2002 Oldsmobile Alero GL from North America


A complete waste of money!!!


Driver side wheel bearing within 6 months of purchase.

Low tire pressure light on all the time.

Signal lights failed at 80,000km. Complete failure that was intermittent. They only worked when they wanted too.

85000km. Service engine light on, ABS light, Low trac.

You know what this means, another wheel bearing repair!!

General Comments:

This car is a piece of junk.

The maintenance on it is constant and expensive.

GM obviously cares nothing for customer service or quality. They make Ford look like Rolls Royce!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th November, 2007

2002 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 2.2 from North America


I am getting sick of this car!

One day I was running late for work. tried to start my car it wouldn't start. I had to wait till the security light went off I was late for work. a week later it happened again. and again and again!! I am so sick of this. I asked myself what if it was an emergency then what? then both lights for track off and service engine are on all the time! anyone can help?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2007

2002 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L "3.4" V6 from North America


Nice to look at, but keep walking if you see one at a dealership


My lifters needed replacement at 94000 Miles.

Passenger Side window regulator at 94000 Miles.

My catalytic converter was replaced at 95000 miles.

Both wheel bearings needed to be replaced at 95000 miles.

Drivers side window regulator at 96000 Miles.

All 4 Rotors were worn down at 97000 Miles (Replaced, unable to be resurfaced)

Coolant flush, tune-up performed at 100,000 Miles.

Lower Intake Manifold Gasket Leak discovered at 103,000.

Pass-lock Sensor failed at 103,124 Miles (Master Ignition Cylinder & BCM needed to be replaced)

Intake Manifold Gasket, Oil Pump, Water Pump, & Full engine flush at 104,000 Miles.

General Comments:

I was a student who was simply looking for reliable transportation to and from school. I performed all the general maintenance required on the car, with no neglect to it from the moment I bought it. According to carfax, the the car was a rental before I owned it, which means that the car was serviced regularly and not neglected as far as service.

This car spent more time in the shop then it did on the road. Don't get me wrong, when the car ran I loved it. It drove more comfortably than anything I've ever driven, however, it cost me nearly twice the value of the car to keep up on repairs.

If you happen to come across a nice looking Alero on a lot, beware. These cars do have problems which occur on all Aleros. The window regulators, Brake Rotors, Pass-lock Sensor, and Lower Intake Manifold Gaskets are all common and recurring and expensive problems on these cars. If you see one of these cars on a lot, simply keep walking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2007

2002 Oldsmobile Alero 2.2L from North America


I'm saving up for a Toyota (no more American cars for me)


Brakes had to be replaced, then later repaired again.

After driving it for a year and a half, the security feature began to shut down the ignition system - there was nothing in the manual, etc; I had to research the problem on-line (3 mechanics couldn't even figure it out), so I figured out that waiting 20 minutes with key 'on' resets it...

Now it won't start at all, it's not the starter, it's got good fuel pressure, plugs & battery are fine...

General Comments:

I used to only buy American cars. I've learned the hard way (besides, most are assembled in Mexico now anyway).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2007

2002 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 litre from North America


This car is going to be nothing but trouble


Traction control light "off"comes on service engine soon light on and ABS light comes on all at the same time.

General Comments:

It is a quick car, but,id never buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2007

20th May 2007, 13:57

"It is a quick car, but, id never buy another."

- You couldn't even if you wanted to, because if you hadn't noticed, THE GREAT GENIUSES at GM dropped Olds some years ago.

4th Oct 2010, 12:16

I just bought a 2nd hand Alero for about four thousand (American dollars). So far no problems have occurred that I've read about on this website. I only now am doing the research on this car after purchasing it, and if I had done my research, I don't think that I would have bought this car. Is it really that bad of a car? I wish I could get some feedback.