really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,465 miles

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problem #40

Jan 032011


  • miles
I attempted to start my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero and it won't start. It was as if the fuel was shut-off. I had to have my car towed home. I noticed the security light was flashing. I checked on-line and people suggested, turning the key to the start position and leaving for 10 minutes, apparently this allows the computer to reset. (or you can disconnect the battery and reconnect it, this will also reset the computer.) there is a problem with the passlock system. It's a huge problem for many people. GM does not acknowledge this problem and is unwilling to correct the defect. This defect should be recalled.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #39

Sep 222011


  • 46,560 miles
On many occasions now my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero would be working perfectly one day and then the next time I went to start it would not start. The first time it happened I had my uncle who is a mechanic come and look it over, he told me that my security system is locking the car up and to let it sit with the key turned for 10 minutes and it will start again. This worked but now the problem is happening more and more often. So, I came online to see if any other Oldsmobile Alero owners were experiencing the same problem and I found over 50 reviews on one site alone that this was happening. On top of that many of these car owners were saying that the problem only continues to get worse to the point the car shuts off while driving!!! I have a child, as many of the others owners said they did also, and as a parent that is absolutely terrifying. What if I'm on a highway? others said they spent a lot of money for the problem to be fixed for it to continue to come back or cause more problems. And as if this issue was not dangerous enough, my turn signals also short out and do not blink at times. I do not believe a car could be anymore dangerous. I would like a response and resolution to this issue asap! please!!!

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #38

Feb 012012

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles
When I put my car into drive and let off the brake the car accelerate by itself. I do not have my foot on the gas and the car will continue to speed up until I hit the brake. While braking the car seems like it is still trying to accelerate. You have to push the brake all the way to the floor and hold it to try and maintain a full stop.if I put the car in neutral the rpms shoot way up. If I brake and stop the car and quickly throw it into park and shut it off and restart the car it usually solves the problem but it is definitely not a fix. There is just over 180,000 miles and I have just recently started to notice the problem it has happened a handful of times and I am trying to find the problem and get it fixed. This is very dangerous. The blinkers also periodically stop working and can be fixed by clicking the hazard lights a few times but again not a permanent fix. The cruise control has gone out and the trac control doesn't turn on. This car is becoming a death trap and expensive and dangerous to drive!

- Wisconsin Dells, WI, USA

problem #37

Jan 032012

Alero 4-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Security light comes on and the car shuts off while driving. We lost steering and were headed toward oncoming traffic, but ran over a street sign and stopped. Sometimes the light will come on and no problems until after we park and shut the car off. When we try to start it again, sometimes it starts back up fine and other times it turns over, but wont fire. When this happens, we have to turn the key to the on position for 10 minutes. During this 10 minutes the security light flashes. After exactly 10 minutes the light turns solid for 5 seconds and then shuts off. We then take the key out, put it back in and the car starts. My understanding is that the car think it's being stolen and shuts down the fuel system instantly. We lose complete steering when this happens. Whats also happening is the security system is draining the battery while the car is shut off. When we get anywhere we have to take the security fuses out so the battery doesn't drain. This is a severe safety concern. There are post all over the internet with people having the same problem.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #36

Jan 122012

Alero 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
There is intermittent clicking noise coming from the hazard switch. GM issued a recall on this matter back in 2004. I went to my local GM dealer and he told me my VIN was not covered.

- Shelburne, VT, USA

problem #35

Nov 282011

Alero 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Was driving slowly in heavy traffic. Weather: Approximately 50 degrees and raining. I have the heat and defrost (including rear window) on. I hear a pop from the back and I think someone has just lightly rear-ended me. I look over my shoulder and the rear passenger seat, at approximately the right-hand shoulder is on fire. I pulled-over, turned-off the car, and tried to dowse the flames to no avail. All I could do was watch it burn until the fire department showed-up about 10 minutes later. Fire department agreed likely cause was rear defroster short-circuit. Rear seat and rear window destroyed. Water and smoke damage. Car is likely totaled due to age (11 years) and miles (124K).

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #34

Jun 112002

Alero 4-cyl

  • 154,753 miles
I have 2002 olds Alero it won't start. Changed the fuel pump and fuel filter. But my security light keeps flashing so I went online to see what could be the problem. And found many people with the same problem thats causing me which is that the security light keeps flashing and make the whole vehicle not start, think its locked which I don't understand cause it drives fine for few days and then kaput. This should be a recall or something.

- Vancouver, 00, USA

problem #33

Feb 092009


  • miles
My hazard lights / turn signals work intermittently, sometimes they just flash like crazy. Same as 01's but GM says not 02's.

- Chilhowie, VA, USA

problem #32

May 252011


  • miles
Have problem staring my car learned on line that is a security problem. It started 5/25/2011 it happened immediately. Had many of problems with this car, this last issue did it for me. There has been 50 complaints on this security problem I have three kids very difficult to fix all the problems when I barely have money.

