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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,387 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.

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 152007

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Clunking noise in steering column; headlights dim on a whim; blinkers work when they feel like it; hazard lights fail intermittently; driver's electric window locks up in the closed position intermittently and last be not least transmission whines and clucks when shifting gears--intermittently of course. On going for last 3 years.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #10

Jan 202007

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1) headlights flicker on and off and create a road hazard especially when driving in snow and rain. Oncoming traffic often flash bright lights at you because they feel you are flashing at them. 2) steering has clunking in it and has been to the dealership several times for repair. The dealership often tells me they can't find anything wrong or can't duplicate the problem though everyone who drives my car or rides in it can feel the shaking in the front end and see the steering wheel vibrating. It still has this problem and now that the warranty is off I am expected to pay for the parts and labor to fix an ongoing problem. I don't feel I should have to pay for this repair. It has become a matter of safety to me. 3) transmission often hesitates when stepping on the gas peddle. I had the car checked and cleaned and still the problem exists. When taken to the dealership all I get is "we can't duplicate the problem" so therefore it must not exist. I know when it is going to start having problems as it gets a high pitched whine like when the steering pump is going out. 4) I am having problems getting car to start or stay running. It acts like it is not getting gas. Previous experience has taught me that since the problem is intermittent, it is not likely to be duplicated at the dealership. This has started occurring with the transmission problem.

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 012006

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
1. loose dashboard causing passenger seat airbag to rattle and the cover to lift above the dashboard. This could lead to deployment at anytime of the airbag. 2. turning signal fails to blink on exterior lights when engaged, usually about twice a day. This could lead to me getting a ticket or into an accident in which case the airbag would still be an issue. 3. headlights and interior lights flicker and dim at night. 4. the transmission jumps at certain times, usually when the car is just started and instantly put into gear. There has been no action to fix the air bag, lights or transmission. The turning signal, however, I have checked the wiring for burns and other problems but have found none.

- Deerfield, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 032004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


Hestitant to shift from low gear. Know design problem with material (aluminum) of the valve body wearing out and they use sw to correct for wear and tear then come sto the point were the sw cannot compenstate for the poil bypassing the valve any more resulting in multiple internal failures of clecuthes and carriage assemby with cracked and broken parts. The manufacture only wanted to repalce the transmission with a rebuit unit withthe same components as the original setting up another failure. Lucky the problem did not casue an accident as if the parts let lose any more it would have jammed up while driving. I am having a independat rebuildngof the unit with upgraded parts.

- West Warwick, RI, USA

problem #7

Mar 152004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,258 miles
I own a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The power steering and transmission was defective. On March 15, 2004, I paid for the replacement of the rack & pinion gear spoke valve for a cost of $758.69. On March 15, 2004, I paid for the replacement of valves pressure control solenoid and clearing the adapt cells for a cost of $758.55. On March 15, 2004, I also paid for the replacement of an inoperable crank sensor for the cost of $292.60.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 182003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Transmission failure. Gear teeth in transmission pan at 42,000 miles. Estimated cost of repair: $1800-2400 and 5 days without a vechicle.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 212003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles


Transmission failure.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 052003

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Transmission was not responding when I would try to accelerate, after a few seconds it would slam into gear. After a few times of this the transmission started to slip when changing gears. I first replaced the filter and fluid and noticed large chunks of steel in the filter tray. I took it to the dealer, and they said it just need to be cleaned. It continued, so I then took it to a transmission shop and found the pinion gear had broke and therefore caused my gears to be striped. Cost to me was $2100 and I was told by the mechanic they have actually done transmission work for my car dealer and this was one of several olds. With low mileage that this had happened to.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 132002


  • miles
Stopped at an intersection when I pressed the and accellerator, the vehicle transmission did not respond. Then it lurched as if the gear finally caught. Within 2 minutes after the first sign of this, I stopped in a parking lot and tried to reverse and the vehicle did not move. Again, it lurched after a second or two. Also, when I started the vehicle, it made a crunching sound and now the engine rattles. Nlm

- Pocatello, ID, USA

problem #2

Aug 222002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and with no warning consumer will try to put vehicle in reverse, and vehicle will not accelerate, even when foot is on accelerator pedal. Dealer notified.

- Crystal, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 252002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed and with no warning transmission will jerk, making a loud noise when vehicle is changing gears. Dealer notified.

- Milford, MA, USA

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