2000 Oldsmobile Alero 2.4L from North America


The Alero is reliable and comfortable, but a real pain to work on


Wheel bearing, Minor repairs.

General Comments:

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

22nd May 2006, 19:05

"Not a do-it-yourself vehicle."

- That's due to the fact that GM wants the dealers to get all the repair & maintenance business.

2000 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L (6 cylinder) from North America


It's too easy to complain about the ones we love..


2 days after purchase, it stalled on level ground while in motion. <about 40km/hr> (It is auto transmission!!)

Less than a week after I bought it, wheel bearings went, trac light and engine light came on & was stranded on the highway. Had it towed to closest dealership, luckily I had a bumper-to-bumper warranty.

10-12 months post-purchase I tried to start it via (after-market) remote starter, horn, lights & locks went crazy and it wouldn't start. Called for a tow, had it jumped at it was fine. Apparently this was due to improper installation of my remote starter. (So not necessarily a GM problem)

EVERY time it went in for regular scheduled maintenance (which I was always adamant about being on time for) it had something major wrong with it. Some covered by warranty, some paid for out-of-pocket. (Intake manifold gasket, front brakes & rotors off the top of my head...)

Just as my warranty is coming to an end, I took it to a GM Goodwrench today for a check-up only to hear that my (after-market) K & N air filter oil "leaked onto my mass airflow sensor," gunking it up and possibly causing damage to my transmission. Discussions with K & N customer service confirm my suspicions about this diagnosis, K & N have tested again and again and NEVER has their filter oil caused damage to a vehicle. Also, GM Goodwrench told me that the K & N air filter voids my warranty, which is also NOT TRUE. My air flow sensor isn't covered under warranty regardless, but K & N has agreed to take in the faulty sensor and test it to find out what REALLY happened.

Not sure whether GM Goodwrench has been screwing me or whether the car is a bit of a lemon, but either way I am getting frustrated.

General Comments:

Despite my problems with it, I do love this car. With the exception of the first couple weeks, the car has never left me stranded, it seems to only have anything wrong with it when it goes in for service (a little fishy, don't you think?)

The car has a gorgeous little body, good get-up-and-go and very decent fuel efficiency for a 6-cyl.

I put Toyo Proxes all-season radials on her, and she turns on a dime.

I've had 3 people hit my bumpers, both front and rear, and never had to do more than buff out scuff marks.

My brother and his wife bought the same car, only with a sunroof and leather interior and have has problems with the locks, but nothing else so far. Perhaps it's because they don't go to GM Goodwrench.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th May, 2006

21st Jun 2006, 16:44

Update on this posting from the original poster:

About three weeks after my car was supposedly 300-point inspected, I went to use my horn and surprise! - not working. I called GM to complain, of course they "checked it" while it was in and advised me to bring it in so they can have a look at it (for a ridiculous price!!)... screw that!

They told me to check the cigarette lighter, if that didn't work then it's just a fuse... The lighter works. Didn't take it in.

Last Tuesday the engine light came on. I can't even tell you how choked I was. Filled up with gas on Thursday, noticed that the gas cap wasn't on tight. (Hubby had filled up last, guess he didn't screw the cap on...)

Talked to a couple people about it, turned out my grandma had forgotten to screw the cap on on her 2001 Impala once and her engine light came on... guess that's a standard GM thing. Anyway, to make a long story short, didn't take it in and the light went off after a couple of days.

Horn works now, haven't had any problems since before engine light went off. Not sure what's going on, hate to be paranoid, but I think GM may be programming the car to pretend there's something wrong in the event I might take my car in to a GM Goodwrench. Probably not the case, but it sure feels like it with all the experiences I've had so far.

Anyway, thought about selling my car, but still owe $9000 and the car is worth about $5000. Not worth it, just gotta pray nothing else goes wrong. :S.

19th May 2007, 15:08

Visit www.bobistheoilguy.com and do a search -- you'll see many people report MAF and other issues due to oil from a K & N filter.

27th May 2007, 01:49

No aftermarket parts! What part of this do people not understand?!