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NHTSA — Steering Problems

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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,967 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 082016

Alero

  • 174,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving 30 mph, the turn signals failed to function and smoke emitted from the top part of the steering column. In addition, while driving 55 mph, the headlights and horn failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 174,000.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 092015

Alero

  • miles
My ignition switch does not invoke the engine. It has happened couple of times with my Alero. Last year as per the recall notice GM dealer changed the keys and not the entire ignition module. Have spent over usd 350 in the last three weeks and again today the olds Alero is stop working. The ignition does not seem to turn on.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 132015

Alero

  • 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 #7

Sep 032014

Alero 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel locked and caused the driver to crash into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was taken to a salvage facility. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 10/24/14

- Sardis, MS, USA

problem #6

Jun 242014

Alero 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, there was a noise heard from the front driver's side suspension area. The check engine light illuminated and the vehicle veered to the left abnormally. The failure only recurred once. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic the following day, who diagnosed that the tie rod and wheel bearings were defective and needed replacing. The repairs were completed. The failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 10/7/14

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 292012

Alero

  • 28,130 miles
Car has repeatedly shut off at speed, sometimes restarting, twice needing to be towed.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #4

Jun 102013

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,740 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 vehicle was extremely difficult to steer and upon making a turn, the vehicle stalled multiple times. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the electrical ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,740. The VIN was not available...updated 08/11/14

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 102013

Alero

  • 237,907 miles
Traveling down an interstate hwy. Lost steering. Had the car towed home. Jacked the car up and found the nut on the bolt that hold the rack and pinion to the frame has come off and broke the bracket.

- Warrior, AL, USA

problem #2

Oct 152009

Alero

  • 105,897 miles
Purchased 2003 Alero on Oct 8, 2009 on Oct. 9th car would not start or jump, ABS and security light was on, radio turned off. Had it towed back to dealer who looked at it the next day and the car started right up and they could not duplicate the problem so they did not do any work to it. On Oct 15 while my daughter was driving the vehicle onto the interstate the ABS light and security light came on and the steering wheel turned sharply to the left and she could not control the vehicle. This caused an accident with injuries. The diagnostic report was limited due to the extent of damage to the vehicle and the only code they could get to register was that the ABS code was on. Was told that the diagnostic did not show anything else but diagnostics was limited anyways because the vehicle was not drivable anymore.

- Hudson, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

Alero

  • miles
2003 Oldsmobile Alero steering wheel had a lot of play. Upon inspection mechanic determined a broken mount on the steering gear assembly. The consumer was informed the broken mount was probably due to a sharp jolt such as hitting a curb or a pothole.

- Hurst, TX, USA

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