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NHTSA — Electrical System: Alternator/Generator/Regulator Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Oldsmobile Achieva electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Achieva Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 202004

Achieva 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


Alternator - 2nd time that goes out in 3 1/2 years. Car bought in 1999 with less than 35000 miles, alternator went out with no warning at 37000 miles in 1999, and now again in Jan 2004.

- Mannford, OK, USA

problem #2

May 192003

(reported on)


  • miles
The following components were replaced, the alternator, battery, fuel pressure valve, master cylinder, ABS booster, radiator, thermostat, water pump and brakes, and the interior lights were inoperative.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #1

May 232001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving approximately 45mph and alternator went out, causing vehicle to shutdown completely. Only warning was headlights went out prior to anything happening. Received a jump start & able to shift into gear. Once jumper cables removed vehicle died. Cosumer states once vehicle shut down there was no way to push vehicle off the road, due to no emergency side, also when the engine shuts down, the key can not be removed and the shifter will not shift out of gear.

- Lupton, AZ, USA

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