Last post on Jul 16, 2013 at 7:44 AM
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Oldsmobile Alero, Car Buying,, Sedan
May 28, 2012 (4:33 am)
Its not worth the trouble at all. when you buy an alero either u get a great car or you get a lemon. i personally believe you should save you money and buy a car more reliable!
#5 of 9 2002 Alero trac off/worn wheel bearing
Nov 26, 2012 (6:38 pm)
Humming started at low speeds 3 months ago. Now Trac Off/ABS/Service engine soon lights on. The humming gets noticeably louder (I think noise is from LF) when entering the "on" ramp on freeway while making sharp RIGHT turn at 35 mph.
Other research tells me the worn hub/bearing is usually the opposite wheel of the turn--sharp right, humming from left wheel. Does this sound accurate? Any feedback is appreciated.
#6 of 9 Re: 2002 Alero trac off/worn wheel bearing [ez50]
Nov 30, 2012 (8:27 am)
I replaced the wheel hub/bearing in mine, it was a fairly easy job and relatively cheap.
The worn bearing is usually the one you turn into (if you turn right and it makes a humming noise its usually your passenger side)
They are so easy to fix you might as well do both at the same time.
#8 of 9 Re: I just purchased a 2001 Olds Alero .. will I regret it? [dawn10806]
Jul 16, 2013 (7:44 am)
This response is FAR too late to be helpful to the poster, but may be of interest to others considering buying used Aleros. Components that commonly fail are:
(1) front hub assemblies - which is an assembly supposedly sealed against the weather, and contains the wheel bearing and ABS sensor. Failure results in a grinding noise (wheel bearing) and/or an ABS sensor failure/warning light. The car drives and brakes fine when its just an ABS sensor failure - no ABS of course. Solved by replacing the hub assembly, which I've had to do every 40-80,000km when using CAD $300 A/C Delco or Timken hub assemblies - but price it out for where you live.
(2) de-lamination of the "fabric" on the dash with the dash structure beneath - strictly cosmetic
(3) brake pulsation, requiring turning down the brake discs and/or disc replacements. Once again, price it out for where you live.
(4) intake manifold gasket - chronic problem with all GM pushrod V-6 engines, plan to replace at least one at 100,000 miles
Other than that, my 3.4L V6 2009 Alero with 245,000km or 150,000 miles has the original radiator, water pump, alternator, power steering pump, brake booster, struts, auto transmission and the fluid levels do not move - no leaking or burning and I don't hesitate to drive it long distances. So altogether a quite reliable car, except for the points mentioned. Outside of the winter months I get 32mpg U.S. on mostly flat highway at 65 mph, and 28mpg in 50/50 mixed urban/highway driving.