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2000 Oldsmobile Alero brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Antilock

NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems

2000 Oldsmobile Alero (Page 1 of 2)

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,445 miles

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2000 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

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2000 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

May 202004

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,246 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Regarding 2000 Oldsmobile Alero - intermittent failure/ malfunction of anti-lock brakes and traction control while braking to a stop.upon starting the vehicle, the anti-lock brake system would appear to work fine. The traction control system, indicated by the "low trac" light may or may not be lit, indicating a problem. Shortly after driving the vehicle and while braking to a stop, the traction control system seems to sense a slippery road and activates the anti-lock brakes, causing the brakes to disengage and then slowly re-engage, as if stopping on slippery pavement. However, this has been happening on dry, normal pavement at normal speed and stops. Having the brakes disengage while braking to a stop increases the needed stopping distance and requires the driver to either turn to avoid a collision or use the emergency break to stop. Note that the the red brake failure light is not on during this condition. After stopping, the amber "anti-lock", "trac off", and "service vehicle soon" lights are lit and the vehicle appears to deactivate the anti-lock and traction control system for the rest of the trip. The brakes then work fine, with these systems deactivated.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #22

Jan 052001

Alero

  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle would shake through the steering when the brakes were being applied, the front rotors have been replaced 5 times and the brake pads twice due to being out of round, also the ABS light illuminated in the dash, dealer replaced bulb.

- Hyannis, MA, USA

problem #21

Oct 282002

Alero

  • miles
My brakes failed last night while driving almost causing an accident. It's in my gargage at home now because I'm afraid to drive it to the dealer. My dealer is saying too bad, bring it in, but you'll have to pay. Manufacturer is saying too bad, we've never heard of such issues, even though I have 51 pages of complaints. This is why olds is going out of business, for building crap cars, that they don't back! I will never buy another GM car again!!!! I find this totally unacceptable to have no brakes after just 15,000 miles and no prior issues. Now since the incident last night the brakes grind horribly and go right to the floor. What a joke and embarrassment for GM!

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #20

Jul 222002

Alero

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The anti-lock brake system is inoperable, it is causing the engine to shut off at any particular time while driving. So I'm afraid that this problem was cause by the Oldsmobile manufacturer, and the situation need to be check into.

- Hazlehurst, MS, USA

problem #19

May 092002

(reported on)

Alero

  • miles
Why cannot GM give people a suggestion to what to put on these cars to stop these things from eating up brakes/rotors. GM gives run around. Dealership is in complete agreement these cars have problems so why can they not tell you what to put on them to stop this problem. If they can issue a bullitin on them, then they should have some plan in what they plan on doing to solve this. Going in every 3,000 to 5,000 miles for replacements/turning is not normal. If people let these things slide, they are going to be in big trouble. GM builds the cars they should come up with some solutions to solving the issue before it gets out of hand. My car has been in eight times for replacement/turning. It never gets better. Something has to be done on this. I paid cash for this car. I have lost my butt and will continue more so when warranty is off these cars. Now GM is telling me these are not under warranty. This car has been to a GM dealer since I had 12,000 miles on it. Now no warranty. Now they want us to pay another $800 to up warranty when they cannot even fix this. Please, please help us.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #18

May 012002

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes have been replaced twice and rotors have turned five times. Dealer stated it was a design flaw in the brake assembly.

- Rainier, OR, USA

problem #17

Mar 022002

Alero

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake system failure. Pedal went to floor. Occured once before without incident. This time caused major accident totaling vehicle. Applied brakes. Pedal went to floor. No warning lights came on. Related note... both times, "low tire pressure" light falsely came on day before failure. All tires were properly inflated both times. False tire inflation low light seems to predict system failure.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #16

