• (3.9) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $545–$4,885
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 215-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue

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Vehicle Overview
The front-drive Intrigue sedan fits between the smaller Alero and larger Aurora in size and price in Oldsmobile’s three-car lineup. General Motors’ OnStar satellite-based communication system is now standard on the GLS model — the most-expensive Intrigue — and all models get a standard filtration system that removes pollen and other irritants from interior air.

The Intrigue was introduced as a 1998 model and is aimed at import owners. Key targets include the Nissan Maxima and V-6 versions of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.



Exterior
The front-drive Intrigue is based on the same platform as the Buick Century and Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix but is styled differently than those General Motors cousins. With a 109-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 196 inches, the Intrigue is larger in both dimensions than its rivals at Honda, Nissan and Toyota.

All models have standard 16-inch wheels that give the Intrigue a muscular stance.



Interior
The Intrigue’s larger dimensions give it more interior space than its main rivals, particularly in the rear seat, which has enough headroom and legroom for tall passengers to sit comfortably. The interior is wide enough for three people, but the center position lacks the legroom of the outboard positions.

Split, folding rear seatbacks that can be released from inside the car or trunk supplement the 16-cubic-foot cargo capacity. The Intrigue’s well-designed dashboard has a four-dial analog gauge cluster with a duplicate gear reading for the floor-mounted shift lever.



Under the Hood
A 215-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission is now the only powertrain choice. The 3.5-liter engine is derived from the Aurora’s V-8.



Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on all models. Traction control is standard on the GL and GLS and optional on the base GX.

An electronic stability system, based on Cadillac’s StabiliTrak system, is standard on the GLS model and optional on other Intrigues. Oldsmobile calls its version the Precision Control System, and it applies the brakes to individual wheels when sensors detect the car is about to skid.

Side-impact airbags are not available on the Intrigue.



Driving Impressions
The Intrigue is roomy, well-designed, fun to drive and a worthy alternative to V-6 models from Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivers smooth, brisk acceleration, and all models have commendable handling ability.

With a base price of $22,395, the Intrigue isn’t a bargain, but it comes with enough standard features that won’t force you to spend thousands on options to make it a livable vehicle.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

3.9

Average based on 16 reviews

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Good car, but Purchased Old

by jbatts220 from on March 22, 2017

Bought used with over 200,000 miles, so reliability and value are hard to review. Overall was a great car, but I bought it old, so it didn't have a huge amount of life left in it.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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