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NHTSA — Equipment: Air Conditioner Problems

4.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,600 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.

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2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 252003

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,800 miles

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

Air conditioning is inoperative. We have had several problems with our A/C. the first complaint was a loud noise during operation. Dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. Our second trip to the dealership was regarding a foul odor from the A/C. both of these issues hae technical service bulletins. The most recent trip to the dealership was ON7/1/2003. The dealership fixed the foul odor smell, but on 8/25/2003 our A/C stopped functioning. On 3/25/2003 the vehicle had 22,000 miles. On 7/1/2003 the vehicle had 58,400 miles. As of 8/25/3003 our vehicle has 62,300 miles. Our vehicle came with the 60,000 warranty. I called the dealership yesterday to request a service visit and asked if the inoperative A/C was going to be covered under warranty and of course I received the "you are out of your warranty period" statement. There are currently two technical service bulletins indicating a problem with the inoperative A/C's for this vehicle. I contacted Oldsmobile customer service to assist with having the A/C fixed under warranty. Palmen Oldsmobile already denied warranty service regardless of technical bulletins and history of problems. Palmen Oldsmobile will not fix under a goodwill warranty. I believe the A/C system on a new vehicle should last more than 2.5 years.

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 032001

(reported on)

Silhouette

  • miles
A/C does not cool. Rear A/C does not work at all after 4 attemps to fix. Vehicle makes a load noise on cold start. Interior and exterior lights dim off and on.

- Farmville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 012001

Silhouette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at speeds of 55mph and over vehicle would start to sway. Hard to maintain when it happened. Would start to slow down. Weather was clear and dry. Been to dealership twice for problem. Mechanic could not locate cause of swaying problem. Contacted manufacturer and was informed to try different dealers. Vehicle never test driven. The A/C blower fan fails to work at low speed due to defective module. The consumer replaced 4 tires to correct the swaying problem but did not correct the problem.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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