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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,200 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero engine problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 072016


  • miles


Car has been having acceleration issues her and there has had a fuel leak for awhile now and now all of a sudden the car will not start..

- Hot Springs, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012017


  • 55,000 miles
While driving on a city road at approximately 40 mph, the car randomly began accelerating on its own. I immediately pushed on the brake pedal only to discover the car continued to accelerate. I stomped on the brake as hard as possible to avoid hitting the car in front of me. I moved the gear shift to neutral to try to keep the car from accelerating but that did nothing. I was barely able to turn off onto a side street where I was able to shut of the engine and make the car stop before hitting other vehicles. The car's engine revved up so high that it sounded as if it were going to blow up the engine. Now there is oil leaking severely under the car after this incident.

- Casper, WY, USA

problem #8

Nov 222015


  • 110,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate and the car jumped up ito 6 and 7 rpms in the red got stuck even when pedal was not pressed stayed there I the red for a few seconds with no warning lights finally dropped and started knocking.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #7

Jun 152014


  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving various speeds, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle failed to stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure occurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Kiel, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 012013

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle suddenly experienced unintended acceleration and continued to accelerate even after the contact removed her foot from the accelerator pedal. The contact indicated that the failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 57,000. Updated 10/02/14 the consumer stated the accelerator stuck and the driver had to brake hard in order to keep the vehicle from driving through a garage wall. The consumer stated the accelerator only sticks on hot and humid days. The vehicle was repaired on 8/714. Updated 3/30/15

- Penfield , NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 072014

Alero 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated the while merging into traffic at 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The contact placed the gear into neutral and was able to merge to the side of the road. The dealer advised the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 04V528000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 130, 000. Updated 9/12/14 updated 02/05/2015

- Mcewen, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 012011

Alero 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I live in a hot "ambient" environment, the South. I am the third owner of my 2003 Alero Oldsmobile. My car's accelerator sticks and will not return to idle. It continues to do this and it seems like it is getting worse. It is also affecting the rest of the car and its parts. My brakes are probably going out because of the accelerator pedal being stuck and me having to hold the brakes down while its revving past 3000 rpms in park. I have contacted GM and they claim that my VIN isn't effected. I have read about and talked to many other owners of the 2003 Alero Oldsmobile and they also were turned away and said that their vins were not effected. I think that GM might not be taking this recall seriously but I am positive that this recall is valid for my car and it is scary when I have my two boys that are under five in my backseat when the accelerator sticks and continues to do and even when I turn off my vehicle and turn it back on it continues to do so. I am filing this complaint in hopes that ya'll would be able to help me. Thank you so much.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 042010

Alero 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
I noticed an issue but thought it was all in my head because I had been pulled over for speeding on the way home from work because the car accelerated by without my foot on the pedal...although I was pulled over already to investigate why the car accelerated yet I still received a ticket.wasn't too sure what happened on 11/4 at about 3:10pm I was involved in a motor vehicle accident turning the corner, the pedal stuck or wouldn't stop not too sure but I lost all control of vehicle trying to avoid a car on the right I swerved and hit the car on the left thus destroying my car and the other car in the process.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 112005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After buying my 2003 Alero, I noticed a lag in the ignition system. I took it into the dealership under warranty and had them keep it for 3 days. No problem found, they could not duplicate it. So I lived with this problem. But now my car is randomly accelerating while I am driving it down the road or sitting in park. If you put the car in neutral the rpms jump up to almost red lining. In park the rpms go up to 3.5-4.5 RPM, and in drive it idles at around 50 mphs. Without even hitting the accelerator my car drives at 50 mph! after months of this occurring I found out that my specific car's VIN was recalled for this exact reason. I contact the dealership, they tell me to bring it in. After 1 1/2 hours of waiting they tell me that GM refuses to pay for the recall fix. I have spent countless hours on the phone and no one will help me. I am reading and this is happening to tons of people. How can they legally get away with this"?" I need help. I am a single mother who drives her 6 yr old daughter around in this death trap.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 292005

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles
Throttle sticking on 2003 Oldsmobile Alero gl. While driving the vehicle would not decelerate. As a result the consumer was involved in an accident. The consumer had contacted the dealer prior tot he accident about the throttle sticking. The consumer found out about a recall for throttle sticking and request reimbursement for vehicle repairs.

- Burley, ID, USA

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