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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 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 #2

Jul 122002

Achieva 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I was drive along union street in greenville, miss when I notice smoke coming from the hood of the car. I suddenly pull over because the car became engulf in flames. The fireman was called to put the flames out from the vehicle.the car was lost due to the flames and I lost wages due to the car. I contact GMC about the car and they said, the car engulf in flames had nothing to do with them.

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #1

Jul 132009


  • 75,000 miles
My GM passlock system has been going on the fritz for well over a year now. Every fix would last a couple of months, weeks than go right back to no working. I keep getting lock out of of the car with the anti thieft. I have a 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva. I have been locked out of my car for more than an hour and a half at times during the middle of winter. I hate GM and their crappy passlock system. There seems to be enough complaints online about it that U would think they would do something about it.

- Burton, OH, USA

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