NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,753 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue electrical problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Sep 202015


  • miles


Takata recall while driving my lights were dimming while driving on the highway. My car cut off on me twice. The first time it cut off while I was driving and the second time it cut off while I was at a traffic light. Sometime the car won't start. After the third or forth attempt the car will start. My gas pedal is sticking now this just start happening. Sometimes I have a time trying to put the windows down. I have to jiggle with the switch a few times in order for the window on driver side to go down. I had two crank sensors and one cam sensor put on my vehicle. I am still having issues with the vehicle. I had the vehicle thoroughly checked by a mechanic and I was told that it was an electrical issue this is a safety issue.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #21

Nov 202015


  • 85,700 miles
Takata recall- while the car is in motion it will simply stop, nothing will work. It must be restarted to resume and continue. It may not drive for long though. It does not happen all the time but it seems that this is very dangerous.at times the power will shut off momentarily but the car will continue driving. The lights will dim while driving, also. On one occasion the car would not start until the third crank of the key. This has happened on busy streets with my new 17 year old driver at the wheel. I will be calling a dealer soon. They have to feel some responsibility. I pray no one gets hurt due to this issue.

- Cuddy, PA, USA

problem #20

Jun 012013


  • 100,000 miles
In the past few years, my 2001 olds Intrigue has been having numerous issues. At first, I thought it may just be my car, but after much research, I'm finding that all of these things are also happening to many others. The first thing that I noticed was the random dimming of my headlights while driving. I have checked my lights, battery cables, and alternator. All are fine. The next issue is that my blinkers sometimes work and sometimes don't. this is very disconcerting and most dangerous when taking my child to and from school, when streets are busy and signals are necessary! thirdly, about 3/4 of the time while stopped, my car idles very high! I assume this may be due to the fact that my traction control, service engine soon, and service vehicle soon lights are all on. All have been checked and I've been told that it's a wiring issue that is common in Intrigues. Last but not least, it has become a rather consistant problem that my car doesn't want to start. Sometimes it starts up just fine, but ususally I have to try 2-4 times. I turn off all electronic components under my control, in my car prior starting, but it doesn't make a difference. As my research has shown this may be due to a faulty igniton switch. Many other GM makes and models have had recalls and complaints on all of these issues, yet nothing has been done for this particular model. Safety should be the number one concern here, but obviously it is not. Why do some cars get recalls and others not, when they have the same problems with the same parts used? it doesn't quite add up. Please GM, take care of your cars and drivers, and make sure that everyone in your hands is safe on the road!! that is afterall, your responsibility!!!!

- Brookings, SD, USA

problem #19

Aug 152015


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000. The VIN was not available.

- Cottage Hills , IL, USA

problem #18

Apr 022012


  • 74,000 miles
Driving anywhere day or night at any given speed, radio goes in and out, turn signal work on and off at random moments, headlights will dim for no reason, interior dash lights dim for no reason. Also will occasionally cause car to stall for no reason. Have been pulled over by law enforcement several times and warned about not using turn signals when I did, but car has never worked properly. I inform them of the complaints I have repeatedly made to GM to resolve and have been repeatedly ignored by GM. I usually am let off with warning. There are thousands of complaints online about this very issue and yet nothing has been done to resolve it. It is a safety hazard and eventually will lead to an accident due to GM not taking responsibility for their defects. It also affects exterior lighting. Heated seats button goes in and out with these same problems and air bags do not work at all.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #17

Nov 032014

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
While driving the vehicle approaching a turn, the vehicle goes dead and completely blacks out. The vehicle is operating perfectly prior to all electrical current begin cut from the car, this happens with no warning. It has been diagnosed with a bad electronic ignition switch which is cutting all power to the vehicle. Obviously with out a running engine, the power brakes and steering are gone too. I have to assume since there is no power to the vehicle that the airbags would also not function correctly.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #16

Nov 282014


  • 90,500 miles


The electrical connection within my turn signals is erratic. One moment the turn signal works, the next moment it doesn't. this makes for a difficult commute. There is a current safety recall pertaining to vehicles made by GM during the time that my vehicle was built but my vehicle isn't covered under the recall, despite the fact that the vehicle is suffering from the same problems as the GM vehicles included in the safety recall. The recall states that there was faulty soddering at fault in the case of the electrical issues. I have attached the url for the recall: www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/results.cfm?action_number=EA02037&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true thank you

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 082014


  • 65,854 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving 35 mph, all the instrument panel gauges started to fluctuate and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,854.

