1999 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 9 of 38

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance100871 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Alero's are possessed by the devil

Faults:

Lower intake gasket at 50,000 miles.

Rack and pinion at 50,000 miles.

Lower sway bar links and bushings at 50,000 miles.

Water pump at 50,000 miles.

Trunk vent seal broke, over a gallon of water in trunk.

Dome light fell out of place. @ 50,000 miles.

All covered under dealerships warranty, idk why I still bought it.

Right and left wheel bearings at 83,000 miles.

ANOTHER WATER PUMP AT 84,000 miles.

ANOTHER RACK AND PINNION AT 93,000 miles!!!

Service engine soon light, Low trac, and Anti lock brake lights go on and off since around 93K.

The car has always had clunking noises in the front end and it has never been right since day one. Yeah about that clean carfax report? total BS there is not one side of the car that has never been smashed. Carfax doesn't mean anything at ALL!

General Comments:

I love my Alero, the way it looks, drives and how comfortable it is. I think it's a great value and has every option I would want on any vehicle. Though I would never buy one ever again. I actually don't think I would buy another GM vehicle ever again personally. Mechanically the Alero was poorly made in the quality and workmanship of its parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd September, 2007

16th Oct 2009, 07:59

I hate Aleros! I see why Oldsmobile went out of business!

5th Jun 2010, 04:44

I have the same issues with the lights. ABS, Low Trac Off and Low Trac lights have been coming on constantly since about 180,000 km's. I also have the engine light that never goes out.

1999 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 2.4L Twin Cam from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4L Twin Cam Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres

Summary:

Good looking car, but don't be fooled

Faults:

Brakes at 100,000kms. I don't know if the previous brakes were original, but I'm going to guess they were not. The brakes also had to be replaced at the 130,000km mark when we sold it. $200 Canadian each time.

Heater Fan resistor pack. Replaced 5 times between 86,000 and 130,000kms. $50 part + $100 repair.

Heater Fan Replaced Twice. $250 each time.

Low oil light came on once, added oil and checked levels. Oil seemed fine. The light stayed on until I took it in. The mechanic said that I probably had a small hole in the oil pan and when I would turn the pressure would drop indicating low oil or something. The problem never came back after that day. $100.

Driver side window came off tracks at 125,000 kms.

$500 repair.

Rust started to form around door sills at about 100,000kms.

General Comments:

This was my first car, purchased in 2003 for about $7,000 CDN. All in all it was a decent car. But I am not sure if my opinion is biased or not because until recently I have only owned GM and Ford vehicles which have a reputation for constant breakdown.

The Alero's styling is very nice, it looks like a nice car and gives that appeal that it may be worth a little more than it actually is. The interior was nice, I had the standard grey cloth, but it was comfortable. So comfortable I sometimes would fall asleep while driving. The back seat was terrible to sit in. Especially on longer rides. My passengers always complained. BTW I had the 2-door GLS.

The ABS and traction control helped in the snow. The car would handle great in all conditions.

The 2.4L Twin Cam was the smallest engine available, which gives the illusion that it would be good on gas. This thing was absolutely terrible on gas. The worst 4cyl gas consumption I have ever seen. I would get as low as 20 mpg highway some weeks. I took it in to my mechanic to get it looked at to see if there was anything wrong with the engine or fuel system and he couldn't find anything. I tried high performance filters and plugs/wires and nothing seemed to help. Basically my biggest problem was that I had this 140hp engine that got 10 less mpg then most Japanese cars with the same amount of horsepower, I just didn't see the trade off.

With the Alero I ran into many costly repairs, mainly the heater fan resistor packs. I replaced it 2 times every winter. I also replaced the heater fan twice because the resistor pack had shorted it out. This was really annoying because there were days when it was really cold and my heater wouldn't work, and I still had to drive to work for 50kms. I ended up selling the car for half of what it was worth, just to get rid of it.

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

Review Date: 17th September, 2007

27th Sep 2007, 08:58

That's a good point. I really didn't think of that when writing the review, though I have thought of it before when pondering why that engine was offered in this Alero. Anyways thanks a lot.

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