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2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue Review
Decent sedan plagued by unreliability.
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The 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue has a strong showing. Since its introduction in 1998, it has served as a reminder of Oldsmobile’s great legacy. It is also made as a direct competitor for imports. It offers a lot, and is a fun car to drive. However, the Intrigue has received hundreds of customer complaints regarding its reliability. Also, the cabin can be a bit noisy. All-in-all, the Intrigue is still a great car to buy.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Intrigue GS, Oldsmobile Intrigue GL, Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS
The 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue has a few new features. The six-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels receive new and impressive styling. The Precision Control System (PCS) is available as an option for the first time. The traction and stability control system that comes standard on the GL and GLX models is now available on the base GS.
The 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a very stylish vehicle, albeit a bit understated. The Intrigue might look like a standard sedan, maybe even a lot like the Aurora, but the front and rear fascia have some fine lines and attractive headlights. The Intrigue has the same styling as the Buick Century and Regal. Standard exterior equipment includes a rear window defroster, 16-inch wheels, alloy wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and daytime running lights. Optional equipment includes stability and traction control on the base model, and a rear spoiler.
The interior of the 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue has large dimensions, which translates to a lot of extra cabin space for the passengers. There is even plenty of room in the back seat, providing enough space for tall passengers to ride comfortably. In fact, the 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue is top of its class in terms of rider comfort. The only cramped space is the center of the rear seat, where the leg space is a bit cramped in comparison to those sitting on the outside of the seat. Cargo capacity is quite large as well, opening up to 16-cubic feet when the folding seat is down. Ergonomics are great throughout the interior, including the instrument panel. A four-dial analogue gauge cluster is in place, one that is easy to use and read. The only real complaint about the interior is that it isn’t sealed well, allowing in a lot of engine and road noise.
Standard features on the base GX model include bucket seats, a center console, lighted entry system, clock, tachometer, cloth seating, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, power door locks, and controls for power exterior mirrors. Optional features on the base GX model include a CD player, keyless entry system, a moonroof, power driver’s seat, a rear split bench, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and an upgraded audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 215 horsepower and a lot of torque. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly. Driving the Intrigue is truly interesting. New this year is the PCS control system that monitors the speed of each wheel and adjusts torque accordingly when the vehicle goes into a skid, preventing slides off the road. The Intrigue feels really great due to speed proportional power steering, giving great control. The brake pedal responds wonderfully to every tap. The acceleration rate is wonderful as well due to the peppy V-6 engine. The only complaint is the somewhat noisy cabin area, especially when going at top speeds.
The 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue does not have the best safety record. The NHTSA, usually quite generous in comparison with the IIHS, gave the 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue two out of five stars for front passenger safety, while driver safety receives four out of five stars. Side impacts didn’t fare much better with side-rear impacts receiving one out of five stars and front-side impact receiving three out of five stars. The IIHS was actually a bit more generous, giving the 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue a score of ""acceptable,"" its second best, for head/neck, legs, and structure cage safety. The IIHS gave the Intrigue an ""acceptable"" score overall.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great interior and exterior styling
- Roomy and comfy interior
- Nice trunk size
You Won't Like
- Noisy cabin
- Unreliability on record
Decent sedan plagued by unreliability.
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