Oldsmobile Intrigue

The Oldsmobile Intrigue, built from 1998 to 2001, focuses on design and intent to compete with the fast-growing, formidable Japanese vehicles. To counter this infiltration the manufacturer produces affordable yet powerful midsize sedans, and the Oldsmobile Intrigue marks one of the earliest entrants to support this cause.

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Oldsmobile Intrigue Origins

The 3.5-liter engine, by the year 1999, represented a notably powerful engine on an affordable vehicle, enabling the Oldsmobile Intrigue to make its mark on the horizon. Later models sport a 3.8-liter engine, but by the year 2000, the 3.5-liter DOHC engine came standard on this vehicle.

About the Oldsmobile Intrigue

The Intrigue has a name for both beauty and power. The aesthetic packaging shows new developments in each subsequent year, and the vehicle leaves behind the plain and boxy lines of other vehicles of the 1990s.

However, the NHTSA did have reason to recall a number of vehicles, such as the 1998 edition. Reportedly, in an emergency maneuver that requires a sharp and sudden stop, the vehicle engine oil splatters onto the exhaust manifold. This presents the concern that a hot enough engine with engine oil splattering on the manifold could translate into a rapid engine fire.

Oldsmobile Intrigue Features

The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue comes in three trims, namely the Intrigue GX Sedan, the Intrigue GL Sedan, and the Intrigue GLS Sedan. It sports one engine, the 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 215 hp at 5600 rpm and 230 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm on all three trims. The engine pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission. For convenience and comfort, the vehicle comes fitted with power windows and power door locks, as well as safety airbags for the driver and front passenger. In this model, the vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and child safety door locks on the rear doors.

Other features include a standard rear window defogger in all the trims, rack and pinion steering, and alloy wheels to complete its aesthetic appeal. The vehicle stands proudly at 195.9 inches in length, 73.6 inches in width, and 56.6 inches in height, on a wheelbase of 109 inches, and it has a ground clearance of 5.8 inches. The EPA rates it at 20/30 mpg city/highway.

Oldsmobile Intrigue Evolution

The changes on the Oldsmobile Intrigue intend to build both aesthetics and power into the vehicle. The 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue contains a 3.5-liter V-6 DOHC engine as a standard on all the trims. This model introduces leather interior upholstery, as well as the distinct Oldsmobile brand name on all the models.

The 2000 Intrigue, not to be outdone on the safety and performance front, introduces the Precision Control System, which gives the vehicle more stability and easier stopping capacity in an emergency stop situation. This vehicle does not forget the other arm of improvement, and the 2000 Intrigue brings more verve to the design, with the edition sporting new six-spoke wheels that give it an attractive exterior.

The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue focuses once more on safety for all the trims. Unlike the previous model, it comes with traction control as a standard feature. To top out on the beauty front, the following model features chrome-finish wheels. However, the 2001 edition also marks the end of production for this competitive Oldsmobile vehicle.

Select an Oldsmobile Intrigue Year

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Midsize, Sedan

The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a midsize, four-door sedan that was originally designed as being an alternative to best-selling Japanese models such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, even though its wheelbase is somewhat larger than its competitors.

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Midsize, Sedan

The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a front-drive mid-size sedan and slots right in between the more compact Alero and the larger Aurora in the lineup.

2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Midsize, Sedan

The 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue has a strong showing.

1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Midsize, Sedan

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.

1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Midsize, Sedan

With a wide range of features, a powerful engine, and an affordable price tag, the 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue offers an excellent value for drivers looking for a well-rounded vehicle.