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NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue (Page 2 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,767 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #48

Apr 052004

Intrigue 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


Recall no.#03V527000, steering gear bearings: The consumer received a recall letter but the dealer claimed that the vehicle didn't fall under the recall perimeter. The manufacturer claimed that the recall letter was sent by mistake. The steering gear bearing/rack and pinion was bad. In re: Recall #03V527000.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #47

Dec 232003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Recall 03V527000 concerning power steering failure. While driving at any speed power steering malfunctioned when turning left. When the vehicle was turning right the power steering was working. A recall was issued on this make, model and year. However, consumer's vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Broad Channel, NY, USA

problem #46

Jan 012003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Clunking in rack and pinion steering system. We have had this problem looked at three times under warranty and fixed two out of the three times. Multiple complaints to Oldsmobile customer service and each time they do not take responsibility for the problem. There was a recent recall on the 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, but when I called Oldsmobile they said that my car was not part of the recall.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #45

Mar 102004


  • miles


NHTSA recall 03V527000 concernin steering gear bearings. Vehicle was taken to the dealer on 3/10/2004 to receive the free remedy for the recall. Dealer installed the new lower pinion bearing, but did not replace the gear assembly, and the steering wheel will not turn to the left. Dealer require dthe consumer to pay for replace ment of gear assembly.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 012003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,800 miles
Consumer complained about rack and pinion steering problems. A recall was issued on this make, model, and year, however this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #43

Feb 172004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,900 miles
1. rack & pinion failure, 2. serpentine belt tensioner failure (@approx 45000 mi) 3. L rr seatbelt installed twisted at factory- shoulder strap wouldn't lock for child safetyseat, dealer fixed. 4. warped front rotors, 5. I have experienced the dash going haywire or completely out accompanied by the sensation of a slipping trans and sluggish/clunking steering (twice, once about 8 months ago and about a week before the R&P failure) 6. two tires have had belt separation.

- Highland, IN, USA

problem #42

Feb 272004


  • miles


The dealership refused to honor recall 03V527000 regarding rack and pinion because the rack an pinion leak was not due to the bearings.

- Newfane, NY, USA

problem #41

Feb 192004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Althounh GM has issued a recall on a steering rack and pinion for the year, make, and model of my vehicle, my vehicle is not covered because even though it is having the recorded symptoms of the problem reported, it was not manufactured at a plant that supposedly recieved the faulty parts. To "fix" the problem my vehicle has had the intermediate shaft replaced twice (by the original dealer) since I purchaed the vehicle. This has not eliminated the problem.

- Mount Wolf, PA, USA

problem #40

Feb 192004

(reported on)


  • 75,000 miles
The vehicle was having problems with its rack and pinion steering mechanism, which made it difficult to make left turns. There was a recall for this component however the vehicle's VIN# was not included in the recall.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #39

Jan 232004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The vehicle experienced a problem with the power steering. The vehicle had difficulty turning left. There was a recall regarding the issue, however the vehicle identification number was not included. Rack and pinion were replaced by dealer. Symptoms of problem with power steering was identical to recall on October 31, 1997.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #38

Jan 222004

(reported on)


  • 100,000 miles


Vehicle veered to the right and struck a pole, totaling the vehicle. Rack and pinion steering, including linkage and steering rod assembly failed.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #37

Dec 282003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,600 miles
98 olds Intrigue w model difficulty turning left, loss of power inability to complete turn

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #36

Jan 092004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,050 miles
I have a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue that has developed a problem with the steering. It is very hard to turn to the left especially at low speeds. GM announced a recall today of certain 1998 Intrigues built between 11/96 and 10/97. Mine was built 8/98 I believe. However, the symptoms are exactly as described in recall 03V527000. Will additional vehicles be included in this recall?

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #35

Nov 022003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
My 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue has always knocked sometimes when I turn steering wheel. I was told by an Oldsmobile dealership that was normal. At 57,000 miles I noticed it became very hard to turn left. It just became worse. Right hand turns were easy but left turns took lots of muscle and I could here a slight grinding. Dec. 2003 I had a new rack and pinion put on car. Looking at this sight, I am not the only one with a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with this problem. Had to fork out the $$$ because of course it is not under warranty anymore!

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #34

Dec 012003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,862 miles
Steering to the left extremely hard when the car is cold. Once it warms up it improves. It happens every time I go to drive the car, unless I let it warm up for 10 minutes.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #33

Oct 132003


  • 50,000 miles
While making a hard left turn driver would hear a loud clanking noise under the floorboard. Steering wheel would lock up. Consumer would have to make either a soft left or right turn to unlock the steering wheel. Dealership informed the consumer that the problem was due to rack and pinion failure. The problem had not been resolved.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #32

Sep 042003


  • miles
I recently read an associated press article in the paper about an investigation into a steering defect in the 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue among other cars. I just had to have the steering rack replaced because of difficulty when steering left. This was the same problem listed in the article.

- Monticello, IN, USA

problem #31

Nov 122003

(reported on)

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Steering column locked up while driving at 35 mph. When this occurred consumer had difficulty turning the steering wheel. This was caused by rack and pinion failure. The parts need to be replaced.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #30

Oct 032003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I currently own a 1998 model year olsdmobile Intrigue (VIN [xxx]) that continues to have a severe clunking and at times difficult steering usually at lower speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer shortly after purchase for the same complaint on 10/05/98 but the issue was never resolved and we were told this was normal. I have recently taken over driving the vehicle from my wife and after driving for a couple weeks it seems much worse and a possible safety concern. A friend of mine who is a trusted technician diagnosed the problem as most likely a failure in the rack-and-pinion steering. I will be taking the vehicle in either to Oldsmobile or third party to have repaired but wanted to log my complaint. Hopefully GM will understand this is oem defect and help repair my vehicle. I have found there have been multiple tsbs (010232001B, 051101 & 01232002) on this issue and there is currently an investigation to extend a recall for the possible same issue (NHTSA recall campaign number : 02V286000). Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #29

Aug 212003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,685 miles
Vehicle steering failed. Car could turn right but would not turn left. Steering gear had to be replaced at owners cost.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

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