Engine Won't Turn Over, Won't Start

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,758 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. replace 10 amp ac / bfc fuse (1 reports)
2003 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 312017

Alero ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,090 miles


Switches, radio, door locks randomly work......dash lights all come on while driving.

- , Marion, US

problem #13

Apr 062016

Alero GL 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles

This car piss me off. I put $250.00 in full pump. I think it is in the key but do not won't to pay $165.00 to put it in to find that is not it. I tried the key for 10 min turn key off waited 30 tried to start, did not work. Can you help me?

- , Jacksonville, Armenia

problem #12

Sep 012013

Alero 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This car is the biggest piece of Sh*t ever built and GM should be ashamed of themselves for allowing hard working people to shoulder the responsibility of fixing this piece of crap when they know that this car is an absolute LEMON. This why I will only by Foreign cars,10 years 100000 miles.

It's hard to support a company that basically said the hell with you people even when they know that it should be their fix.

- , Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 142009

Alero ES 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I will pull in and park, come out and will not start. Mech. has checked 4 separate times and it will start. Has new battery, and occurs when the day is hot and or cold. The last mechanic went through it totally and could find nothing. We have had it stored for the last 1.5 years & would like to begin driving her again but scared.

- , Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #10

Jul 202012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

I just bought the car from a friend who said she replaced the transmission and she has never had problems with the car. This first two weeks the car has needed the fuel pump replace, that was two days ago. Now the car does not stay start. i have drove it for no more that 15 minutes and the car is turn off and get back to start it up it will not stay started for a minute. I do not know what i am going to do. i have to travel to work and i feel like i have been had!

- , Carbondale, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 022012

Alero 2.3 L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

2 times we have had our 2004 Alero Oldsmobile towed because it will not crank.

nothing to wrong with the battery. the key does nothing when turned on.

the dealership cant find the problem because it cranks ok when it gets there after

being towed.

- , Athens, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 102012

Alero 2.3 L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


the car refuses to start randomly....acts like a dead battery, but when towed,,it automatically starts....i read on line "turn the key to ON position for 10 minutes, then off for 5 seconds, then start it. IT REALLY WORKS...dont take it to your dealership,,they dont know what causes

- , Athens, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 052011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

To all owners of a 2003 Olds Alero, please read. I recently had a problem starting my car. It acted as if I was out of gas. I read comments to check the anti-theft system (turn key to on, wait 10 minutes) no luck. Checked fuses and relays under the hood related to fuel. (fuse box on drivers side, under hood) Nothing. Had it towed to a garage where they had no idea....at first. Then they found a leaky water pump that caused a short on my A/C compressor that blew that A/C fuse. That 10 amp fuse just happened to control what they called the BFC (Body Function Control). Apparently, that BFC controls the flow of gas. So, save some time and money..and a tow. Check that fuse!! I think it is red in color. It is very small. The underside of the fuse panel describes all of the fuses.

- , Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 032009

Alero 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Not all the time but happening more and more often, you go to start the car and nothing.

We were going to replace the starter but after reading other peoples complaints and

going home and trying the turn the car to ACC for 10 minutes and then back off and then trying to start it really worked. I'm glad we didn''t put the money out for a new started but we still would like to get it fixed. I don't want to leave my daughter stranded somewhere

- , Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #5

Mar 172006

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,894 miles

my 03 Alero purchase has been the largest mistake ive ever made that $%^&@# security system is $%^&@

- , Noelville, Ontario, Canada

problem #4

Apr 112008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,632 miles


Twice in the past month my car stopped functioning while I was driving it. Once was in the middle of an intersection. I had it towed twice. They put in a new Ignition Starter and a new fuel filter. Seems many other find this same problem in the 2003 Alero. My car is unreliable, dangerous, and a lemon in my opinion. With only 67,000 kilometers I should not have this problem.

- , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Feb 092008


  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

This problem i am having with my car started about a week ago. The car would seem like it wants to turn over but never does. I had to eventfully get it towed to get serviced. On that Monday, the shop told us that is was the ignition modulator. We went to pick it up, and it worked. On our way home, we went to the gas station and it didn't turn over the first time, but the second time it did. To make a long story short my boyfriend and I got stranded this time, and had to get it towed again. So here we are again back a square One!!

- , Charleston, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 142007

(reported on)

Alero 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

My 2003 won't start every few days in the morning. I towed it to the shop and it started right up when they let it off the tow truck. The shop couldn't find anything wrong with it. When this happens the car is not getting fuel to the engine, but it could be one of 15 different things that all cost mucho dinero. The mechanic showed me a plug on top of the engine that can be pulled right out. He said if it won't start to spray ether (sold at auto part store) in the hole for 3 sec. and replace the plug. This works every time, but if I shut the car off right away it needs spray again. So what I do is spray and than drive around my parking lot once and the car can be shut off and restarted. I don't know if this is computer related, security, ignition, water in the lines or gas draining back from the engine at night. I do know its not the fuel pump. I checked online and hundreds of people are having problems with the security feature and their car keys. What fixed your problem?

- , Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 252007

(reported on)

Alero GLS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

2003 Alero with 40,000 miles, only had the car for 6 months, starts right up sometimes, other times turns but takes 2-3 times to start. Seems to idle a little rough. Check engine lights is not on, so my mechanic couldn't get a repair code. suggested fuel filter and check fuel pressure to see if it could be the fuel pump, wasn't the problem and he had no idea what it could be. He said he could start guessing and changing parts but that could be costly.Anybody else with this problem or any ideas?

- , Oregon, OH, USA

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