2001 Oldsmobile Alero GLS Coupe 3.4 SFI V6 from North America
Not made any more... stay away from used!!!
Dealer replaced warped rotors - warranty
Turn signal went out - dealer warrantied
Dealer resurfaced warped rotors - warranty
Noticed an oil leak, dealer replaced lower intake gaskets under warranty.
Replaced brakes with Powerslot Rotors and Ceramic Pads, and this was the last time the brakes were touched - OEM's were just that bad, I guess.
Turn signal again, dealer fixed under warranty
Transmission electrical connections fell apart, transmission was replaced due to internal damages caused by wiring failure - under warranty
Intake gasket again!!! - Dealer warranty.
Initially I liked my Alero very much. It was a GLS Coupe, and you didn't see many of them on the road.
The Monsoon (sorry, Olds called it the "Dynamic Bass Boost Option" back then) rocked, and I had a spirited car that returned a solid 23-25 MPG mixed driving.
I was fortunate that I kept my old S10 around, as it served as my loaner car each time I had to take it to the dealership. Under the GM warranty, they had to take it for a day to assess if a loaner was needed. So, effectively, I'd get a loaner at the end of the day and by that time, I just said forget it, I'll drive my truck to work.
I ended up trading the Alero in a few miles after it was out of it's 5 year/60,000 mile warranty. I was able to get more on the trade in than I was expecting, and decided to get rid of the car before I started to get burned by it.
I'm now a happy owner of an '04 Accord Coupe EX-L, which has been flawless and better in every way. It's a shame, because 5 years ago when I graduated college, you would have never seen me in an import. My, how things have changed. :P.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd August, 2006