If there is one Oldsmobile car that is aimed to be different and distinct from the rest of the Oldsmobile pack, that car must be the Oldsmobile Intrigue. From the very first year it was introduced, General Motors must have planned to make the Oldsmobile Intrigue different from the rest. It looks like an import, and was really aimed to compete with the imports. It was also introduced without the standard and traditional Oldsmobile badge to further emphasize its distinction.
The Oldsmobile Intrigue was introduced in mid-1997 as a 1998 year model. It was a mid-size sedan gifted with an import car look and was aimed to compete with its Japanese rivals like the Nissan Maxima, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It replaced the old and aging Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and was based on a body platform shared with most of the other mid-size sedans manufactured by General Motors during the same period. Similar cars include the Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Century, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Lumina, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The Oldsmobile Intrigue, however, varies with these cars in various aspects like design, accessories, wheelbase length and more.
When it was introduced for the 1998 model year, the Oldsmobile Intrigue came only in two trim levels: base GX and upscale trim GL. A higher trim level was introduced the year after and was called the GLS, dropping the GL trim to the midlevel category. Sole engine used upon introduction was a 3.8-liter twin cam V6 engine rated at 195 hp. A more powerful 3.5-liter dual overhead cam V6 engine that outputs 215 horsepower became available the following year, which later became the standard engine for all trim levels. All models are equipped with a standard automatic transaxle as well as four-wheel antilock disc brakes.
Just like its General Motors brothers, the Oldsmobile Intrigue comes close to the performance and quality of the Japanese import cars and proves to be a tough competitor. It perfect mix of features and performance, however, outshines its GM brothers including the Pontiac Grand Prix. Its chassis is well designed to give it a superior steering and handling capability that proves to be better than the Toyota Camry and other Japanese brands. Its regular fuel powered V6 engine creates an advantage over the equally powerful V6 engines of the Accord and Camry that requires a premium gasoline as its fuel source.
Close to perfection, the Oldsmobile Intrigue won't perform as well as it does if General Motors equipped it with substandard parts. So each time you have to repair or replace a part of your car, use only high quality and high performance Oldsmobile Intrigue parts. Here at Parts Train, we offer every Oldsmobile Intrigue part you need, from engines, gears, radiators and catalytic converters to various body panels and auto accessories.