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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 252009


  • 62,000 miles


Accelerator pedal stuck on 2001 olds Alero almost causing a serious accident.

- Creve Coeur, MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 212005

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,003 miles
I have been having problems with the engine idling high while driving, making it possible to slow down, brakes were not working, causing me to pull over to the emergency lane, putting the car in neutral, shutting my engine off, in order to get car to stop. My car has been in the dealer shop where I bought it, since July 21, 2005, they said they can't find anything wrong with it, car is still under warranty, but due to not finding anything wrong with the car, they are charging me for towing fee and for doing a preferment check on the engine, out of pocket is over $100 to say, we can't find anything wrong. This wasn't the first time, on June 13, 2005 the same thing happen, putting it in the grange for 4 days only to say they couldn't find a thing wrong with it, I feel there is defect in the computer or idle control, as I feel this vehicle is very unsafe while driving it, not only for myself but for anyone else to be around when this occurs again.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 072005

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states that vehicle accelerates by itself even when press the brakes. Vehicle will not stop, it still accelerates. The GM repair shop told her three times they cannot find anything wrong with the vehicle, they have the vehicle now.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

May 122004

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles


Problems with high engine idles and shifting through all the gears. This would occasionally occur when the vehicle was started from a cold engine. The transmission was shifted into drive and without the consumers foot on the gas pedal, the vehicle shifted through all the gears. The engine displayed a loud rumble sound. When the consumers foot was taken off of the accelerator it shifted forward. A connector was replaced which appeared to be the problem. The symptoms later appeared. A broken wire was replaced in the harness connector.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 152001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle accelerates on its own, will not respond to braking. It will accelerate for 5-7 miles before it slows down. This has happened 5 times, dealer could not find cause. Vehicle at dealership at this time.

- Siletz, OR, USA

problem #1

Oct 192000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel leakage occurs around fuel tank. Also, tilt steering lever is broken, and cruise control light does not illuminate when activated. Service the engine soon light came on four times, and testing revealed that fuel seal was defective. Tilt wheel latch broke when starting the engine.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

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