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#863 of 3014 The demise of Oldsmobiles
Aug 31, 2001 (1:32 pm)
Exactly 1 year ago I purchased my GL2 with 6 cylinders. I am very happy with this purchase is all respects.
Ironically due to a career switch I began working at an Olds/Cadillac dealership a couple of weeks ago. It appears that Olds wants to continue producing cars for another 4 or so years. But the dealers are dropping the Olds line very rapidly. As the owner has said "the dealers will discontinue the Oldsmobiles a lot sooner than GM will". Most dealers have quite a bit of stock on hand, especially ALeros. So now is the to get a good deal on a 2001 leftover. I suspect the pickings will be very slim in most places in a few months. Olds are not selling well and dealers don't want to pay the high interest to maintain this inventory. The 2001's have a $2000 rebate and 5 year 60000 mile warrantee. Plus dealers will negotiate to reduce on hand inventory.
#865 of 3014 5 SPEED V6
Sep 01, 2001 (12:04 pm)
I was reading in Motor Trend that there will be a GL2 sport edition with the 3.4L and a 5-speed. Any one know if this is true? That would be a VERY fast car!!
#866 of 3014 IS IT RAINING IN MY ALERO?
Sep 01, 2001 (1:14 pm)
UNLESS A STORMFRONT HAS MIGRATED INTO MY CAR, THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY PUDDLES IN MY ALERO. HOWEVER, I NOTICED AFTER SOME HEAVY, MONSOON-LIKE RAINS, THAT WATER ENTERS THE FLOOR OF MY CAR. THE WATER LEVEL GETS ABOVE THE FLOORMAT. IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN EITHER ON ONLY ONE QUADRANT OF THE CAR AT A TIME. I ASKED OTHERS WITH ALERO'S AND GRAND AMS, AND THEY TOO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS PROBLEM, HOWEVER HAVE NOT HAD IT FIXED YET. ANYONE OUT THERE EXPERIENCE THE SAME PROBLEMS?
Sep 01, 2001 (5:07 pm)
Which Motor Trend issue had that article about the V6 5-spd?
I haven't seen that article yet, but my October issue hasn't arrived yet.
Also, if the article IS in the '01 October issue, I must ask: why are you getting the new issues faster in Canada than we get them in the States? That just doesn't seem fair.
#868 of 3014 Alero Water Leak
Sep 02, 2001 (7:14 am)
We have a 2001 Alero that leaks onto the forward portion of the front passenger's footwell when the car is parked in a torrential Florida thunderstorm. When I reach up under the dash, I can feel water. I discovered the following information (missing or mis-positioned water dam), and the car is going in to the dealer this week for this problem...
Sep 02, 2001 (4:43 pm)
Picked up the October issue on the news stand Thursday. Not sure why it's slower in the U.S. It's not in an article but rather the 02 car listing blurb for Alero. It mentions the new 2.2L and also talks about the GL2 5-speed V6 as changes for this year.
Perhaps it's a mistake, but it certainly would be exciting if true. I think Oldsmobile Alero is coming into it's best year ever with these new configurations and a new hi-tech 4 cyl.
#870 of 3014 dindak and the V6 5spd fans
Sep 03, 2001 (8:52 am)
I'm thinking that my mailwoman swiped my Motor Trend last week. It is available on the shelves here now too. Hopefully, mine will arrive in Tuesday's mail.
Anyway, I was checking for some kind of confirmation (even though Motor Trend has been 99.9% accurate in the past) on the Edmunds site as it seems to defy all logic that Oldsmobile would do anything above and beyond the call of duty during the phase-out. Apparently, they aim to go out with a bang rather than a fizzle.
From the Edmunds option list it appears that the 5-spd IS available with the V6 (there is no 4cyl option on the GL2 as far as I can determine). I'm running down to my local Olds dealer this afternoon to see if they have the '02 Alero brochures in yet and will provide confirmation here if I can get it. The alero website, www.alero.com, hasn't been updated for the '02 models yet so downloading a new brochure is not an option at this point.
In case you couldn't tell, I'm REALLY excited about this possible turn of events. Not only would a 5-spd in the Alero go like hell (I believe the old 4 banger with the stick could do 0-60 in 8.3 secs - still a very decent performance IMO), but I suspect the 21/32 EPA mileage ratings (with the V6 auto) would improve as well.
A V6 5spd combo would give the Alero the rare combination of strong acceleration and excellent fuel economy (handling has always been an Alero strong suit, so it lacks special mentioning).
If this IS true and Olds IS making them, I WANT ONE!
#871 of 3014 It Would Be Great But...
Sep 03, 2001 (11:43 am)
Unfortunately, it does not appear that the five-speed manual will be available with the V-6. Nor will it be available on the GLS with the 2.2-liter four-banger. See:
If Motor Trend implied that it would be, it is probably a mistake or they know something that Olds is not telling us. The web page I referenced does say that the five-speed is available with the GL2, which comes standard with the V-6, but I'm not sure that this confirms that BOTH can be had together, as the four-cylinder is an option. We'll have to wait and see!
#872 of 3014 buoyant/ mlm4
Sep 03, 2001 (5:36 pm)
Looks like it is a mistake then. The 2.2L will be the only 5-speed option it would seem.
I will still try and find out more. Perhaps they added the GL2 sport last minute and Motor Trend picked up on it?