NHTSA — Steering Problems

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue (Page 1 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,640 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue steering problems

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1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #41

Jun 112002


  • 89,000 miles


My car would make noise and rattle also steering became difficult, had to replace rack and pinion. The 2 nd thing is that my car would shut off any where any time and I had to replace the ignition switch. Now I find out there were recalls on both these things which I never knew that there was a recall, except for the rear seat belts. Now, I, my family or numerous people on the road could have gotten killed when my car shut off. I find out that GM knew about these things and never told me? that makes me very angry and I don't appreciate all the money that fixing these things cost me.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #40

Sep 122011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that the rack and pinion failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #39

May 122014

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
My son turned the steering wheel left but the car kept going straight. Inspection shows no leaks or breaks anywhere in the column... it appears to be a manufacturer defect in the steering "box" identical to problem described here: GM was contacted and claims that the VIN number has no open recalls.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #38

Dec 182013

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


A few months ago I was backing up and my steering was very hard to turn to the left. I brought my car to a service station and they told me the rivets that hold the arm inside the rack & pinion broke loose and this was the reason for the hard steering. Repair shop told me I needed a new rack and pinion which was very expensive. I did not have the money to repair at the time. Since then the steering has gotten worse. I did some investigation on GM's recalls and there was a recall for the steering rack & pinion 1. NHTSA campaign number: 03V527000 (steering) 2. GM's recall id #64476 :steering: Rack and pinion please let me know if this recall is valid for my car and if the local dealership will honor this recall [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #37

Mar 142014

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Knee jostled key while driving which turned ignition into off and caused all electrical systems to turn off. Was able to slowly stop car and maneuver safely. Restarted car once stopped.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #36

Jun 092012


  • 71,873 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver while attempting a left turn. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The mechanic stated that the steering rack would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 71,873.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #35

Jun 232011


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the steering wheel would become difficult to maneuver. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 135,000.

- Gaylord, MI, USA

problem #34

Jan 102011


  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel locked and the contact was unable maneuver the wheel. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was advised that the steering rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion) but the contact was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 153,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #33

May 012011


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph or higher, the vehicle would start shaking violently and making a loud noise. She also mentioned that while driving during inclement weather the vehicle was hard to steer. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 78,000.

- Hopkinsville , KY, USA

problem #32

Mar 022009


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the steering wheel would not turn. The vehicle continued to lose power steering fluid. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who informed her that the racket pinion steering assembly and the power steering pump failed. The racket pinion steering was replaced at least four times by a local mechanic. The dealer was contacted and offered no assistace. The manufacturer was contacted and informed her to call NHTSA and file a complaint. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 170,000.

- Leoma, TN, USA

problem #31

Jan 022011


  • 116,000 miles


Lost steering to the left. I brought the car to a local service station for repair. Diagnosis was the lower pinion bearings in the power rack and pinion assembly came loose in the retainer tabs. Cost to fix this would be $82500 service station advised there was a manufacturer recall on this. Both myself and the service station called GM and was told my VIN # was not included in the recall. I have noticed on your website there was many complaints of people with the same car and same problem that was denied of any support is there any way to fight this with GM?

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #30

Dec 292010

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
Power steering and rack, ball bearings.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #29

Mar 302009


  • miles
Rack and pinion has been replaced 3 times on this 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. There should have been a recall on this because so many complaints have been filed about this concern. Hard to steer left. The wheels even locked while trying to park it. I have put excess money into this car because of the rack and pinion going bad.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #28

Feb 022009


  • 80,000 miles
Father in law went into the hospital and asked us ( daughter and son in -law) to move his car to are house while he was gone. I drove it to our house and had a hard time turning left. I asked my father in-law how long this had been like this and he said about 3 years. I started asking friends and looking on the internet for some advice on why. I found several possible causes and someone suggested that I check for vehicle recalls. I found one that fit perfectly, I called the Oldsmobile 800 number and gave the lady the cars VIN # and she said that although the car was listed the VIN # wasn't included in the recall, but she said I could take it to a GM dealer and they could inspect it to see if it fit the recall and could be added I went to the dealer and they said that the recall didn't apply and there was nothing they could do. So I called Oldsmobile back and they said I was given incorrect information. I went through all the vehicle info again and they said that they couldn't fine the recall at all (I got it off you website recall #03082).

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #27

Jun 152008


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While making a turn at 5 mph, the wheel detached from the vehicle. Since that time, whenever the wheel is turned to the left, the vehicle lifts up. The contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion) for the same symptoms she was experiencing with her vehicle. The manufacturer has not been notified and the vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 160,000.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #26

Jul 032002


  • 63,536 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving at any speed, the steering wheel would suddenly lock for 3-4 seconds and then unlock. The contact did not notice any differences in the vehicle prior to the failure. The vehicle has been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 136,537 and failure mileage was 63,536.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #25

Aug 012005

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue developed problems with the power steering gear lower pinion bearing separation. Recall# EA02003. The steering problems did not ocurr until the consumer had taken the vehcile in for recall repairs. When the consumer had picked the vehcile up, she noticed that the steering was extremely stiff and right turns were difficult.

- Oak Lawn , IL, USA

problem #24

Jun 282005

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,566 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The steering gear pinion bearing separated. The vehicle is not covered under recall 03062 due to VIN. The left side of the steering rack had not power steering when turning to the left.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #23

Jan 232005

Intrigue 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
I have previously filed one complaint in regard to this issue with GM Corp. I own a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, not one that was recalled, however due to the unsafe, eratic, spontanious steering of this vehicle I feel that it should be further investigated. The problem with it is that when I turn my steering wheel to one side or the other all the way, at usually a low speed, it is almost impossible to get the steering system to "turn back", except sometimes, it lashes back around causing my vehicle to go the opposite direction, while turned the other way, the wheel just will not stay at that spot, it comes back around...and hard! if it does not exibit either of these two signs, then it makes a horrible sound and is very hard to turn. At normal speeds (on roadways, etc) it is okay, however at slow speeds mostly in parking lots etc. Is when the problems occur. I almost hit a pedestrian in a parking lot the other day, after turning out, and having the steering "whip" back around and the vehicle go the other way. I was able to regain control of my car because as I mentioned, it was at a slow speed. But what about when it happens again? my 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue was not apart of a nation-wide recall of the cars that have the exact same problem!.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #22

Feb 152005

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 5 miles
I bought my olds Intrigue new in June 1998. In Jan., 1999 I complained about steering noise and the dealer (stohlman, alexandria va) says it tightened a plastic part. It continued, and, finally, in June 1999 they replaced the intermediate steering shaft assembly. That didn't cure the problem, and when I again brought it in March 15, 2000, they claimed they couldn't reproduce the problem. I have lived with it ever since, and the car has only 40,000 miles. I've always been concerned it's dangerous. I've recently discovered the forum discussions on the edmunds web site, and I find that this is a very common problem that GM denied for years but now apparently admits. It may be a faulty rack in the rack and pinion steering. There is no more olds. Can you help" is this a recall item"

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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