NHTSA — Steering: Column Locking: Anti-Theft Device Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,167 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,500 miles


While driving at 70 mph steering wheel locked, and consumer lost control of the vehicle. It swerved back and forth across the high way. Vehicle eventually stopped in the middle of the highway where it stalled. After a few seconds vehicle was started as if nothing had happened. The vehicle spun in a 180 degree angle and had come to a stop facing traffic that followed.

- Lamar, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 012001

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have complained several times to my local dealership about my steering locking up on occasion. The problem first occurred approximately 2 years ago. I have taken my car into the dealership to be fixed a couple times and noted that the problem has only occurred during wet weather at slowing speeds (10-15mph with brakes applied), but added that the vehicle became impossible to steer even with the full force of my body weight applied to attempt to turn the wheel. I am fearful that the problem could occur at higher speeds but luckily haven't yet. The problem has occurred at least a dozen times and is frightening to say the least. Ince the dealership has been unable to reproduce the problem they have offered no solution.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #1

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

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