NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 082003


  • miles


Theft-light came on for no apparent reason. Had to wait ten minutes for system to reset before starting car. Had key-lock cylinder replaced twice, for a total of over $1400 in repairs. Now the light is on seemingly permanently. Always wonder if it will start or not. Can't get anyone besides a dealer to even look at it. The dealer has enough of my money for now...I have to deal with being inconvenienced regularly by this problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 092004

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Periodically my theft light comes on for no apparent reason, which prevents me from starting my vehicle until the light stops flashing. This takes 15 min. And is very inconvenient. It happens up to four times or more a month!!

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 052003

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Anti-theft controller disables the ignition periodically for no apparent reason. Requires the driver to wait 15 minutes before the system resets and allows the car to start.

- Wollaston, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 072003


  • miles
My alarm default alone-theft system light blinks and my auto will not start until it stop blinking which is 10 min long.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

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