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Oldsmobile Alero owners have reported 34 problems related to car will not start (under the electrical system category).

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 1
Failure Date: 07/03/2014

Was driving to the store. I arrive park the car turn it off. Go inside for 20 to 35 minutes, I get into the car and start her up and it doesn't start. Noticed that security is flashing again in right corner. Look at manual again same thing turn to run position and wait 10mins. Flashing will stop, turn back to off position and then try to start the car. It then starts but I have notice that this keeps happening to the point where even if the car does start and run the security light will stay on for days and then sometimes may go off. But even now this day August 20, 2014 at 2:06pm the security light stays on and at times the car will not start unless I go through the rest of waiting 10 minutes. Help me please. Thank you, curtis gilbert(931-638-5322).

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 2
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

The contact owned a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and caused the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to start and was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 3
Failure Date: 02/11/2014

Car cut off while driving, would not start, security light flashing, took to shop cost 800. 00 for new fuel pump, then a month later same deal come to find out it's the ignition switch having to due with the security, sometimes the car will not start sometimes it cuts off while driving. They need to recall this its very dangerous not to mention the 800. 00 spent for a fuel pump I guess I didn't need. You can reset it. Works only temp. Leave the key in the on position until the security light goes out thdn go straight to start, most the time this works. It is very dangerous for the car to shut off at 60 mph on the highway which has happen to us.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 4
Failure Date: 08/05/2013

While sitting at a red light vehicle shut off and would not restart, had to push vehicle off of road, into parking lot, waited a few minutes and restarted vehicle, added fuel to vehicle went inside to pay and when I returned vehicle would not restart. Has continued to fail to start. Diagnosis pass lock system for security causes vehicle to shut off unexpectedly or not start unexpectedly.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 5
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

When it first occurred there was a security light in the instrument display that suddenly came on (security) and stayed on as I was driving. The next morning as I tried to start my car it wouldn't start. And I looked in the owners manual and it stated that the ignition light starts to flash after turning the key to the on or run position then the ignition needs to be serviced.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 6
Failure Date: 07/28/2012

2003 Oldsmobile Alero. Consumer writes in regards to security light flashing the consumer stated the security system started flashing for no reason. The vehicle would not start and it had to be towed. The dealer replaced the passlock sensor and connector.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 7
Failure Date: 02/05/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start and stalled intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independentent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the failure recurred. The computer system was regrammed by the independent mechanic to no avail. The contact was not able to start the vehicle after the repair and the instrument panel was not working. The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired by an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. Dyd.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 8
Failure Date: 12/06/2011

I have a 2001 old Alero 6 months ago my vehicle would not start I had it towed to a gm dealer which told me I needed a fuel pump so I had it fixed well a few weeks later car would start one day then nothing the next now it wont start at all it died while I was driving with my 4 children we were stuck for an hour in the cold I had it towed to my mechanic he says it the security system well it will cost almost 1000 dollars to fix so it will sit there until gm decides to do a recall I am not the first to complain and I know I wont be the last there should be something done as this is a safety issue.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 9
Failure Date: 02/18/2011

This is the 3rd time I have had this problem the security lights is flashing, car will not start. So go and turn key to on position wait 10 minutes but today it was 20 minutes until lights stop flashing then turn key to off position before trying to start. Today it would not start at all. So I am without transportation until I can get help.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 10
Failure Date: 01/31/2011

2003 Oldsmobile Alero. Consumer states vehicle stalled twice on the road while trying to make left turn. The consumer stated the second time the vehicle stalled, the steering wheel locked up and the vehicle would not restart. The dealer was unable to diagnose the problem on both occasions. Updated 04/15/11.


 
car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 11
Failure Date: 10/28/2010

