NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Shortly after 36,000 miles, vehicle began stalling intermittently, pcs, ABS, ses lights would come one & stay on. Stalling became more and frequent until it began occurring everytime within 120 seconds of cold start (over course of 2,000 -4,000 more miles. Nearly got broadsided by cement truck when vehicle stalled unexpectedly (after already doing its traditional first stall after cold start). Dealer diagnosed and replaced crank sensor. GM would only pay for part and I was left with diagnosis and labor bill. Dealer would not provide me with defective part. Claimed it belonged to GM. On electrical problem, battery would run down after car left sitting for 3-4 days in cold weather. Would recharge battery and it would be ok. Could not find cause, then finally at about 25,000 miles, battery went bad & would not recharge. Dealer/GM replaced at no cost to me. However, problem continued. Then one evening I noticed that the vanity lights on the sunvisor mirror were illuminated even when sunvisor was completely stowed. Turns out the switch button is not depressing fully to disengage power switch to vanity lamp(s). Dealer would not repair --out of warranty.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

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