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Pros: 'sticky' steering
Cons: hill performance
Advice: A good carAll around good handling car, except for hilly areas. Poor shifting on hills, transmission continualy is looking for a gear.
Pros: engine, amazing performance and economy
Cons: nit picking, plastic steering wheel
Advice: Try and buy used to get a depreciated vehicle but make sure it has warranty left to get any details the former owner might have not attended toI should point out that I own a 2000 Gl but rented a 2002 ( made in March) GLX and drove it east of Regina, in Saskatchewan for 400 ks over 3 days. Still a solid well built car with a wonderful engine. Within the past week I have driven my daughters Jaguar Soverign and a rental Ford Focus. The Jags suspension is first class, getting in and out of the drivers seat is a real pain and the trunk is way down low. There is no grab handle for the passenger exiting! The Focus is noisy but nimble lacks electric windows for those non AC days when fresh air and light traffic make AC redundant. Back to the Intrigue quiet, nice easy to get comfortable electric seat, manual AC worked well even with windows partially open. Averaged 33mpg with cruising speeds up to 120ks. Missed the leather wrapped steering wheel. The spoiler makes for something extra to wash. I rented a Toyota Yaris in Ireland earlier this month as well as an Opel Corsa. The Yaris beat the Corsa in every dept especially seat comfort 1000cc gave 57 mpg and lots of pep it was great for narrow bumpy Rep of Ireland roads but I missed the Intrigues wheel base and comfort as well as the engine response on the open road. Petrol was $1.33 a litre rising to $1.95 a litre in Northen Ireland. The Intrigue is a sleeper, it's performance and comfort are excellent. It outperforms the 3.8L GM cars including the Holden which I drove in NZ for a week in April of this year
Cons: can't think of anything
Advice: heated seats are the way to go.I love the feel of this car!!! The Intrigue has so much room and more than enough power for anything I plan on doing with it. I am glad that ours has a spoiler on it, otherwise it may be hard to see exactly where the end of the trunk is.
Pros: Power driver seat with memory feature.
Cons: Transmission downshifts trying to maintain speed. Noisy.
Advice: This is an underpowered vehicle. The transmission and engine works overtime.Other reviewers, including professionals, fail to mention that this vehicle is underpowered. They say it has adequate power. Don't believe it! The 3.4 engine just doesn't get it. There is a continual downshifting and upshifting annoyance when driving on the slightest uphill grades, even on interstates. That translates into transmission and engine overwork and noise, bigtime. Most other aspects of this vehicle are highly commendable, both interior and exterior.
Cons: can't use my favorite coffee cups- too big around
Advice: don't test drive unless you plan to buyThe seats on the GLS sold us. Much more comfortable than the competition. Engine is very responsive any really gets up and goes. I had really planned to buy a Honda Accord but this car has it all over the Accord. I've only put about 1100 miles on it but very impressed.
Pros: self-locking doors
Cons: don't know
Advice: make sure it fits in your garageDon't even think of comparing this 2002 with older models. smooth,powerful engine is even better then it was. standard, free ON STAR in the GLS, plus every thing else. $2002 back from GM and if you have a GM credit card with cash back it's even a better deal