- Cheswick, PA, USA

problem #14

Apr 112014

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 48,205 miles
Anti lock brake light came on. Service engine soon light came on. Oil low light came on. Traction control light came on and switch inoperative. Heater/defroster fan switch inoperative. Interior/exterior air switch inoperable. Air bag light came on. It was raining. The next morning when car was started all lights were off and car seemed ok. Mechanic used scanner and found no error codes. On line search indicated that is could be do to ignition switch. Thus, I think the recalls for this switch should be expanded.

- Wynnewood, PA, USA

problem #13

Oct 012013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled multiple times intermittently while traveling various speeds. The steering wheel was extremely difficult to handle when attempting to make a left or right turn. The key had to be pushed into the ignition due to the fact that the key was not fully secured into the ignition and was also difficult to insert. The contact had to shake and apply force in order to push the key in the ignition when the vehicle stalled. The service engine sensor light illuminated intermittently on numerous occasions. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where a mechanic diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #12

May 312013

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • miles


Ignition problems, car randomly turns off, dash lights don't work, heat randomly works.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #11

Apr 152008


  • 49,358 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 49,358 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Bloomdfield Hill, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 212013


  • miles
Passlock system fails and does not allow vehicle to start until a 10 - 30 minute "reset" has been completed, which is only a temporary fix since the problem will recur.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 232010

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Directional light on front driver's side keeps needing to be replaced after 2 weeks of use and loud and repeating clicking noise accompanies occurs when trying to use after this malfunction occurs.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 062007


  • miles
We have and Oldsmobile Intrigue 2001 was purchased in 2002. It was only used as dealer car. Since buying it we have had problems with dimming headlights intermittent, turn signals work when they want, brakes that grind and pulsate, vibration from right front side. We have had rotors replaced, tie rods, brake pads, still nothing works the dealer tells me there are no recalls on these items. We also had a problem with the secondary air pump we replaced it not a few weeks later it went out again. We have had no success with this cars problems.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 012004


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle continuously stalls and hesitates. In addition, the instrument panel indicators would illuminate at random. The vehicle failed inspection and the crankshaft sensor was replaced, which helped with the stalling and hesitation; however, the check engine indicator was still illuminated. Days after the crankshaft sensor was replaced, the vehicle failed to start. However, all of the instrument panel indicators flashed on and off. After numerous attempts to start the vehicle, he had it jumpstarted. The vehicle was then able to start. While driving home, all of the lighting flashed and the vehicle suddenly shut off. The vehicle lost all electrical power and power steering ability. The contact managed to park the vehicle in a parking lot and had it towed the following day to a repair shop. The vehicle is currently still in the shop. The vehicle has been recalled in Canada and he believes that it should also be recalled in the United States. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 106,000.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #6

Nov 172003


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue. The contact stated that the alternator and battery had been replaced several times. When he activated the air conditioner, the vehicle would shut off. When the contact stopped at a sign or slowed down from 45 mph, the vehicle completely shut down. The power steering and brakes failed. The vehicle was able to be restarted within a short amount of time after the failure. Prior to the failure, the engine light remained illuminated 90% of the time. He took the vehicle to the dealer numerous times and they replaced the spark plugs, battery, and alternator; however, the failure persisted. The current mileage was approximately 100,000 and failure mileage was approximately 32,000.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Nov 272006


  • miles
Turn signal failure on a daily basis. I drive on a highway 80 miles a day. The turn signals may blink rapidly, normally, or not work at all. This can all occur within a few miles. However, when I took them to a repair shop, they could not duplicate the problem. This has been going on for over a year. I have also had to replace the air pump that pumps air into the emissions system twice, and it is still having problems. The car runs fine, but the engine light is on all the time. I also have the problem with the dimming lights which is caused by the air pump switching on and off.

- Henning, IL, USA

problem #3

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

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