NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,705 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette transmission problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #2

May 082010

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • 145,457 miles


Most of the day May 8,2010 been doing some city but mostly highway driving totaling approximately 100 miles. Stopped for an hour after the first 50 then drove another 40 stopping again for about 15 minutes. Drove the last 10 home and left car idling to go into my house for approximately 8 minutes. My wife started walking to car and wasn't there yet when car drove forward into garage door. She jumped in passenger side and shifter was still in park. Scraped some of the paint off of the car and smashed the garage door. Have no idea how or why it would have done this.

- Morley , MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 282005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,953 miles
Trans code causing shifting problems. Fluid replaced vehicle showed previously cleared shift solenoid code at this time verifying previous problems with another owner. Was fine for a short time & again experienced shifting problems. Engine light came on & solenoid was replaced at this time. Three months later again experiencing shifting problems. Fluid level was low & we added fluid to it. This process was repeated several times over the course of a couple weeks until we discovered fluid was leaking into cooling system through radiator. Vehicle overheated & radiator was replaced & system flushed. A week after radiator replaced, vehicle again started to slip. Engine light on again & repair shop has told us the solenoid needs replaced again and possibly the radiator also. This vehicle has obvious transmission problems and we can't afford to keep replacing the solenoid every few months.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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