2000 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 5 of 36

2000 Oldsmobile Alero 2.4 from Finland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 810

Summary:

Value for my hard earned money

Faults:

Had to replace the hazard switch since the turn signals stopped working. Next step is brakes, but that's a common problem with automatic transmissions, at least here.

General Comments:

Love to ride with this one. It's a nice ride even with long distance trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2008

29th Jan 2013, 08:06

After my review, I had another problem with a cracking sound while turning full left. It was the flexplate, which was broken; a common issue with these models. The factory installed flexplate is too weak; replaced it with a Delco part, which is much better, since it's a bit thicker.

Also a water leak from the front side of the passenger side, which caused the car's computer to go down; also a common issue. Repaired it myself. Took out the computer, cleaned it and its connectors, and it worked until I sold it.

So, all in all, a nice car to drive, but some serious issues that everyone should know when buying this. I bought an older American car, which is much better choice than those sad efforts of American car making history, like the Alero is.

2000 Oldsmobile Alero GL from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

As good as all my other cars and trucks

Faults:

One brake job.

2 fan switches.

Broken drivers window (wife's fault; frozen).

General Comments:

After reading all the complaints that other drivers have had, I'm led to believe they either drive their cars too hard or just have bad luck.

I have had my Alero 7 years and have had no serious problems with it. I bought it with a standard transmission, so using the brakes lightly and in the country may be the key to longevity.

My GM dealer was (retired from the dealership) the greatest, most helpful dealer I have ever come across. My father in-law deals in the city (Richmond Hill) and has been taken to the cleaners ever time he takes his car in for the regular servicing.

I will keep my Olds until the wheels fall off; it's too bad they stopped making them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2008

2000 Oldsmobile Alero gls 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Don't Know
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Piece of crap

Faults:

This car was a nightmare. I owned it for 6 months and had to trade it in because of all the problems. It had relatively low mileage. The car is a good looking piece of crap.

The list of things that went wrong:

Tires would not keep air in them, even sealed.. poor hub design... I came out one day to 2 flat tires more than once.

Trac light, ABS, check engine light came on within 1st week I owned it. Simple wheel bearing, but cost $250 to fix... before I traded it in same problem again...

Left break had to be totally rebuilt twice- $300 each time, and my mechanic said rear breaks would need replaced within next few months, these were replaced when I bought car 8,000 miles ago!

Passenger side window stopped working, then that window magically began working again and drivers side window stopped working... mechanic said another $250 fix!

Dash board crinkled up like in everybody else's reviews.

Oh, I'm sure there were other things, but I kind of lost track, I was a nervous wreck, never went 2 weeks without some warning light going on and was in the shop at least twice between every oil change.

This car is a poorly made money pit and unsafe. Anyone who is thinking of buying this car should be warned... I will never buy another GM product again! Their engineers must have their head up their you know what!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th January, 2008

2000 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98289 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

I like it

Faults:

First the rotors and brake pads had to be replaced all around, and also there are all kinds of weird creaking noises.

The transmission shifts weird; a little better since I had it flushed, but still very sloppy.

I had to have the power steering pump replaced, and I'm still having problems with it leaking.

Engine oil leak.

Driver side window barely goes up anymore; this is recent.

Outside door handles work poorly.

Interior is noisy.

General Comments:

The 3.4L V6 is quick and the car handles nice. I think the struts or shocks might be getting pretty worn out, because bumpy corners make the rear end squirt out.

All in all I actually like the car, but after reading these reviews I am a little worried about what's going to happen when my mileage gets higher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2007

16th Dec 2007, 19:50

I own a Pontiac Grand Am, which is exactly the same car as your Olds Alero. It has been an incredible car, and has had far fewer problems than our family's Honda Civic did. I suspect that if you take care of yours you will have great service from it for years to come. Most all of the bad reviews on both the Alero and Grand Am are most likely from owners who take very poor care of them. Just use high-quality oil (preferably synthetic), change it BEFORE the recommended change interval, and never let the engine overheat. As a mechanic I take very good care of my cars and they last 200,000+ miles without any problems (except the Civic, which fell apart by 100,000 miles).

One tip: A common problem with these cars is the small plastic clip that holds the windows in place. A sharp jolt from the side will sometimes snap these, requiring the door panel to be removed and the clip replaced (incredibly minor and inexpensive if you do it yourself). I avoid this problem by simply telling my family members "If you slam the door I'll clobber you." Unless the doors are violently slammed the clip will last forever.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 135 reviews