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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems

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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,357 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 302015

Alero

  • 107,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure caused the engine to shut off as the vehicle was started. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the same dealer who replaced another ignition switch. The dealer advised that the wiring harness and the ignition cylinder were faulty, but they were not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 107,000. Updated 10/01/15

- Cudahy, WI, USA

problem #8

Jul 032013

Alero

  • 88,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred four times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the ignition key needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,500.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #7

May 072007

Alero

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and no repairs were performed. The contact stated that the ignition switch was recently replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Tracys Landing , MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 132014

Alero

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Oradell, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 072003

Alero

  • 2,791 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and making a left turn, the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,791.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

Feb 052012

Alero

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start and stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The computer system was programmed by an independent mechanic to no avail. The contact was unable to start the vehicle after the vehicle was repaired. The instrument panel was not working. The vehicle was scheduled to be inspected and repaired by an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Rantoul, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 192012

Alero

  • 45,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the ignition cylinder needed to be replaced. The repairs were done to the vehicle on three separate occasions. The manufacture was not contacted about this failure. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 192005

Alero 6-cyl

  • 42,925 miles
2003 Alero ignition shorted causing consumer not be able to start vehicle, also found a leak in intake manifold gasket. The passlock sensor in the ignition cylinder shorted and as a result the vehicle would not start. The intake gaskets and oil drive O-ring leaked. The dealer replaced the lower intake manifold gasket, rocker cover gaskets and oil pump driveshaft cover seal. The air bag cover warped. The top of the dash was wrinkled and the instrument panel pan was peeling from it's backing. The dealer replaced the instrument panel assembly and transferred all components.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 022003

Alero

  • 6,000 miles
While driving at various speeds vehicle stalled. Consumer managed to pull over. Vehicle started back up with no problem. Had taken vehicle to dealership mechanic, but problem was not resolved.

- Dublin, CA, USA

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