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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 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.

2003 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 042006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


2003 olds Alero. At 35K miles, both front wheel bearings failed. Upon taking it to the dealership for work, we were told that the front rotors and brakes also needed replacing. The bearings were replaced under warranty, but we were billed $400+ for brakes and rotors. I filed a complaint with the BBB and olds (after multiple calls) reimbursed us for half of the brake work. I was later told be a mechanic at the dealership that wheel bearing, rotor and pad failures were an ongoing problem with the Alero and Grand Am. Apparently GM did not feel it was worth standing behind. Now we have added 15K miles since the repair, and the new factory replacement rotors are already warped and causing uneven braking and steering shimmy. Stay away from this vehicle.

- Warren, IN, USA

problem #1

May 192004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a loud knocking noise coming from the vehicle. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that brake rotors needed to be replaced due to worn out parts. Mechanic replaced the rotors, but problem recurred. P

- Maryville, MO, USA

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