2003 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 7 of 11

2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL SEDAN 4 Cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

The best ever oldsmobile made

Faults:

I have had no problems out of My Alero I love this car to death and I was very skeptical about buying it at first because of my previous experience with Gm and Oldsmobile. I wouldn't trade this car for a new car any time soon.

General Comments:

You have to love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2007

2003 Oldsmobile Alero LX from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance108796 miles
Previous carNissan Stanza

Faults:

-Service Vehicle Soon/Trac Off/Anit Lock lights are always on

-Service Engine Light after having heads serviced, intakes redone twice in one year and light is still on

-push rod replaced

-Outer Tie rod on the passenger side

-Valve cover gaskets done twice

-One day I was going down the road and my horn starting blowing and would not stop and since then it will not blow and my alarm does not sound when you lock the doors, but it does lock.

General Comments:

This car only looks good I wish I would have done my homework on this car, but it has learned me a lesson before I buy another car I will research it first. This car needs to be pulled off the market I understand that with every car there are going to be some problems, but this is ridiculous problems after problems and just when you think you have it fixed the same problem arises again. BEWARE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2007

27th Feb 2007, 21:48

I see a lot of bad reviews on the Alero, and it really surprises me. It is the exact same car as the Pontiac Grand Am, and my 2001 Grand Am SE-1 has been by far the best car I've ever owned. Not a hint of a problem.

9th Jul 2007, 13:30

I also have a 2003 Alero. I own a GL though... Anyway, about your horn problem... I was at my ex-girlfriend's house one day and we were inside. I thought I heard a car horn honk (nothing unusual). Several minutes later, I thought I heard the horn again, but it sounded constant this time. I went outside and my horn had been sounding for quite some time. I tried to turn it off, and when it failed to turn off, I just pulled the fuse. I waited a minute and put the fuse back in. The horn was not sounding, so I went back inside. About 30 minutes later - same problem, except by the time I got back outside to my car, the horn had stopped. I opened the door and tried honking the horn - nothing. I pulled the fuse and put it back in and tried again - no sound. I inspected the fuse to make sure it wasn't blown, and it was fine. I tried to lock my car and it locked okay, but the horn did not sound. Since I've been so busy, I haven't fixed it yet, so it's been close to a year since that happened, but I know that the car blew its own horn.

2003 Oldsmobile Alero V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Alero

Summary:

This car is one big Lemon

Faults:

I have change my Brakes every 13,000 mile. I have went through a set up Rotors once. The inside pads wear within 13,000 miles. I had change the passlock security/ignition sensor at 74,000 miles $500.00. Recently the car won't start wiring troubles. Most likely with the fuel pump. Rear defrost stopped working. The bearing need replaced every 20,000 miles. Shocks and Struts are very poor and need replaced at 40,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car looks very nice, but electrical and front end work is a must thoughout the life of this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th February, 2007

2003 Oldsmobile Alero 3.4 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 kilometres
Most recent distance103000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Sharp looking and comfortable

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Good performance and comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2007

2003 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 2 Door 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance103000 kilometres
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Good looking, fast and fun, but a few problems along the way

Faults:

Left front hub assembly was replaced at 40,000km, right was replaced at 45,000km.

Right front hub assembly was again replaced at 103,000km after the ABS and TRAC OFF lights came on simultaneously and stayed on. I believe the problem was a bad speed sensor.

Blower fan needed to be replaced at 10,000km.

Regular brake maintenance at 40,000km and 80,000km.

Both front calipers were leaking brake fluid and needed to be replaced at 80,000km.

All 4 rotors needed to be replaced at 80,000km as well. Perhaps this is normal for rotors, but 90% of the kms were highway driving and I am not hard on my vehicles.

Front passenger seat wouldn't lock into place and needed to be repaired twice at approx. 20,000km.

General Comments:

Overall, I like the car for its looks and performance. The 3.4 V6 has good acceleration and decent gas mileage at around 10L/100km highway and 14L/100km city (although my 1992 Ford Explorer got about the same gas mileage). I am, however, a bit worried about the overall quality of the car components from what I have been both reading and experiencing. The resale value of the Alero is terrible which is bad for those of us who bought new, but good for those looking for a decent used car at a low price. Overall, I enjoy the car, but I will be staying away from Oldsmobile and perhaps all GM models for my next vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2007

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 40 reviews