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NHTSA — Visibility: Defroster/Defogger System: Rear Window Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,333 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 072008

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


2001 Oldsmobile Alero, approx 105,000 miles. Around the middle of January I went outside to warm up my car before work and noticed the heater blower wasn't working. Have already had this replaced so thought I knew what the problem was. Also noticed an electrical smell in the car, as if an electrical motor was hot, so assumed the blower motor overheated and went out. Later that day checked the fuse for the blower motor- it was bad, I changed it and the heater worked. However, still noticed the electrical smell and finally associated it with the rear defogger. Around March 07 the defogger quit working. Noticed today on my car stats that a complaint was filed in February with a fail date of 01/17/08 where the rear defogger failed and the car actually caught fire. My car did not catch fire, but it is the same year and approximate mileage as the one that did. I'm sure these aren't the only two. Please be aware of this problem and if you notice an electrical smell, get it checked out.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 172008

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While the vehicle was warming up, it caught fire. The rear seat was damaged and the rear window was destroyed. There was also smoke damage. A fire report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 100,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 012002

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car doesn't always start when I turn the key in the ignition. Takes a few seconds to turn over. Driver side mirror shakes. The numbers on the radio buttons have rubbed off. Rear defrost doesn't always work. Rotors are always wearing out. Used to hear a clunking noise every time I turned the steering wheel - had the steering rack replaced. Interior dome light falls off.

- Groton, CT, USA

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