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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue (Page 1 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,886 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Oct 012005

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had a problem with the ABS system on my car for a few months now. When I start my car the ABS goes to set itself and the ABS light comes on along with the brake light. As I have been researching the problem I have found that it is one of the main problems on the car, but nothing has been done about his problem. It is a very costly fix dealing with the wheel bearings and sensors. My 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a very solid car, but I believe they have a faulty ABS system on them due to the hub assemblies. The average price for such a repair that I have seen is $500- $1100. Many drivers of these cars are not getting them fixed as it is costly. Thus this there are thousands of Intrigues around with the ABS turned of increasing the chances of brake failure.

- Lewiston , UT, USA

problem #34

Mar 072005

Intrigue 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The windshield wipers do not operate properly, making it difficult to see the road during inclement weather. ABS light/check light remained on, which the owner's manual informed the consumer that anti-lock brakes may not function.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #33

May 082002

Intrigue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Have had ainti-lock brake system automatically shut off, causing the brakes to lock up and release every 5 seconds.it unfortunately does not do it everyday, in order for the dealership to see the problem, I had my rotors replaced in front and turned in the back, this still has not helped the problem. Traction control system no longer works, and now the fan that blows air out of the vents, will work once and awhile. I have been told the bearings are going out in it, which means no heat, and no air. It will cost 264.00-300.00 to fix. I have had my car for 4 years, and have had nothing but problems with it.

- Centerville, TN, USA

problem #32

Oct 082001

Intrigue

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Had reported noise in ABS control module 01/12/00.

- Monticello, IN, USA

problem #31

Oct 192001

(reported on)

Intrigue

  • miles
The rear brakes are insufficiently proportioned to the front causing the front tires to loose traction easily under moderate braking. There is a spongy brake pedal and I have suggested that air in the back lines may be causing this. No action has been taken because they say their tests show the car is within GM guidelines. The problem becomes readily evident when traction conditions are unfavorable with only slight brake pedal pressure the front tires will overcome the available traction available. It is obvious that the rear brakes are barely assisting, if at all. I have 3 other vehicles and in the same conditions, I can't even get the tires to break loose unless I stomp the brakes. But with Intrigue, light pressure causes the front tires to loose traction. ABS functions properly, but would have never come on if all 4 brake were assisting. And in an ABS event, no matter how hard or soft I apply the brake, the car's deceleration rate is dramatically reduced. Actually feels like the car is stopping about half as well as before ABS activated. These ABS events occur all the time. The consistent feeling that the fronts are about to loose traction while the backs are just not contributing is frustrating and life threatening. My wife, brother and I have all had this happen to us while driving this car. I've gone through intersections, into snowdrifts to avoid other vehicles, etc. While the cars next to me can stop with no fuss. Another item that shows more evidence to this is, the front rotors were turned twice for warpage and replaced, then turned again for warpage, all under 36000 miles. Also the back tires look like they're still new. Last week, during a nice heavy rain, with ABS disabled (removal of a fuse), I showed the mechanic that I could not make the back brakes lock the wheels. This was with both feet mashing on the brake. This is while the fronts were skidding all the way. Please help! ABS isn't going to save me, but good brakes sure would help.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #30

Jul 292001

Intrigue

  • miles
ABS system activision on dry pavment surfice somewhat rough, I travel this route often and the street surfice has not change. It is my opionion that ABS activation is due to poor strut performance however based on the "jump or push down on a corner of the vehical and see if it stop in less than one and one-half bounces the unit sill works. It is my opionion that ABS is sensitive to shock ware much earlyer then non ABS cars. This problem can create longer braking, resulting in accidents and damage. This is not my first not to the NHTSA about this concern but on my 1992 roadmaster had the same problem, even if the shop said the shock were within safity limits with the bounce test the shock change fixed the ABS cycles in all conditions that were normal (non ice) thank you for your consideration into this matter of safety bob urmetz

- Montose, MI, USA

problem #29

Apr 012000

Intrigue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While backing out of garage on a 20% decline brakes in the vehicle failed to engage temporarily. Then, will suddenly engage to stop vehicle. Dealership could not reproduce this problem. Consumer stated that this problem occurred approximately 2 to 3 times daily. Vehicle has experienced brake problems since purchase, consumer states there has never been any problems with brakes while traveling forward, consumer states possible leak in vacuum unit.

