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Worst American Car I have ever Owned

by from California on January 19, 2007

From the very begining after I bought the car new, I had problems: timing chain cover oil leak, misaligned door, glove compartment door that would not close. On February 2005, at 33,000 miles the tran...
From the very begining after I bought the car new, I had problems: timing chain cover oil leak, misaligned door, glove compartment door that would not close. On February 2005, at 33,000 miles the transmission broke. It took a new transmission and 3 trips to the dealer, plus a rental car for 28 days, to get it fixed. From there on, it was monthly trips to the dealer for different items : rack and pinon, front wheel bearings, tie rod ends, cracked battery (2), valve cover and crankcase oil leaks, power window motor that would not work, front bucket seats that would rock, plus more transmission work. Altogether, repairs ran about $10,000 courtesy of the extended warranty. Five years later, and with only 49,000 miles in the odometer, the car is finally running good.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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high mileage

by from Toledo, OH on August 14, 2011

I love this car. The body styling remains appealing and the engine is still hanging in there at 219K. Little stuff not working: blinkers erratic, fan speed w/no high level, oddly horns went out early ...
I love this car. The body styling remains appealing and the engine is still hanging in there at 219K. Little stuff not working: blinkers erratic, fan speed w/no high level, oddly horns went out early on. Had to replace the shift handle x2. some problems with the ignition. But otherwise, an excellent vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Ok car

by from Lansing, MI on October 6, 2007

I bought my intrigue in 2005 with 59,000 miles. I've had a few problems with the car- and I've said many times that I was just going to get rid of it, but still haven't. At 70,000 miles I had to repla...
I bought my intrigue in 2005 with 59,000 miles. I've had a few problems with the car- and I've said many times that I was just going to get rid of it, but still haven't. At 70,000 miles I had to replace the crankshaft sensor. That was causing my car to stall when the engine was cold. Brakes and rotars are standard stuff but I noticed that I was changing them like every 6 months and I am NOT at all hard on them- so I bought new brakes and rotars with life time warranties- I highly recommend it! At 115,000 miles the check engine light came on and on the scanner it shows as a problem with the emissions- however my car still runs fine and I haven't had the time to get my mechanic to look at it- so whatever! At 124,000 miles my alternator went out. And that's all- and as you can tell I drive A LOT. This car only left me stranded one time and other then having charcol leather seats with no AC (because that broke after 100k.) this car hasn't been too bad. I don't know that I would ever own one again tho.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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First Car I Bought

by from New Bremen, OH on August 31, 2010

With this being the first car I have owned, it's been great and I have not had any problems with it. I could go on and on about how great the car is, but I'll just say this, this car is excellent and ...
With this being the first car I have owned, it's been great and I have not had any problems with it. I could go on and on about how great the car is, but I'll just say this, this car is excellent and everybody should buy one!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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What happened?

by from Millbrook, NY on September 17, 2010

One of the best American cars made in 2001 (according to Consumer Reports and myself). Then, of course, GM discontinues Olds. And we wonder why Japan, Korea, and soon China is eating our lunch. This v...
One of the best American cars made in 2001 (according to Consumer Reports and myself). Then, of course, GM discontinues Olds. And we wonder why Japan, Korea, and soon China is eating our lunch. This vehicle has performed as well, or better, than the two Accords I owned previously. It has 123,000 miles on it and still runs like new.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not buying this kind of car EVER AGAIN!

