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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,008 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.

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero miscellaneous problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 222015


  • 110,000 miles


I was driving on the interstate and the car jumped up ito 6 and 7 rpms in the red got stuck even when pedal was not pressed stayed there I the red for a few seconds with no warning lights finally dropped and started knocking.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #9

Oct 132015


  • 80,000 miles
Got my car told to shop it was running when got car would not start up the key would not turn

- Dolton, IL, USA

problem #8

May 242015


  • 75,750 miles
Power mirror switch failed. Loss of more than one HVAC blower motor speeds (faulty switch or faulty blower motor resistor block?). HVAC direction control unit may need to be replaced (A/C and heat blowing out of front vents only; switch does not work).

- Florence, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 272015


  • 157,783 miles


Recall 14350 was fixed but after a week, the car started to shut off again while driving. Please one seem to know what is wrong. This is my transportation back and fourth to work. I never no whether I'am going to get home or not.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 012011

Alero 4-cyl

  • 35,550 miles
This incident occurred for the first time on a rainy day in 2011. I was a new driver at the time. While I was traveling at approximately 45 mph on my way to school, I put on my turn signal to change lanes. There was heavy traffic on the road, and I was going to need someone to let me into the lane. My turn signal, however, malfunctioned and would not illuminate. The resulting lack of communication between myself and the other driver very nearly caused an accident. This problem has persisted intermittently for the last three years. The malfunctioning of the turn signals occurs most often during wet or humid conditions. Only recently did I discover the source of the problem. When I attempt to activate the turn signal and it malfunctions, it can oftentimes be remedied by applying a small amount of pressure to the hazard light button. It was only a few days ago that I encountered an existing recall for earlier models of my car. The hazard light button has been recalled on the previous two model years (2001-2002) of the Oldsmobile Alero. It can not be a coincidence that the same problem is occurring in my vehicle. I looked into getting the button replaced, but the labor costs make replacement an expensive option. I should not have to pay for a systemic defect that egregiously affects the functionality and safety of my vehicle. Please consider extending the recall of the hazard light button to the 2003 model year of the Oldsmobile Alero. Thank you.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

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problem #5

Jun 222012

Alero 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
I have had problems starting this car off and on for the past 3 years. There are some days it won't start, then there are some days that when it starts, as I'm driving it will die..... sometimes it will start again and sometimes it won't. I've had it in the shop first (GM dealer) they first cleaned out the igniters, that worked for about 2 months, then they said it needs a new fuel pump, had that replaced, that lasted about a year, then my machanic replaced my ignition switch, said something about a sensor gone bad....guess what...good for about 6 months..... now I'm stuck with a car with little money to fix it. What should I do?

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 032004


  • miles


This all started estimated in April 2010. When the security light comes on I know it will not start the next time I get in it. It could not start once or 3 times. It very scary sitting in my car with the key turned on for 10 minutes. Then I can turn it off and turn back on and it will start. I have had it looked at and he put a new fuel pump on it, then it did it again and the next time he firxed it by reseting the computer but it did last. I talked to other people and they say they have the same problem. The way I found out how to fix was I called a tow truck and he told me what to do. Have you had any compaints like this?

- Wagoner, OK, USA

problem #3

Feb 182011


  • miles
This is the 3rd time I have had this problem the security lights is flashing, car will not start. So go and turn key to on position wait 10 minutes but today it was 20 minutes until lights stop flashing then turn key to off position before trying to start. Today it would not start at all. So I am without transportation until I can get help.

- Austin, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008


  • miles
The olds Alero has a defective passlock theft deterrent system. It shows up when you insert your key in the ignition, turn it, hear the engine cranking, only to fail to start. The dashboard's red warning light, security, flashes on and off. It believes it is being stolen, thus shutting off the gas to the engine. The problem actually stated 4 months after I bought my car, which I purchase used from a dealer, I believe im the 2nd ower. This issure happens about once or twice every 3 weeks or so. My dad actually thought it was the battery contacts because they were loose, so he tightened them up, then it took care of the problem for about a month. The another strange issue came up, about 3 months ago, as my car sat in park for about 2 hours, just out of the blue the horn started to "blow" like the alarm was set off, but the lights were not flashing so it wasnt that, about 20 minutes it did this til it blew the fuse for the horn. And now im without a horn in my car, which is not very safe. So I changed the fused, the horn worked for 1 day, then blew again, I changed the actual horn and another fuse, and just 3 days ago, I heard in the middle of the night, my horn going off again for no reason, and the fuse blew again, driving with no horn. So im driving my car that has this anti-theft feature and I dont know if its working from 1 day to the next, the security lights stays on my dashboard so I know something is apparently wrong with it, usually that when I know, my car will not start when I see that light come on and I have to do the trick with sitting in the car with the ignigtion on for 10 minutes before starting it. I googled this problem to see if anyone else is having this problem and found hundred of people tht are, contacted GM and olds Corp, they say there is not recall on the system because there is nothng wrong with it. Something has to be for all the customers to be having the same problems and apparently is has been goin on for years and they wont help.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012008


  • 40,000 miles
90,000 miles on car, need to replace bearings for a second time! the system is set up so that when the bearings fail the anti-lock brake system also fails. I have had many problems on ice/water when my system suddenly fails. This car should go much longer on new bearings - this will be my 3rd set.

- Olivet, MI, USA

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