- Tujunga, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 152000

Intrigue

  • miles
Brake rotors have warped and needed to be replaced 3 times before the car had 47000 miles. An upgrade of the equipment was purchased with "larger brake rotors" from factory which are obviously defective. The manufacturer has stated that this type of rotor warpage (10000-15000 miles) is "normal wear and tear". the latest diagnosis is that the rotors are warped and are too thin to turn. These rotors were just replaced at 29543 miles. The main driver of this vehicle drives mostly highway driving, so the driver's habits should not cause this problem. Manufacturer refuses to fix problem and replace rotors, stating that this is a general maintenance item (similar to replacing brake pads). The "shuddering" that is produced by the defective rotors is very distracting. As this is an item connected with braking, it should be a safety concern to the manufacturer as well.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #27

Feb 202001

Intrigue

  • miles
Rotors grounded and pads sanded at our expense. Brakes had to be hammered on to stop. Vehicle always feel like when you just touched the brakes that ABS was going to kick in. After work was done brakes feel better than they ever have. Since the original date of purchase.

- Burlington L7m 4k5, AK, USA

problem #26

Jun 102000

Intrigue

  • miles
Front brake rotors warped at 26,746 miles -- rotors turned. Rotors warped again at 34,363 miles -- replaced. Rotors warped again at 47,835. Contacted dealer and was informed that Oldsmobile had issued a tsb stating, in effect, the "if wheels had been rotated/balanced by 'other than a GM dealership', no further warranty services would be provided on warped rotors." At 47,835 miles, I had rotors replaced with "after market" rotors at a cost of $368. At 16,000+ miles later, I have experienced no further problems. Supposedly, these "after market rotors" did not contain any composit materials and, therefore, were less likely to warp. The original equipment rotors were part of $230 autobahn package. I do not feel that Oldsmobile is being fair/truthful regarding problems encountered with these rotors.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #25

Dec 152000

Intrigue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling ABS indicator light stayed on through travel. Techniciian stated ABS needed to be replaced. Provide further inoformation. The ABS traction light came on and the consumer found out that the vehicle was unable to stop on slippery surface.

- Wonder Lake, IL, USA

problem #24

Dec 302000

Intrigue

  • miles
ABS and brake lights on, brake pedal hard to push. Slid on snowy road as ABS not working. Dealer couldn't find problem at first, then replaced ABS motor pack for $412.

- Bordentown, NJ, USA

problem #23

Aug 022000

Intrigue

  • miles
Consumer noticed ABS light on, dealer advised that the ABS motor pack was defective.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #22

Sep 252000

Intrigue

  • miles
Part failed without warning. Backup brake system functioned well enough to get to a place where the vehicle could be towed.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #21

Aug 232000

(reported on)

Intrigue

  • miles
Claim #005003683; while traveling at 35 mph and when depressing brake pedal vehicle countinued to travel. Dealer stated brakes rotors failed.

- Teldo, OH, USA

problem #20

Jul 062000

(reported on)

Intrigue

  • miles
Motor pack, which is a major component within ABS. Also, pulsates. Brakes have failed, causing ABS to be inoperate.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #19

Jun 192000

(reported on)

Intrigue

  • miles
I have brought this car back to the dealership five times. The first three times they fixed the rotors which were out of round? and replaced the brake pads. The fourth visit they charged me, telling me that that would renew the warranty--not even a month later the same problem happened--sever pulsating when you step on the brakes-- they confirmed it was the same problem and wanted me to pay for it again saying it was due to wear. My contention is that it should have still been under warranty, especially since there was not even a 30 day period between visits! five time is not a charm!

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #18

Aug 231999

Intrigue

  • miles
When hitting the brakes at a high rate of speed vehicle will jump instead of slowing down. Consumer feels it's very unsafe.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 131999

Intrigue

  • miles
Alternator failed $300 replacement/ABS anti-lock lights come on too often, have to turn car off to reboot system.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 191998

Intrigue

  • miles
Whenever brakes were applied in a sudden stop, they caused brake pedal to pulsate and vehicle to shimmy( a severe vibration). Dealer notified, and some repairs were made, but problem still reoccurring.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

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