NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,722 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue lights problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

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 #6

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 #5

Apr 052014

Intrigue 6-cyl

  • miles
Fraudulent vehicle inspection & emissions done on a regarding 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue, purchase date, March 17, 2014. I have been back and forth between their approved shops and my usual mechanic taking an excessive time from work to try to get the repairs done. The car was found to have an issue with the fuel distribution, the front turn signals aren't firing which will require a replacement headlight assembly, and I was also told that the gas gauge sensor may need to be replaced. The oil light & check engine lights are also on. All these things I was assured would be repaired by [xxx], the salesperson. He stated the inspection facility, pa station id#[xxx], has been sending the vehicles to them partially inspected and they are aware of the issue. This vehicle "inspection" was on 3/4/14, and I believe this shop, and others like it, are knowingly defrauding consumers of this establishment. ┐parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).┐

- Allentown, PA, USA

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problem #4

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 #3

Aug 012004


  • 40,000 miles


I purchased a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue used in February 2004. After using the hazard lights in August 2004, there have been problems with both the turn signals and the hazard lights. The hazard lights will not work at all anymore without continuously holding the button in manually. The turn signals work intermittently. They will work fine for a while, and then completely stop. This occurs on almost a daily basis. The only way to correct it is to repeatedly press the hazard light switch over and over which confuses other drivers and takes attention away from the road. This is a major hazard when trying to turn from busy streets. We have been trying to find a new hazard switch for the vehicle.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 122008


  • miles
The directional signals and or hazard lights do not work. It is not a continuous thing but a sporadic. I can be driving down the street go to turn on my directional (either left or right) and it will not work. I can then get to my next turn and they might work. It has been doing this sporadically for a couple of years now and checked to see if there was any kind of recall for this. I found a recall back in 2003 & 2004 for the Oldsmobile Alero, Grand Am and Malibu, but not for the Oldsmobile Intrigue. I was wondering if there are other complaints for the Oldsmobile Intrigue having this failure. The last incident was Sept. 12, 2008. Before that date I never kept track, but now am tired of the signals not working properly. I wait for the day the signals do not work and cause a major accident because someone thinks that I am going straight at an intersection and am actually intending on turning.

- Chilton, WI, USA

problem #1

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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