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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2001 Oldsmobile Alero (Page 2 of 4) Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
91,293 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #57

Sep 052014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the key failed to turn into the on position in order to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician replaced the pass lock sensor and ignition switch. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The contact was notified of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The contact was waiting for a response from the manufacturer to determine if the dealer would remedy the failure with the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Versailles, IL, USA

problem #56

Jan 102012

Alero 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 oldmobile Alero. Consumer writes in regards to reimbursement for recall regarding ignition switch. The consumer stated the window regulators had to be replaced.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #55

Nov 302011

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) and disagreed with the remedy being a permanent repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 11/21/14 updated 5/7/2015

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #54

Feb 152011

Alero 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Lower intake gasket went at 70,000 both front wheel hubs went when we bought at 60000 an windows came off track all dash lights on fuel pump replaced an now head gasket is blown an heater core replaced at 80,000 now has 100,000 an is a lemon.

- Newportville, PA, USA

problem #53

Jul 112014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 198,000 miles
Ran a diagnostics test at a parts store and came back about the "intake air temperature circuit high input." I didn't think much about it, but the part is relatively cheap, I just don't know if I can replace that myself. But when I registered my vehicle it came back as a fail on the emissions test for the state due to this part. While looking it up and checking on line about this issue I saw several entries that it may also affect the warning lights for ABS and braking systems. Those have been on as well for a long time. I have had the brakes replaced twice in the past 2 years. The second time was because they had given me defective brake pads the first time and they were worn out with in 3 months. But now I have to get the intake air temperature circuit replaced, and it sounds like it may be more wiring than the circuit itself, but I don't have time and ability to work through all the possibilities, nor the money to let a mechanic do it as well. If this is a known issue, then why isn't it being addressed by Oldsmobile (GM) either? they have a bulletin about it!

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #52

May 192014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 186,000 miles
The first time it stopped working, I thought maybe I had just a burned out signal lamp, but then it started working again. It was pretty random at first, but now it will not work at all, or it will start working blink twice and then just stop. It may be "dead" for a long while and then just start back up. Usually it just doesn't work at all anymore. I have driven down the highway with it turned on and it will be 5-10 minutes later and it will start blinking again. I see there is/was a recall for this exact problem, for model years 2000-2001 and I have a 2001, but they claim my vehicle is not part of the recall. The recall is 03V327000, or GM recall 03043A. The a was because they expanded it to include these two model years from an original recall. I talked to Oldsmobile directly and they say it is not part of the recall. That was in a call, and I sent GM an E-mail detailing this problem, but I have not heard anything back from them either. I would think with all the other recalls they have going on, they should just accept this one and not make a big issue out of it. More negative press. As I was looking through the potential issues/recalls I did see a few other bulletins they had for issues on that model year and vehicle, some of which I am experiencing as well. I do understand that this is a 14-15 year old car, but I would love to drive it for a long time yet.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #51

Sep 032014


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owned a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact noticed smoke coming from the steering wheel followed by flames. There were no injuries. The contact also stated that there was a shortage with the blinkers, which activated intermittently. The contact extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Flint , MI, USA

problem #50

Feb 142009

Alero 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owned a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and crashed. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. Medical attention was received, but the crash resulted in the death of the driver. The vehicle was destroyed and included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 10/29/14 updated 4/23/2015

- Mansfield , TX, USA

problem #49

Jul 142014

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start when the anti-theft system was engaged. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch assembly activated the anti-theft system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 142,000...updated 09/25/14 the consumer stated he is still waiting on the part. Updated 10/02/14

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #48

Jul 032014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Was driving to the store. I arrive park the car turn it off. Go inside for 20 to 35 minutes, I get into the car and start her up and it doesn't start. Noticed that security is flashing again in right corner. Look at manual again same thing turn to run position and wait 10mins. Flashing will stop, turn back to off position and then try to start the car. It then starts but I have notice that this keeps happening to the point where even if the car does start and run the security light will stay on for days and then sometimes may go off. But even now this day August 20, 2014 at 2:06pm the security light stays on and at times the car will not start unless I go through the rest of waiting 10 minutes. Help me please. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #47