I was stranded at work at night when my car would not start up. Ended up walking 7 miles home in the dark, since my husband works till 1am. I thought it was the fuel pump that had died, but after seeing a website of many people that have had the same issue, I tried leaving the key in the "on" position for 10 minutes to "reset" the computer, and this worked. I just got home with my car, but am praying to god that it does not decide to shut down while I'm driving (there was complaints about this happening as well on the website). I think that gm might be in for a big lawsuit if they do not recall this problem soon, only for the fact that somebody can seriously get injured, and that's if they're lucky enough to not die from an accident.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 12
Failure Date: 07/13/2010

The security light flashes and car will not start, have to turn key to the on accessory mode for 10 minutes to re-set system and then car will start, also security light will randomly come on and stay on. And then turn off.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 13
Failure Date: 05/20/2010

I bought a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero in 2008 deployed for a year and half while gone the car sat in a garage came back and it worked fine for almost two years then one day it refused to start. The motor would crank but not turn over and the security light came on. I did the 10 minute security reset procedure per the owners manual and that work once but once I turned the car off it would not start again and the reset procedure would not work again. I have replaced the ignition switch with no change to the issue. The car has now been sitting for 6 months since I cant afford to go threw the process of replacing random parts that may or may not fix the issue. I am now down to my wife's car only with 4 kids. I am still making payments on this car and it doesn't even run and of course the dealer isn't taking it back. There are no guaranteed fixes for this issue.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero 14
Failure Date: 04/01/2010

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.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 15
Failure Date: 10/15/2009

Purchased 2003 Alero on oct 8, 2009 on oct. 9th car would not start or jump, abs and security light was on, radio turned off. Had it towed back to dealer who looked at it the next day and the car started right up and they could not duplicate the problem so they did not do any work to it. On oct 15 while my daughter was driving the vehicle onto the interstate the abs light and security light came on and the steering wheel turned sharply to the left and she could not control the vehicle. This caused an accident with injuries. The diagnostic report was limited due to the extent of damage to the vehicle and the only code they could get to register was that the abs code was on. Was told that the diagnostic did not show anything else but diagnostics was limited anyways because the vehicle was not drivable anymore.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 16
Failure Date: 06/06/2009

Secuirty light on 1999 Oldsmobile Alero comes on and car will not start for over 10 mins. This causes me to fuel my car with the car engine running because I do not want to take the chance of it not starting. Sometimes it takes 3 trys before it starts and that is over 30 minutes of wait time. One day it may not start at all. Ongoing problem with the other Alero owners. Oldsmobile needs to issue a recall on this problem.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 17
Failure Date: 05/03/2009

My 2002 Oldsmobile Alero has a start malfunction which causes the security system to shut the car off while driving. I have replaced the ignition switch and fuel pump on my car, which were told to me were the problem, and the car still will not start at times, and whenever it does start, the car cuts off while driving. This puts me and my children in danger of getting hit by another car because the car stops abruptly.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

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. . Read more...

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 19
Failure Date: 11/11/2008

Two years ago, my security light came on in my car and my car wouldn't start. Took it to the gm dealer and they said it was the computer module on my security system that needed to be replaced which cost more than $700. Last Friday, 11/14/2008, my car wouldn't start again and the security light came on again. I took it to the same gm dealer again and now they are saying the bcm (body control module) needs to be replaced? and now, again, this will cost another $700 to fix, if that is all that is wrong with my car. I have been stranded before when the computer module went out. I was lucky this time since I had my car at home when this bcm went out. The bcm only has a year warranty.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 20
Failure Date: 07/03/2008

I had the car since Nov 2003. I haven't had any problems until July 2008 when my car wouldn't start because of the security light flashing. I just sat there in the car until the tow truck came, so I just crank the car up and it crank I was like ok. Then another day it did the same thing and it crank up. Then the third time it did it now it wont crank up. I was wondering what do you do about this situation.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 21
Failure Date: 04/16/2007

