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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

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Average Mileage:
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2001 Oldsmobile Alero lights problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 012016

Alero

  • miles

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

We have the same problem as GM recall 03043 for 2001 Oldsmobile Alero models, but are told our VIN is not included in the recall. Why? we have a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. Turn signals are intermittently inoperative. Directly related to the hazard warning lights. If you mess with the hazards, turning on and off, you maybe might get your turn signals to work intermittently. This is what the recall is directly about, but when our VIN is entered into recall data base, it says no recalls for this VIN. Doesn't make sense to us. Very dangerous to drive without turn signals. Please advise. Matthew

- Baroda, MI, USA

problem #18

Dec 022015

Alero

  • 63,680 miles
When driving the turn signals will work and then not work at random and this concerns me, it can create a serious and dangerous situation

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #17

Dec 052014

Alero 6-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
Signal turn don't work, work on and off causing hazard.

- Lathrop, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 162013

Alero 6-cyl

  • 270,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the turn signals failed to activate. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 03V327000 exterior lighting. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 270,000.....updated 01/23/15 the consumer stated while sitting at a traffic light or driving 60 mph, the turn signals would not operate. It was an intermittent problem but when it happened, pressing the hazard button caused the turned signals to work. The vehicle was to a local repair shop, but the turn signals worked at the time. Updated 02/18/15.

- Sanatoga, PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 212010

Alero

  • 106,285 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the turn signals and hazard lamps malfunctioned intermittently. The contact believed that the failure was directly related to NHTSA campaign number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,285.

- Wyoming , MI, USA

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problem #14

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 #13

Aug 232013

Alero 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles

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

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 #12

Jan 152011

Alero

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The vehicle was remedied for recall NHTSA campaign number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting). The contact stated both of the turn signals on the vehicle come on sporadically. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic but the cause of failure had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000. The current mileage was 92,000.

- Chesapeake , VA, USA

problem #11

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

problem #10

Dec 102007

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when she noticed that the turn signals and hazard lights would not illuminate. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting:hazard flashing warning lights:switch) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 01/15/13 updated 1/23/2013

- Stevenson, AL, USA

problem #9

Oct 012011

Alero

  • 125,000 miles

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

The key can be removed while in drive. My turn signals go out on me.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 022012

Alero 4-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Blinkers intermittently work. Every time I take it in for diagnosis and repair the blinkers work just fine and I can't get them to not work. Normally they will work immediately after turning on engine, then after a few turns stop working. Other times they will not work at all upon turning on engine. When the problem first began, I could turn on the left and right signal a few times and then the blinkers would work. Now it has gotten so bad this no longer works. My VIN falls just outside the recall number C258800 so a dealer is working with me to see if they can get it covered. This is a serious safety risk to yourself and other drivers! I have learned that the flasher assembly is generally what needs to be replaced which about $40 plus tax and labor. I have also heard that the multi function switch generally needs to be replaced with the flasher assembly as they both are connected to the blinker system. Another issue could include the body control module which needs to be done at the dealer because certain codes need to be entered. Oldsmobile needs to include more vins in this recall. I hope this complaint helps others.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #7

Jan 022012

Alero 4-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Blinkers intermittently work. Every time I take it in for diagnosis and repair the blinkers work just fine and I can't get them to not work. Normally they will work immediately after turning on engine, then after a few turns stop working. Other times they will not work at all upon turning on engine. When the problem first began, I could turn on the left and right signal a few times and then the blinkers would work. Now it has gotten so bad this no longer works. My VIN falls just outside the recall number C258800 so a dealer is working with me to see if they can get it covered. This is a serious safety risk to yourself and other drivers! I have learned that the flasher assembly is generally what needs to be replaced which about $40 plus tax and labor. I have also heard that the multi function switch generally needs to be replaced with the flasher assembly as they both are connected to the blinker system. Another issue could include the body control module which needs to be done at the dealer because certain codes need to be entered. Oldsmobile needs to include more vins in this recall. I hope this complaint helps others.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 012010

Alero

  • 120,000 miles
Intermittent turn signals. When the turn signals quit you can move the 4-ways or hazards switch and the signals will work again. The hazards switch is faulty. There is a recall for 2000/2001 Alero's however my VIN number is not included in the recall although I have the same problem addressed in the recall.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 072009

Alero

  • 156,000 miles
The safety hazard switch as well as the turning signal switch is not working properly on my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. I later found out that there was a recall for this problem. I contacted the GM dealership and the told me " since your car is over 100,000 miles and it's showing that the car was repaired once with same incident with the previous owner, that they could not assist the problem". I have had the signal switch replaced, later to find out that wasn't the problem ( which cost $150). I feel that this is a very big safety hazard for me and my small child because this could result in a injury crash if someone runs into the back of me, please help.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #4

Sep 062009

Alero

  • 106,000 miles
I pressed the hazard button in the dash and the button receded into the dashboard. The lights were flashing. Pressed again to turn them off. The button has fallen out of the hole into the dash and is, of course, impossible to retrieve. So now I have no hazard lights. Lets hope I don' T need them.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 262008

Alero

  • 96,000 miles
The turn signal continues to click after making a turn and using the signal. I first noticed this on the turnpike switching lanes. I put the turn signal on and when it was turned off it continued to click but the lights were not flashing. The noise seemed to be coming from behind the steering wheel. Now the clicking will occur when I am driving straight or turning without using the turn signals. No repairs have been done.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 292004

Alero

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, she noticed that the engine would turn; however, the vehicle would not start. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The contact also noticed that the turn signals began to make a buzzing sound. The current mileage was 123,000 and failure mileage was 63,000.

- Fairfield, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 252006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Service vehicle soon, trac off light, and ABS light took to dealer, out of warranty, private repair shop, cost-$500, grinding noise before lights turned on, dinging, lights went on, it was sensor in left front wheel bearing. Also have replaced front rotors, alternator at 65,000 miles. Key fob doesn''t lock drivers door. Hood on car replaced in 2006 under warranty because of blistering 2002-water leak onto drivers floor, 5 times to dealer, replaced side door gasket, problem had to be solved by replacing windshield gasket. I'm afraid of all these complaints about turn signal failure and hazard light failure and the car just quitting. Trading in this piece of **** as soon as paid off.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

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