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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 #6

Sep 102000


  • miles


I had the car into the dealer three times prior to the warranty expiration with complaints about the brakes. My concern was that the brake light (ABS) kept coming on and off. Finally, the end of August they agreed to replace the rotors if I paid to replace the brake pads. This was done. The next week, I was driving down the highway and the brake light came on again. I immediately picked up the cell phone and called the dealer. I was told that it was probably a computer glitch and to bring it in at my convenience. I scheduled it to go in on Friday, three days later. On Wednesday night, I was driving, came to a stop sign and had no brakes. A tree stopped me! the dealership and Oldsmobile would accept no responsibility, so I paid for the repairs myself. Today, after I have had it on the road again for about three months, the ABS light came on as soon as I started the car. Am I safe in this car"??? do I feel safe" no help.

- Oberlin, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 151999


  • miles
Ongoing problem with excessive wear of pads and rotors as of 8,000 miles. Dealer replaced front pads, and turned the rotors. As of 15,10O miles replaced both front rotors. At 23,300 miles, turned front rotors and replaced front pads; at 34,300 miles replaced front pads and turned rotors, and as of 39,000 miles, problem has reoccurred. Dealer notified.

- Mccaller, AL, USA

problem #4

Jan 271999


  • miles
Consumer has had problem with vehicle since purchasing it on 12-17-1998. Different brake pads & rotors have been changed to the extreme. Vehicle has been making a grinding noise. Also, tires have been changed. Dealer said nothing was wrong.

- Knoxville, IA, USA

problem #3

Jul 011998


  • miles


Extreme pulsation when braking - steering wheel and brake pedal are difficult to control. The dealer has tried replacing the brake pads, turning the rotors, and replacing the rotors and nothing has worked. After each of the 5 times we have this car serviced, the pulsation returns after 3,000 to 4,000 miles. We are entering arbitration proceedings with Oldsmobile to demand a buy-back.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 011998


  • miles
I have E-mailed Oldsmobile and they have referred me back to burne Oldsmobile. It is a government owned vehicle that is used as an enforcement vehicle. The brakes have been replaced two times, the calipers once and now they are failing again. Our group has a second Oldsmobile Cutlass that is experiencing the same problems with brake failure. There are no current recalls. The vehicle is covered until 36,000 miles, however; the more important issue is the constant wearing out of the front brakes as well as the calipers. Please advise me of any corrective actions that can be taken.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #1

May 121999

(reported on)


  • miles
Seven incidents of disc brake failure. Reported to dealer. Fixed several times, but still fails.

- Weston, FL, USA

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