1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL V6 from North America
Cheap in more ways than one
Gas gauge suddenly stopped working accurately. It never goes below 1/2 now, and stays above full until I've gone at 100 miles on the tank.
Driver's side seat will not fold forward.
Blinkers only work when they feel like it. It's an odd feeling to press the lever and have nothing happen.
The black glossy finish on the doors (next to the window) is chipping off.
The "leather" boot on the emergency brake is coming apart at the seams.
The lid on the little cup behind the emergency brake won't stay closed.
Even though this car has a lot of cosmetic problems, I still am very happy with the performance and handling. It's got great styling, and if fun to drive. I have the performance package with the V6 engine and upgraded suspension, and although my gas mileage is poor (usually 22 mpg on average) it handles well in all situations. (I live in Southern California though, so it hasn't seen ice or snow.)
The rear seat on my coupe is easy to access from the passenger side. There's room for adults back there on shorter trips.
My 6'5" husband is comfortable in this car.
This car was a great deal, however I was disappointed to see the sticker on my friend's brand new Honda Accord SE... she paid about the same for a much higher quality car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th July, 2002