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#333 of 3012 V-6 Rev limiter???
Jan 05, 2001 (9:47 pm)
I recently purchased a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero for my wife. I drove it for the first time tonight. While trying to merge into traffic on a busy highway I floored the V-6 engine. When the tach got to 4500RPM the car started to spit and sputter. Scared the hell out of me, thought it was going to stall merging into traffic going 70+mph. After getting off the highway I did a little playing around. Tried accelerating with the EMS system off, no change. tried accelerating slower, still spit and sputtered at 4500rpm. Is there a rev limited in this car, and if so, why is it set so low. This V-6 should go higher then 4500 ram. Anyone know???
Jan 05, 2001 (10:16 pm)
As you can see, the top rev for the engine is around 5500 rpm, with 5200 rpm providing the maximal power.
Or you can look where the redline zone starts at the tachometer.
#336 of 3012 I finally decided..
Jan 06, 2001 (1:07 am)
Thanks for all your opinions on the 4 vs. 6 thing. I decided that although the leather would be nice, the extra performance of the V-6 is more important to me. And I also decided that I want the sport suspension and bigger tires. So I'm all set to get a GL2 coupe with a V-6. Now I just have to decide between sterling and ruby..
#337 of 3012 Chevrolet Alero?
Jan 06, 2001 (8:19 am)
A local Olds/Chevy dealer is advertising "Chevrolet Alero's"! A mistake, or is he letting the cat out of the bag?
Jan 20, 2000 (3:42 pm)
to Ronsmith38 - The Alero model is sold as a "Chevrolet Alero" in Europe. Unless they did a mis-print, it may be a European model!
to Rat284 - Sterling is dull. go for Ruby. My mom has an '01 Ruby. You won't be sorry!
to sneums - 6K for a '98 Saturn?? That's awfully low. Do you have a lot of miles? I think this is just a slow time of year to sell. I can't sell my Monte Carlo but I'll never go below fair market value.
They're coming out with a new Green color for spring. has anyone seen one yet?
#339 of 3012 No rev limiter...back to the dealer.
Jan 06, 2001 (4:46 pm)
I will be taking my wife 2001 Alero back to the dealer to have it looked at. From the postings I received here, there is no reason the engine should spit and sputter at 4500rpm (NO REV LIMITED) Thanks for the help. I'll let you know what I find out.
Jan 06, 2001 (6:30 pm)
Had to take my Intrigue in for service yesterday and got a 2000 Alero GLS sedan for a loaner. It was Ruby and had the rear spolier and the gold trim package. It was a very sharp combination. It was a pretty nice car too. Little more engine noise than I'm used to with the Intrigue, but not all that bad. The driver's seat was pretty comfy and supportive and with about 6000 miles on it, everything felt very solid.
#341 of 3012 Alero Brakes
Jan 06, 2001 (8:11 pm)
Good call with the V6 over the 4. I think that the powertrain is the Alero's best feature, with the 3.4. The power is just amazing and the engine never has to work hard. I am taking it on a 450 mile trip tomorrow so we'll see how it handles the I-95/NJTP Northeast Corridor down to DC.
I brought the Alero back to the dealer because of the vibrations I felt when I braked, which I discussed above. The dealer took it for a spin, agreed that something was off, and the problem ended up being that the Rotors were coated with Rust! This concerned me, of course, since this car is 2 weeks old (made in October, delivered 12/18) and has 700 miles on it. The mechanic said taht rust probably creeped in from sitting on the lot, and that if I had driven it enough it would have fallen off the rotor eventually. Nonetheless, instead of scraping it off he replaced the front rotors and now the braking was perfect. I called the dealer we bought the car from (different from where it was fixed) and he said he had never heard of that problem...well, he has now! Anyone else ever hear of that?
Anyway, enjoy your Aleros!
#342 of 3012 New Alero
Jan 07, 2001 (6:18 pm)
Thanks to all you that have posted information on the Alero, it was of great value to me in making my decision to purchase my 2001 Alero today. Realizing there are some problems with the rotors and brakes, I still decided this is the car I wanted. By the way, I have a 98 Aurora and have the same problems. I have had the car in twice for rotor problems. Anyway, I purchased a GL1-V6 with the features package. I will keep watch the web site and keep you posted if I have any problem and better yet, if I do not have problems.