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Rear Defrost Stopped Working And Caught Fire Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
121,030 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced electrical (1 reports)
2002 Oldsmobile Alero windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 282011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles


YESTERDAY, 11/28/2011: Driving down the street in slow traffic. I hear a pop from the back of the car. I think someone just lightly rear-ended me. I look over my shoulder and from the right shoulder area of the rear passenger side seat I see FLAMES! I pull over, stop the car and try to dowse the flames with my jacket. I did not know at the time the fire was all the way down the back of the seat. My wife called 911. All I could do was close the doors and watch the smoke fill the car and shortly thereafter the rear window EXPLODED from the fire. The fire department arrived and put out the fire. Given the age of the car (10), Mileage (124k) and all the water, smoke, and fire damage the car is probably totaled. This just two weeks after I spend $600 to put all new brakes on it.

I don't care if it is 10 years old and has 124k miles, it should NOT burst into flames.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,061 miles

Rear defrost stopped working, short circuited and caught fire melting the plastic over top of the wiring and the seat before I put it out with the fire extinguisher ( I extremely regret the last part).

- , Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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