2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    215-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Positioned between the smaller Alero and the larger Aurora in size and price, the midsize front-drive Intrigue sedan comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed-automatic transmission. Three versions are available: the GX, GL and top-of-the-line GLS.

A CD player is a new standard feature in the 2002 model, and LATCH child-seat tethers go into all three backseat positions. The GLS model gains a sunroof, HomeLink universal garage-door opener, driver’s power lumbar adjustment and a two-tone interior. In addition, GM’s satellite-based OnStar communication system is standard in the GLS sedan. New radios with the Radio Data System are installed in all Intrigues, and a Sun & Sound Package on the GL includes a Bose sound system and a sunroof.

Oldsmobile launched the Intrigue for the 1998 model year, aiming at import-minded buyers. Its principal rivals include the Nissan Maxima and V-6 versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. In December 2000, General Motors announced that the Oldsmobile make would be phased out. The Intrigue is expected to remain in production only until June 2002.

Exterior
Although the Intrigue is based on the same platform as the Buick Century and Regal and the Pontiac Grand Prix, styling differs markedly from its GM cousins. With a 109-inch wheelbase, the sedan measures nearly 196 inches long overall and is bigger in both dimensions than its competitors at Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The sedan is 73.6 inches wide and 56.6 inches ...
Vehicle Overview
Positioned between the smaller Alero and the larger Aurora in size and price, the midsize front-drive Intrigue sedan comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed-automatic transmission. Three versions are available: the GX, GL and top-of-the-line GLS.

A CD player is a new standard feature in the 2002 model, and LATCH child-seat tethers go into all three backseat positions. The GLS model gains a sunroof, HomeLink universal garage-door opener, driver’s power lumbar adjustment and a two-tone interior. In addition, GM’s satellite-based OnStar communication system is standard in the GLS sedan. New radios with the Radio Data System are installed in all Intrigues, and a Sun & Sound Package on the GL includes a Bose sound system and a sunroof.

Oldsmobile launched the Intrigue for the 1998 model year, aiming at import-minded buyers. Its principal rivals include the Nissan Maxima and V-6 versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. In December 2000, General Motors announced that the Oldsmobile make would be phased out. The Intrigue is expected to remain in production only until June 2002.

Exterior
Although the Intrigue is based on the same platform as the Buick Century and Regal and the Pontiac Grand Prix, styling differs markedly from its GM cousins. With a 109-inch wheelbase, the sedan measures nearly 196 inches long overall and is bigger in both dimensions than its competitors at Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The sedan is 73.6 inches wide and 56.6 inches tall. Standard 16-inch wheels help to impart a muscular stance.

Interior
Larger exterior dimensions translate to greater interior space than its main rivals. The rear seat, in particular, has sufficient headroom and legroom for tall passengers to sit comfortably. Three people fit acceptably in the backseat — unlike many modern automobiles, which are snug in the rear — but the center position has less legroom than the outboard spots.

Split, folding rear seatbacks can be released from inside the car or the trunk. They add potential cargo space to the trunk’s 17.3-cubic-foot capacity. The well-designed dashboard contains a four-dial analog gauge cluster, which includes a duplicate gear indicator for the floor-mounted shift lever.

Standard GX equipment includes a CD player, tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, automatic power locks, cruise control and power windows. The GL adds remote keyless entry, a six-way power driver’s seat and Dimensional sound speakers. Topping the group, the GLS has automatic dual-zone air conditioning, CD and cassette players, and leather-surfaced heated seats.

Under the Hood
Derived from the larger Aurora’s V-8 engine, the 3.5-liter V-6 produces 215 horsepower and teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on all models, while traction control comes as a standard feature on the GL and GLS sedans. Oldsmobile’s electronic stability system, called Precision Control System, is based on Cadillac’s StabiliTrak and comes standard on the GLS and as an option on other Intrigues. It applies the brakes automatically to individual wheels when sensors detect that the car is about to skid. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Roomy and more refined than a lot of domestically built sedans, the well-designed Intrigue has become a worthy alternative to V-6 models from Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Acceleration is strong and smooth, and the Intrigue behaves well on the highway. Though it’s not the cheapest midsize car by any means, the Intrigue comes nicely equipped.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Good car

by Zack1500 from Massachusetts on October 30, 2015

This car saved my life. I was going 110 around a corner , lost control and hit a tree. Both my lungs collapsed from the air bag and I almost died but I was going very fast. The car was smashed and the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Exceptional - even with 297,000 miles

by bold from South Jersey on January 11, 2015

Bought in 2009 with 180,000. It ran great the and still runs great. Got 31 MPG driving from South Jersey to Erie PA (through hills) last year. Bought a new car this year and gave the Intrigue to my ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Intrigue received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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