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Oct 17, 2000 (6:41 pm)
How many of you out there know that the gray door panels on the 2000 Alero are real leather. They are not plastic? I just found out when the dealer was replacing one of my panels because of a blemish on the cloth insert. I verified this fact with the Oldsmobile people also. This fact was never told to me when I was buying my Alero. I thought the panels were a soft plastic. Don't put vinyl protector on these panels . You might have a problem later. By the way I am pushing 10,000 miles on my car and I still love it. It is a great car and a bargain for the price I paid for it. Especially now that I find that the door panels are leather.
#108 of 3014 Alero Web Site
Apr 03, 2001 (6:57 pm)
Check out the Alero Web site at www.Alero.org.
They have a lot of fun stuff, modifications, recalls, car of the week... Stuff like that.
HAve a great day,
#109 of 3014 possible alero buyer
Oct 18, 2000 (5:36 pm)
I'm looking into buying an alero 2000 GL.Thanks for all the great info especially about the leaks.
That problem will definetely be discussed with my dealer. I'm very concerned about this since I live in Canada and we do have heavy rainfall in the spring and we do have very cold weather. This problem could be a serious issue for me. I've been researching this car for the last couple of days and this is the most informative site I have found!! Any advice before I go to the dealer would be greatly appreciated.
#110 of 3014 V6 is the way to go ...
Oct 19, 2000 (12:28 am)
Any optional suspension/tire package not necessary, standard suspension/tires sporty enough.
Spend the time to take a good test drive, then decide.
Make sure the rotors and brake pads are the upgraded versions. Many of us had to have them replaced (free by the dealer) because of a defective design. Make the dealer replace them at no charge before you take delivery.
Oct 20, 2000 (3:50 am)
I'm also in Canada and I have a 2000 4-dr Alero v-6. V-6 s definately the way to go. As for the water leaks, I've seen no evidence of it. The rotors on the other hand I've had replaced supposedly with the redesigned ones. They seem to be warping again, but it might be my alignment, I'll let everyone know when I get my wheels rotated. You might want to check out egroups.com and joing the Alero newsgroup or www.alero.org. Both are great sources of information. Also, if you do choose to purchase the Alero, I strongly recommend getting the K&N air filter, you'll find the model number on the .org website.
#112 of 3014 leather on doors...
Oct 20, 2000 (2:02 pm)
Someone wrote here they found out they had leather on thier doors. Having read this I checked my '00 Intrigue GL (w/o leather seat to boot) and sure enough, what I thought was leather look plastic on the door is the real thing. of course I also smelled it up close to verify, but then my wife looks out in the garge to see me on all fours with my node up against the door panel. I had some "splainin" to do. Thanks to whomever posted this about the doors originally. It was a nice surprise to say the least!
p.s. But come on Olds, why not say this in the brouchure and even tell the dealers to point this out?
#113 of 3014 possible buyer contd
Oct 20, 2000 (2:30 pm)
heng and darkworlder, thanks for the info, will check out org site for more info, still haven't made the purchase yet, looking for a silver or may go with midnight blue, this is all good info to go to the dealer with, I'm sure it will save me a few trips to the gm garage!!! will let you know if I officially become a member of this elite Alero group!
Oct 21, 2000 (2:30 pm)
According to both the dealer and Oldsmobile, the door panels are real leather and not "leatherette". This makes a difference because if it is leatherette you use a "vinyl protector" on it to keep it looking good for yars but if it is leather then you use a "leather conditioner" to keep it looking good for years. These treatments are totally different so make sure you use only the leather conditionber because the inserts are real leather. Using the wrong stuff will cause damage to your real leather.
Oct 21, 2000 (2:38 pm)
There are several companies that make wood dash kits. I am looking at some from www.woodtrim.com; www.salesco.com; www.woodcorp.com;and I understand there is another one on www.alero.org. Can anyone tell me from experience which company has the best looking wood dash kit and easy installation. I am considering rosewood as the material. I understand that there are several ways that these wood pieces are made and some look better than others because of the way they are manufactured. If anyone has direct experience or knowledge thereof please let me know. I am sure that other paries would also be interested because this addition can really dress up your Alero. Thanks.