1999 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 11 of 38

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GS 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance84500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Faults:

I have had this 1999 Olds Alero for 3 months and all of the sudden my drivers side window fell inside my door. It has a bad regulator and I may need to replace the motor too, even though there is nothing wrong with it. The existing motor may not be able to be bolted on to with the new model regulator.

General Comments:

It has good power, but I am hoping repairs like this are not an everyday occurence.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th December, 2006

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.4 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

It is a piece of crap!

Faults:

Replaced drivers side window regulator twice.

First three fan levels for climate control do not work.

Replaced brake pads multiple times and rotors once.

In the process of ordering new wheel hubs, and rotors and pads again.

Cracks and splits in dash.

Rubbing noise coming from drivers side rear wheel when making any slight left turn.

General Comments:

I had a Honda Civic with 150000 miles on it before this car and I wish I never let it go.

This car has been a problem since purchase with one failure to another.

The only up side to the car is when it does run it handles pretty well.

G.M. should buy back all the Alero's they have ever sold.

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

Review Date: 27th October, 2006

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carBuick Rivera

Summary:

Good*

Faults:

The key to owning an Alero is as follows:

*Change the Orange Dexcool out with Green ASAP

*Don't run over or in to things with the front wheels.

Dexcool is a great coolant if used with the proper gaskets and system, which the first year Alero did not have. This causes air to leak in the system, turning the coolant to a bad fluid that eats away things like water pumps, hoses, and belts. If you do not (which I did not) change to "green" you will do the intake manifold gasket, waterpump, belts and hoses.

The "Wonderful" GM design for the wheel speed sensors is to put them inside the bearing/hub assembly whith a very thin set of wires going towards the CPU. If you rip or tear one, or simply drive on a hub for a while, the sensor will fail, and you are out $400 per wheel.

General Comments:

This is a good fundamental car, and if you have ever driven an Achieva, you know how far the Alero has come. Put in context that GP cars are not meant to be driven 200k plus like a Toyota, and you will be happy, You can get a used Alero for $4000, drive it for a few years, and have a safe and comfortable vehicle. I have owned mine for 8 years, and save for what I mentioned above, and the typical GM alternator replacement every 50k, it has been a great car. If you feel sorry for yourself, look at the reviews for the comperable Pontiac Grand Am's, now there is a car that should never have been built. To quote a different review, "Maintenance is the key to a good relationship, people and cars alike." Do the work, spend the money, and get on with life!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2006

15th Oct 2007, 06:02

If you don't think GM cars can be driven the distance of a Toyota, Look at my review of the 2001 Alero GL (I mislabeled, it should have been GLS in the review) I just recently passed the 400k mark. I left the review in September. Just remember.. Never use GM oil. Always use 100% synthetic. Amsoil #1, Castrol Syntec #2, Mobil #3. My email is jm18443@charter.net

1999 Oldsmobile Alero LX 3.4 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet s10

Summary:

NICE!

Faults:

The dashboard curled up! I had no problems with the window, its a great car and I would recommend one to anyone!

General Comments:

I love it~~

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2006

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.4L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

I like it, but would never get another!!

Faults:

This car has has SEVERAL problems:

- Coil spring broke ($100)

- Fly-wheel broke ($750)

- Oil leaks ($200)

- Rear defrost stopped working (n/a)

- Automatic window motor broke ($400)

General Comments:

This is a stylish car. Handles well and is fairly quick! It has a moderately smooth ride and is quiet. It has visual appeal.

However, it drinks the gas like its FREE.

It has had a poor mechanical track record.

This car was cheaply made, and I have come to expect such from it. I guess you get what you pay for. This by NO means is a well built car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2006

17th Jun 2006, 19:26

"However, it drinks the gas like its FREE."

- What gas mileage are you getting?

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 132 reviews