2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4 Liter from North America
Another GM lemon!
The blower motor went out at 50,000 miles.
The sunroof drives me crazy! I'm not sure why, but whenever I go over the slightest bump in the road, it makes an odd snapping/creaking sound.
There are tons of other little noises due to poor quality manufacturing of the interior. There is way too much plastic.
The driver's seat wobbles back and forth. It also makes a squeaking sound when it wobbles.
The paint on the radio dials seems to be chipping off, and the entire tuner knob has fallen off altogether.
While at a stoplight, the car feels like it is about to die. I'm not sure if it's a bad fuel pump or maybe fuel injectors, but it's getting progressively worse.
I have to hit the dome light a few times in order for it to turn on.
The lights behind the speedometer flicker from normal brightness to dark for no apparent reason.
Every now and again, the car sounds like it doesn't want to start. It always does, but I'm not sure if that's an indicator that something is going bad??
This car is absolutely horrible. When I first bought it (about 8 months ago) there was nothing wrong with it at all. Everything ran perfectly, there were no noises, and it was enjoyable to drive. Now here I am only 8 months later and the whole thing is falling apart. I would not recommend this car to anybody. What happened to Oldsmobile? They used to make great cars! I will never buy GM again. I wish I had gone foreign. Buyer beware!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th February, 2008
Buying an abused and ragged-out 5-year-old Olds is hardly a reason to attack GM. My 8-year-old Grand Am (same car as the Alero) has been totally flawless, as has our 2003 GMC Envoy. Looking at the nosedive in build quality that the Japanese and European cars have taken in recent years, I'd prefer a 4-year-old GM to any NEW import.
Our experience with both GM vehicles and GM dealers has been nothing but positive and upbeat. The current crop of GM vehicles are some of the best in the world. Car and Driver and Motor Trend seem to agree. Nearly half of the "World's Ten Best" were chosen from GM cars, and the outstanding Cadillac CTS was chosen Car of the Year.