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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,161 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero brakes problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 112014

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles


Upon purchasing this vehicle in March of 2014 I have had numerous issues with it. One issue being it would not start. I let the dealer I bought it from look at it and he took it to a garage that he usually deals with and they told me they replaced the starter. However, I'm almost positive it had something to do with the ignition switch recall. Another issue is the horn randomly started going off in the driveway one day and now the horn does not work at all. The most concerning issue is that of the electrical problems I've been having with the car. The parking lights stay on, forcing me to have to disconnect the battery every time I leave the car for extended periods of time. The turning signals work intermittently, sometimes only after 7pm through 8am I won't even be able to get the signals to turn on. Other times they won't work if the windshield wipers are on.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #6

Jun 152014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving various speeds, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle failed to stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure occurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Kiel, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 042014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 15 mph, the brake pedal failed to respond when it was depressed. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 012013

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle suddenly experienced unintended acceleration and continued to accelerate even after the contact removed her foot from the accelerator pedal. The contact indicated that the failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 57,000. Updated 10/02/14 the consumer stated the accelerator stuck and the driver had to brake hard in order to keep the vehicle from driving through a garage wall. The consumer stated the accelerator only sticks on hot and humid days. The vehicle was repaired on 8/714. Updated 3/30/15

- Penfield , NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 292012


  • 28,130 miles
Car has repeatedly shut off at speed, sometimes restarting, twice needing to be towed.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 032007


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact indicated that after restarting the vehicle the steering malfunctioned, causing extreme difficulty in turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that both control arms were faulty. The vehicle was repaired but the defect recurred. The contact indicated that the vehicle would intermittently stall while driving but an independent mechanic was unable to diagnose the defect. The contact also indicated that the air bag warning light was replaced because of constant illumination of the warning light. Additionally, the brakes malfunctioned but the failure was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011

Alero 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I live in a hot "ambient" environment, the South. I am the third owner of my 2003 Alero Oldsmobile. My car's accelerator sticks and will not return to idle. It continues to do this and it seems like it is getting worse. It is also affecting the rest of the car and its parts. My brakes are probably going out because of the accelerator pedal being stuck and me having to hold the brakes down while its revving past 3000 rpms in park. I have contacted GM and they claim that my VIN isn't effected. I have read about and talked to many other owners of the 2003 Alero Oldsmobile and they also were turned away and said that their vins were not effected. I think that GM might not be taking this recall seriously but I am positive that this recall is valid for my car and it is scary when I have my two boys that are under five in my backseat when the accelerator sticks and continues to do and even when I turn off my vehicle and turn it back on it continues to do so. I am filing this complaint in hopes that ya'll would be able to help me. Thank you so much.

- Slidell, LA, USA

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