2001 Oldsmobile Alero LS 4 cylinder from North America
Reliable little car
Blower motor stopped working.
Rear speakers quit working.
My wife bought the Alero new in 2001. I've heard the horror stories about them, but honestly, it's been one of the best cars we've ever had.
A wheel bearing went bad at 70,000 miles.
The rear speakers stopped working at some point.
A speed sensor in the wheel hub went out at around 80,000 miles, and just this week the blower motor went out.
Everything that's happened I can attribute to the age of the car. I guess we were lucky and got a good one, but I would buy another one if Olds were still around.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2013
5th Apr 2013, 20:41
This Olds Alero has been a reliable, sturdy commuter car for 8 years. It was purchased in 2005 and had been my grandfather's before he passed. It has had relatively little work, other than regular oil changes and tire rotations.
It is beginning to show its age and usage. Front driver's seat is uncomfortably thin, worn down, the knob to adjust the blower direction has broken but turns with pliers, the knob for the hood release has broken off, motors for the back windows are out/or the plastic holder has broken.
All of its faults are cosmetic; it continues to drive like a champ with get up and go.
We recently thought there was an issue with the transaxle, as it would lose power at the point it should have been shifting. Our wonderful mechanic steered us towards the muffler guy. Under $200 for a new catalytic converter (it was plugged) has it back on the road. Muffler guy said he hadn't seen anyone get that much mileage out of a converter.