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NHTSA — Suspension: Front Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,875 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 032008


  • 129,000 miles


Purchased vehicle August 2003 at 29,000 miles. Front left wheel bearing bad just inside warranty time - under 36,000 miles. Shortly after, front right wheel bearing went bad - not in warranty. Now at 129,000 miles, front left wheel bearing is bad again. Not using oem equipment this time as it isn't cost effective to pay for oem equipment - when it obviously lacks quality. I'm assuming my front right wheel bearing will go bad soon - better start saving for that repair! next issue - horn blows without provocation and will not stop - 3:00 in the morning. Next issue: Fuel issue, where you have to turn the key to the on position for 10 minutes then car will start. Does not happen all the time but usually when you do not have the extra 10 minutes.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 022004

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed driver heard a loud knocking noise coming from the front. Suddenly, the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection numerous times, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The RPM's increased when braking at 37-40 mph.

- Riverdale, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 102004

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
Last summer my family and I loaded into my 2003 olds Alero gl for a trip. The passenger seat would click but not lock in place. The first time I tried to stop the vehicle, the seat slid forward with my wife in it. I've been to a local dealership 3 or 4 times and this still happens. Now that my warranty is expired I don't let anyone sit in that seat or I use my wife's car when carrying passengers to avoid the repair costs. A couple of months ago the drivers side window fell off track and and broke the mounting bracket on the glass, the repair bill was almost $400. About 2 weeks ago the window has started squeaking and rattling. I have stopped using it until I can get it to the dealership that did the repairs. A week and a half back I noticed a rattling noise in my front suspension and a week ago I had to spend almost $450 to replace my brake rotors and pads and have my suspension inspected. Nothing wrong was found with the suspension, but the noise is still there. I've taken the car to a local dealership and meineke 3 times total over the last year complaining of grinding and reduced stopping power. Both told me that visibly there was nothing wrong with my brakes and I had 15-20,000 miles of wear left, that was less than 6,000 miles ago. New issue. 3 days ago my windshield washer stopped working. When I tried to operate the washer fluid shot out of the top of the resevoir and soaked the entire engine compartment.

- Fort Meade, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front end suspension failed. Consumer took vehicle to a dealer to be serviced, but they would not help him. He contacted Oldsmobile manufacturer, and they referred him to a richardson Oldsmobile dealership. When he again took this vehicle to get it serviced, they did not fix it because dealer claimed that they could not find the cause of the problem. Also, while driving back window mad E a loud squeaking noise. It seemed like the window was not secure and was about to fall off.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

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