by from Duluth, MN on August 19, 2014

I bought this car back in March 2014 with about 150,000 miles on it, maybe a little more. I live in Minnesota so it's fairly cold and summer came late. Or what we call summer. This car was running wel...
I bought this car back in March 2014 with about 150,000 miles on it, maybe a little more. I live in Minnesota so it's fairly cold and summer came late. Or what we call summer. This car was running well at first and I was very happy with it. I took it out of town twice and the first time it ran like a charm. Beautiful running, no issues at all. I drove it around town as well. I made sure to keep it maintained. I did some small maintenance on it which was to be expected. I had my mechanic take a look at it the next time I was going out of town. Well, I barely made it 40 miles before my car started to jerk and overheat. I was concerned because I had a very important weekend event and I HAD no other way to get there. I tried to get someone to loan me their car but oh well. My mechanic told me it sounded like a transmission issue. THAT freaked me out. So after waiting for a few hours, I said a prayer with my 13year old and went ahead to where we needed to go. The car seemed to be okay after that as long as I didn't go too fast so I stayed under 70mph and I love to drive fast but I wasn't going to do that. The car made it through the weekend and I didn't notice anymore issues. Well when I took it to my mechanic he looked at the fluid and said that it wasn't even the right color and showed me the color it's supposed to be as opposed to what mine was. That freaked me out. He told me that I could service it but that would probably cause the transmission to fail because with these cars, that tends to happen. So he told me to ride it out. He knows someone who would be willing to replace it for $1000 including labor. Well that was great but I didn't have the money. He told me to just keep an eye on it and don't overdo it He does work on the car all the time for me so I don't worry about it. It tends to act up when I have to drive it on the highway for long periods of time on hot days. Anyway, it started to leak coolant. And over the past month or so, this has gotten much worse. I now have coolant in my garage from it just pouring out at some point and sometimes my fans weren't working. Now I'm wondering what THAT is about. I was about to replace my shocks and possibly the transmission but if this leaking coolant issue is major, I'm putting this baby to bed. Or selling it to someone who is willing to fix it themselves. Never again.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Good car, but not great

by from Indianapolis on December 31, 2006

This car had potential to be great, but GM messed it up with the usual poor interior design. Various panels are loose, and the coinholder is falling out. The upholstery and plastics used look and feel...
This car had potential to be great, but GM messed it up with the usual poor interior design. Various panels are loose, and the coinholder is falling out. The upholstery and plastics used look and feel utterly cheap. Though the car drives great with powerful engine and smooth transmission, the overall feeling driving is lowered due to the cheap feel and poor colors inside. The exterior is very good as far as styling. Trunk space and legroom is great, lots of room for anything. Offers decent gas mileage for the performance and size it is.
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Does recommend this car

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Best Bang for the Buck

by from Phoenix, Arizona on April 17, 2007

The driving impression of this car is solid, firm, and ably powered. This sedan drives like a flat track race car because of its wide stance and excellent weight distribution, suspension feels "big ca...
The driving impression of this car is solid, firm, and ably powered. This sedan drives like a flat track race car because of its wide stance and excellent weight distribution, suspension feels "big car" solid, but nimble in lane change manuevers. High points for exterior styling- athletic and poised. Low points for interior design of cheap looking plastic appointments. Layout of instruments, gauges, controls are intelligent and organized. Interior room plentiful for four adults with ample trunk storage and accessiblity thru rear seat backs. I liked driving it in urban traffic for its tight feel and responsiveness. A very good value for used car price tag, still much life left after 76,000 miles.
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Does recommend this car

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I'm very disappointed they're discontinued

by from Toledo, OHIO on April 24, 2008

I didn't have to change the brakes until 47K. At 85K, I had the trans serviced at the dealership for 1K. I now have 165K miles on it and plan to bring everything up to full repair. Hopefully, I'll dou...
I didn't have to change the brakes until 47K. At 85K, I had the trans serviced at the dealership for 1K. I now have 165K miles on it and plan to bring everything up to full repair. Hopefully, I'll double the mileage. Great car! Also, do yourself a favor. Use nothing but the best parts and oil on it. It's worth the extra money.
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Does recommend this car

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Nice Car for it's price

by from Carmel, Indiana on August 23, 2006

I bought the car used from someone who had it as his company car. Resale value is unbelievably low on this car, so for the price, it's a great deal. The vehicle handles well for a large mid-sized car...
I bought the car used from someone who had it as his company car. Resale value is unbelievably low on this car, so for the price, it's a great deal. The vehicle handles well for a large mid-sized car, and it accelerates really quickly. The stereo is decent, but the buttons are placed badly and the screen doesn't display information efficiently. The steering wheel controls are placed in an uncomfortable position. The power windows will decide to work when they want to. Various interior plastics are poorly constructed and break upon the lightest touch. The auto climate control doesn't always do what I want it to, but manual control fixes that. Other than those problems, the car is a great value. The exterior styling is really good, trunk space is huge, and the engine is powerful.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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