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#724 of 3014 Alero Recall
Jun 16, 2001 (2:03 pm)
I got this in the mail today, did anyone else? And has anyone actually had this problem?:
Dear Oldsmobile Customer:
We want your experience owning your 2000 Oldsmobile Alero model vehicle to be better than any other you've had... which is why we're writing. We have learned that your 2000 Oldsmobile Alero model vehicle may exhibit a condition in which the 'Generator Low Voltage' indicator light on the instrument panel will not illuminate
under low voltage conditions. If the battery voltage drops low enough, the engine will eventually stop running or fail to start.
What We Have done: To correct this condition, your dealer will install new calibration software. This service will be performed for you at no charge.
What You Should Do: We recommend that you contact your Oldsmobile dealer to arrange a service date.
Customer Reply Card: Presenting the attached card to your dealer will assist in making the necessary correction in the shortest possible time.
If you no longer own this vehicle, please check the appropriate box and provide new owner information, if available.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, just contact your dealer or the Oldsmobile Customer Relations Center at 1 -800-442-6537.
Your dealer may provide you with shuttle service or some other form of courtesy transportation while your vehicle is at the dealership for this repair. Please refer to your Owner's Manual and your dealer for details on Courtesy Transportation.
#725 of 3014 a few questions...
Jun 17, 2001 (1:31 pm)
My dad has a 2001 Alero GX 4cylinder engine with auto. Its been a pretty good car and gets gas mileage in the mid to upper 20's. Tinted the windows and installed vent visors and got the dealer to install pwr windows a remote keyless entry. What i want to find out is if anyone has figured out a way to prevent the air conditioning from turning on when you use the recirculation feature. It bugs me that I can't reciruclate the air without the air compressor from turning on....
Also, have you people find it difficult for the car to start. When I drive the car, I find that i have to wait like about 5 seconds or more for the alero to start. Also, when the car is first started after sitting at night, the car seems to hesitate somewhat when i pull out of my driveway and drive for about 5 mins.
Finally, in the trunk do you feel GM cut corners, like the plastic trim below the rear parcel shelf that is used to cover the sheet metal that allows access into the cabin???
Any help would be appreciated... Thanks....
#726 of 3014 Alero vs. Intrigue...
Jun 18, 2001 (3:21 am)
Well, being that I can't put myself in any of the cars out there around $20K other than the Intrigue or Alero and I am not a chick ( b_bazinet), what are you thoughts on the Alero vs. the Intrigue...Now I will have to say that I know the general difference and I know that the Intrigue is a bigger car (my parents have two) but should I step up to that level...Is it worth the jump up...Olds has such crazy deals with the $2000 rebate and I have a dealer who will throw the invoice price in front of me...It is kinda hard not to seriously look at Intrigues...any thoughts would be helpful...
#727 of 3014 struggling
Jun 18, 2001 (4:20 am)
Having driven both cars (I own an Intrigue/ my mom has an Alero), I would definitely go Intrigue if you can afford it. While I really like the Alero a lot, the twin cam V6 in the Intrigue combined with the added space make it a better car. That being said, it also cost more. Intrigue sales have been slow (mostly due to complete lack of advertising) so the deals may be better than Alero.
Either way you won't be unhappy. I love my car and my mom has had over 2 years of problem free driving on the Alero.
#728 of 3014 Scratches
Jun 18, 2001 (7:13 am)
Is anyone else with an Alero having problems with their windows being scratched from the power motor system. I had the car only a month and was getting vertical scratches in the driver's side window. Just had the window replaced a week ago and its doing it again. Back to the dealership. Oh well, last time they gave me a 2001 Deville with only 1000 miles on it for a loner. Put some miles on that Caddy the day I had it.
Jun 18, 2001 (8:08 am)
The RPMs are well over 2000 when I shift.
Here's what it seems like to me... When I start the Alero I have to press the clutch ALL the way to the floor. But when you shift gears you only need to travel about 50% of the way down. If you press the clutch down 75%+ down on a gear shifting it has a tendancy to get stuck (or bound up)... When you let go of the clutch... but it sets stuck for a moment and thus causes a rough shift. Seems like a linkage problem.
Jun 18, 2001 (8:09 am)
What did you pay for the remote entry and the power windows? Were they GM parts (under warranty)?
Jun 18, 2001 (12:57 pm)
Well, it was with a package deal, actually the pwr windows, since they didn't have a GL. They were aftermarket ones, not the one GM uses on the upper trim levels. These windows are alright, but factory is much better and would recommend factory (though I would image they would be more expensive) As for the keyless remote, I got that for free as the person who installed the pwr windows (which was American Radio) felt sorry for us because we had some problems with the pwr windows such as a loose cover and a rattle when the doors were shut. They forgot to check for the rattling noise, so the guy came out to our house to deal with the rattle (surprised they did that). The guy later said he would install the keyless remote for us free of charge, but we would have to go to there shop for that. As for the warranty, told the dealer that the windows would be covered under the 5yr/60000miles and got it in writing... the dealer has several dealers around the country, so i fig they won't be going anywhere for a while. Hope this helps
#732 of 3014 Alero vs. Intrigue
Jun 18, 2001 (4:06 pm)
I bought a 2000 Alero last June before all the huge rebates came out and I can honestly say that I don't care because I'm completely satisfied with my car. I have a v6, 20k miles on it, get 20-22 city - 30-32 highway, great pick-up even running the ac, traction control really worked this past winter here in Maryland, and overall I feel it's the best decision I've ever made with an auto. I wasn't even considering an american car let alone a gm until a good friend of mine took me for a ride in his Intrigue. Had to say I was impressed with the car and went over to Olds-man-mobile dealership to test out the Alero and walked out the door a couple of hours later with this car. I know a lot of people on this site trash the car but I can only say from my experience that this car has not only been rock solid, it's also been fun as hell to drive. Don't even go for the sport suspension package, totaly not worth it, I test drove both and couldn't tell you the difference? With the rebate and warranty they're offering right now, plus low financing rates (I got 1.9% for 5yrs) I can't see how anyone would pass this up?????
#733 of 3014 Alero vs. Intrigue
Jun 19, 2001 (8:43 am)
Bazinet...Thanks for the words of wisdom...I live in the DC area so it is nice to hear from someone in the area...Being in my mid-twenties, I tend to be more concerned about the exterior looks of the car rather than the car itself which is something I think I need to get over...My parents each have an Intrigue so I am quite familiar with that car...I am trying to decide if it is worth me spending the extra money (which obvious it is since you get more car)...I really don't want to look like I am 35 (no offense to those who are) married with two kids...Try finding a car that is reliable for around $20K that fits that bill...Some say the Jetta but hell you can barely fit two people in the back seat and the car only has a two year warranty...I am a bit leary of getting a VW to say the least...My best bets are the Alero and the Intrigue, noth of which are getting harder to find in the color and style I would like...I just need to pull the trigger I suppose...Thanks again...