NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 092001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer can pull the key out of the ignition while the vehicle is in gear. The consumer stated when he started the vehicle the transmission was in foward gear, the consumer had to take it out of reverse, then shift it back into reverse in order to back out.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 102003

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car refused to start or died while on the fwy on more than one occasion. Everything worked (lights, radio), but the engine wouldn't "turn over." Ck engine light on- tow-truck driver couldn't start. Towed to dealer. GM service could never figure out the problem- mulitple electrical problems- put through diagnostic tests-computer module replaced and deterrent module needs replacing- car "thinks" its being stolen, so it cuts off the fuel pump. (2)signal lights and emergency signal some times stop working. Dealer always unable to figure out how to permanently fix the defect. Cost between extended warranty and my pocket 13K plus. Finally fed up with GM-the dealer-inability to fix the problems X 1.5 years traded the car in. Will never by a GM product!

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012002

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car doesn't always start when I turn the key in the ignition. Takes a few seconds to turn over. Driver side mirror shakes. The numbers on the radio buttons have rubbed off. Rear defrost doesn't always work. Rotors are always wearing out. Used to hear a clunking noise every time I turned the steering wheel - had the steering rack replaced. Interior dome light falls off.

- Groton, CT, USA

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