NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,206 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 292008


  • 27,865 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 27,865. Updated 02/20/15

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 132005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,548 miles
I experienced ignition failure recently. The vehicle would not start, and after having it towed to a repair shop, I discovered that the passive system had failed. I later learned that the mechanic had replaced this very item on 6 other vehicles exactly the same year and model as mine within the past month. (that seems like an awful lot for one shop to do.) I was told that the replacement part including labor would be $460!! this was quite expensive, but much less than the dealer wanted (as expected). I have since discovered that this is a rather common problem on this vehicle, yet it was not recalled.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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