Engine Noise

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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
113,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (1 reports)
2001 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 092012

Alero 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


OK..I've had ENOUGH w/my 2001 Olds Alero. I bought this car brand new and I've taken very good care of it. In June 2010 I began hearing a clicking sound in the engine. Had many mechanics tell me different things, but finally took it to a shop where they insisted that the entire engine needed to be replaced! I weighed my options and decided to do it, as I didn't want to buy a used car that may nickel and dime me to death. I paid $6,000 for the new engine, but immediately noticed that once the new engine was in, the car wouldn't start on the first (even 2nd) try. Eventually it would start. Fast forward to July 2012. Went out to garage to start my car and it would turn over, but not start. Put new battery in and it still wouldn't start. Paid $200 to have it towed to the shop that put the "new" engine in. Was told it needed a new fuel pump to the tune of $760! (Plus $200 tow cost.) What choice did I have? I can't afford to buy a new car (or even a used one at this point!) They had my car for four days. Driving home from the shop yesterday, my car was making a loud engine sound...I thought it was all the traffic on the hwy. Nope, it was MY car! And again, it won't start the 1st time I turn the key!! I'm SO completely frustrated, and I'm actually afraid to drive my car now. I'm disabled; my son's leaving for college one hour away and has no transportation; I can't afford to sink any more $$ into this car. Can anyone PLEASE contact me and let me know my options? Lemon Law? Recall? I can't be stranded w/out a car, yet I can't afford to get a different one. Being female doesn't help...I truly believe mechanics take advantage of the fact that most of us don't know much about cars, so we get ripped off!! I'm at my wits end...someone PLEASE help me. Thank you!

- , Mount Horeb, WI, US

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