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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,475 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

engine problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 282005


  • miles


I currently have the following problems with my 1998 olds Cutlass gl. My power steering is stiff and makes a "wailing" noise. My coolent system has a leak. My heat and air have completey stopped working. I have had problems (in the past that have been repaired_ with my power window locking up (drivers side). The sound system shorted out. The cd player quit working. I have replaced my wiper blades several times and they still do not clear the windshield completely. One time when my teens were using my car, they were on the interstate and the car went completely dead...not only were they terrified, it was a very dangerous situation for them to be in.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #3

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,901 miles
Improperly assembled engine or engine assembled with defective materials. Intake manifold gasket fails allowing water to mix with oil and/or fuel, if left uncorrected this condition will destroy the engine. Symptoms seen as early as 36,000 miles with the vehicle being four years old. Had repaired in my Cutlass on Dec. 27, 2002 for $606.06 by chuck nash Chevy/olds/Buick/Jeep/Eagle, san marcos, tx 41901 miles on the odometer at that time thanks for your help. Good luck. Mark C. erickson director of recording arts

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 212004


  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle was consuming anti freeze excessively. This was caused by the lower gasket in the engine leaking anti freeze. The anti freeze was going into the engine and mixing with the oil.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 232002

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Engine assembled incorrectly or assembled using defective materials. Gasket failure on the intake manifold allows water to mix with oil and/or fuel, if left uncorrected this will destroy the engine. Symptoms seen before the car was driven 40,000 miles, while the car was 4 years old.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

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