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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1995 Buick Skylark electrical problems

electrical problem

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1995 Buick Skylark Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012008


  • 90,000 miles


My horn stopped working. The problem was traced to the horn switch. My mechanic could not replace the horn switch because it is part of the driver's side air bag assembly, which had been discontinued. I had to have a bypass switch installed on the dashboard, which is inconvenient and awkward to use. In my opinion, the horn is a more important safety feature than the air bag. I am 71 years old and have never seen an air bag deploy, but my horn has prevented accidents many times.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 052003

Skylark 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
In Aug 2001 I had to have the turn signal lever on the steering column replaced due the headlights and turn signals becoming non operative. In Feb 2002 I started to have random occurences of the headlights being nonfunctional while the switch was being operated, usually after turning the switch on and off for a few seconds the headlights would operate normally. In June 2003 the left and right turn signals started to randomly not operate properly. Sometimes the signal would not come on at all when activated, other times the signal would stay on, even though the turn would be completed. In Sept 2003 the left signal will not operate normally, when the driver activates the signal indictacting a left turn, the signal will activate, but it will not blink, the light just comes on and stays like that. The driver has to manually move the switch in the on and off posistion in a continous motion to use the signal. The emergency flashers operate in a normal fashion when activated. All the lamps have been replaced by the owner, and the wiring has been inspected.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 152002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Would be trying to use signal lever or the horn and neither would work properly. Horn went out first, then signal lights. Its an ongoing problem caused by an electrical short. Have not taken to dealership. Consumer adds when flashers are turned on, the signals start to work.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 262001

(reported on)


  • miles


While the engine is idling the battery meter moves down and the lights dim, a new battery was installed but the problem reoccured, a new alternator was installed due to a stalling condition. Nlm

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #2

May 261998

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving 45 mph there was gray white toxic type smoke coming through vents of vehicle. Problem resulted in vehicle being engulfed in flames. Possible cause electrical system failure as noted by GM investigators and fire department. Vehicle was a total loss.

- Plymouth, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 221997


  • miles
The electrical system of the car is faulty. The system heats up and causes shortages in the steering wheel all the way to the trunk.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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