This was my first car I had at 16 and owned it for 7 years. Bought it used with around 70,000 miles and worked good for the first year or 2. Performance was pretty good for a "grandma" car, putting the pedal down going about 30 would still break the tires loose. Understeer was as expected in a front wheel drive but it did well in the winter as long as there wasn't a huge snow storm. There were several things that went bad in the years I had it though. Wheel bearings were terrible. After about 2 years I had to replace the front bearings. Not long after that the rear ones went out. And about 3 years after replacing the rear bearings they went out again. 6 bearings for a car with 4 wheels over about a 5 or 6 year period is ridiculous, I initially blamed my driving thinking I took corners maybe faster than the car was meant for but I have since learned this was a common problem with the vehicle. About 3 years into owning it the electronic control module crapped out and wasn't worth the estimated $1000 for the dealership to fix it so I lived with it. This going out caused the dashboard to look like a christmas tree, no ABS, no traction control, the power steering just felt different but I can't describe the feeling even though it wasn't bad it was just different, the precision control didn't work even though I wasn't sure what that even did so that may be where the power steering felt different, electronics in the cab would do weird things like turn off the cruise control if you roll a window down and things of that nature. The cool thing about the ECM going out was the governor also went with it so one time while passing 4 cars I was able to take it to 126 before I decided it was smart to let off the gas. Passenger rear window went out and the replacement motor only worked for a few months so I believe the ECM going out had something to do with this. One spring the car was idling real low and would die at stop lights and that turned out to be a sensor in the engine. Another time the car idled way too high and I had to shift it into neutral at stop lights while onlookers probably thought I was showing off by revving the engine and then slamming it into gear, that was another sensor issue in the engine. And towards the end of my time with the vehicle it just shifted like crap, hard shifts and had problems finding the right gear to be in. This vehicle was probably my last experience I will ever have with a GM, there was always something wrong with it.
OK, So I found one that really was owned by an 80+yr old couple.
Our just bought, 62k miles Intrigue, really shocked me with it's smooth performance, handling, acceleration and ride.
I cleaned some carbon off the BTRFLY valve in the throttle body because the pedal was a little sticky and dropped in a new PCV valve ($3) and this car runs again like it is brand new.
Dealer had all the records and showed only typical maintenance, OTW all original.
I am not partial to any brand, and this was used, but I have been very impressed with a 14+yr old car running this well and looking this good.
My highschool kids feel pretty lucky to have such a nice car to drive.
Acceleration, handling, ride comfort, stereo, HVAC, solid feel and very smooth performance from engine idle to shifting all over the performance map.
I am an engineer by trade, so I tend to test things more than other people.
This car perfoems like it is still very young, with no vibrations, squeaks, noises...
Does not use oil or leak anywhere.
Just seems like a well designed and manufactured car.
18mpg city and almost 30mpg highway is pretty good for a large car.
I don't like the oil filter in the oil pan arrangement.
I understand it may be a better system, more like what you see in European cars because it was designed to run there, but it is harder to change.
I don't prefer the looks of the car, but that is more style preference and it is growing on me.
It is very aerodynamic looking and I guess that helps mileage, but the looks seem kind of plane vanilla to me.
Also, this is a GX so it does not happen to have traction control.
It was optional when purchased.
That has been a proven invention all cars should have.
Nothing but problems!
Less then 100 000 miles on 'er and everything has been replaced on this car!
Transmission, window motors, steering components, rear axle thingys, everything!
And most of it would have been covered by my insurance, if it wasn't for the fact they would write it off!
I mean, its like $1500 for the window motor to be replaceD!
The value of the car is only like $1200, so i mean, anything and everything would be a write off for this thing!
The thing eats oil and the paint peels off everytwhere, and there are a few spots that alway fill with water and rust holes!
I can't keep this car on the road because so much goes wrong!
This car has never met any of my expectations.
It always has something wrong with it, be it the electrical, mechanical or cosmetic.
The electrical is a little screwy, it has a tendency of some of the lights not working or working intermittently, and it isn't the bulbs or connectors, I have replace both.
The warning lights come and go all the time, I never know if something is actually wrong.
It doesn't burn or leak oil, but it takes 4L of oil for every tank of gas.
Gas mileage is poor. Paint peels off on this car at the bottoms of the doors (See this on all of them).
I have put a ton into it ($10 000) and by the sounds of it, I am lucky the transmission has not gone yet.
It does pass things on the highway with ease, I will give it that, although, all the more to worry that that power could rip the weak transmission apart (A little research says the transmission in this car is like soggy toilet paper).
The cassette player jams, electrical gremlins, better transmission, find where the oil magically leaks away too.
I purchased this car new and wish Olds was still around making them.
Great handling and milage, looks nice and is very comfortable, love it.
The only problem it had was several years ago freon leaked out...they found the leak and fixed it at a small cost.
Very happy I purchased an Intrigue.