NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,277 miles

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1999 Oldsmobile Alero lights problems

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1999 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 152010


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the turn signals failed intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 282011


  • 97,213 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 32 mph the contact applied the brakes but the vehicle would not stop. In order to stop the vehicle the contact engaged the emergency brake. During the failure all of the warning lights illuminated. The speedometer also began to display random speeds ranging from 0 mph to 100 mph. The vehicle also stalled while driving. The hazard lights would not function. The failure was not diagnosed. The failure and current mileages were 97,213.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #6

May 102008


  • miles
I am ashamed to say I own a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. I bought it last years as a back-up car, so we would have transportation should one of our newer vehicle have problems. I gave $2000 for it and have spent just as much on repairs. The turn signals only work intermittently though every fuse in it has been replaced. The anti-lock break light on the dash stays on. The front passenger strut broke and blew out the tire in the process. I was fortunate I wasn't killed when this happened. And now the heater blower has started making an awful noise, so it will likely need to be replaced soon. In addition the change oil light stays on, I have had it to numerous shops and no one can determine why it won't reset. The warning lights on the dash from all of this are a considerable distraction as well as all the problems they point to. I am appalled that in the usa we put a stamp of approval on such a horrible vehicle. In my opinion the entire vehicle should be recalled and replaced with one that runs properly. It is absurd and dangerous. I am fortunate I was not going a high speed when either strut broke...oh nearly forgot to mention that the rear driver-side strut also broke just this week. My biggest question is, who's name do I give to my lawyer when I am forced to drive this vehicle and someone is hurt? it is likely, given the hazards that come with this car that eventually something bad will happen. I just pray I won't have to drive it much.

- Flemingsburg, KY, USA

problem #5

Dec 032009


  • miles


Power windows have both went out had to replace the motor for that, 2 times now the rack and pinion has came out and 2 times I have had to replace altenator had to replace overflow resorvoir I dont find this to be a reliable or safe car to be in. I bought it used so who knows what has happened before I got it I forgot to mention my part-time signal lights they work when they want to and I had to replace air conditioning compresser I have only had car 5 yrs myself and its so not worth the money I have put into it the dates vary but the first was in 2004 and the last was 2009.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 312010


  • 110,000 miles
Since purchasing the car used in 2003, I have experienced intermittent signal and hazard light failure. Recently this has affected my brake lights. The brake lights, hazards and signals will no longer work unless in cases of extreme temperature changes ( heat on full blast or A/C on full blast). Also the signal lights continue to click even when not on. [xxx]

- Bowie, MD, USA

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problem #3

Jun 012002


  • miles
My 1999 Oldsmobile Alero has had a major problem with 1.manifold gaskets leaking. 2. all of the windows failing by falling off the tracks or the regulator itself failing. Three times for the drivers side window! 3.the turn signals have stopped working correctly, clicking constantly. 4.the gas gauge stopped working 5. the interior leather curled up on the dash, which I notice on many other Alero's I've seen.

- N. Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 102006


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the turn signals worked intermittently. The failure occurred 80 percent of the time. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage was 90,000.

- Lindenhurst, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012008


  • 60,000 miles
Both left and right turn signals fail to operate intermittently. I can get them to start working again sometimes by activating the hazard lights and then trying the turn signals again, but sometimes the hazard lights also fail to function. It sounds like a spring is releasing sometimes when turning the steering wheel and then the turn signals fail afterward. The hazard switch became stuck and was replaced by the olds dealer back in 2001 or 2002. After that I could hear a mechanical noise in the steering column whenever I turned the wheel in either direction and when I complained to the dealer they said a spring had come loose and there was no safety issue and that it would cost $250 to repair, so I let it go and never repaired.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

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