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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,500 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 212015


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), the vehicle became difficult to start and the transmission malfunctioned multiple times. The contact mentioned that the battery warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Nicholasfield, KY, USA

problem #3

Sep 032012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that it would take several attempts before the vehicle would start. The contact mentioned that vehicle would jerk when shifting out of the park position. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 162013

Alero 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
For the past year or so, it's been difficult to get the vehicle started and out of park. I first went to the GM website when the June 2014 recall for 2003my Alero started and it said the vehicle was not recalled. I read a subsequent story that the GM website recalls.GM.com wasn't accurately displaying recalls where no parts are available. Went to the site after the repairs this past weekend and it said my car was recalled. After calling the support number and having them look up the VIN, they didn't see my car was recalled in their system although the call center tech stated the problem sounds similar to existing issues. He provided a GM sr # and requested my local dealership to follow up, but it would be considered a diagnosis outside of recall. Unsure based on differing reports from GM on the vehicle being safe or not.

- Glen Carbon, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012012


  • miles
I have power windows in my Alero and the clips keep breaking every time I have them replaced!! I have replaced these clips 4 times!!! is there a way to fix the window once & for all so that I can use it? this will not pass nh state inspection without the window working properly!

- Laconia, NH, USA

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