1999 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 33 of 38

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L(V6) from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4L(V6) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32648 miles
Most recent distance45781 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Good car, Bad brakes

Faults:

There has been a problem with my brakes and rotors since 40,000 miles. They have been checked by three different service mechanics and the problem still persists. The rotors have been changed twice and the brake pads have been changed once. Now I am on my way to getting them serviced again.

Dome light display was loose when the car was purchased, but it was fixed with no problem.

Engine noise has grown louder since car has been purchased. It sounds like there is a problem with the intake. My guess is that it is the manifold.

General Comments:

I really do like my Alero. I like the performance and the stylish look that it has.

My only regret is that I did not do more research on the car before I purchased it or I probably wouldn't have bought the car so quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GX 2.3 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Great car, and more reliable than a Toyota

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

More reliable and entertaining to drive than my previous Corolla, plus GREAT dealer service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

1999 Oldsmobile Alero Coupe 2.4L Gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Olds Dealer and products are a BIG disappointment

Faults:

This is my first and last experience with an Oldsmobile. The main reason is I don't want to support a car dealership that doesn't respect my business, but I'm not happy with the product either.

After the first week of ownership, I had to return to the dealer to investigate a noise generating from the front end of the car. Covered under warranty, I don't believe they really fixed anything, they claimed they lubricated a bushing, which means they sprayed WD-40 on the thing...

After the first month of ownership, I had to return to the dealer to replace the fuel pump. This experience took them over a week to repair, and was the experience that caused me to never give the Oldsmobile Company (GM) my business again! I will never own another GM product, after the experience this dealer put me through.

After the 1st year of ownership, I lost speeds 1-2 on my climate control fan. Turns out this is a $25 part that I could order from an online dealer (Blower Fan Resistor Pack) and took me about an hour to install, but after reading numerous reviews, I understand that this is a common problem with this car.

After 3 years of ownership, I started experiencing the brake related problems that I'm seeing posted here. Pedal pulsations, and brake pads that seem to wear prematurely. I do all my own work on the car, and I know the brakes are properly installed, I think it's an engineering design flaw.

During this time, I also started experiencing the problems with the dash lights coming on in particular the Track Off and Anti-Lock lights... they come on sporadically, sometimes go out, I'll need to take to an auto electric specialist to troubleshoot, hopefully, I'm not wasting my time.

I love the look of this car, and the engine problems I've seen here, are beginning to worry me, I'm seriously considering on selling this car before I start to experience these engine problems.

General Comments:

In comparison to the Eclipse, I'd take the olds, but that's not saying much. It is a good looking, stylish car, and if you could afford to park it in a garage and take it out on sunny Sunday afternoons, then it may be the car for you. If you need it to function like a CAR? Try a Toyota!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2003

14th May 2004, 21:42

I have experienced the problem with the anti-lock brake and the traction lights coming on. I had to replace my front hub and bearing assembly. To be sure of this use a jack to jack your car up. If you can move either of the front tires it is more than likely the bearing assembly. My dad paid about $108 for each and changed them in a couple hours. Hope this helps.

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