NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,750 miles

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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 electrical problems

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 102014

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


General Motors recently recalled the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu for the ignition switch problem. I own the sister vehicle which is a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. This vehicle is the identical layout of the Chevrolet Malibu which has been recalled. I sent a couple of E-mail messages to the GM customer assistance center and just received a phone call explaining to me that at this time they had no intention of doing a recall on the Oldsmobile Cutlass for the ignition switch. Even though I have not encountered a problem with my ignition switch as of yet, I deem it a safety issue which GM should fix. I do not know if anyone else has complained of similar issues as mine, but I wanted to inform you of my concerns. I do not know if this is the proper forum for this, so if not, please forward my concerns to the proper authorities. Thank you

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #3

Mar 012006


  • 70,000 miles
Have had ignition switch just shut off driving down the road. Exactly as described in GM's recent recall on ignition switches on newer cars. Loses all electrical power and engine shuts off. Has happened numerous times while I have owned it for the last 10 or so years. When it happens I just quickly put it in neutral and restart immediately. This is a 1998 olds Cutlass. It is apparent that GM's problem with their ignition switch goes back a lot farther than they care to admit.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #2

Dec 032008


  • miles
I work for a ignition interlock company. I have seen several vehicles enter the service center with problems with the ignition switch. The key has to be shaken several times in order to get the key to turn to start the vehicle. These ignitions are mounted to the right of the steering column. I have noticed it on almost every vehicle that has the ignition mounted to the right of the steering column not on the column. That is an Oldsmobile. I own the 1998 oldmobile Cutlass. Was there ever a recall as defect of this ignition and is the dealership responsible for replacement? if I ever had an emergency I would not be able to start my car right away as it at times takes up to five to ten minutes to get the key to turn.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #1

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

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