- Co, CO, USA

problem #31

Nov 242010


  • 96,000 miles
The turn signals on my 02 Alero do not always work. They will come on and off on random occasions and nothing could be done to fix it. Also the car security system does not always allow the car to start. When the engine doesn't start I have to stick the key in the ignition for 10 minutes until the security light stops flashing then it will start. I had the try to fix it and the only solution they think might work (but not sure) is to turn off the security system completely.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #30

Oct 282010


  • 87,000 miles
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.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #29

Sep 142010


  • miles
My 2002 Oldsmobile Alero has a problem with the passlock security system which causes it to not start. This has been a recurring problem that comes up without warning. I have spent several hundred dollars having parts replaced before doing an online search and realizing that this is a manufacturer defect with the security system. If the key is placed in the "on" position for ten minutes, the security light eventually turns off and the car will start. Since GM is not willing to do anything about this defect, I would like to place a complaint. In my opinion, this is a safety issue. I work in public service, and I use my vehicle to visit clients on a daily basis. It is not only inconvenient to need to wait ten minutes in my car before it will start, but in many locations, it is very unsafe. At any given time, the car will begin to start, but will never turn over, necessitating the ten minute fix. This has occurred several times in the past year, but I have read that the time between incidents is likely to become shorter and shorter. Since GM refuses to issue a manufacturer recall of its own Accord, I urge you to take action to ensure that drivers remain safe.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #28

Jul 212010


  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2002 olds Alero that has alot of electric problems (or so I assume) the turn signal noise turns on while I'm driving and my signal isn't on. This happens daily and is hard to determine if my flasher is actually on or not. Also my car wont always start. My track control light, service engine & low tire pressure light are pretty much always on I've had everything checked out and nothing comes back as to why those lights turn on & off.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #27

Aug 082010


  • miles
I have 2002 Oldsmobile Alero an everyone I know who has one has had same prob. The security light will come on an it will not start mine it came on a wont reset or go off an made my car die in a bad neighbor hood when my wife N baby where on way home a nite and also shut down it the middle road on my wife with our baby in there an she almost got hit by an 18 wheeler. I think GM need to fix this. This need to be a recall.

- Lindale, TX, USA

problem #26

Nov 122006


  • 62,000 miles
Turn signals do not always work and car does not always start, need to wait 10 minutes for car to start ir reset with key in the on position.

- Beloit, WI, USA

problem #25

Jan 032010


  • 84,000 miles
Car wont start because of security system malfunction found out lots of other people have this same problem with no recalls yet please help!

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #24

Aug 032007


  • 40,000 miles
My 2002 Oldsmobile Alero turn lights, high lights, horn doesn't work. Work sometimes. I took it several times to the mechanic and he didn't find anything.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #23

May 062008


  • miles
I purchased a 2002 Alero from the dealership. It had a certified sticker and a warranty on the window. After signing all papers and putting $2,000 down on it, the sales man informed me that there was no warranty due to the age of the veh. About a month later, I began having issues with it. 9-5-07 the brakes were squeaking and making loud noises. I had the dealership repair it under warranty. On 9-10-07, the front wheels began to shake and heard a loud noise as if the wheels were going to fall off. This happened by the dealership as I was going to work. I dropped it off and it was repaired. They said it was their fault due to a few nuts or bolts fell off. 5-6-08 is when the car completely left me stranded. Turn the key, all lights come on and seat belt alert came on. It sounded like it wanted to start but it wouldn't. I had it towed to the dealership. It cost me $588 to repair it. They said it was the pass lock sensor. 9-3-08 my car left me stranded again. It had the same issue as the first time. It sounded like it wanted to start but it wouldn't. had it towed to the dealership again. They quoted me $350 for repair it. They said it was the anti-theft mechanism in the ignition switch. After speaking to the manager, I paid a $50 deductible and the veh was supposed to be repaired. On about 5-9-09 the veh left me stranded again. It displayed the same problems as the prior 2 incidences. I had the veh towed back to the dealership and this time they said after the diagnostic, it was the BCM and would be approx $480 to repair it. A few days later, I had a friend to help me tow it to my home. I turned the key and it started up fine. I called the dealership and I was told it is the BCM and if the veh sits long enough, it may reset and start up. He also said it may leave me stranded again. I have been driving the veh locally and on 11-27-09, the veh will not start.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #22

Oct 262009


  • 40,000 miles
Hazard and turn signals intermittently fail; same as the 2001...there was a recall for this issued on the 2001, but not the 2002? I lose my turn signals approximately 2-3 times per 10 mile trip. I have not been involved in an accident due to this malfunction...yet. No repairs seem to fix the problem. The incident date is the last time this problem occurred (I haven't driven the car for a few days), but it has actually been going on for over 2 years. Apparently this is a common problem with the Alero's reguardless of the model year. The vehicle also won't start when it rains, and shuts down while driving. The trunk opens by itself, and the door locks don't always work. Sometimes the stereo won't turn on, and most recently the driver's door window won't open. I replaced the wheel house assembly 3 times in two years. This car is an electrical nightmare! frequently it won't start because it thinks I'm trying to steal it. I also put air in all my tires at least once a week because they won't hold air...apparently there is a problem with the wheels. I have to manually check the tires because the warning light for low tire pressure is also an electrical malfunction.

- Lewistown, PA, USA

problem #21

Jun 012007


  • 90,000 miles
Blinker is very intermittent and dangerous. Sometimes it works, other times nothing. When it is not working the hazard or blinker sound seems to be going off and on constantly. The repair shop said that they would have to tear apart the whole dash just to troubleshoot the problem. This is a very scary problem and can potentially lead to tickets or accidents if not fixed.

- Oronoco, MN, USA

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