1999 Oldsmobile Alero Coupe GL 3.4L from North America

Summary:

Disposable car

Faults:

Major rust issues along the rear quarter panels. The rust was so bad that there were big holes

Power locks had a mind of their own. Whenever I hit a bump, they would randomly lock or unlock, or even when I was just driving.

Brake light and low tire pressure kept staying on.

Heat and A/C only worked on the last 3 speeds.

Overheating issues - one day while driving, the car started to run very hot, so I stopped and antifreeze was pouring out from the car. The car would always runs in the 3rd line from the top of the temperature gauge.

White smoke came out of the exhaust for a while after start up.

Right side power window did not work.

Clunking noise from the rear.

General Comments:

This car did have a nice ride and I liked its design, however I decided to get rid of it ASAP, as soon as the problems started coming up. About 2 weeks after I sold it, the new owner wrote it off

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2013

1999 Oldsmobile Alero 3.0 from North America

Summary:

Love my car

Faults:

Seats are really worn.

Power window sticks when going down on the driver's side.

Cruise control stopped working.

Security light comes on; won't start for 15 minutes.

Idles high sometimes.

General Comments:

Sporty looking car, dependable for the most part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th October, 2012

1999 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 Liter V6 from North America

Summary:

Great car! Wish I would've got it brand new

Faults:

I started smelling a sweet smell from the engine. Found out it was the intake gasket starting to leak. Luckily I have mechanics in the family. Would've been expensive, but turned out to cost me $100.

Turning signals started acting up. Replaced the hazard switch in the dash. Part cost about $60. While replacing it, I broke the bracket that holds it. Cost for that was $50. That part is very cheaply made, because it broke again from my toddler pushing on the hazard button. So I fixed it by wrapping duct tape around it. Problem solved.

Rear defroster has never worked since buying it used. Ran numerous test & talked to my mechanics about it. No solutions. I found a little black box on the passenger side rear A-pillar. One of the connections was fried. Checked some junk yards out for a used part, but they all had the same problem. The part is a dealership item only & cost about $170. Searched the web & found a cheap fix. Solder the wire to the cleaned up connector on the box.

Power windows have had problems, but I've managed to fix them myself to save loads of money.

The cruse control switch was broke when I bought it. There is a plastic pin that holds a wheel in place. It breaks real easily. I'm working on a solution to fix it with something stronger.

I have transmission problems also with it slipping & hesitating. Found I can avoid that by slamming the shifter from reverse to drive when coming to a complete stop & vice versa. Since doing that, I haven't had a problem out of the tranny.

The sunroof twisted on me recently. I went to a junk yard to find a whole assembly that was in good shape. Swapped it out, & it works as good as new. Saved me about a $1000 easily.

Power mirror switch is bad. I haven't even tried to fix that yet.

The driver's side seat is broken in several spots, & I'm waiting for the time to get one from the junk yard, that is in good shape with a little cleaning needed.

It just started to have a popping sound on the passenger front wheel. Might be the strut, wheel bearings, or CV axle. Waiting for the chance to look at it.

The fan speed control switch didn't work on the two lowest settings. Then the third quit. Eventually only the highest worked. Went to the "zone" to get the card that controls the blower motor. That was a pain in the neck & back to replace. That is located on the passenger side underneath the dash, next to the firewall & floorboard.

General Comments:

I really don't have anything bad to type about this car. I love it. I drive it fast & hard often. I find it fairly easy to fix things on it myself.

For all those complaining about the "low tire pressure" light, READ THE MANUAL ON HOW TO RESET IT! It is simple to do. If you are having an issue with this car, Google your problem for possible solutions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th April, 2011