Oldsmobiles have electrical problems and I am having more electrical problems with this car. This was the start of my problems last year first it was the passlock system that cost me 775. 00 to fix. I went to the mall for lunch and came back and the car would mot start. Had to have the car towed to the dealership to find out that sensors were not covered under warranty. The problems continue and come more frequently this was 3-12-2008 the second problem cost me 589. 00 the module and poil pavk assembly, I was parked in at school and barely made it home, the car was going all of 10-15 miles an hour and would not accelerate, by the grace of god I made it home only live about 10 miles from school. When I got up the next day the car would not start at all. Had to have the car towed to the mechanic. This started may 1, 2008 that leads us to problem three which is going on right now the turning and hazard lights work sometimes and the car makes a ticking sound like the turn signal is on when its not and them it sounds like its short circuiting. . ( was told that this is covered by gm, will contact them to see if this is true) now here we are at problem this stated 5-18-2008 four in a matter of weeks: the trac off light, service engine soon and another light is on the dash ( I will follow up with which light that is) all of my problems with this car has been electrical and I was told by someone at the auto advantage that these cars are notifies for this. There really should be something done in regard to this. I have searched the internet and it is full of the same issues. There is not way that all of these people located in all states everywhere are having the same problems and this is not a defect that should be repaired by gm and not the consumer.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero 22
Failure Date: 01/05/2007

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 Aleros. Safety? yes-car had to be towed.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 23
Failure Date: 03/01/2006

The security warning light was coming on intermittently and would stay on for 1-4 minutes then go off. This started in March 2006. Then one day the car would not start. Called aaa - mechanic fixed by leaving key turned on for about 10 minutes - then car started. This "problem" of not starting started occurring more frequently and so had a mechanic check into it. He immediately told me, once I presented the problem the car was having, that the ignition switch in these cars were notorious for going bad and needed to be replaced. So, I had it replaced. Now, it's July 2006 and the security warning light is coming on again. So - now what?!.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 24
Failure Date: 02/22/2006

Passlock system-car will not start 2-3 times a week have talk to people that had their key tumblers changed and still have the same problem . Have to wait 10 -15 minutes for security light to go out before to car will crank. I didn't ask for the passlock system but have no way to override it. Have found similar complaints on the web forums.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 25
Failure Date: 09/13/2005

I experienced ignition failure recently. The vehicle would not start, and after having it towed to a repair shop, I discovered that the passive system had failed. I later learned that the mechanic had replaced this very item on 6 other vehicles exactly the same year and model as mine within the past month. (that seems like an awful lot for one shop to do. ) I was told that the replacement part including labor would be $460!! this was quite expensive, but much less than the dealer wanted (as expected). I have since discovered that this is a rather common problem on this vehicle, yet it was not recalled.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 26
Failure Date: 08/19/2005

2003 Alero ignition shorted causing consumer not be able to start vehicle, also found a leak in intake manifold gasket. The passlock sensor in the ignition cylinder shorted and as a result the vehicle would not start. The intake gaskets and oil drive o-ring leaked. The dealer replaced the lower intake manifold gasket, rocker cover gaskets and oil pump driveshaft cover seal. The air bag cover warped. The top of the dash was wrinkled and the instrument panel pan was peeling from it's backing. The dealer replaced the instrument panel assembly and transferred all components.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero 27
Failure Date: 07/11/2005

2001 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving at 65 mph in 5 pm traffic, the car engine shut off and coasted from the left lane to the emergency lane. It was then towed to an Oldsmobile dealership; who said that the fuel pump was the problem for a second time. This car has had many problems. Sometime the car will not crank at all. It also has a leak in the passenger side floor when it rains. The consumer heard about the Volvo problems and the same thing is happening to this vehicle. The engine had only shut off one time. This happened around July 11, 2005. No injuries fires no crash reported. The fuel pump had been replaced 3 times. The fuel pump had an internal short. The vehicle would have to be placed in neutral, would start then die. The ignition switch was replaced. The fuel gauge would fall to empty, and the fuel light would come on. The vehicle would crank but not start.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 28
Failure Date: 02/07/2005

I started having problems in Feb. Of this year(2005). The car would not start. Towed it to a dealer and they replaced the ignition cylinder. 3 days later was having the same problem. Took it back to the dealer and they then replaced the housing. Begining of June had the same problem occure agian. Towed it back to the dealer and they could not find anything wrong with it. Of course it started at the dealer. 2 weeks later and it still will not start agian. The security light was comming on before it stoped running. This is a problem that many people are having and it needs to be fixed. . Read more...

