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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems

7.6

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,372 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 Cutlass brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 011998

Cutlass

  • 60,537 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Nar 05/21/2003 water leak in trunk, missing absorber in rear door, suspension noise, 4 new tires replaced, new front brake pads and rotors, and coolant system leakage.

- Waupun, WI, USA

problem #18

Jul 011998

Cutlass

  • 60,537 miles
Nar 05/21/2003 water leak in trunk, missing absorber in rear door, suspension noise, 4 new tires replaced, new front brake pads and rotors, and coolant system leakage.

- Waupun, WI, USA

problem #17

Jul 262001

Cutlass

  • miles
Four times since buying vehicle had brakes and brake rotors replaced. Brake pedal felt soft, and the pedal went all the way down to the floor. Dealership was aware of problem.

- West Chazy, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 012000

Cutlass

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Every 6000-9000 miles rotors needed to be changed, if they were not, vehicle would almost go out of control while trying to stop.

- Hanceville, AL, USA

problem #15

Dec 212000

(reported on)

Cutlass

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Took vehicle to have rotors turned over 1 year ago due to being warped. Was informed by mechanic not to have rotors turned again due to use of poor materials contructing the rotors. This would cause rotors to become thin & useless. Currently, every time brakes are applied, it would cause steering wheel to shake.

- Maderia, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 091999

Cutlass

  • miles
Due to defective brake rotors which had to be replaced 6 times, every 21,000 miles. Brakes operated poorly, causing extended stopping distance, and may result in a crash.

- Slippery Rock, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 051999

Cutlass

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Steering pulsates when brake are applied. Rotors have been resurfaced twice, and replaced once. Dealer cannot find the cause.

- Viola, DE, USA

problem #12

Oct 021999

Cutlass

  • miles
Rotors had to be resurfaced, continued to have problems.

- Harbor City, CA, USA

problem #11

Jun 101999

Cutlass

  • miles
Front brake rotors have been turned twice and now again need to be turned. Shop states that there is not enough material on the rotors to turn a 3rd time. No oem parts available. Searching for info. On a tsb or recall? in addition I sent your office an email concerning this vehicle. Thks.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #10

Feb 161999

Cutlass

  • miles
Rotors were constant problem every 980 to 3000 miles. Had rotors turned down and replaced several times.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #9

Feb 161999

Cutlass

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rotors were constant problem every 980 to 3000 miles. Had rotors turned down and replaced several times.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #8

Feb 161999

Cutlass

  • miles
Rotors were constant problem every 980 to 3000 miles. Had rotors turned down and replaced several times.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #7

Oct 011999

Cutlass

  • miles
We had the rotors resurfaced at approx. 19500 miles and within 5,000 miles the front end of the car began to shudder violently when the brakes are applied even slightly at higher speeds.

- Fruithurst, AL, USA

problem #6

May 081998

Cutlass

  • miles
The problem still exists after changing brakes and rotors 3 times.

- Windsor, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 161999

Cutlass

  • miles
The brake rotors needed to be resurfaced. Would slow down & brakes vibrated badly. They were also warped. Would fail to catch when needed. Took to dealer & brakes repaired. 8 months later, having same problems. Took to different dealer & informed rotors should be replaced, not resurfaced. Did not replaced due to lack of warranty.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 241998

Cutlass

  • miles
When brakes are applied, would be hesitating before grabbing. Had rotors replaced once & then turned 3 times. Rotors go bad & no control. Mechanic can not locate problem.

- Ocenia, WV, USA

problem #3

May 211999

Cutlass

  • miles
Have had the front rotors resurfaced twice and the rear rotors resurfaced once. Car shudders at high speeds when braking.

- Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 311998

Cutlass

  • miles
We reported the problem as a loud pop when turning and striking a bump in the road. After three trips to the dealer and being told there was nothing wrong, they finally examined the rack and pinion and found a broken weld on the rack assembly. There is still some unusual noises in the front end but the dealor tells us everything is normal. At 8,000 miles the left front rotor was examined, and found to have deep scores in it while the right one was smooth. After three days in the shop, and there telling me this was normal wear they finally turned the rotors (not replacing them) this eleminated some noise and surging when stopping, but something is still not right. There is a ticking noise like when there is a rock in one of your tires, as well as unexplained poping when crossing rr tracks etc.

- Brownwood, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 301998

Cutlass

  • miles
Front brake rotors have warped on four occasions. Brakes pulse or grab when applied. Rotors replaced once and turned four times.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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