NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2004 Oldsmobile Alero (Page 2 of 2)

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,319 miles

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Jul 142014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


The car is difficult to start. The ignition key must always be jiggled several times to get the ignition switch to turn on the engine. The problem started back in 2008 and continues to get worse. Eventually I will be unable to start the engine. I had a similar problem with my 1992 olds except the engine finally would not turn-off. I had to drop it off at a local auto repair shop running, and they replaced the ignition switch for $150.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #14

Dec 182013

Alero 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The want off on a cold night and would not stop. Pulled the relay when it got warm put it back in. Worked for a few day it my horn and it got stuck again.

- Monroeville , PA, USA

problem #13

May 102013


  • 107,650 miles
Failure happen again. The vehicle as taken to the dealer. The dealer replace. The cam sensor and crank sensor modulator. The vehicle was repaired however the failure happen again. The dealer then stated that could not duplicate the failure again. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure persisted. The failure was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated the fuel pump would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure reocured shortly after. The dealer fuel pump would need to be repaired again. The vehicle was taken to another dealer. The dealer then stated the failure was caused because of a defective ignition switch. The vehicle was repaired. The failure did not reocured. The failure mileage was 107,650.

- Wolcott, CT, USA

problem #12

Jan 082014

Alero 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the battery was replaced; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic who was unable to locate a problem. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000. Rk updated 4/22/14 the consumer stated the vehicle experienced a loss of steering and would not continue to run. The dealer advised the ignition was the cause of the failure. Updated 04/24/2014

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #11

Dec 312010

Alero 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
This vehicle has been experiencing General Motors passlock issues since it had 60000 miles on it. I can no longer trust it to start, and have to leave it run when I have to be somewhere on time.

- Brooten, MN, USA

problem #10

May 092012

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,328 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated the security light illuminated on the instrument panel and caused the vehicle to lose power. He had to turn the vehicle off and wait 10 minutes for the computer to reset in order for the vehicle to function normally. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The current mileage was 81,000. Updated 07/06/12 the key and switch lock cylinder were reprogrammed. Updated 07/12/12

- Dallas , NC, USA

problem #9

Jan 022011


  • miles


The signal does not work all the time and if someone is backing up and they can't see you the honk does not work. People do not know that you are trying to turn back turning signal is not work at all times.

- Birmingham , AL, USA

problem #8

Jun 012011


  • 87,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that whenever a turn signal was engaged, the opposite signal would illuminate. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 87,500 and the current mileage was 88,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ramsey, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact attempted to start the vehicle but it would not start. The vehicle was towed to two independent mechanics but the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle had not been repaired. After allowing the vehicle to sit for a day, the contact was able to successfully start it. The failure occurred again. The contact also stated that the turn signals intermittently did not function. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the turn signal bulbs were replaced but the failure continues. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009


  • miles
2004 Oldsmobile Alero: Passlock antitheft system activates about one out of 10 attempts to start the vehicle. I have to wait ten minutes before the car will start. I have been stuck in bad parts of town several times while waiting and been late to work so much that I have to go out ten minutes early and leave the car run. GM has refused to fix the problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 022010


  • 136,000 miles


2004 Oldsmobile Alero ongoing problems with turn signals and hazards inoperable most of the time. Most electrical components fail at times. Window regulator failed. Rear door locks have to play with remote locks before door opens acts as though child safety locks are on can not open door from in or out. Eventually after pushing on remote lock it opens. Brakes always grinding even after replacements. Engine has also, ticked not knock just ticking since I've purchased the car. Many times the car does not start first try after second it starts but all electrical has to reset example radio, clock ect.

- South Rockwood , MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 012009


  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero that I have found to have a very irritating problem with the passlock theft deterrent system. What happen is when you go to start your car sometime the ignition doesn't recognize your key and the car will not start because it thinks for some reason or another that someone is stealing the car. What you have to do is put you key in turn it to the A/C position and wait for 10 minutes until the security light turns off then turn it back to off, take the key out and then it will start. I was with out a car for 3 weeks lost work and had to find my kids a way to school because of this problem. I had the car looked at and he couldn't find the problem. I thought I was going to have to have the car towed to a garage to have fixed until I googled it on the internet only to find out that there were alot of people with the same problem. I found a web site with the exact same story and people who have called the GMC place to try to get this problem recalled but just because it is not a safety issue GMC feels like they are not responsible. I live paycheck to paycheck and can't afford to have this fixed all the time like the other people have reported. I hope you can get something done so that hard working people like myself doesn't get pushed around. The web site I went to was www.complaints.com the key words to find the horrible stories is Alero, defective, deterrent, Oldsmobile, passlock, system, theft. I look forward to hearing from you. Please help!

- Graysville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 162008


  • 60,981 miles
The key would not turn and had to fiddle with it to work, so I took it to a dealer and had the ignition key cylinder changed along with the key(?). cost was over $500 with mileage at 60,981. Just past warranty. This is ridiculous and should never happen. I feel I should be compensated for some of this at this mileage.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 122007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Oldsmobile Alero just hit 60000 miles, and is not starting and is stalling. I am not sure what the problem is yet, but it seems electrical. The security light has come on when it stalls so I am not sure if they are related.

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 052007

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Car would not start, security light on. Passlock sensor needed replacing per dealer. Repari was made, new keys issued, but strangly enough, old keys still worked. I've seen other notes of passlock sensor problems in other Alero. Safety? yes-car had to be towed.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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