NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,160 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass exhaust system problems

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #5

May 302001

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to start and eventually would not start at all. The check engine light illuminated. The local mechanic diagnosed the failure as needing a new intake manifold and made the repair. The check engine light has begun to illuminate and the vehicle continues to experience difficulty starting. The local mechanic diagnosed the vehicle as needing another intake manifold. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN, powertrain, engine size, and purchase date were unknown. The current mileage is 140,000 and failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 07/10/07

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #4

Jan 152007

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I have a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass with 55,000 miles--the car has a 3.1 liter V6 with a blown intake gasket-- it cost me $550 to have this fixed. Per 3 mechanics --"all"L 3.1 intake gaskets go out at around 50,00 miles I feel the GM should pay for defects that effects all 3.1S I've had 40+ cars in my life and never ever had an intake manifold go out on any of them---------to me that's a mfg defect!!!

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #3

Mar 182004

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,800 miles
My 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass has had several heating/cooling problems as well as brake problems. My car consistently needs brakes sooner than most cars should and the car has engine problems and heating and cooling problems that I have spent over $2000 to fix. I think the manufacturer is not reporting defects with this car. The car has mechanical problems that a high mileage car should have.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 272002

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
1998 olds Cutlass lower intake manifold went bad. O-rings went bad on fuel injectors and fuel pressure regulator. 40,000 miles. Manifold gasket problem is fairly common on the Chevy lumina and Malibu. The mechanics at dealer told me and parts mgr. Said to keep my receipts in case of recall. $888. For manifold gasket replacement.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 192002


  • miles
Low coolant light kept coming on and had to keep adding coolant. Took it to a mechanic, who told me that it was leaking at the intake gasket and that it would have to be replace. Mechanic also told me that his son was a mechanic for a GM dealership and that he had seen numerous Cutlass for the same problem.

- Belpre, OH, USA

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