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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,715 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

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2002 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012012

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles


When I put my car into drive and let off the brake the car accelerate by itself. I do not have my foot on the gas and the car will continue to speed up until I hit the brake. While braking the car seems like it is still trying to accelerate. You have to push the brake all the way to the floor and hold it to try and maintain a full stop.if I put the car in neutral the rpms shoot way up. If I brake and stop the car and quickly throw it into park and shut it off and restart the car it usually solves the problem but it is definitely not a fix. There is just over 180,000 miles and I have just recently started to notice the problem it has happened a handful of times and I am trying to find the problem and get it fixed. This is very dangerous. The blinkers also periodically stop working and can be fixed by clicking the hazard lights a few times but again not a permanent fix. The cruise control has gone out and the trac control doesn't turn on. This car is becoming a death trap and expensive and dangerous to drive!

- Wisconsin Dells, WI, USA

problem #4

Feb 152006


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 35 mph she heard a noise and the service, low traction and anti lock brake lights illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the anti lock sensor on the driver's side of the vehicle. A couple of months later the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken again to the dealer who replaced the front passenger anti lock sensor. Six months later, the failure happened again. The contact stated that the failure occurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. The current mileage was 121,000.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #3

May 062008


  • miles
I purchased a 2002 Alero from the dealership. It had a certified sticker and a warranty on the window. After signing all papers and putting $2,000 down on it, the sales man informed me that there was no warranty due to the age of the veh. About a month later, I began having issues with it. 9-5-07 the brakes were squeaking and making loud noises. I had the dealership repair it under warranty. On 9-10-07, the front wheels began to shake and heard a loud noise as if the wheels were going to fall off. This happened by the dealership as I was going to work. I dropped it off and it was repaired. They said it was their fault due to a few nuts or bolts fell off. 5-6-08 is when the car completely left me stranded. Turn the key, all lights come on and seat belt alert came on. It sounded like it wanted to start but it wouldn't. I had it towed to the dealership. It cost me $588 to repair it. They said it was the pass lock sensor. 9-3-08 my car left me stranded again. It had the same issue as the first time. It sounded like it wanted to start but it wouldn't. had it towed to the dealership again. They quoted me $350 for repair it. They said it was the anti-theft mechanism in the ignition switch. After speaking to the manager, I paid a $50 deductible and the veh was supposed to be repaired. On about 5-9-09 the veh left me stranded again. It displayed the same problems as the prior 2 incidences. I had the veh towed back to the dealership and this time they said after the diagnostic, it was the BCM and would be approx $480 to repair it. A few days later, I had a friend to help me tow it to my home. I turned the key and it started up fine. I called the dealership and I was told it is the BCM and if the veh sits long enough, it may reset and start up. He also said it may leave me stranded again. I have been driving the veh locally and on 11-27-09, the veh will not start.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #2

May 012003


  • 24,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact has been experiencing failures with her vehicle ever since it was purchased. The speedometer displayed inaccurate readings and the braking system was locked twice due to a defective wheel bearing. The ignition switch was replaced twice and recently failed again. She is unable to remove the key from the ignition because it locked in place. The contact will take the vehicle in for repair. The failure mileage was 24,500 and current mileage was 92,273.

- Lansing , IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 022003


  • 19,076 miles
While braking, the front end would wobble. The cause had not been determined. The dealership will be notified.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

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