NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,516 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

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 #2

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,065 miles
The engine light came on and engine stalled and was hard to restart. It turned out to be the crank sensor needed to be replaced. Rather early for this sensor to go!

- Newcastle, UN, USA

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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