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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,158 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 192010

Alero 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles


I have a 2003 olds Alero in which the passlock theft deterrent system keeps acting up, shutting my car down completely. This has happened many times prior to today (6-19-10) however those were instances that I was trying to start the car and after doing the "key in the on position for 10 minutes"method, the car would start. Today however the car stalled as I was driving down a busy street. I was completely stranded. I've owned the car now for 4 years, and the passlock has sporadically engaged a total of 10 times, including today. However, unlike the previous enabling, my car now sits on a trailer unwilling to start at all. Having a car completely quit while driving down a road is a life threatening situation and I would like to have it remedied immediately by the manufacturer, as I feel the passlock system should be recalled.

- Winneconne, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 162007

Alero 4-cyl

  • miles
Bought the 2003 Alero Oldsmobile in March 2007, not realizing the ongoing problems with the stalling and not starting issues. Many times with children in the car have been stranded when car would not start. First time, replaced battery; second time and third time took to mechanic spent $390 to attempt to fix car however still has issue. Mechanic said it had electrical issue with security system conflicting with wireless internet radio waves. Had to have it towed into the mechanic. Soon after a week the problem occurred again:I read on a automotive forum to put key on the "on" position for 10 minutes wait for the security light to stop blinking and then start the car (should work it stated) it worked however it is now sometimes a daily problem. I now allow 10 minutes leway in departure to allow for this aggravating problem to arise. This problem is a high security issue not safe to be stranded with single mom with kids in parking lots and as well as being out to town. Has caused to miss work. This is a ongoing issue and not sure how to remedy the problem. To add to the problem, the horn has been sounding off (as it it stuck position) for the last week 11/12/2007while driving another occurrence 11/16/07 park position key not in the ignition at 2:00am in a apartment complex. To quick resolve issue I tapped the horn on steering column it would go off again, then had roommate disarm the horn wire.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 052007

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Security light flashes on dash board. Vehicle will not start until 10 minutes, after the light stops. I had this same problem a year ago in had it fix at a GM dealer for about $360. This is a ongoing issue with GM vehicle.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 012007

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car will not turn on. The security light blinks on and off, indicating that the system is not being reset. I have tried unlocking and locking the car repeatedly. I tried cleaning the iginition switch, replaced spark plugs, air filter, etc. The keys do not have the micro chip in them, so I know it is not the key.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #1

Mar 182006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,790 miles
Auto stalled out twice when slowing down to yield, stopping completely in traffic areas so that the vehicle had to be pushed aside. After the first time the battery was replaced. The second time, the battery was jumped and the car started. The alternator was tested at that time and indicated excess current flow. During this period of two weeks, on several occasions intermittently, the parked vehicle would crank but the engine would not turn over. Each time, with numerous attempts, the vehicle would start and would perform for a day or so then repeat the problem. Inspections indicated that the battery and alternator were fine and there were no other indicators of cause. Finally, when brought to a dealership, they found that the ignition cylinder had failed and the pass lock security system was shutting down the car because it did not recognize the key. The cylinder was replaced and new keys created, but the problem occurred again. Further investigation found that the ignition module has failed also.

- Salem, NH, USA

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