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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,680 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 Aurora engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Aurora Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 052011


  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora. While driving approximately 65 mph, there was a reduction in the engine power and the vehicle began to jerk. The engine suddenly stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the engine and resume in operation. In addition, the engine would overheat with a significant amount of coolant leakage. The failure occurred twenty times. An independent mechanic replaced the engine head gasket two different times. The failure recurred three months after the second repair. The vehicle was inoperable and had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Surprise , AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 092008


  • 13,600 miles
I have a 1998 Aurora as wheel with the same problem of car shutting down. First I had the module replaced and it still did it. And then I was told to get my fuel injectors cleaned and I kept injector cleaner in my car when I filled up and the I finally got a full tune up and after that no problem. I was told bad spark plug wires will cause this as well.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 172007

Aurora 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,800 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora. When she stopped at a traffic light or a stop sign, the vehicle would shut off. The failure occurred intermittently on more than one occasion. The vehicle restarted after she shifted gears to park and then drive. There were no warning lights present. Three mechanics performed test to diagnose the failure; however, they were unsuccessful and correcting the failure. The dealer stated that they had no complaints related to the failure. The current mileage was 105,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 104,800. Updated 04-02-08

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 032005

Aurora 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 1998 Aurora in 2002 - from the original owner. The vehicle continually shuts off while at a stop light or stop sign. It can occur at any time without any warining. It has even done so just slowing down to make a turn. I almost got rear ended this month because the engine died as I was simply making a turn. Luckily there was enough birm space to veer the car of the road. I have been slowing or stopping with one foot on the brake and the other tapping the gas to keep the engine from dying. I have had the vehicle to a local dealer with no findings.

- Ephrata, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 151999


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Paint is minor, except dealer did paint car left front fender new and since then clear coat has rubbed off. Air is another. 3 times under warranty untill failure at 107,000. $1400 for new compressor, hoses and to make up for bad deakler work. Car now has intermittent air failure, shutting off and re-start cause compressor to come back on.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

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