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Oldsmobile Alero, Sedan
Oct 13, 2003 (6:48 pm)
I purchased my car new from the dealer in December 2000 and started taking it back to the dealer in January of 2001. I only have 25,000 miles on the car. I have had it at the dealer at least 24 times for problems such as the seatbelt,a/c rear defrost, turn signals, and now this week it will be for the gas gauge not working. I continue to complain that the car shakes and runs like I have had it for 20 years. The dealer agrees I have a problem but they don't know what the problem is. I am faithful to the maintenace of the vehicle but I am afraid I have a lemon on my hands. Tomorrow I am going to look into my legal options as Oldsmobile's customer service is useless in dealing with the problems I have experienced. I am glad to see I am not the only one having problems, I was beginning to think I lost my mind. So thank you for all the information I have read on this site.
Oct 14, 2003 (4:53 am)
dindak - I am very happy with the '04 Grand Prix. A few little rattles are showing up in the rear doors and at the top of the dash, but the overall driving experience is so satisfying that I can look past these noises for now. I continually get comments on the car's good looks, and all of my friends who have driven it love the power of the 3800 V6.
Oct 14, 2003 (5:16 am)
lsmith5478 : You have a lemon, no doubt. We have a 02 and it's been a great car. Could not be more pleased after 1 1/2 years. No issues aside from a fogged up head light.
jlgolden : I see many 04 GPs around so I guess people are liking them. I have not driven one, but I am generally impressed with the new design.
Oct 14, 2003 (7:55 am)
I purchased a 2001 Alero GLS 4dr in July of 2001.It has the sunroof and premium sound package and rear spoiler. I now have 27000 miles on it and the only problem I had was when I bumped the left mirror and broke a spring. Dealer replaced it with no cost. I have had no problem with brakes or rotors. We just returned from a 2 week trip to Colorado. Put on 3000 miles and averaged 32.28 mpg.
Oct 14, 2003 (10:11 am)
I had a fall service special done last week and after a year an a half they said my brakes were still 80-90%. Not bad considering we do mostly city with the Alero.
My parents had a 99 and it had only a couple of small issues over the 4 years they had it. They just upgraded it to a LeSabre as they wanted a bigger car,
There have been some bad Aleros but most of what I have heard and read had been decent though.
Oct 14, 2003 (7:08 pm)
I found this site & have over the past several days read though the entire postings. The same complaints are echoed in the NTHSA complaint site. There is only 84 pages on the Alero at that site.
Mine is a '00 3.4L model. I love the way it drives but hate the way I have been treated since the warranty ran out. I have had the "usual" problems with water leaks, vibrating driver side mirror, rear defrost switch replaced, tie rods replaced, turn signal problem (That was under recall for the hazard switch). After my 3 yr / 36K mile waranty ran out I have paid through the nose for brake jobs to replace the pads & turn the rotors at 41,000 miles & again at 53,296 miles (thats only 296 miles out of warranty from the 1st repair)and most recently had the intake manifold gasket replaced at 55,100 miles. My dealership has refused to "work" with me on the cost of these repairs saying it is normal wear & tear for the brakes & the rotors are fine. GM knows they are having problems with the intake gaskets. I guess I will replaces the rotors when the brakes start vibrating again.
By the way alldata.com has a wonderfull list of TSBs on the Alero. If you look hard you can find some you can actually print out. Among them is the TSB for the brakes covering 4 GM models (00-05-23-002B) and the intake manifold gasket covering 14! GM models (03-06-01-010). It seems GM isn't just short cutting the Alero!
Oct 15, 2003 (4:47 am)
41k is not unusual level to have brakes replaced especially if there is a lot of city driving or you are harder on the brakes. Rest of the stuff is not good though, too bad. I think the pre 01 models were a bit more spotty in quality. I know the newer ones were much better as that's when GM started really pushing quality more. Last year the Alero tied for best midsize in initial quality.
Oct 16, 2003 (5:47 am)
I replaced my front brakes at 35K on my 2000 V6. A little earlier than I would like. Most of my cars seem to get around 40K. But I did have them changed before they reached the wear indicators so I might have been able to get closer to 40K if I waited. Rotors were replaced under warranty at 13k. I could feel they were a little warped at again at 35K, but turning them down when the brakes were done fixed it. Now at 44K, I can feel they are warped again. I guess I will eventually have them replaced with non-GM replacement parts.
My blower motor resistor board went but that was only $17 to replace myself.
Other than these problems, I have not had any of the others mentioned. I do fear that the intake manifold gasket will need replacing someday. It seems to fail on a lot of Alero V6's. Even if it does, by staying away from the dealer my repair costs have been very reasonable.
Overall, a great car.
Oct 16, 2003 (5:48 pm)
I do 90% of my driving on the interstate back & forth to work. On my past vehicles I have averaged 50 - 60,000 mile before having to replace the brake pads. I expected the same for the Alero.
With that much interstate driving I am doing well on the mpg. I average 29 - 31 mpg with every tank. Years ago I started resetting my mileage indicator to 0 with every fill of the tank so I continue with that habit with the Alero. I think the gas gauge is starting to give me problems & I keep up with mileage so I won't be embarrassed with running out of gas.
Oct 17, 2003 (7:21 am)
My wife has a 99 Alero and she just loves that car! But its been nickel and diming us through the years with various repairs. Some of the things we've run into are items that aren't so common to these boards. Bad battery within 2 years of purchase, brakes at about 30k, bad sensors in the engine causing "check engine" light to come on, a coolant leak in the engine and now the Alero seems to want to run hot now. Normal hiway driving and the temperature gauage needle is in the middle - Good. But city driving causes an increase in engine temperature, I suspect the fan is not kicking on? Is there a quick way for me to check if the fan can work (bypass switch)? Any suggestions on what to check in the engine? I'm thinking of trading the car in for something less troublesome, but my wife loves the car and just wants to keep it. So any help anyone can provide on what and how to check, it would be greatly appreciated.