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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,100 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 engine problems

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 012006

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. While driving 10 mph or greater the vehicle would shut off without warning when the brake was depressed. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 160,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #9

May 172002

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Intake gasket keeps breaking every 40,000 miles. I have had it replaced twice (once at 40,000 and the second time at 80,000 miles) and have been advised by the dealership that I will need it replaced again at another 40,000 miles. They informed me that it is a defect with Oldsmobile.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 202003

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket failure on my 1998 olds Cutlass resulted in total damage to my engine. After researching this specific problem I have found it to be a very widespread complaint, that should have been corrected at GM's expense. This condition was discovered while the vehicle was under extended service contract by master guard. When the problem was reported the dealership was told by master guard that the repair was not covered, although my platinum coverage specifically said it was.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #7

Sep 042003

Cutlass

  • miles

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

While driving engines head gasket failed and as a rwsult the driver had to pull to the side of the road. The dealership has been contacted. Please add any additional information.

- Fairgrove, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 272002

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The intake manifold gasket was replaced three times on the consumers three vehicles. The intake manifold on this vehicle(1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass) was replaced, then on two other occasions on a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am and a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. Scc

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 172003

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The head gasket cracked and leaked coolant. Two different mechanics suggested that the problem occurs as this particular engine approaches 50K miles, and may defective. Scc

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #4

May 042002

Cutlass

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Coolant light on dash came on, dealer determined that intake manifold gasket was leaking, and had to be replaced.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 312001

(reported on)

Cutlass

  • miles
Vehicle was losing anti-freeze and oil. Took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced gasket. About 25,000 miles later problem reoccurred.

- Owen, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092000

(reported on)

Cutlass

  • miles
When traveling front motor mounts rusted out from the cradle, causing poor steering control. Consumer contacted the dealer, dealer noticed a recall for the rear mounts, front motor mounts were not included.

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 271998

Cutlass

  • miles
Vehicle has been experiencing ongoing problem with oil increasing (one quart) every 1500 miles while driving. Vehicle had been taken to two different dealers, and both have drained the oil/changed the filter, and replace oil. However, within 1500 miles of driving the oil continued to increase by one quart. It appeared no one could help on this matter; seeking help from NHTSA in this matter or provide additional information.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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