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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,392 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

May 022016


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the engine stalled without warning while driving 35 mph. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who performed diagnostic testing, which located a failure code at the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) would only update the keys; it would not replace the ignition switch. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Manchester, KY, USA

problem #3

Sep 162014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the ignition failed, preventing the vehicle from being started without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 202014


  • 35,570 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled without warning and the power steering and brakes failed. The vehicle restarted after multiple attempts, but the failure recurred multiple times. The dealer stated that the failure could be due to a faulty ignition switch and/or various engine failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V40000 (electrical system) and performed the recommendations from the notification, including driving with a single key. The failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,570.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 082014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the battery was replaced; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic who was unable to locate a problem. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000. Rk updated 4/22/14 the consumer stated the vehicle experienced a loss of steering and would not continue to run. The dealer advised the ignition was the cause of the failure. Updated 04/24/2014

- Westmont, IL, USA

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