NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,590 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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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass brakes problems

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012009


  • 120,000 miles


98 olds Cutlass. Rear brake lines rusted through in vicinity of lr wheel. Resulted in sudden total loss of braking due to loss of all brake fluid. No separate reservoir for front brake fluid. Heard of similar event with same model style Chevy Malibu. No year known.

- Tunkhannock, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The ABS light came on intermittently. This problem occurred before the warranty expired. The consumer was told that the problem could not be diagnosed unless the light was on. The consumer is concerned that the brake will not work when attempting to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who informed the consumer that they would have to pay for the repairs because the vehicle was no longer under warranty.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There was a loud squeaking noise which came from the drivers side wheel area when the brakes were applied. The consumer had to purchase new brake shoes and pads every 6-8 months.

- Butler, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 102003

(reported on)

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The vehicle experienced extended stopping distance. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor. The front disc/rear drums were replaced however the brake pedal still felt spongy and continued to go to the floor.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 252003

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,950 miles
A week after I bought the car used in October 2002 there was noise from front left end of vehicle....there is another noise that comes from the steering when turning the wheels trying to park the car.....I took the car back to the dealer and they said they don't hear anything...also I had the car checked out the same day for the brakes...there was a squealing noise on the front left side and the car wouldn't brake properly...the dealer replaced the left brake pad..I haven't had any trouble with the brakes since...three weeks later I took the car back to the dealer for the steering noises and they said it would be costly for the labor to find out the problem and that it may not be covered by warranty...they said since it's only minor and is not causing any problems it would probably be better to keep driving it until something went wrong to where they would know where the problem was coming from....a couple months later..in March 2003, the engine coolant light came on continuously and the car was leaking engine coolant....after checking the car out, I had the water pump replaced....it has been a week now since I've had the water pump replaced and the engine coolant light hasn't came back on and the engine coolant hasn't leaked out yet..but now, when I turn the air conditioner on it, it goes out by itself and comes back on a couple minutes later...I haven't had the car checked out for that yet but this car is adding up to a headache and I haven't had it for 6 months yet..right now it's only at an estimated of 42,500 miles driven on it.....

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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