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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 272011

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette. The contact stated that once the vehicle was stopped and shifted into park, the vehicle would not shift into drive. In addition, the vehicle would only remain in park if the emergency brake was engaged. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility where it was inspected by an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised that the shift linkage cable was fractured and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000. Updated 03/24/11 the door latch and seat belts were inoperative. Updated 05/05/11

- Brasil, IN, USA

problem #4

Jul 121998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving would hear loud noises whenever transmission shift gears. Contacted dealership.

- Tembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 242001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 172001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I've had brakes fixed, and have replaced the tires twice! the back-end keeps making noise every time you change the gear from park to drive or any other gear. The brakes squeal a lot and the back end seems like it wants to come off, very loud and very loud squealing. Would not recommend anyone to buy this type of vehicle and I won't buy another one! car has had these problems since purchased new in 1998, but under a 5 year lease, I feel stuck! very dissatisfied customer!

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #1

May 222000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Caruthersv, MO, USA

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