2000 Oldsmobile Alero from North America




A) Broken manifold leaking coolant.

B) Faux leather curls up on dash.

C) Driver side window is stuck down (makes a cracking sounds when engaged)

D) Brakes lights went out, still don't know why.

E) Brakes suck and always need pad replacement.

F) Don't buy this car if you haven't already.

General Comments:

I would love to run this car off a bridge, or perhaps plow it into a wall. It has been nothing but a nightmare since I bought it. I'm currently driving around with a trash bag over my drivers side window because the window is stuck down. Needless to say, I look completely trashy driving around looking like a bum and can't even see out the drivers side window.

On top of that, I just had my manifold repaired - that was an adventure. Luckily I have family that does work on cars. Unfortunately they didn't know it was this much work cut out for them when it came to the Alero, otherwise I would have been told not to buy it. They should change the name to Error-O instead because this car is a piece of "fill in the rest".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd September, 2006

2000 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4L V6 from North America


A "k" car would be a better choice


I've had this car for less than one year now, and although I've not had the most common problem regarding the brakes and rotors, I have had other menacing problems to deal with.

Three weeks ago I had to replace the thermostat, coolant temperature sensor and radiator cap. Most recently however, I've discovered that either the intake manifold gasket or the head gasket is crap.

I won't know which one it is until I tear it apart and see.

Also I have had the problem with the hazard light short, so far it has been the least of my worries.

All in all, owning this car has been overly frustrating and increasingly costly to maintain.

Next time I'll go against the family tradition of driving GM vehicles and consider an import.

General Comments:

If anyone were to say to me that they were thinking of buying this type of car, I'd tell them to turn tail and run like the wind.

"Definitely not your father's Oldsmobile" indeed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2006

27th Oct 2006, 12:47

I bought a brand 2001 Alero and I am having the same problems with temperature gauge stuck on zero, replaced the front rotors twice and back rotors once, replaced front wheel bearings and very poor gas mileage. I lso have rust problems on the front underside of the hood where the metals meet. After this experience and the dealer's attittude, I am not going to buy another GM vehicle again.

2000 Oldsmobile Alero GL3 3.4 Liter V6 from North America


Very nice car for a young driver


I just recently bought this car from a own owner, private seller who I found online.

Car runs great, good acceleration.

I noticed it takes awhile to stop. So I'm assuming the brakes need new pads.

Are the pads easy to change on the GL3 sedan?

Very comfortable ride.

Sound system kind of sucks for stock, but I could always invest into it.

When I bought the car it had 88,538 miles and now has 88,801. The first owner listed all of the previous oil changes, tire rotations, etc.

I just need some more information on how easy this car is to repair when the time comes.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2006

1st Feb 2007, 21:36

Well buddy, I hope you have good luck with your Alero, mine has had problem after problem... Things aren't a matter of how easy they are to fix, it's more along the line of how many times your going to have to fix the same things.

I've had 2 alternators, 3 hub bearings, brakes and rotors 2 times... watch out for the dome light because it has been a known fact to fall down with the slightest bit of pressure, and just so ya know, a frequently asked question is how to get the "low tire pressure" light off... you have to pop the fuse box cover off on the driver side and push the reset button 2 times till the light blinks then hold it till the dings stop, then the light will go off... but I'm no mechanic, but my dad is and he said it's not hard to work on... hope I helped LOL... good luck.