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Oldsmobile Alero, Sedan
#2617 of 3014 Re: Aleros in the snow [casandranow]
Jul 05, 2005 (12:33 pm)
Keep in mind that 1999 was the first production year for the Alero, and GM still had a few bugs to work out. You might want to scan through all the postings here. It's a long haul, I know, but it will give you an idea of some of the problems people have experienced on a fairly consistent basis.
Having said that, we own a 2000 Alero GLS, and overall we have been very pleased with it. We've encountered few of the reliability issues other folks have reported. As for getting around in snow, we live in southeastern Ontario, and with the traction control, our Alero handles quite well on snow and in slippery conditions. In the winter, just to err on the side of caution, we switch our BF Goodrich Touring T/A SR4s (which came with the car) with Michelin Arctic Alpins.
Here's an article that gives an overview of the Alero and also addresses reliability issues: 1999-2003 Oldsmobile Alero Full Review
#2618 of 3014 Re: Aleros in the snow [rdeschene]
Jul 05, 2005 (7:33 pm)
Thanks for the link! When I get the chance I'll try and pour over the past messages, but in the meantime that page was quite helpful.
#2619 of 3014 Re: Aleros in the snow [casandranow]
Jul 06, 2005 (11:41 am)
You didn't mention if it was a 4 or 6 cylinder. If it is a 4, being that it is a 99 it will be the old quad 4. In 2003 Alero changed to the ecotec 4 (same as Cobalt). This is a much smoother more refined engine. But still the quad is good basic transportation. Both get decent gas mileage. If it is a 6, the 6 cylinder is prone to intake manifold gasket failure, about $1000 repair at the dealer. At that mileage and age it should have failed already and the new one should be better. Also 1999 was the first year for the Alero and seemed to have more problems then later years. Brake rotors and losing speeds 1,2 and 3 on the A/C are other common problems.
On the plus side the Alero has good working traction control as standard equipment and as long as you get a good set of winter tires you will have no trouble in snow. I have a 2000 6 cyl. with 56,000 miles and did have all the problems above but still consider this to be a great car.
As you read through the posts you will see there were many others with strut/suspension problems, electrical problems, interior vinyl cracking problems, etc. You can also go over to the GrandAm forum, which is the same car only with the Pontiac name on it.
I am happy with my Alero and I know there are some others here who are also pleased. But when I read the problems many others are having I think it is a more problem prone car and you would be taking a risk with it. Get the Cobalt if you can.
Jul 06, 2005 (4:09 pm)
They actually changed to the Ecotec in 2002.
#2621 of 3014 Re: Anyone ever had a problem with driver power seat? [rdeschene]
Jul 07, 2005 (7:01 pm)
Thank you very much for the reply - the Hanyes manual sounds quite promising. When I attempt this, I'll let the group know how I made out.
Jul 11, 2005 (7:15 pm)
I was wondering if the newer radios (01-04) in aleros would fit/take the place of the older radios in 99-00 aleros.
And also would intrigue rims/tires fit on a 2000 alero?
Thanks for your time
Jul 14, 2005 (11:00 am)
Does anyone know where the speakers are with the 8 speaker radio avaible on 2002 aleros are?
i only can find six
#2624 of 3014 Re: 8 Speaker Radio [scoobycar10889]
Jul 14, 2005 (12:47 pm)
I hope someone who knows the answer will tell us, but in some vehicles one speaker housing can contain two speakers.
#2625 of 3014 Re: 8 Speaker Radio [pat]
Jul 15, 2005 (6:05 am)
If I'm not mistaken, it's just like in the Grand Am GT, a woofer near the bottom and a tweeter near the front corner of the window in each front door, and the same on each side enclosure on the rear package shelf.
#2626 of 3014 Delay in engine shutting off
Jul 19, 2005 (6:32 pm)
My parents just got this '99 Olds Alero and are worried about an issue it has. After the ignition is turned off and the key is removed the engine still continues to run for a short time. I found about 5-10 seconds. My mother quotes "it ran for a good 30 seconds" but I think she was overexaggerating. According to her, if you turn the ignition back to on, and then to off again it always shuts off the engine immediately. I don't know if this is true, or a timing coincidence. To me it seems as though this is normal and the engine is just naturally delayed. Does anyone have any input?