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1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue Review
Not to be overlooked.
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The 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue is Chrysler’s replacement for the Cutlass Supreme, which had become boring without the style and fun that younger people look for in a vehicle. The Intrigue has 19/27 mpg city/highway gas mileage that makes it attractive to older buyers as well. It is a full series of vehicles that appeals to a large range of buyers.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Intrigue GX, Oldsmobile Intrigue GL, Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS
Not only is the Intrigue an entirely new model for the Oldsmobile lineup of cars, it is a vehicle that displays solid engineering and is packed with amenities. Common whitewall and wire wheels are replaced with modern, more attractive options.
All of the Intrigue’s sub-models have standard features, such as 16-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, daytime running lights, and power exterior mirrors. The GL model adds alloy wheels, power heated mirrors, and a lighted entry system. Chrome wheels and a power moonroof are available as options. The GL and GLS have window grid antennas and front fog driving lights with heated side mirrors that are not available on the GX model.
All Intrigue models come equipped with front air-conditioning. The GL and GLS models have dual-zone front automatic air-conditioning. The GL and GLS also come standard with cargo nets and vanity mirrors. The GLS adds an auto-dimming day-night rearview mirror while the GL and GX simply have the day-night rearview mirror. Both the GL and GLS have leather steering wheels, while the GX has a plastic vinyl steering wheel. Passenger comfort is evident in all versions of the Intrigue, with all having four-way, power front passenger, and front driver seat direction controls. The GL and GLS have driver lumbar support and 60/40-rear bench seats. Only the GLS has leather seating options. Entertainment options vary on the three sub-models with the GL having available audio steering wheel controls, which are standard on the GLS and not available on the GX. There are six speakers in the GL and GLS for maximum performance with only four in the GX version.
All models have fully-carpeted front and rear floor mats, power front and rear windows, analog instruments, front and rear map lights, fading dome lights, rear window defoggers, and power fuel door release. A tilt steering wheel is also common among all models. All models have bucket seats with ample room for five passengers. There are adjustable front head restraints and rear armrests on all models. Common entertainment on all models includes an AM/FM stereo with seek-scan and a cassette player. CD players are optional on all models in either a single player or 12-disc, trunk mounted player.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue has a 24-valve, 3.5-liter twin cam that gives it more power than older Oldsmobile models. The GL and GLS models have the option to upgrade to a 3.8-liter, V-6, 12-valve engine. Performance of the Oldsmobile Intrigue is where the real impact is seen. This American car drives like an import with steering that provides speed-sensitive feedback and a seamlessly shifting transmission. Even though the car is large, it does not drive or feel like a large car thanks to the responsive handling.
All three Intrigue models come equipped with driver and front passenger impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, an ignition that can be disabled, and theft deterrent options. They also have fully automatic exterior light controls with halogen headlights and daytime running lights. All have power door locks, panic alarms, and remote keyless entry with rear door child safety locks.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Comfort and convenience
- Stylish interior and exterior
- Sporty vehicle
You Won't Like
- Noisy cabin
- Cheap interior feel
Not to be overlooked.
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