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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,000 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.

2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 092008

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


After accelerating to passing gear, the check engine light went on.. and the engine sounded like the spark plug failed. The diagnostic check said there was no compression in the #2 cylinder. The mechanic at the dealership said the rocker arm bolt had stripped out. That this type of problem is not covered by warranty. There are 95,000 miles on this vehicle. However, I consider this a manufacturing default.. the bolt should not have stripped out of the engine block. I question whether the other rocker arm bolts will strip... GM denied any responsibility.. because it didn't show at the 35,000 mile bumper to bumper check.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 102003

(reported on)

Silhouette 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer noticed an oil leak. Took vehicle in to the dealer, and dealer stated oil gasket was leaking, and gasket needed replacing.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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