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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,085 miles

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 062015

Alero 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles


[xxx]: after a day of light driving after being stationary for about an hour and a half in Colorado springs co (cool weather) upon starting the vehicle the temp needle went from cool to almost overheated in the under 30 mins it took to go from one store parking lot to the next nearby one. The vehicle became fully overheated & sparks / 1' flames emerged from the sides of the front hood. Upon being shut off the flames receded, after approx 30mins sitting the hood was lifted & fluids checked (all were at appropriate levels). The vehicle was started again & ran idle for 20 mins & the sparks / flames reappeared again so the vehicle was shut down & a ride called. Upon being picked up the next day the vehicle ran fine again for the most part with only slight overheating - it was taken for an engine wash / under hood at an appropriate facility to remove any flammable / combustible residue. Had to be driven at speeds under 50mph to return home without further problems. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010

Alero 4-cyl

  • 165,340 miles
June 2010(irving, tx) - the gear shaft button popped out which made shifting from park to reverse or drive almost impossible without sticking something hard inside, like a pen. Vehicle would become difficult to start, typically after third try it would start.. the vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnosis or repaired as I could not afford it at the time, . I was involved in an accident, in which my Alero was totaled after failing to stop because power steering and brakes locked, the airbags never deployed. The approximate mileage was 165,340 at the time of failure

- Madison, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 152014


  • miles
Key will not turn to turn the car on. After many multiple times turning the key it may engage and start my car. The problem with trying to start the car is continuing to get worse. It now takes several minutes of trying to get it to start. There has been a recall but has not been sent out yet. The dealer can't fix it because they have not been notified and have no parts. I am stranded. Cost to fix it on my own, even though the part has had multiple complaints and is apparently defective will be over $300. That's ridiculous. Get the recall sent out so we can continue to drive safely or in my case drive.

- Vernal, UT, USA

problem #1

Nov 212007

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles
I bought it in Dec.2004, the last 2-one black and one white, I took the black sitting on the lot of freeman olds, irving tx. I started having trouble IN2006 I have all of my paperwork. Brakes went out, powertrain went out. Then I started smelling gas in themorning when I cranked it. And still do to this morning, it is awful. Last year it died right in the middle of the road. Would not start, I even had the plano tx. Police try to boot it for me. Battery I thought. Huffines had it towed in and it started right up for them, but it was my fault they could not reproduce it. So they gave it back, I go to the bank, miles from home and it does it again.they tow it back and again the same thing.I go again at my house and the same thing, this is bs at this point contact GM for the lousiness of this car, [xxx] was the first, angel, and now lashawnda.they tell me the fuel pump, ok, they replaced it, I had to cash in my grandchildrens life ins to pay for it, and am still paying back the loan a year later. I am on disability, and don't have any money. So I take it in for inspection, he comes out with a list of about $800 worth of stuff to fix before it will pass. [xxx] said they would waive the diag fee, I took it yesterday, he gave me another$1,000 worth of stuff to fix:fuel pressure regulator, leaking gas, egr valve, thermostat and cool flush.not including the 800, $2,000, to get it all done. I have copies of the recalls on it. Several transmission leaks with in months of buying it. After the fuel pump that wasn't even the problem, all it was, the relay switch. They did not even try that. I asked them to either fix this problem and call it even, or give me back my money.she said no they fixed that other problem for nothing so be grateful is what she meant. After paying $24,000 for nothing"?? the orig price 24,000 but with some dis it was 14,000" but with interest it was 24, never contacted me. [xxx] stopped doing any GM. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Plano, TX, USA

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