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Catalytic Converter Failed

2002 Oldsmobile Alero

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Oldsmobile dealer. Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
66,504 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. catalytic converter replaced and fouled cylinders cleared (1 reports)
  2. replace catalytic converter (1 reports)
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2002 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

May 122011

Alero GL 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles


Bought a 2002 Alero used without doing proper research on the car because I was starting a new job in a week and desperately needed the vehicle. Literally the second day I drove it the check engine light came on and it was the Cat. Converter. I was quoted $750 by my mechanic for parts + repair and definitely did not ave the money for the additional repair. Car still ran fine for a little bit after the light came on until it practically stopped working altogether. Car would not shift out of third gear and would just sit and rev up RPM without accelerating past about 60km/h. Finally ordered a new converter online for a little over $200 and came out to around $350 total for repair.

- , Calgary, AB, canada

problem #1

Dec 252004

Alero Ecotec 2.2L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,588 miles

Car broke down while traveling home from New Orleans Christmas morning and had to be towed to a hotel. Almost resulted in the vehicle catching fire. Couldn�t begin the process of getting the car fixed until the next day. Car towed to a dealer on 12/27/04 and repairs completed on 12/28/04. Stranded out of town for four days until car repairs completed. Had to fight with Oldsmobile Roadside Assistance for hotel, towing and car rental reimbursement.

- , Kennesaw, GA, USA

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