1999 Oldsmobile Alero GLS L4 from North America
Not a good car to buy
The low speed on the fan went out at about 50,000 miles.
The security light goes on when I drive it and it also goes on when I try to start the car. There's not a problem when it goes on while driving, but when I want to go somewhere and the light comes on, I just have to wait. At times it has been up to 1/2 hour. I never know when it will or won't start Have tried contacting Alero, but they refer me to the local dealer and they're not helpful.
I replaced all brakes about 6 months and they sound like they need to be replaced again.
I have really enjoyed driving this car, but my biggest concern is not knowing when or if the car will start and that's not safe from any standpoint.
I've seen a lot of young kids with these cars, several of whom I've talked with, and they have problems, now with the security light coming on, but with the car not starting. Sure its all tied in together
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th June, 2005
21st Jul 2005, 21:41
I am having the same problem with my alero. It won't start half the time or not at all.
24th Jul 2005, 02:21
We purchased a 1999 alero two weeks ago and as of today it will not start.
30th Dec 2005, 20:24
To everyone with the Alero 'not starting' problem... I have just left a comment, and should have mentioned that for the first time in the 6 years I've had the car, my 'Security' light has come on twice in the past week, amongst a few other things, and it turns out that my 'interior fuse panel on the driver's side' is completely corroded and has to be replaced! No idea how GM Service Center figures water got in there. I've NEVER seen any water in the car! I didn't get it fixed yet and I'm sure the next thing will be my car not starting, if the fuse panel is rotted.
Get your fuse panels checked, I'm curious if that's your problem too.
Donna of Mississauga, Ontario.