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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,279 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 202003

Alero 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


Several failures of either front brakes or rear brakes requiring complete replacement. Failure happens after less than 20,000 on each set of brakes. There has been at least 3 wheel hub replacements on driver side as well as 2 wheel hub replacements on the passenger side. Both drivers window and passenger window motors have been replaced twice.... updated 04/11/13

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #7

Mar 152003

Alero 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Excessive front brake wear. Front wheel bearings. I purchase (2) 2001 Oldsmobile Alero and within the first 24,000 miles there stated to be brake problems. It sounded as if the front wheels were always grinding. Cars were taken in to dealership and we were told there was nothing wrong. My wife and I drive completely different but identical problem occurred in each vehicle. We've had to replace rotors and brake pads every 12,000 - 18,000 miles. Finally when I took the vehicle into a non- dealer, to get the cruise control, traction control repaired, they replaced the front bearings and repaired the other problems. Since then, no more grinding noise and the brakes don't seem to be wearing out as rapidly. Both vehicles had the V-6 option, so I don't know if the problem was related to that or not.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 062005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
2001 Alero (2 dr. Coupe) I have been on several sites and am finding many Alero owners having the same problems that I have encountered over the last couple of years. Fuel pump, wheel hub assemblies, intake manifold gaskets, power window failure(grinding/breaking clips/regulators), serv engine and traction control lights constantly on, electrical problems, brake problems etc. It is my belief that olds knew they weren't making this car anymore, and sent a sub-par product out into the market "hoping" to get away with as few recalls as possible. I have numerous complaints filed with olds and General Motors. General Motors has gone way out and offered me a $500 certificate towards the purchase of a new vehicle. Give me one reason I should go through another nightmare like this one. Recalls have never been issued on any of these complaints because it would probably cost millions of dollars for them to fix the problems. I constantly wait to see if any class action suits involving these vehicles occurs as I will be one of the first to jump in. What's the saying..."if it looks like dog crap and smells like dog crap don't step in it, it's probably dog crap". there's a defined problem with these vehicles and GM should be taking responsibility for them.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 072003

Alero 6-cyl

  • 44,229 miles


Left front wheel speed sensor shorted out. When the vehicle was turned on the check engine, ABS and traction light illuminated on the dash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the left front wheel speed sensor shorted out. The dealer replaced the left front hub kit at the consumer's expense. Less than a year later the right front wheel speed sensor shorted out. The consumer was once again responsible for the cost of the repair. The consumer request reimbursement in the amount of $1601.05 for both repairs. (nar)

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
One month after purchasing the vehicle I had it back at the dealer for seatbelt not retracting properly. The buttons keep breaking off. Had the rear defroster replaced, the A/C had to be fixed, the brakes and rotors replaced, turn signal switch had to be replaced. The gas gauge currently is not working. There has been so many repairs on this vehicle I can't keep track any more. Continue to have a problem with the car shaking when I have been driving it for a while. Dealer acknowledges there is a problem but has no idea what is causing it. This car is my worst nightmare. I have been to the dealer so many times I lost count.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The above problems are for the same thing at different times. The rotors on the car have gone out 3 times. The second time they went out I had to argue with Oldsmobile to fix them. They tried to tell me it was my driving making them go bad. I drive interstate to and from work - no hard stops, no stop-N-go traffic. Now they have gone bad again after the 2nd time they changed them - after only 6K miles. They refuse to pay for them. When we called customer care they informed us that they used a "new tool" the last time they "fixed" my rotors - which obviously didn\\'t help. I had a cavalier for 6 years and never once had to change the rotors!! this is just factory defect they they should be liable for.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #2

Aug 272003

(reported on)


  • 10,000 miles
Brakes and rotors wear prematurely and need replacement due to inadequate tire size being used by the manufacturer. There are several tsbs on this issue.

- Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 282002

Alero 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Took car to dealer. Have just turned 30K in miles. Brake pulsing. Told rotors need to be turned again and pads replaced. Was just done at 14K miles, 1 year ago. Dealer has looked at problem before, done nothing, states don't have to.

- Ilion, NY, USA

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