Oldsmobile Alero owners have reported 22 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Oldsmobile Alero based on all problems reported for the Alero.
Without warning, the gearshift knob broke off. This makes it impossible to shift the car into park, reverse, etc.
See all problems of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero .
I have an 2000 Oldsmobile Alero which is a piece of crap since I first brought it home. I have had to change the brakes about 7 times!!! I have also had to fix all of the problems that were stated in the recalls. I fixed the recall problems before there even was any recalls because gm would not help me. Then later I would receive the recalls. Now my transmission is shot!! the ets system is not allowing the transmission to shift properly. We found a bolt laying in the transmission pan when we first serviced it. In the beginning we thought we only needed a transmission fluid and filter change but come to find out that bolt that was in our transmission pan filtered though the transmission allowing something to become loose in the transmission making it shift very hard. We had 2 mechanics look at it and both agreed that we needed to rebuild the transmission. I have only had the car for about 6 years but even in the beginning of owning this vehicle things started to go wrong. Now Oldsmobile is out of business and gm/Oldsmobile wont do anything to help me which is typical of gm. I have been on the phone with gm about 5 times now and they just keep telling me the same thing over and over. Basically I'm out of luck. Now it will cost 2000. 00 to rebuild the transmission and I do not have that. I will never purchase a gm vehicle ever again. I think that a foreign car like Honda or Nissan would be more reliable and wont be a piece of junk that isn't even worth 100. 00. Please help me I need a vehicle for work.
1999 olds Alero GLS, bought the car in may,2004 with 23,000 miles on it. From day 1 I have had nothing but problems with it mostly brakes, car has extended warranty on it. The rotors grind, pulsate, squeak, the calipers make cracking noises sometimes brake pedal goes to floor. The dealership refuses to fix the problem or says it will not do it for the mechanic, when I drop it off I allowed the service manager to hear it he also verified the sound, only to get the car back being told it won't do it. The rotors have been replaced 4x the brakes 3x the calipers 2x, I still have the problem. Cd player will not work told by dealership it is the humidity doing it which I live in philadelphia and it is winter there is no humidity. Told dealership about a squeezing noise under hood got car back and told they could not find anything wrong with it, I get home and pop the hood and find a grease like residue on the serpentine belt, I later find the water pump leaking. Car loses power and a metal banging noise occurs from under the hood under acceleration, dealership says cannot find the problem. I go back to the dealership and tell them about the brakes and water pump, the tell me that they cannot satisfy me and they will not service the car and not to bring it to them any more. In one month I was at the dealership for the same problem, it still is not fixed, with each time having to pay a $100. 00 deductible. I contact gm the say car is to old and there is nothing they can do for me. The car has 56,000 miles on it and the warranty does not expire until 60,000 or may,2006. I am getting ready to trade it in for a Toyota.
See all problems of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero .
1999 Oldsmobile Alero (out of warranty) began to have problems with transmission "slipping" occasionally during the summer. I was told no problem could be found. While driving home last evening, the service engine soon light came on as well as the "trac off" light and it was very hard to get the car to go more than 30 mph on a 50 mph highway very nearly causing an accident. By the grace of god, that did not happen, but now I am told that the transmission may "possibly be bad" or it "could be several other things. " in either case, it would seem to me that someone should have found the error before. Additionally, the car has less than 65,000 miles on it and though it was sluggish from the time I bought it and would occasionally lurch forward when pulling away from a stop, it was not until the summer that it became a frequent as opposed to a rare occurrence. I truly believe that there is some flaw in the transmission. Of note also is that the driver's side window only rolls down on occasion and sometimes will not go back up, the fan only works on the highest 2 settings and the entire wiper blade assembly (some sort of sensor) had to be replaced 1 month out of warranty. What a piece of junk. And, the air conditioner no longer cools the car and I was told I had a slow leak.
My car will start and not follow through. . . I can not even begin to tell you how horrible this is. . . I have two small children that need to get to school and I had to quit my job because my car was not reliable. . . Is there nothing gm could do about this. . . Please I am begging for anything. . . I do not have money to fix my car and it is sitting in my driveway, just like it has been for the past 6 months. . . I need help. . .
See all problems of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero .
While driving vehicle popped out of gear intermittently. Dealership was notified, but did no resolve the problem.
Two gears in the transmission broke loose and shot metal throughout the transmission creating a complete failure. New transmission was needed at a very large cost. Car has less than 50,000 miles on it and we bought it about 3 1/2 months ago.
Car would not exceed between 30-40 mph. At the time I was on major highway where the speed limit is 65 mph. Transmission was found to be damaged and was consequently replaced with used transmission supplied by purchased warranty to auto shop.
Service engine soon lamp: intake manifold gasket: cruise control: transmission.
1. The button on the automative gear shift broke 2000, replaced under warranty, broke again 2002. 2. The turn signal wouldn't work, worked on twice, now a recall! 3. Motor on power driver seat broke. 4. Dash board is bubbling and peeling! cheap *** glue! 5. Brake pads-too many to mention! 6. Cruise control went out. . . Now sometimes the car will race and I don't have to put my foot on the gas, but if you have to apply brakes, you had better hold it down hard, or you'll end up ramming someone in the back. If you try to gun to get the rpms down, it'll shoot up to 3000 rpms! 7. I am very disappointed with GMC/Oldsmobile!!!! I will never recommend this car!.
Automatic transmission will not shift into 3rd or 4th gear, anymore. Roars loudly rather than shifts. When I take my foot off the accelerator at 30+ mph car acts like cruise control is on - decelerates extremely slow. Rpms stay at 2200+ at 35 mph. Also now a little higher on temperature gauge.
Consumer can pull the key out of the ignition while the vehicle is in gear. The consumer stated when he started the vehicle the transmission was in foward gear, the consumer had to take it out of reverse , then shift it back into reverse in order to back out.
Transmission sticks in 2 and 3 gears. Dealer cannot remedy problem.
Car would not exceed between 30-40 mph. At the time I was on major highway where the speed limit is 70mph. Transmission was found to be damaged and was consequently replaced by an Oldsmobile dealership.
While driving about 65 mph sudden deacceleration while gas pedal was still pressed, and rpms were between 5 and 6000. That had happened to other vehicles, but they did not know what was the cause. Consumer had fixed the rotors at that time.
This Alero is junk we have not been happy with it since we bought it. Two paint jobs, brake work,transmission shifts too hard, car run hot ,long list would like to have a car that isnt a hunk of junk.
While traveling at highway speed of 60 mph vehicle stopped moving while engine was still running. Dealer was notified, and made repairs under vehicle warranty. Feel free to provide us with any further information concerning this matter.
When emergency parking brake was applied vehicle would roll or jerk. Dealer replaced transmission which did not correct the probelm. Please give any further details.
While driving power steering went out due to the power steering pump being faulty. This has happened twice. Dealer has replaced pump, and now is also replacing transmission.
When going up a hill engine will sputter. Vehicle will rev without touching accelerator. Took vehicle to a mechanic, and mechanic indicated a bearing in transmission had gone out. Dealer contacted.
Consumer is unable to check transmission fluid, there is no dipstick.
Vehicle will coast backwards when in drive position, and take off from a stop. Also, vehicle will coast foward when in reverse postion, and when taking foot off brakes due to faulty transmission. Consumer states dealership told him this was normal for vehicle.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Automatic Transmission Floor Shift problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Automatic Transmission Gear Indicator problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||