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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,610 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.

2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 042015


  • 143,000 miles


The electrical system shuts down and it has security light come on. It shuts the engine and all power off. The van was on the highway when this happened. A real safety hazard.

- Williamsport, TN, USA

problem #3

Feb 222011

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • miles
It just all of a sudden stop working this is a constant problem non stop I bought fuse and that didn't work I got new lights park aid stop working, both heated seats stop working, electrical gone bad in the whole.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 102008

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Slowly but surely, some of my electrical systems have been failing. It first started with lights burning out repeatedly, then went to turn signals not working properly, then went to power windows functioning improperly, then the temperature/mpg/oil display stopped functioning, then I had to replace the alternator and the problems got even worse. I have also had issues with the vehicle drifting up to 3 feet backwards if on a slight incline and in drive. Please check into these issues and resolve. I am scared for my family's safety due to the increasing electrical issues. I am beginning to think this may be a fire hazard. We have tried replacing the switches for the windows, the bulbs and tail light assembly. The issues with the windows get better when the switch is replaced and then get even worse than before in no time flat. In addition to these issues we have had to replace the bearings repeatedly.

- Highland City, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • 64,442 miles
AWD disable and ABS lights illuminated. Left rear wheel bearing and hub assembly failed and were replaced (four times). The evap solenoid, fuel sender and pump assembly were replaced. The heating element for the front driver's seat failed twice. The right rear seat belt failed. The right power sliding door actuator module failed. Rear wiper failed intermittently. A/C condenser failed. Engine failed.

- Brecksville, OH, USA

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