Coolant Leaking Into Engine Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,625 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. upper and lower intake gaskets/seals replaced (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 082010

Alero LX 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


My car is a piece of crap, it's been one problem after another with the cooling system, Have replaced everything that had to do with the cooling system, everything, and it would still get hot. Have blown head gasket 3 times, can't drive it any where without having to constantly watching the temperature gauge, can't sit in no drive- thur, can not sit in any time of traffic because it gets hot. I love the car, I like the way it looks and all the features that it has but I hate not having a dependable car.

- , Riverside, CA, US

problem #3

Sep 162009

Alero GLS 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

I've had my Olds Alero since driving it off the lot brand new in Oct. 2002. I have always kept up with the oil changes, maintenance etc. I haven't had any problems until two weeks ago when my overheat light came on. When I looked at the gauge it was running hot but not in the red. I was a block from home and parked it. I checked to find the coolant tank was completely dry. I bought the DEX-COOL 50/50 and filled it up. Two weeks later, I was on my way home and saw that it was running hotter than normal again. I parked it and tried taking it in the morning for an errand and it immediately made a constant knocking noise...loud. I drove a block and turned around and parked it. I found that the coolant tank was bone dry again and the oil level was low. There has never been a spot on my garage floor...ever. I called a mechanic and told him the symptoms. I added oil and coolant and ran it parked, for 20 minutes. The knocking stopped (which ended up being the LIFTERS that were dry due to the low oil). I am driving it to the mechanic in the morning but he said he has found that the intake manifold gasket and the cylinder head gasket has been the main, common problem in the Aleros. Said the intake manifold gasket would cost 600-700$ and the cylinder head gasket would be around $2000. I read about the lawsuit against GM and found that it was settled and people were received reimbursement up to $850 for this problem however, since that settlement, GM has filed Chapter 11 which reimbursements anymore. I think that since my problem started after their Chapter 11, they should have to pay but I suppose a whole new lawsuit would have to be filed for that. I think I'll get it fixed and trade it in while it still runs!

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

May 152009

Alero LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A GM product with only 65,000 miles SHOULD NOT have the seals on the antifreeze go BAD!!!

- , Burke, VA, US

problem #1

May 162009

Alero LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles

This should not have happened on a car with only 64,500 miles

- , Burke, VA, US

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