29th May 2007, 12:49

My 2002 Alero doesn't start from time to time. This has been happening for about 4 months now and it hasn't been fixed. I've had my computer replaced, but that didn't solve the problem. I've read in other forums that it could be the ignition switch. Anybody else have the same problem and has it been fixed? If so please state what fixed the problem.


4th Jun 2007, 19:09

I bought my 2002 four door Alero in 2003 with 18,000. My driver's side window has been fixed 6 times in two years because it comes off the track or the clips break. The body control module has gone out twice in three months. One other computer type problem with the ignition went out as well in the last six months. Today my car won't start again and I'm praying its the same thing so at least I won't have to pay for it. The car only has 67,000 miles. Are all of these problems normal? I can't figure it out.

I have also had my breaks replaced twice.

If anyone has any ideas as to why my car hates me let me know!


5th Jun 2007, 07:39

For those with a in-op rear window defogger... I found some instructions on the Web for soldering the wires directly to the control box located in the pillar between the rear window and the right rear window. If you google the problem you can probably find more detailed instructions, as I have misplaced them right now. Basically, the connectors to the box overheat and fail. Several other GM cars have the same problem (Grand Prix). The solution suggested was to take the control box apart and solder the wires directly to the tabs, but there are probably other options. I did the soldering method, it was a pain, but very successful.

22nd Jun 2007, 20:20

Has anyone had a problem with animals - or rats - getting into the fan?

6th Jul 2007, 11:59

I have a 2001 Alero. It's a 6 cyl and has a very loud humming noise once you accelerate up to 20 mph. My husband replaced the driver's side front wheel bearing hub, but still have the noise. Can anyone tell me if the left hub needs replacing too or is it something different? Oh, if you turn the steering wheel to the right, the sound changes and is less noisy. Thanks for any help at all.

15th Jul 2007, 01:32

Have your husband check the other side. I had this stuff fixed last year. My mechanic was shocked at the rate the bearings were going. I guess I know why. My latest trouble is the Pass-lock system. I have been quoted about $450 to repair the whole deal and it "will never be a problem again". I guess only time will tell. I am interested in the cutting the whole wire plan. But in the 2003, we didn't find the bundle of wires behind the radio. Any ideas?

17th Jul 2007, 21:43

I am writing in response to the comment about the noise. I have been getting the EXACT same noise. I also have been told that it is a wheel bearing. I have noticed that there are many a comments about the problems with the alero. Is there anyone who is up for a petition to recall the vehicle? I have not gone more than 2 months without a problem and I have had the car for almost 4 years. I am open for discussion with anyone. My email address is: heavenly_beautiful@yahoo.com. My name is Amy. Please feel free to contact me if you are having numerous problems with your Alero. Maybe we can petition this vehicle. Thank You!

20th Jul 2007, 20:36

I noticed that there were fewer problems with the 2000 Olds Alero. Mine was purchased brand new in January 2001. My first new car. I loved it then and I love it now. It has almost 125k miles and these are hard driving highway miles--driving is part of my job. The car has been meticulously maintained. The first major problem came at about 100k--a leak in the manifold gasket (1300.00) and front brakes just replaced last month (500.00). Until I read the above reviews I chalked today's news about the need for wheel bearing replacement up to over 7 years worth of wear and tear. I am a little concerned about the possibility that this may be the reoccuring problem that others have said. Nonetheless, I consider myself very fortunate and hope that my good experience with this car will continue.

29th Jul 2007, 16:20

I bought a 2002 Alero (4-dr 6cyl) from a used dealer in Dec 2006. It had 64K Miles on it at the time. It is now at 71K and I am starting to have problems.

-Fan dial broke last week - only works on high.

-Rear brake pads/rotors gone - need replacement.

-Front brake pads/rotors are on the way out soon.

-Cruise light comes on when it feels like it.

-Sunroof does not work occasionally.

-Eats gas.

Right now there is something wrong with the front left wheel. Possibly the bearing or it needs an alignment. I have a feeling this car is going to start costing me a lot of money soon. At least it is nice to drive.

1st Aug 2007, 21:42

I purchased a 2003 Olds Alero 2.2 back in June 2004 with 30,646 miles. It was a very good car at the beginning of ownership. In September of 2005, I had to have the fuel pump and entire brake system replaced. That cost me $675.00. Then 3 months later, the check engine light came on and gave me code PO420. Then in August of 2006, the theft-lock system tripped itself, and I couldn't start the car. I thought the fuel pump went out again, but it wasn't. However, I noticed that the pump, which WAS replaced in 2005, looked very dirty, like it wasn't replaced. I got that taken care of, along with a new fuel filter. I learned that turn the key ON for 10 minutes solves that problem. It happens from time to time now. Also, when I accelerate, I hear a grinding or a rubbing noise, which is probably the wheel bearings. However, when I turn the car to the left, it does not make the noise, only driving forward and turning right. Also, my car sucks gas real bad. I probably get 275-290 miles on a full tank. I now have 110,000 miles on the car. Anybody with help please email cmmarysz@yahoo.com.

Thank You.


10th Aug 2007, 10:47

I think I am very lucky. My 2002 old Alero Gls is a great car. I had to replace a sensor two years ago. It was still under warranty so that was great. Last Fall, I had to replace the battery. That's it. It has 90,000kms. Everything works great. I love my car.

15th Aug 2007, 15:14

I also own a 2002 Olds Alero. My computer control module is screwed up. It thinks there is something wrong with the speed sensor, but there's not, so it shuts down my ABS and traction control.

My car makes a loud humming noise, sounds like it's related to the brakes, not sure though.

Sometimes I have NO BRAKES! My brakes are only abut 6 months old at best. I can have them to the floor, and it's like I almost can't stop!

I have replaced the ignition assembly. At one point my car was only running on 2 of 4 cylinders. A few months ago, it didn't want to start very often. It took several tries to get it started. My brother taught me a few tricks, one was to remove the gas cap and put it back on to release vapor lock, that worked for a while... then I had to turn my key to the on position three times and then start it, and that worked for a while, too.

Then my boyfriend disconnected my battery to let the computer reset, and it hasn't had much of a problem starting since. I've replaced the battery already, too

I have read that some have issues with the low pressure light; mine comes on all the time too! For no reason! When my computer messes up my service engine light, my ABS light, and my Trac off light all come on. Sometimes when I try to take off, even on dry pavement, my low trac light will come on and it's like my tires are spinning! Usually when my car makes that crazy humming noise, that's when all my lights come on.

Oh, and my CDs get wet, too... I read another person's blog about that happening to them... it's annoying! OH and my brother thinks I have a wheel bearing going out!!! ANYTHING ELSE???

My kids ride in this car! I would get rid of it in a heart beat if I had decent credit! Damn death trap if you ask me! It's not worth putting anymore money into... it's only worth what, $5000 now??? JUNK!