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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 102010


  • miles


Ignition cylinder has failed and pass key is part of failure. Occasionally my car won't start because of this; mechanic says he has to replace the ignition cylinder and get me two new keys and recode them to the car. This will cost about $700-800. The car wouldn't start 5 times already and mechanic says its will only get worse til finally it doesn't work.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
You can remove the key from the ignition without turning the car off, and it does not have to be in park. This failure is all the time.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
My 1998 olds Intrigue failed to start one time, then two times after that it stopped running without warning, within 3 miles of my house. It would then fail to restart for 30 minutes or more, as others have reported. After taking to be repaired twice, they were unable to repeat the problem. Looking over the engine, I noticed the wire running from the from the top of the engine was out of one of its holders. I replaced that and also cleaned battery contact. This problem has not happened again in the 2,000 miles since then.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 231999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced problem with stalling intermittently. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on seven occasions within thirteen months, and replaced fuel pump on four occasions, but problem is still reoccurring. In addition to stall outs and non starting, all the fuel poured on the ground the consumer does not feel safe driving the vehicle.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

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