1999 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 7 of 38

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great value for a car

Faults:

The GM Passlock (security) system is flukie (wish it could be pulled out) causes the car not to start for 10 minutes sometimes. This is the only reason I didn't give it a 10 on reliability.

The head gasket started leaking slowly and was replaced soon after I picked it up.

The doors have a water leak in them. sometimes when it rains water will end up on the back seat floor, I haven't confirmed where the leak is coming from yet.

The window molding needs to be replaced, makes the window hard to roll up.

General Comments:

I've loved it - has been a great runner and I've had to do very little work on it.

Performance and luxury mix - comfort, lot of options, handling, nice acceleration, wide tires for grip, and 4wheel disk brakes help.

Very sporty looking.

The running lights are always on - good safety, but would be nice to have an option to turn them off too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2008

1999 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance168000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Shadow

Summary:

Was great for first 4 years

Faults:

Terrific car for the first 3 years and 80000km or so.

Then the classic lower intake manifold gaskets went.

In short order after this;

It eats front bearings every 30000km.

Power drivers window goes frequently.

Lower manifold gaskets again at 160000km.

Rust along front of hood at 4 years old.

O-2 sensors every year or so.

Water pump at 100000km.

A few other things that are actually quite reasonable for thier life expectancy... struts, etc.

General Comments:

Was a terrific car for the first 3 years and 80000km or so. Great power, great handling, stylish, good equipment and features, awesome highway cruiser.

Only regret is having kept it for so long. Should have sold it earlier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th May, 2008

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Previous carOlsmobile 98

Summary:

A waste of engineering!

Faults:

I replace my brakes about 3 or 4 times a year. I had to replace the engine, which blew for no apparent reason. Had to replace my fan, heater core, and selenoid cylinder. The seats wear out fast. My rear passenger door is frozen shut. Cannot open it at all! The trunk hasp broke off. The light overhead is loose, front springs are broke. The button on my shifter broke off. Generally a heap of manure!!

General Comments:

This is a nightmare car. I had always had luck with older model GMs, which is why I purchased this one. however, after having this Alero, I will NEVER EVER buy a GM make again. they, obviously went downhill fast!

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

Review Date: 25th January, 2008

1999 Oldsmobile Alero 2.4 twin cam from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 twin cam Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Reliable and cheap!!

Faults:

This car is slow to accelerate from a stop.

Once it shifts into 2nd gear, I have no trouble with acceleration.

This is a 2.4L engine and is bit noisy on the highway.

General Comments:

This car handles well on the road.

I have never had a problem with this car.

Looks sharp and sporty once you wash the the salt, from the "Ohio" roads, off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

1999 Oldsmobile Alero V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ford Escort

Summary:

Typical GM car

Faults:

Engine Coolant overflow has cracked three times/needed replaced...110,000 130,000 and 165,000 miles.

Replaced intake gasket at 166,000 miles.

Brakes wear very fast compared to other cars I've owned.

Loads of electrical problems.

AC needs charged every summer.

Motor for drivers side window broke around 140000.

General Comments:

Overall this has been a pretty reliable car. Bought it at 100,000 miles and put almost another 100,000 miles on it. Things have gone wrong, but for the miles its expected.

It sucks that the Alero isin't made anymore. I love the power of the v6 engine, and the car handles very well. I wouldn't say that it was the most reliable vehicle, but I sure enjoyed driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2007

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

This car should have been pulled from the production line!

Faults:

Front Wheel Bearings replaced 4 times. The speed sensor is located in the wheel bearing assembly itself. So, when the anti-lock brake & no trac light comes on, it is a faulty speed sensor and the whole bearing has to be replaced. STUPID DESIGN!

Also, the clips on my windows have now broken 3 times. There are black clips and white ones. One set can be replaced, while the other set requires a whole new piece of glass.

One time I had to replace the window tracks themselves.

Replaced the radiator and it will be needing a new transmission.

Also, the heater blower motor just went out. Not sure yet if it is the motor itself or the resistor.

Both door locks have been replaced, as they wouldn't latch, which meant the door stayed opened.

Rear view mirror continually falls off.

The trunk latch was replaced, but again is tempermentaly working.

Got a new gas door at the junkyard b/c the old one stayed ajar.

HVAC interior switch only works on the speeds it wants to given the day of the week.

Tie rods have been replaced twice now.

Turn signals only work when they want and forget about it when it is raining.

Floating caliper on front right brakes seized together leaving me with no brakes on that side.

Moonroof has recently decided to open, but not close on command!

General Comments:

GM did not think when they designed the Alero.

Not only does every possible thing go wrong, but the repairs are not easy and the pieces and parts are SO hard to get to.

Please save yourself the money.

It has been five years of nothing, but nickle and diming me to death!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th December, 2007

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