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Oldsmobile Alero, Sedan
#1882 of 3014 2000 alero......
Jan 25, 2003 (5:15 pm)
mu daughter has a 2000 alero. Great little car and gets great gas milage. we had a proble with it starting. I called oldsmobile and they said it had a recall. So I took it in hoping it would fix the starting problem. At first it seemd to . but A couple days later it would NOT start at all. I took it to a local mechanic and he looked a it. and said it was getting plenty of fire but no fuel. He changed the RELAY that runs the fuel pump and now( fingers crossed) it has started and ran since. The relay was working interminetly,letting the car start sometimes .
So I bought a new relay and put it in nad its doing good ...knock on wood?
#1883 of 3014 Front Brake Pads
Feb 03, 2003 (9:14 am)
I just changed my front brake pads at 35K. What kind of life are others getting?
#1884 of 3014 GM Incentives
Feb 06, 2003 (10:13 am)
It seems like GM is really ramping up on the incentives to buy a new Olds. Even though my 2000 Alero GL3 6 cyl with 35K on it is still a great car I thought it might be time to trade for a new Alero. The incentives are 3000 cash back, 750 cash alternative for 5 yr warranty, 1500 olds loyalty rebate, 2000 I have in GM points, and a 500 consumer certificate I have from GM. I haven't been to the dealer yet, but I would expect about 2000 off sticker before I apply all the above incentives.
Here's the problem. I would like the same Alero I have, only new. After spending a few hours on gmbuypower.com going over dealer inventory and trying to custom build a order, I realized it was not possible. I would like 4 wheel disc brakes like I currently have. This is only available as an option package which includes performance tires and suspension. I have test driven performance tires and suspension and would pay extra not to get them. Also the EPA highway mileage was downgraded from 32 mpg (on my 2000) to 29 mpg on the 2003's. I am not sure why and if anything has changed here. I also have a tire pressure monitor which I think is a nice feature. It looks like it has been eliminated from all trim levels of the new Aleros. I would also like ABS which was standard in 2000 and now falls in to some option package.
Here GM has a guy like me willing to buy but has made it difficult with their new configurations.
Feb 06, 2003 (11:52 am)
The 4 wheel ABS discs were sweet, but I can understand why they got rid of them on the base model. I remember being surprised that such an inexpensive car had them in the first place and I'm glad I bought an 02.
Still amazes me what a great car the Alero is for the money. It's a shame next year will be it's last.
Feb 06, 2003 (8:51 pm)
like 9 grand off the Alero with all your discounts?
NEVER will you get the chance again.
Feb 07, 2003 (10:47 am)
I have to agree with you, I can understand why they eliminated the 4 wheel discs on the base model. What bothers me now is the only to get them is bundled with the bone jarring performance suspension. If they change this next year I guess I will have another shot at a new Alero.
Feb 07, 2003 (12:19 pm)
Ya, I understand. We bought a base GX and got discs with ABS and I could not be more happy with them. For the price it could not be beat (even before my Olds loyalty coupon).
The 4 wheel discs are only available on the GLS up here and they are standard.
Feb 07, 2003 (4:51 pm)
I actually think it was a mistake to go to standard rear drums. I mean how nuch extra did it really cost to have rear discs? That was one of the Alero's advantages. Even if you bought the base GX model with no options, you still got alot of hardware for the price. They sure didn't lower the price any for 03 with the deletion of standard ABS, traction control, and 4 wheel discs.
Feb 08, 2003 (9:42 am)
I agree 100% with you, that's why I bought the Alero over the GA, not to mention looks.
Yet, the equipment didn't seem to be a deciding factor attracting customers. Look at its competitors that sell more and don't have half the equipment as the Alero. Then again, I and you alone wouldn't keep Olds afloat...
Unfortunately, most car buyers don't shop carefully, going straight to blue chips. If I'm asked, that's being dumb or what? ;^).
Feb 09, 2003 (7:40 am)
People are looking for reliability, safety and value for the most part (top three things people look for when shopping). Deleting the rear discs in the base models saves money for GM I guess ($200 x 70K is substantial). Not much in this class has rear discs so it was nice to get the car with them while it lasted. Might be a selling point when I sell. We will need a van or SUV in a couple of years.