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Oldsmobile Alero, Sedan
Sep 22, 2001 (11:58 am)
I believe TSB's #00-05-23-002 and #00-05-22-002 addressed the brake rotor problem on the 1999 Aleros. You can check with the dealer to see if this has been done to this particular car - it'll be listed by the car's VIN# on their computer. I believe there was a basic fix to the water intrusion thing too - you'd have to look back in the posts to find that.
As far as the resale value of Oldsmobile's go, I think that's an open question. Nobody really knows for sure how well Olds' will sell 2 years from now, as the winding down of Oldsmobile progresses. Personally, I bought a used 2000 4dr with the V-6 and 26,000 miles on it with the intention of keeping it for 8-10 years, so I wasn't too concerned with resale value. Like you said, it's a very nice car indeed, so I'm not in a hurry to get rid of it really.
At this point, the depreciation rate on this as a used car was right about "average". Maybe a little bit greater depreciation than average, but these things aren't exact.
Planning to upgrade from an Alero ? Just how much higher can you go?
Sep 26, 2001 (7:36 pm)
Well, we're off on vacation next week - Brockville to Chicago and back. We're attending my niece's wedding in Chicago and going to spend some time with my inlaws there (my wife's from Southern Indiana), and then work our way back via South Bend, IN and Kalamazoo, MI.
Unfortunately this date didn't line up with the Grand Am/Alero meet in Lansing, MI on Labor Day weekend. Maybe next year. Still, we'll be stopping by the Studebaker museum in South Bend, and we'll be able to take our Alero for it's first serious road trip. Longest trip so far has only been around 1000 km. This should be more like 3 000 clicks.
And although MI highways are pretty rough usually, at least they're civilized enough to have a 75 mph / 120km/h speed limit. Weeeee, all the way home !!!
#904 of 3014 Trade In Value
Sep 27, 2001 (8:47 am)
I just found out that my trade-in value on my 2000 GLS Alero is approx. $9,700! The dealer referred to the Kelley blue book and told me that the reason it's so low is because Olds is going out of business and that Oldsmobile trade in values are "dropping like bombs". I had no intention of getting rid of my car as I was window shopping for cars with a friend. So not only do I have a car that needs it's rotors replaced every once in a while, but it's value is dropping more than any other make car. But I'm sure once they get an Alero trade-in at a steal they will resell it for far more and say what a great car it is.
#905 of 3014 ctalerico
Sep 27, 2001 (10:36 am)
The prices of used Aleros in the paper here are no lower than similarly equipped Grand Ams. That said, it would seem logical that there be a slight discount for Aleros. If you are going to keep the car for only 3-4 years, lease it. Otherwise drive it into the ground.
#906 of 3014 Mileage
Sep 30, 2001 (5:46 pm)
Just returned from a 600 mile "all highway driving trip" and got 31 to 32 mpg. I was going at 73 or 74 mph (8 or 9 mph above the 65 limit) on the hilly Pennsylvania turnpike.
Oct 03, 2001 (4:58 pm)
Well, we returned from our Brockville to Chicago road trip last night. About 26-27 hours driving total, which isn't too bad I guess. That's enough for me for awhile, though, and we're definitely staying home for Thanksgiving!
Overall mileage was 34 mpg U.S. - with/without A/C doesn't seem to make much difference. About half of the mileage was at 115 km/h (MI's speed limit is actually 70mph) and half at 110 km/h through Ontario, Illinois and Indiana. A highway trip in this car was really pretty great - very comfortable seats, good ride on all pavement, good ventilation, low noise levels inside. And I do love that stereo, although over Michigan's highways you can only hear so much of it.
The weather became unseasonably warm during the course of our trip, so the Michelin Arctic Alpins were not really necessary - but you never know. I must say that I do notice a slightly better ride and definitely lower road noise compared to the BF Goodrich Touring T/A SR4's. The handling and wet traction on the Alpins is still very good indeed, and it tracks very well.
I don't know about the rest of the city, but Chicago has a beatiful waterfront. Navy Pier has free, open air concerts during the summer, the skyline is pretty amazing, and there's the Planetarium, Natural History Museum and Aquarium that we did not have a chance to see this time. But we'll be back next June.
The Studebaker Museum in South Bend is a very nice collection, for anyone who wants to go see it. And for the other members of the family there's also the Indiana Dunes Park, the South Bend Regional Art Museum and the Japanese Gardens all within an hour's drive. Like I said, we'll be back and have a better chance to see more of it.
#909 of 3014 rdeschene
Oct 03, 2001 (5:36 pm)
Sounds like a great trip.
I forget, do you have a 4 or a 6?
Check out www.gmcanada.com. It's all updated for 2002.
#910 of 3014 Seatbelt light
Oct 05, 2001 (11:07 pm)
Well, my '01 GL2 coupe seems to be holding up well after 7500 miles of fun and excitement. I haven't had any type of major problems so far, and hopefully won't anytime soon. There is, however, a very minor problem that's been driving me insane!
I first noticed about a week ago that the seatbelt light would come on intermittently. It seems that the connection inside the seatbelt buckle which tells the car that the belt is in fact buckled has a loose connection or something. So if I move by a couple inches, or go around a corner or over a bump, the light will flash on. It's especially annoying at night, when that red light is very prominent. Looks like it's time for a trip to the dealer.
I'm curious if anyone else has had a problem like this with their car.
Oct 08, 2001 (6:27 pm)
I have the V6, so I'm pretty happy with 34 mpg U.S. on the highway. About 80% of our driving is on the open highway, with no commuting - these are all trips. So that's a pretty good savings over our previous car ('93 Corsica, 3.1L, V6) which only got 28 mpg U.S. highway.
An interesting thought that occured to me with regards to the city mileage of (e.g.) V6 and V8's, is that I'm sure a good chunk of the consumption is at idle in traffic or stoplights. Many people know that the Prius and (I think) Insight kill the engine in these situations, however, the VW Lupo apparently does so and the latter is not a hybrid. In a world of cheap, very fast CPU's, I should think applying this benefit learned from hybrids more broadly is in the future.