NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,488 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Achieva electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Achieva Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 252010


  • 13,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine stalled and the entire instrument panel would not function. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed that the failure was related to the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA 04V036000 (electrical system: Ignition: Switch). The contact was in the process of notifying the manufacturer to verify the VIN being included in the recall defect. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

May 112004


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva. The contact had her vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V036000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The technician installed a relay kit. Years later, she noticed that the failure recurred. The contact called the dealer in reference to having the ignition switch replaced. Both the dealer and manufacturer stated that because the remedy stated that the ignition switch should only be replaced if necessary, the original recall repair was technically sufficient. The failure still persists. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 157,000.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer received recall notice #04V036000 (ignition switch). The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership for repair on 10/11/04. The mechanic replaced relay switch but not the ignition switch. The vehicle was able to be started but will not turn off properly. The mechanic indicated that replacing the ignition switch was not part the recall.

- Rosedale, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 052004

Achieva 6-cyl

  • 116,952 miles
Ignition switch failed after tires were installed. The vehicle ignition switch failed prior to recall notice. The consumer submitted all invoices for reimbursement but was denied because the manufacturer claims that the part replaced was not the part covered by the recall or that the documentation provided did not substantiate the request.

- Rose Lodge, OR, USA

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