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 29
Failure Date: 09/15/2004

I noticed my car would honk anywhere from 2-4 xs when I used my remote to lock it. One day, after using my remote, the car honked 3xs, when I came back later to start it, the car would not start, my battery had been drained. While contemplating what ot do, the lights flickered on and off erratically (over 20 minute period, when the keys were not in the ignition. Further, all the gauges were moving erratically at the same time, there were several people who thought this is what was causing my battery to drain. I took the car 2 places to have it looked at, they agreed it was an electrical malfunction. I have noticed that the lights will come on for no reason, and stay on for various periods of time.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 30
Failure Date: 08/05/2004

I have been having this problem for the past 7 months. I have changed out the battery, that didn't solve the problem. I have taken it countless time to the dealership, and they couldn't find out the problem. I have called the plant where the car came from and they referred me to a car service that specializes in Oldsmobiles. They thought it was the fuel pump, and they fixed it. They also said that it could be something electrical, however they won't know until the car tears all the way up. This is what is wrong with my car. It sounds like it wants to start, however, it takes three tries before the car finally starts. Sometimes, it sounds like the car will not even start. I have also had occassions where the car has cut off as I am pulling off from a stop sign or pulling out of a parking spot. The car is only 2 years old and only have 49,900 miles on it. It no one knows what is wrong with the car or the severity of it, how do I know whether the car will breakdown to a point where it will cause a fatal accident. I believe the car needs to be recalled.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 31
Failure Date: 05/01/2004

The contact owns a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start and the security light illuminated. The failure occurred several times. The dealer stated that the lock cylinder and the ignition switch failed. No repairs were made. The current mileage was 80,000 and failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 01-15-08. Updated.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Oldsmobile Alero 32
Failure Date: 04/28/2004

There are several defects with this vehicle. The first started in 2004. The windshield wipers do not work, will not shut off, or start again while in the off position and stop in the middle of the windshield. This creates a hazard while driving, especially at high speeds on the highway - startles you, then blocks vision. Next, the security feature is malfunctioning. Sometimes the vehicle will not start, security light flashes and problem is fixed with leaving the car in the on position for 10 to 20 minutes (resets the security). This drains the battery and is a major inconvenience. Also, the turn signals have now begun to work only intermittently. This is dangerous obviously. The window controls sometimes don't work, the side-mirror controls also do not work sometimes. The heat/ac controls do not work properly - most of the positions do not blow. You can hear the muffled sound of the air when on high, but air does not come out of the vents. These are the combination settings, the individual settings work, so it cannot be clogged vents. Lastly, the rear defrost recently stopped working and, when turned on, emits a burning smell. This car is an accident waiting to happen and driven daily out of necessity.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2000 Oldsmobile Alero 33
Failure Date: 07/01/2000

The contact owns a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the security system activated and the driver was unable to start the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 130,000. Updated 10/12/lj the consumer stated the engine would not start at times and the security light would flash. The dealer replaced the ignition cylinder. Updated 02/28/12.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 34
Failure Date: 10/03/1999

The vehicle is equiped with an ignition system, that has a security chip inside the key, which is read by the ignition system, and then the car is started. I have experienced two problems with the system,in which the car will not start and the "security" light on the dash starts blinking, this happens with both original keys. When I called the road side assistance people they tell me to leave the keys in the ignition for 15 minutes. I have talked to other people who own gm vehicles, and they seem to have had the same problem, I think it deserves to be looked into. Thank you.


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