The Alero is reliable and comfortable, but a real pain to work on
Wheel bearing, Minor repairs.
This car is basically reliable, very comfortable. Could be more maneuverable for its size.
It is a disaster to work on. The engineers seem to have deliberately placed every conceivable impediment to everyday maintenance.
I have done regular and serious repairs on every car I've driven since 1990. This one takes the cake. Checking the transmission fluid requires jacking it up and crawling under it with the engine running. You have to take a transmission mount off to get to the thermostat. Bleeding the brake system at the anti-lock modulator requires removing the battery and the driver's side wheel.
Conclusion? It's a fine car if you are going to have it serviced by someone else. Not a do-it-yourself vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th May, 2006