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NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer Problems

5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,027 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 312006

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

This has happened twice so far. The first time, my windshield wipers stopped in a vertical position instead of the normal horizontal position. I was told by the dealer ship, that the manufacturer stated this happens due to the stopping mechanism getting wet. My warranty wouldn't cover it because it was a weather related repair. I guess I am supposed to drive my car with a big tarp over it, so that nothing gets wet? I paid $300 to get a new wiper motor etc. About 10 months later, the same thing happens. I am not paying another $300 to fix it, if it is going to keep happening. I think that the manufacturers should look into this as being a recall. If something is getting wet inside the wiper motor, and $300 isn't going to fix it........

- Emmetsburg, IA, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Jan 052005

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Wiper blades mechanism failed; first driver's side than passenger side during this winter; initially erratic behavior under load (wind load at high speeds) than mechanical failure under snow load.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #12

Nov 112003

Intrigue

  • 47,400 miles

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

The windshield wipers started out working intermittently at first, now the wipers do not work at all. The consumer was informed by a mechanic that the wiper arm needed replacement. The manufacturer and the dealer are aware of the problem.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 252002

Intrigue

  • miles
All three problems (ABS failure/ windshield wipers/ oil leak) described by dealer as "very common" for 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigues.

- Woburn, MA, USA

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problem #10

Apr 122002

Intrigue

  • miles
Windshiled wipers are not working. Contacted dealer, and dealer will take a look at vehicle.

- Hauppauge, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 011999

Intrigue

  • miles

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

Windshield wipers work intermittenly. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that is was consumer's fault that windshield wipers would not work. Consumer has had windshield wipers replaced already twice.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #8

Oct 011998

Intrigue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers are not operating properly.

- Westlake V, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 011999

Intrigue

  • miles
I have had two drivers side windshield wiper failures with this vehicle. The dealer had "tighented" a bolt after the first failure. It didnt take long for the wiper to quit working again. The first failure was during a very heavy rain - the second was while using the wiper washer control - why cant they fix this problem.

- Meadville, MS, USA

problem #6

Jun 121998

Intrigue

  • miles
There has been about 10 attempts to have steering problem corrected pump & rack has been replaced and still have a problem rear brakes warped dealer refused to fix would do only front defective pitted rotors under warr.problems reported when first purch.car steering is a danger wanted to return car too many repairs and not fixed

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 252000

Intrigue

  • miles

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

Windshield wipers failed to park correctly. They park up in the field of view.

- Groton, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 192000

(reported on)

Intrigue

  • miles
Windshield wipers become inoperable in rainy weather conditions due defective bolts.

- Canton, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 071999

Intrigue

  • miles
While driving windshield wipers are making loud noises. Consumer has contacted the dealer in this matter.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 151999

Intrigue

  • miles
Windshield wipers parking improperly and occasionally fail.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 021998

Intrigue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle in rain the windshield wiper broke. Took in to dealer, they tightened a bolt that was holding the wiper.

- Manhasset, NY, USA

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