NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,000 miles

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2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #4

May 302000


  • miles


Various problems with 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The pcs light came on, the front passenger seat belt came out of the floor while the vehicle was in motion. During a blizzard the windshield wipers ceased. The crank sensor was faulty which rendered the vehicle inoperative.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 182004

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Headlights dim, flashers fail intermittently, windshield wipers point straight up when turned off. This is a car with an excellent engine and transmission. Unfortunately alot of the electrical components have started to fail. Will purchase service manuals (3 books) from ebay on work on the issues this summer.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 112001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers stopped while driving due to ice and snow. The "transmission assembly" unhooked due to this. An extreme safety hazard existed because of inability to clear windshield while driving. This happened again 2-27-01. There must be a design flaw but GM will not do anything to prevent it they will just repair it when it happens. A second dealer said they are getting 5-6 a week with this problem ( this was dave cross motors 816-524-2233. I cannot drive this car in snow or freezing rain without fear of the wipers stopping and causing a potentially fatal accident but GM doesnt feel it is a problem "just clear the snow and ice away and it wont happen". I want them to design something to prevent this from happening not merely fix it when it happens. I also wanted this to be on file for others who may have these cars to prevent them from having an accident. Thank you for investigating this design flaw.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 132000


  • miles
To minimize windshield wiper breakage manufacturer has converted the car into a deathtrap. Snow and ice must be removed for proper operation of the wipers. If wiper operation is tested to determine if the wipers are free, and this indeed not the case, a serious problem arises. The nut holding the wiper assembly loosens very readily under very little strain. After some interval the driver operating under inclement conditions finds he has very limited or no visibility when the wipers cease to function or function erratically. In my case, among other things, the right wiper came over the left wiper, pinning both in place directly in front of the driver. Upon contacting the dealer I found this was a very common, frequent occurence very familiar to their maintainance department. The wipers can not normally be repaired or rendered operable on the spot, (who carries the correct size metric wrench or is aware of the necessary adjustment ?). the owners manual does not warn of this deadly hazard, or provide information on repair or adjustment. I do not believe an automobile so equipped is safe to drive in winter wheather. No accident or damage occurred in my case. The potential for damage and death, however, seem enormous.

- State College, PA, USA

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