Engine Stalls/Dies While Driving

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,600 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. new ignition switch (1 reports)
  3. replace computer (1 reports)
2003 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012010

Alero 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


While driving and no warning the car would lose all power and die, thank God it started back up immediately and didn't trigger the 10 min security wait time. It has happened on the freeway, on busy street and while having my kids in the car,it is so scary and I hate driving my car major danger. GM needs to fix this ASAP.. my husband had his mechanic put a new computer " brain" in my car and it fixed the problem.. he only charged 500.00 who knows what other mechanics or dealers would charge

- Jennifer K., Westminster, CA, US

problem #8

Jan 022013

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


- dkernsjr, Georgetown, IN, US

problem #7

Aug 172012

Alero 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

need to know if anyone has fixed this similar issue.

Update from Sep 6, 2012: Idle fluctuates and wants to take off on its own at the red light. Never a low idle, just revs up at times.

It's an intermittent problem. Today I drove it all day running all over town and it did fine. I've replaced ignition module , mass air flow sensor, idle control valve, throttle position sensor, cam shaft sensor and crank sensor, fuel regulator was replaced by the dealer [ said it was leaking gas] $445.00 and still the problem persists. Not any Dealer or mechanic that I’ve taken the car to has been able to figure out what’s causing the issue but the problem does not occur when I get it get it to them or it stops acting up when I take it to them. No check engine lights. And before I changed all of the parts I listed it also would just shut down as I was driving. Most of the time I wait a few minutes to as long as an hour and it will start back up and run fine again. It hasn't shut down lately but the revving still persists. When it is revving it also seems to shift erratically.

- Eric G., Cape Coral, FL, US

problem #6

Feb 132012

Alero 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,999 miles


My 2003 Oldsmobile Alero has died on me twice going down I-75 i had to coast to the side of the road and sit there for around 20 minutes each time i was lucky i didn't get in a crash trying to get to the side i have seen a lot of complaints of the same thing has anyone got any help from Oldsmobile if so please help

Update from Jul 20, 2012: it was fixed i just had to buy a new ignition switch now it is running like a top i hope this helps anyone

- Kenneth P., Powell, TN, US

problem #5

Dec 132010


  • Manual transmission
  • 79,536 miles

I had minor front end damage from hitting a deer a while back. Ever since, when i gear down to slow down, the car shuts off!! It starts up right away. It only does this after 20 minutes or more of driving, not on short trips. Mechanics can't find the problem. Nothing shows up on diagnostic and it's a standard transmission. Any ideas?

Update from Mar 18, 2011: turns out there was moisture all through my engine and in the oil pan. they had to drain oil, add something to dry it out, do a new oil change. They say problem should get better as weather gets warmer. No idea how moisture got in there. Was also advised to do oil changes every 2500 km instead of every 5000. So far no further problem with it.

- Candi B., White Fox, Sask, canada

problem #4

Dec 282010

Alero 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,667 miles

my car problem began on 12/28/10 - the car stalls while driving, after about 15-20 minutes it starts again. I have taken to the mechanic to the dealer and the fuel pump was replaced but that did not fix the problem. then the mechanic tuned up the car and changed the ignition switch module, I just picked up the car today, drove to work about 4-5 miles, then on my way back home the car stalled again, I waited about 15 minutes and it started again and I was able to get home. It cost me about $700 to change the fuel pump and obviously it was not the problem.

- mariamaryland, Germantown, MD, US

problem #3

Jul 032009

Alero 2 DR CPE GL2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


I bought my car brand new.It died while I was driving down the road when it was about 3 years old. I took it in and had it checked and they couldn't find anything wrong- no computer record of what had happened. It did it again a few months later. Now my car is 6 years old and it is happening every time we take it anywhere. When it first started happening all I had to do was put it in neutral and restart it. Now it won't restart. My most recent problem was when I left it running while I ran up to drop a payment in a drop box. I came back got in ,put it in drive and it died. I thought it would never start again. It would start but die when I tried to put it into gear. I do not know what caused it - all I know is this car is going to have to find a new home. I refuse to let it strand me again! The really sad thing is I loved this car. I still think the body style is one of GMs best ever. I love the bright red color. I love the way it handled. It was a fun car to drive. But to be doing this after only 43000 miles. ...........Buh bye Alero-----Buh bye GM products- our new car will be a Ford.

- kadacozarh, Lagro, IN, US

problem #2

Oct 302008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,881 miles

I bought this car and not even 10 miles later the service engine soon light came on, then the oil light and battery light came on - then it died while I was going 60mph on a highway! Talk about a frightening experience.

The dealer has paid for everything (I've taken it in 4 already because they said it was fixed then I'd get it back and the service engine soon light would come back on). The 4th time they took it to another dealer to have them fix it because they couldn't figure out what it was. I've never received a receipt yet, so I don't even know what they have done to fix it!!

I asked for a different car - I mean what the H? Even buying a used car, you should not have these problems right away. The dealer won't budge and I'm stuck for the next 3 years paying this junk off - I'm just hoping it doesn't die on me again.

- Summer D., Madison, WI, US

problem #1

May 012008

Alero 6 Cylinder V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

This is a combo problem between others I have seen here. Three times in the past month my car has completely died while driving. On each of those instances I either could not or had difficulty getting it to start again.

Other times I couldn't start it in the first place, after it would turn over. One mechanic had me install a new batter, which didn't work (alternator good). Two other mechanics could not diagnose the problem since it would not act up for them. At one point when it was having problems starting I measured the fuel pressure to be non-existent, so I think it is a fuel issue.

I hesitate to fix the fuel pump because of all the stories I have read where people fix it result in a non-fix and the problem persists. Same with the fuel pump relay. There has been a lot of speculation from a lot of people and a lot of mechanics concerning this problem and I haven't heard of any permanent fix (if you think it is fixed, wait a month and think again).

I have read that it might be an electrical problem with the computer on board. Has anybody had this issue fixed for good???? If so, please email me since I won't check this forum too often.

- Chris D., Arlington, VA, US

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