirmed that they heard the noise. Trouble was they couldn't get to it until next Tuesday. Told Olds cust assist. they heard it and gave them the name of the guy. At least this is a start.

    jg28 - I hit the parking brake when I get in the car all the time. Then I don't know if I set it part way or not so I set it all the way and then release it just to make sure. Pain in the rear.

    Does anyone else feel that the radio controls in the steering wheel are kind of a waste? There isn't a AM/FM button so I have to take my eyes off the road to change to FM1, FM2 and AM. That means I spend a few seconds trying to find the button because I don't drive the car a lot. Sort of defeats the purpose. Also, there isn't a button to switch between cd/tape/radio. If the bean counters left this out because of $$ then they should have just left it out all together. I will admit it's nice to have volume control though.
  • lee18lee18 Posts: 45
    Finally got around to having my service department replace my rear bumper after they damaged it last month.

    They gave me a 2000 Cadillac DeVille as a loaner. What a relic from the '80s that car is. Boring boxy styling, straight lines inside and out. No guts and a floaty suspension. The steering wheel completely obscured the speedometer when the wheel was at a comfortable height. Must have been designed for 5'1" oldsters. The column mounted shifter required an excessive amount of force to operate.

    It had a few more gadgets than the Intrigue but was nowhere as fun to drive and is too big to use in-town. On the plus side, the seat belt retractor was very smooth and the sound system (not Bose) sounded better than the Intrigue.

    Cadillac will probably go the way of Olds once the current 60+ generation goes away.
  • lee18lee18 Posts: 45
    Fingertip radio controls are a must for me. My 89 Firebird GTA had most of the radio and tape control buttons on the wheel, but unfortunately with the advent of airbags they don't have as much space as they used to for lots of buttons. I miss the mute button especially.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    rbb2 : Love the steering wheel controls! I don't switch to FM2 or AM though.

    lee18 : Cadillac is coming out with some cool stuff. The new roadster, the EXT and CTS all look very promising and the 2002 Escalade has been getting very good reviews. Even though the DeVille is a bit old school there is some cool technology in them too.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    I only listen to the radio for one talk/sports radio station as I really have no love for mainstream stations (especially annoying morning shows) and radio sound quality. The 10 disc in the trunk comes handy. There is an interface to make my Sony deck work with GM steering wheel controls.

    As for Cadillac, I see their sedans not doing that well because it seems in that price range right now people either want true sports sedans (with weight balance, stick shift availability, road feel and handling), or Sport Utes. GM has a lot of UTES but no sports sedans.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Intrigue or Cutlass Supreme really would not have mattered to me. I look for substance, not a name. I think Cultass Supreme would have had more recognition as Intrigue does not ring a bell. And it seems a few people get Intrigue confused with Intrepid.

    jgriff, the only thing better than the Eagles Hell Freezes Over on DVD was actually being at the concert!
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    The Intrigue's radio controls are pretty limited and there is no climate control on the wheel. My father's Aurora has volume and tuning buttons on one side of the wheel and temperature and fan speed on the other. And I think they are integrated better on the Aurora's wheel too. Now, you want steering wheel controls, you should have seen my 89 Toronado. It didn't have an airbag so I guess they were able to fit more buttons on it but for the radio it had volume, tuning, AM/FM, and preset scan and for the climate it had temperature, fan speed, and mode.

    I like cornering lights as they give someone who may be two lanes over and about the come your way another indicator that you are changing lanes.

    As for Cadillacs, I like them alot. They are not going the way of Oldsmobile. I think part of droping Oldsmobile was so that GM could focus more on their other brands and Cadillac gets alot of attention and they have some excellent models and even better ones in the pipeline. The base Deville may be rather soft riding and I think that is the intention, but the DTS version is pretty impressive and did pretty well in a comparision test MT did with luxury sedans costing nearly $20K more. The STS is a very underrated car as it is a far better value than an MB E-class and unless sheer performance it your number one criteria, it is a better buy than a 5 series Bimmer.
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    dindak ::: I paid closer to MSRP with the CL than the Intrigue [no doubt], however I have far few headaches to contend with. FYI: On my CL deal, I got $700 discount plus several hundred dollars of accessories thrown into the deal. Net effect was a little more than a $1000 off, after only 4-months into the first year of a new model year [GRANTED, I had to work them hard to get that]. Pricing was comparable to a loaded GL & GLS, before the December dooms day.

    The BOSE in my Intrigue was heads & shoulder BETTER, than what Acura put in the CL [it is adequate at best].

    I have bought & sold 4 new foreign models over the last decade, never have I even come close to paying MSRP. To me any discounts less than 500 would be deemed as merely a dealer token discount and one might as well be paying full price.

    I wonder if any one here, remembers how much discounting [if any] Olds was giving during the first 6-12 months of the Intrigue introduction back in 97-98??
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    That DVD was actually the first one i bought when i got my player 2 years ago. It is pure ear candy and is great for demoing my system to friends.
    The downside is that it is a little bright sounding and i am not sure how i feel about being placed in the middle of the band. Seems a little unrealistic to me. I prefer my surrounds to give me ambient and bounceback info.
    I actually prefer the Fleetwood Mac dvd in PCM and the Peter Frampton one in DTS.
    Was driving around yesterday like a granny and really appreciate the seamless tranny shifts and the smoothness of the engine.
    Tires have lost a lot of tread and it is quieter because of it. still noisy over concrete though.
  • j_colemanj_coleman Posts: 143
    vcjumper: Please give us some more info on the Sony deck that works with the factory steering wheel radio controls.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    Just an example of many products out there..

    <href ="">Discount Car stereo
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Was in chicago a few years ago and came straight through around 2pm. No problems.
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    b4z :: The bright sounds that you refer to may somewhat be caused by your digital cable connections. I have heard that brightness on other people systems, but not on mine. Fleetwood is my 2nd DVD purchase, I love it as well.

    etharmon :: You lucky dog you, that would have been the best, NO doubt. But at least with a DVD you can play it over & over til you get tired of it. Todays modern tech is wonderful, keeps getting better & better.

    FWIW: I do miss the 8-speaker BOSE setup on the Ingtrigue, it had more BANG and sounded a lot better than the 6-speaker BOSE on my other car [you know the one].
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    jgriff : Kinder and more gentle these days huh?

    ickes : I'm not sure the Cutlass name would have helped Intrigue. I don't think it would have hurt though.

    It's amazing how many of us are into these music DVDs. I want to get the Eagles DVD, but it seems like it's always sold out or not on sale. I'm not paying $30 for it.
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    I remember when there were great deals on DVD online, but coupons have dried up and places have gone out of business. That Eagles DVD has amazing DTS sound.
  • ickesickes Posts: 82
    I don't think the Cutlass name would have helped either. I am more inclined to think that it would've hurt given the dismal GM10 based Cutlass from 1985 to 1994 and the venerable Cutlass Ciera. Personally, I believe that GM had worn "Cutlass" out.
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