2003 Oldsmobile Alero Base 2.2 Ecotec from North America
Great simple car that needs regular maintenance
Hub bearings, hub bearings, hub bearings!!! You've got to get those replaced regularly after you pass 65,000.
Ignition switch has to be replaced too.
Engine and tranny are fine. Other than the continuous hub bearing problem and the ignition, this car does not need much upkeep.
It's pretty good on gas. I had the 4 cylinder model, so it got 30 on the highway, 20 in the city. You have to regularly change the front brake pads as this car is a front engined heavy car.
The car always turned on, no matter how cold it was outside. The A/C unit sucks up a lot of power, so the engine will be a little hesitant to move when you've got the A/C on.
In conclusion, this is a great car to drive around from point A to point B. Not the best choice if you want a flashy car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th August, 2014
2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL2 V6 from North America
My Alero honestly has been one of my best cars. In fact we have 2 of them. One is a 2003, and the other is a 2004, and I would not get rid of them for anything.
The 2003 has 205k miles on it, and the only thing I have ever done to it was change the fuel pump, and it still runs to this day like a champ.
The life of your car depends on how often service was done to it. I have always got my oil changed 1000 before it was due, since day one.
The 2004 has 150k, and the only thing done to that one was a new radiator. If I could buy a brand new one, I would, but unfortunately they don't make Oldsmobile or Pontiac anymore.
I would give this car a 5 star rating.
The seats are nice and still good.
Handles amazing in the snow, and I've done research that shows they hold up very good in accidents.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd April, 2011
2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL1 2.2 ecotec from North America
Worst car to be ever manufactured
Wheel bearings have to be replaced every 3-5000 kms.
Brakes have to be replaced every month or two.
Keys will not come out of ignition most of the time.
When it rains, the driver's side fills with water and also leaks onto the fuse panel, which sometimes causes the car to not start.
This car is the worst car I have ever owned.
This car gives poor fuel economy.
I guess that's why GM closed out Oldsmobile, because of the garbage they made, such as the Alero.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th March, 2011
9th Mar 2011, 15:54
Are you taking your car to the same shop all the time?
What make me wonder, is that you complain about bad fuel economy, and at the same time you complain about things that could cause elevated fuel consumption. I.e. your wheel bearing going bad and your brakes are wearing out early. Maybe your brakes are binding and heating up the hub assembly, causing early demise of the wheel bearings. Maybe it needs an alignment too. Ask around if there is a good independent mechanic in your area, and explain to him (in a calm and friendly tone of voice) what's happening with your car.