Engine Turns Over But Won't Start


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,644 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1999 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012010

Alero 2 Door 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


3 days ago had an appointment to go to, went out to start the car - nope wouldn't start. went out today to take husband to work and nope wouldn't start. i was reading complaints on here and think that we should all call gm and complain maybe they will do something about it. i used to love aleros .was going to buy another one yeah right. now i hate them so much i would never tell someone to buy one.

- , Shippensburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 092010

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I bought my alero in November of 2008 and ive had nothing but problems! Now it has started having the problem where it wont start. So we changed all the spark plugs and wires thinking that was part of the problem and after doing that it is still happening. You have to try to start it and push the gas and keep it accelerated for a minute before it will stay running on its own. Well once again today that didnt even work it left me adn my kids stranded! The security light has been coming on sometimes when your driving it so that cant be good. I think it is about time to take that car to the junk yard!! Never had so much problems with a vehicle in my life ill never buy anything from that company again!!! They dont want to do anything about it!!

- , Morrisonville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 072007

(reported on)

Alero GL 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,577 miles

I own a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero and I have been having the same difficulty over the past 6 months. I have taken care of the car, performing all of the scheduled maintenance, but it will turn over but not start. I have to press the gas a little to get it to stay running. I just had the intake gasket replaced back in March but that was not the problem. It was quite costly, around 750.00. It doesn't have very many kilometers for its age, but I am thinking about trading it in.

- , Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Nov 072006

(reported on)

Alero GLS Coupe 3.4 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

My 1999 alero seems to have the same problems as the 2001's. It started acting up a couple months ago, and I have yet to find somebody who can tell me what is wrong with it. My car won't start at all OR it turns over, but then dies. I have to hold my foot on the gas as soon as it starts and slightly let my foot off so it doesn't die. I've taken it to the GM dealership as well as a couple of other shops, but nobody seems to know the problem. Of course, as soon as I get it to the shop, it starts right up for the mechanic and they look at me like I'm retarded. The other day, it wouldn't start at all... no sound, no lights, and I couldn't even use my keyless entry. On top of that, my driver side window wasn't working. When the tow truck driver came, it started right up (of course), but reset the clock and my window started working. He thought it was a fuel injection problem. It's currently in the shop now (they put a new starter in because they "thought" that might be the problem.) Obviously it's not. I told them to check the computer or something with the fuel system, but they're ignorant and basically think that those couldn't be problems. I just spent $500 on a starter (which isn't the problem) and now I'm waiting to hear what BS they come up with today. Any comments??? I need help!

- , Waldorf, MD, USA

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