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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,406 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 012012


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed. The contact mentioned that the key had to be wiggled in order to turn the ignition switch off. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- West Bloomfield , MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 152014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 282014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. Immediately after the key was inserted into the ignition switch, the auto theft mode activated. The failure prevented the vehicle from starting and occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 252007

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer's 2001 olds Alero has iginition switch problems.

- Millville, ME, USA

problem #6

Aug 022006

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's ignition would not start. The security light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was towed to the dealership and the fuel pump was replaced. The problem reoccurred three weeks later and the vehicle was towed to the dealership who determined the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The problem reoccurred three weeks later and the dealership replaced the ignition switch.

- Blenheim, SC, USA

problem #5

Apr 082006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since Feb. My car has been in for repairs 4 times. I bought the car used in Sept. 05 and almost immediately noticed there was a problem when the window would not roll down and the temp. Gauge went on hot (and the car was not). I took it in to the dealer and they of course found nothing wrong since the computer they use to diagnose problems wasn't registering anything. Not quite a month had passed when I started to have difficulty starting the car, a few days later the car stalled while driving in a.M. traffic on the fwy. It was taken to the dealer again, they stated it was cpc computer had to be reprogrammed and the igniter had to be replaced. On the way home after picking up the car, it stalled again, and would not restart. Again the next day it was taken in and the ignition switch was replaced. A few weeks pass and the same problems start to occur, this time when it was there, nothing could be found. This is a potentially a very dangerous problem, this time again driving on the fwy. The car stalled, I made it to the shoulder of the road, the car again as usual would not restart, next time this happens I may not be as lucky. My car is at the dealer currently and they cannot seem to find out what is wrong. In reading other numerous complaints this obviously is a problem. Who is responsible" does someone have to killed before GMC does something about this"

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 142003

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,058 miles


2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The consumer stated the security light kept coming on and the vehicle eventually shut down due to this. The vehicle has been to the dealership five times. The dealership replaced the ignition switch housing. This could go on between one to six months before the problem happened again. The customer service line at Oldsmobile continuously told the consumer they were looking into the problem. She has contacted the manufacturer three times. The problem started on November 14, 2003. The past two times this has occurred the security light came on while driving. The owner's manual stated at that a T this point the consumer should pull over and restart the vehicle or it will shut down while driving.

- Cornersville, TN, USA

problem #3

Feb 102004


  • 58,000 miles
Intermittently consumer was unable to turn/start the vehicle due to ignition switch failure. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Atoka, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 212003

(reported on)


  • miles
For the last two months turn signal randomly goes out. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the ignition switch. Vehicle has also been to other dealers, who could not fix the problem.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 022002


  • miles
Turning signal is not working properly.also, when putting key into ignition and then taking the key back out key will be really hot. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- Wheatlin, IN, USA

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