Nov 012012

Alero 4-cyl

  • 145,230 miles


When it first occurred there was a security light in the instrument display that suddenly came on (security) and stayed on as I was driving. The next morning as I tried to start my car it wouldn't start. And I looked in the owners manual and it stated that the ignition light starts to flash after turning the key to the on or run position then the ignition needs to be serviced.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #46

Jan 092013

Alero 4-cyl

  • 87,500 miles
Dash making clicking noise, sounds lize hazard warning noise, yet not activating hazard lights. Very random. Then most recently, noise seems to have stop and have seen on 3 occasions smoke from the dash area, near where the steering column meets the dash.

- Vadnais Heights, MN, USA

problem #45

Apr 022011

Alero 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
I can start my car. While it is running, I can remove the key from the switch and place it back in. While its running. Needs a new keyswitch.

- Big Bend, WV, USA

problem #44

Mar 292013

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles
Car won't start. The car will try to start up, but will not turn over. It's like the gas has been disengaged. Also, the security light comes on. We have had the car towed several times to the mechanic.we have had the fuel injector and fuel pump replaced. Happens frequently now-am concerned it will stall in traffic and be a safety issue. Have started using the 10 min wait/re-start technique I have read about on the internet and it does work, but that is a "band-aid" not a cure.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #43

Mar 122010


  • 95,000 miles
Along with the current General Motors recall with the ignition switches the olds Alero olds Aurora Pontiac Grand Am also have same issues just google ignition problems (Alero) car stalls while driving no start issues must do a relearn process to get the car to start and eventually car will no longer start. General Motors was aware of this issue but never issued a recall. It deals with the ignition switch and faulty security system that were supposed to work in conjunction with each other.

- New Baltimore, MI, USA

problem #42

Feb 142014


  • 104,000 miles
This has happened to me in my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero over and over again for the past 4 years, and have had it at 4 or 5 different shops and nobody can fix it. But the car turns off on me in the middle of driving and then wont restart. But after I have it towed home it will start a day or two later.. I've had the battery replaced, the starter, the fuel pump, the alternator and have had it hooked up to the computer to see if any warning signals go off and nothing comes up.. its happened on the highway on back roads and while sitting at a stop light. It is very dangerous and I think and hope that Oldsmobile will do something about it to help its customers have a safer commute to and from their destination...

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #41

Oct 292013


  • 117,000 miles
Rear defroster stopped working. Went to dealer for another issue and dealer told me someone put in an inadequate wire to module and caused it to melt. Went to 3 junkyards today and found 6 Alero around the same year that all had the wire melted to the module. Found this online so here I am.. dealer tried to point finger at someone else but its obvious this is an Alero problem. I'll be contacting the dealer again to see what they'll do about it before it causes a fire.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #40

Aug 232013

Alero 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Hazard switch failed resulting in turn signals also not working. Part was replaced in 2004 under recall id 34013 but replacement part has failed.

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #39

Aug 052013


  • 123,111 miles
While sitting at a red light vehicle shut off and would not restart, had to push vehicle off of road, into parking lot, waited a few minutes and restarted vehicle, added fuel to vehicle went inside to pay and when I returned vehicle would not restart. Has continued to fail to start. Diagnosis pass lock system for security causes vehicle to shut off unexpectedly or not start unexpectedly.

- Schellsburg, PA, USA

problem #38

Jun 042013

Alero 6-cyl

  • 1,177,000 miles
I recently bought a used 2001 Oldsmobile Alero gl and not even a day later, the turn signals have stopped working. The fuses are still in great shape and the hazard lights still work. I have done my research and have found that a recall was issued for certain VIN #'s for the turn signal relay and hazard light relay to be replaced. Although my VIN is not one of the issued numbers, I am experiencing the same problems. This is a danger when driving and I want my VIN to be investigated for the same recall. I just bought this car and was unaware of these issues. My safety and the safety of my family mean the most, and I can't afford to fix this problem myself when it wasn't caused by me in the beginning. Oldsmobile/GM should be responsible for fixing all affected vehicles and not just the ones in the recall bulletin.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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