NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Cooling System Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,784 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012000

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


My coolent is leaking. I have had my head gasket replaced twice and it I still have leak. I was told by the GM service department to expect to replace my head gaskit every 20-40,000 miles. There is a defect. Also my ac keeps shutting off. My power window are getting stuck when the windows are down. There has never been a accident in this car. I am the first and only owner.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 282005


  • miles
I currently have the following problems with my 1998 olds Cutlass gl. My power steering is stiff and makes a "wailing" noise. My coolent system has a leak. My heat and air have completey stopped working. I have had problems (in the past that have been repaired_ with my power window locking up (drivers side). The sound system shorted out. The cd player quit working. I have replaced my wiper blades several times and they still do not clear the windshield completely. One time when my teens were using my car, they were on the interstate and the car went completely dead...not only were they terrified, it was a very dangerous situation for them to be in.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #5

Jul 011998


  • 60,537 miles
Nar 05/21/2003 water leak in trunk, missing absorber in rear door, suspension noise, 4 new tires replaced, new front brake pads and rotors, and coolant system leakage.

- Waupun, WI, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Mar 052002


  • miles
Intake gasket is leaking coolant. Vehicle smoked, and had to contantly keep putting coolant in vehicle. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer indicated that intake gaskets needed to be replaced.

- Fairfield, NJ, USA

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problem #2

Nov 132001


  • miles
The mechanic who worked on my car said this was not uncommon for this make & year car. No safety defect mentioned.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #1

Sep 042000


  • miles
A/C turned off on its own. Consumer has come close to having an accident, trying to push buttons to turn it back on. Consumer felt this was unsafe. Consumer noticed steam, pulled over, and it was gushing coolant out. Took to dealer, and they said water pump went out, and thermostat failed. Consumer felt lucky this didn't cause a fire. Also, ABS flashed on and off sometimes.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

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