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2001 Oldsmobile Alero 2.4 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance298000 kilometres
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Good on gas, but very high on repairs

Faults:

Brakes - every year!

Power steering train - Just before the 3 year

60000 warranty expired.

Brakes - Did I mention that they go every year?

Radiator/engine coolant.

Knob on gear shifter - fell off twice.

Rotors - when brakes go, the rotors had to be replaced.

A/C - had problems with it shortly after I bought it brand new!

Paint on all of the radio dial buttons is almost all worn off.

Back seat developed a tear in it, and quickly spread.

Rust developed on the body of the car and on the hood.

General Comments:

I would never buy a GM vehicle again. This car has cost me so much money, and I bought it brand new. Great big lemon and wallet drainer. I so regret ever buying this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th January, 2011

2001 Oldsmobile Alero GX 2.4 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

It is a lemon. I know now why they quit making them

Faults:

The front wheel bearings went out of it as soon as I bought the car from the dealership. I got them replaced under warranty.

As soon as my warranty ran out, the A.C. quit working. I never had it fixed.

The front of my hood started rusting away and looked horrible. So I spent 50 bucks on a bra to cover it up, instead of having it fixed and painted.

Around in 2005, I started having problems with my passlock sensor. I had it replaced probably 6 or 7 times through the years, with a cost of between 1000 -1500. Then finally a mechanic told me how to reset it. I still have problems to this day, usually after I use my 4 way flashers.

I have had to replace the control module tower (I think that's what it's called) probably 10-15 times. The first 3 times were 135 bucks a piece. Then I started doing it myself. They cost about 45 dollars a piece, and they usually are under warranty for a year. So I've had to pay for around 5 plus labor.

I had to replace bearings again at 130 a piece plus labor.

I have replaced all 4 rotors 3 separate times.

Replaced all the brake pads around 5 times.

Both of my heater knobs broke, had to replace them for around 11 bucks a piece.

Replaced a plastic piece in my trunk for around 35 dollars.

Replaced front tie rods.

Had two 4 wheel alignments.

Replaced 2 rubber boots around my control arm (somewhere) for 90 bucks; includes labor.

Had to replace oxygen sensors 3 times.

Replaced the catalytic converter once. Replaced under warranty.

I had to replace two caliper bracket bolts at a cost of 12.50 a piece. That's just for a little bolt.

Replaced the back shocks, and now the front ones need to be replaced.

I had coil pack replaced for about 160; that includes parts and labor.

The emergency brake has quit working 3 times. I forget what the mechanic charged me each time.

Replaced brake light bulbs 2 times.

As of right now, both of my quarter panels are rusting away with holes in them. So they need to be fixed. Also my car is started to miss again, so I need to replace my control module tower again.

I'm sure there is more, but it escapes me at this time.

General Comments:

I bought my 2001 Oldsmobile Alero in 2004. It had 36,000 miles on it. I had a lot of problems and spent a lot of money on it. I would say that I have almost spent as much in parts and labor for this car as I had when I paid for it.

I like the way the car looks and drives, and I do get good gas miles, between 30-33 per gallon.

I would advise anyone not to buy one. I'm really easy on the car, and it still fell to pieces. It now has 130,000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2010

13th Dec 2010, 17:30

How much was the car, & how much were the repairs when added up altogether?

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 114 reviews