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#1078 of 3014 Asking for Opinion
Jan 04, 2002 (11:40 am)
This is my first time using this, I am 17 and have narrowed down that I would like to make an oldsmobile alero my first car purchase. If anyone can give me help, please.
I've been researching aleros for a little bit, and i like this one car, but want to make sure this is the right choice. It is a used 2000 Alero GL, silver, coupe, auto, V4, with 20k mi, for about $10,900. Its options: spoiler, tilt, cd, Power everything including seats, driver/passenger airbags, ABS, keyless entry, security system, theft deterant system, and alum. wheels.
Is believe this is a good deal, but any opinions?
Also a few questions for olds alero owners:
Does the security system really hold up? Because I have had theft problems in the past.
How much of a difference is the V4 and V6, is the V4 fast enough?
I have been looking at 2000 olds alero warranties and i dont see anything about there being a powertrain warranty, is there such a thing?
Or would you recommend me buying new?
If anyone can please give me ANY help I would be very thankful.
#1079 of 3014 Opinion, everybody's has one
Jan 04, 2002 (3:00 pm)
Matt: Go for it. I own a 2000 GL with the 4. The four cyl. takes a bashing on this site, but in fact I really like the four. The city fuel mileage is better on the four Cyl. but Highway fuel mileage is better with the six Cyl. I'm sure you know that the Alero and the Grand Am are the same animal in different clothing. However there are a few more whistles and bells included on the Alero as standard equipment. The HP rating is only 15 HP more with the six, but the torque is much higher. The new 2002s have an eco tech 2.2 liter aluminum Saturn engine. It has less HP and less torque than the old 2.4 liter. Most people's opinions on this site are all for the new engine, but I am not that crazy about an all aluminum engine. Having said that, my wife's driver is a 2000 intrigue with the all aluminum 3.5 litre engine. The old 36,000 mile or three years was bumper to bumper warranty. I guess the warranty on new models is now 60,000 miles or six years. The dealer will try and sell you an extended warranty. These prices for extended warranty are very flexible, i.e. negotiable. Extended warranty is the final thing brought up in the administrators office. Just say no. They will start at around $1400.00. maybe more. I have purchased the extended warranty one time, but did not use it. It is just insurance and how much risk can you handle. Sorry for rambling, the host will delete my post.
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Jan 04, 2002 (4:19 pm)
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Sedans Message Board
Jan 05, 2002 (5:28 pm)
Well, I've finally had some time to look the car over. Fit and finish are excellent. RDS doesn't work in my area...but I live in the sticks.
One weird thing though. When I closed the hood yesterday (I've been checking out the engine alot)I noticed it seemed loose. All panel gaps were consistent, as was the sheet metal surface (hood to fender). It turned out the Rubber adjustment fittings had not been set. I gave them the turns they needed, and all was perfect.
Is this something that's supposed to be done at the factory or the dealership? Perhaps the dealership is at fault because I rushed them to pick it up...didn't give them much dealer prep time. However, it's a good sign that the hood and fenders were all flush even without the adjustment.
Anyway, I use a fine toothed comb, and this car is well done.
Jan 06, 2002 (11:16 am)
Dealer is suppose to look the car over for loose items ect., but like you said, maybe you rushed them. Did you get charged for a "dealer inspection"?
Jan 06, 2002 (11:31 am)
No, I did not get charged. I did notice a small form in the car from the salesperson to the maint. dept. It said to have the car ready for 3PM pickup, and was filled out about noon.
Considering that they only knew at about 11:30 that I was coming in that day, plus that I asked them to add mud flaps and keyless entry, I guess it is to be expected.
For the most part, my dealership experience was great.
One thing though...the aftermarket keyless entry does not have a trunk button, but has an AUX. I later asked the rep. if the aux. button would open the trunk, he pushed the button and nothing happened, then said no.
I asked why, and he gave me some BS about the trunk not having a solenoid. I knew he was full of it, (how else does the button on the door open the trunk...a pull chain?) but didn't make an issue of it. Yesterday, my 2 year old was playing with the remote opener for awhile until I got tired of hearing the horn beep. After grabbing the keys, I looked into the driveway and noticed my trunk was open!
I found out that the AUX button does work, but that you have to hold it for 2 seconds before it opens the trunk. You learn something everyday from a 2 year old! Now I'm gonna go punch that rep in the mouth.
Jan 06, 2002 (5:27 pm)
no reason to be wary of aluminum engines. Aluminum construction has been common in many Japanese makes for almost two decades now and have proven trouble free. Euro makes then Americans last got into all aluminum or alloy engines.
Many bad connotations of aluminum come from cars like the Vega in the 70's. That situation has nothing at all to do with todays engines. Today, even if the block and heads are aluminum, the liners are always something like iron.
Aluminum engines are lighter, transfer heat better. For this and many other reasons is why its superior for block and head design to cast iron. Engineers have had decades of experience in aluminum design and so for a long time now its widely accepted that aluminum engines are superior to just about anything else.
Jan 07, 2002 (7:19 am)
Sorry, I can't find the posting about the oil capacity misprint in the Alero manual. I thought it was in the Maintenance and Repair area under the GM 2.2 engine heading, but now I can't find it. I guess a sure fire way to tell is to change the oil, and keep track of the quantity required to refill.
Jan 07, 2002 (1:17 pm)
Thanks for trying. It may be awhile until I change oil since this is kind of a spare, around town car for us. I am going to contact the dealer and have him check for me in the meantime.
I'll let you know if I learn anything.
#1087 of 3014 2001 Alero Update
Jan 07, 2002 (2:09 pm)
I'd thought I'd pop in with a report on my 2001 Alero GL2 V6. The car is just over a year old and now has 14600 miles. It's midnight blue with the sun and sound package.
Overall, I'm extremly pleased with the car. It's had one major problem, which was a rattle caused by the rear window not fitting tightly. It took the dealers a while to figure out the cause, and a new window was ordered and eventually replaced. I drive primarily in the DC area although I bought the car in MA, and I was less than impressed with the northern VA dealer that did the work. However, the problem was fixed and has not occurred again.
Right now, I'm experiencing a bit of a rattle in the right front door speaker system. Anyone else seen this? It isn't bad enough to make a special trip in for, but eventually I'll have them fix it. Other than those two, there have been no problems.
I just took a trip from Boston to Washington with 2 other people and about 400 pounds of luggage and still got 33 miles per gallon at about 75 mph for the trip. That's excellent. In city driving it drops quite a bit to about 20, and overall averages about 24.5 because I do mostly city driving. That being said, the 3.4L V-6 is an excellent engine. The torque is most impressive and I find the engine barely has to work in most situations---it rarely even sees 3000 rpm for more than a few seconds. GM has always done transmissions well and the automatic is also excellent.
For those than have the extra cash, the sun and sound package is great. The sunroof has been a lot of fun and looks great. The 150 watt RDS 8-speaker stero packs quite a bit of punch and I enjoy going for rides with some of my friends who payed more for their Camry/Maxima/Accords and don't have that kind of system.
There is a lot of talk about 'refinement,' in the mainstream press, and Consumer Reports was critical of the Alero for lacking the refinement of the Camry. It may be true that the Alero is a bit louder and has a little more vibration, but there is no question in my mind that it is a hell of a lot more fun to drive and look at. My car looks great, and the midnight blue really accentuates the lines. Considering that I paid $17200 for it and a Camry with the same options would have been $23000+, I just laugh when I see one. For those prospective buyers out there, give it a chance. It's a very well designed car, and with features like the Traction Control System you just can't lose.