Jun 152000

Alero

  • miles
Right front wheel still making noise. Vehicle taken to the dealer and had front rotors replaced twice, and front brake pads replaced once; but, problem was still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Brunswick, MD, USA

problem #15

May 012001

Alero

  • miles
Consumer states the traction and ses antilock lamps came on, vehicle was taken into shop due to brakes making a grinding noise, consumer was informed problem could not be duplicated, however a week later consumer was informed, that brakes were indeed needed after she had already comlained of the grinding noise, the technician indicated that they knew there was a problem, however Oldsmobile would not let them do anything about it until a bulletin was issued.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #14

Jun 202001

Alero

  • miles
Defective rotors had to be repaired on both front and back. Dealership said not covered by warranty.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #13

May 162001

Alero

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Bought this vehicle new on 8/3/00, since then the rotors have been replaced due to excessive warping 3 times. Problem still exists. Warped rotors prevent the ABS braking system from functioning properly. Car shakes violently when braking at highway speeds resulting in extended stopping distances and creates a major safety concern, some accidents have already occurred, must someone's life be claimed before something is done? I have contacted the manufacturer who was very rude and disconcernig with regard to this problem. In researching this problem, I have discovered that these cars and other makes are very prone to this problem and GM has no permanent repair for it. The quality and safeness of the Alero is unacceptable General Motors should be pressured until they can fix this design problem.

- Platte City, MO, USA

problem #12

Mar 212001

Alero

  • miles
Brakes failed with no warning. Going down hill when front pads gave out and assembly dug into rotors. Required replacement of pads, rotors and miscellaneous components. Dealer (burne olds in scranton, pa) told me Alero brakes were under recall, but not mine. I had to pay the $400 for replacement. Contacted GM to complain and was told it was my problem. If there had been a warning, I could have had them serviced before complete failure and resultant damage (front rims were scorched from the heat from the failed brakes). I was very lucky that I was able to get car stopped and to service before being involved in severe accident.

- Lake Ariel, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 012000

Alero

  • miles
Brake system makes a grinding noise when brakes are applied at low speeds. There is also a vibration in brakes when vehicle is turning. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Turtle Creek, WV, USA

problem #10

Jun 012000

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Every 4000-6000 miles rotors and brake pads need to be replaced. In wet conditions braking distance has increased.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #9

Feb 122001

Alero

  • miles
I am being charged for brake replacement at 23,000 miles by a dealer, so I called for another opinion. When I called two other dealers and Oldsmobile themselves (bruce) I was told this is a common problem. I asked if this is common why am I paying for something that should be warranty, they said brakes are consumable and if this problem reoccurs they would cover it than but for now I must pay to have the brakes replaced and rotors repaired $207.50.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #8

Feb 152001

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes and transmission problems; brakes pulsate, metal to metal noise. ABS brakes/rotors needed to be replaced. Also, transmission locked into gear, no shifting.

- Irvington, KY, USA

problem #7

Dec 052000

(reported on)

Alero

  • miles
Since new this vehicle has had a loud grinding noise coming from front brakes in wet weather. It does not happen all the time, and when it does vehicle is hard to stop. It feels like ABS is engaging under normal driving. The dealer cannot find problem, but this has been going on since we purchased it. It happens at all speeds and on normal braking (not hard braking). We have complained since June of this year and have had it in the shop at least 5 times for this problem. We fear that in an emergency the ABS will not work like it is supposed to. Our issue is that the dealer can't find a problem. It doesn't rain much here so it's hard to predict. It even happens when we are on our way to the dealer but will not happen after that. Thank you for your time.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #6

Dec 112000

(reported on)

Alero

  • miles
When depressing brakes vehicle would go into extended stopping distance. Brake rotors have been replaced by dealer three times.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 232000

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying brake on ice at very slow speed, ABS light came on, and traction off light indicating systems were disengaged, took to dealer who found right rear wheel had set itself to zero in the middle of skid. The vehicle required machining the rotors at less than 2000 miles due to oxidation.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 062000

(reported on)

Alero

  • miles
Brakes rotors have been replaced three times. Also, when depressing brakes vehicle goes into extended stopping distance.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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