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NHTSA — Steering: Gear Box: Shaft Sector Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,800 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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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 272007

Aurora 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


Clunky feel and eventually noise in steering wheel. Turned out to be the steering column intermediate shaft. Looked it up on internet, it is a problem on most GM large cars and trucks. GM has so far failed to recognize the problem with a recall but has a replacement part available. I replaced it at the cost of $267, well worth it to have my beautiful car like new again, but GM should replace free for the pr.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 312004

Aurora 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,400 miles
Intermediate steering shaft failure on 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora. Talked to olds numerous times, admitted the problem is so bad that part is on back order for 4 to 6 months. Quick fix is a lube kit they have come out with, but it is only a temporary fix. Consumer should not have to pay for such a common failure.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

May 272004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at any speed, the consumer noticed a noise coming from the steering wheel while making turns or within normal driving. Dealership serviced vehicle and the problem was due to steering shaft was worn.

- Athol, MA, USA

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