NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,666 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette lights problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 172007

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette. The contact observed that both headlights were dimmer than normal. There was frost covering the lens that made it difficult to see the road. General Motors issued case number 71-565553437 and advised him to have the vehicle diagnosed by a dealer. The dealer stated that they had never seen frost on the headlights; however, they would replace them at the contact's expense. The replacement would cost $643. The dealer also stated that they would notify the contact on October 23, 2007. The dealer informed him that the vehicle was too old and they could sell him the parts for $465. The current and failure mileages were 64,000.

- Hurlock , MD, USA

problem #4

May 152006

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,912 miles
: the contact stated the front indicator lights bulb socket is getting hot that it is smoking and putting out a film that is clouding the inside of the blinder lens, which is supposed to be clear. It is a safety issue. Updated on 06/08/2006.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlight failure, dimming and flickering of electric system since purchase of vehicle in 2001. The transmission has been slipping since 2003. We have had the vehicle back to dealer about every 3 months for both of these problems but the dealer can not duplicate problem. The transmission continues to slip and the lights continue to flicker.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #2

Feb 062004


  • miles
While driving at night headlights shut off without warning, forcing the driver to pull off the road. Consumer contacted dealership, and mechanic determined that headlight wiring melted.

- Glen Rose, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 242001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,420 miles
While driving, lights including the dashboard and headlights will dim or completely short out for seconds at a time. This has happened since 2001. The vehicle has been checked by dealer three times.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

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