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2004 Oldsmobile Alero from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carKia Sephia

Summary:

It is a money Pitt!

Faults:

The day I got the car I had to replace the rear breaks. and have already replaced front and rear breaks since then. I have owned it since July of 07 (7 months). The woman I bought the car from said that the cell phone outlet had never worked. As I explored the dash I realized that certain dash lights like radio lights were not showing. The over head light comes on sometimes, but not always. I figured it to be just a fuse that I could replace easily. Upon close inspection I found melted and shorted out wires behind the dash. I replaced the wires and got a new radio. I have to service the thing more often than most cars. This time I had to take it to the mechanic. I had to replace a baring today. I am sick of this car. Every other month it is a trip to the mechanic. The interior is cheap and hard to clean. I totally will not buy another Oldsmobile.

General Comments:

I like the general appearance of the car.

However, it is not worth the maintenance and trouble.

I will not recommend Oldsmobile cars beacause of my experiences with this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2008

9th May 2010, 14:36

I totally agree with this person. I have had my 2004 Alero since the end of 2004. It seemed to be the best thing since sliced bread when I got it. Now I can't even afford sliced bread since making all the repairs.

I have put front and rear brakes on this car it seems like every year and a half. I am putting it in the shop tomorrow again because I believe the rotors are now going bad.

My dome light has been fixed once before, and guess what? It's out AGAIN!!! Every light on my dash is lit up like a Christmas tree, and oh yeah the bearings had to be replaced too, and I think those are going again. I had a guy warn me that he replaced his bearings 6+ times, and that I should ditch the thing. Well I guess he's right. EVER HEARD OF A RECALL, OLDS? That's what should have happened when all these people started having the SAME issues. It's not us, it's the piece of crap car.

2004 Oldsmobile Alero GX (?) from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17200 kilometres
Most recent distance44562 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Firefly

Summary:

Not ready yet to make a conclusion

Faults:

Alero 2004 with 45.000 km on it.

This morning I noticed some "grinding" noise as speed was increasing. Brought it to the dealer. Diagnosis was the right front bearing to be replaced, + braking pads on the same wheel are worn out, too. $1.000.

General Comments:

Great on gas. V6, up to 35MPG highway, 22MPG city.

Wheels and driver side window are noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2007

28th Aug 2011, 22:19

I have made previous remarks about my 2004 GLS Alero. When I bought the car, it had 91,000ks. It now has 126,000ks and still runs like a top. I've installed a few performance parts; pacesetter exhaust etc. The car gets great mileage, and for a six cylinder it is quick. The sound system sounds great, I just don't believe all the problems a few others are going through. Sounds like North American car bashers to me. I have driven a few Toyotas in the past, and no thanks.

2004 Oldsmobile Alero GX from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

So far I like this car, even though I have a few minor problems here and there.

Faults:

I bought my car used, so of course there is normal ware and tear, but I do agree with previous comments that the brakes do squeak way too much.

The starter seems to be get stuck every once in a while after the car is obviously on and running.

After starting the car and shifting it into drive, the transmission jerks more than it should just to be put into drive. But mainly when I have the car in neutral and shift to drive is when it does it the most.

The glue holding the vinyl to the dash appears to have lost some of its bonding power because it is beginning come detached. As well as the paint chips off of the buttons on the CD player as well as the automatic lock and window switches.

And the cup holder isn't in a very logical place especially for larger cups. Cans are fine, but I find myself telling passengers to move their cups so I can put it into park.

General Comments:

Overall I am very satisfied with my car. It is a V6 automatic and has the get up and go that I have wanted. It gets decent gas mileage. That's why I miss my Camry, because it had way better fuel economy.

I believe that I paid way to much for it and would have rather continued to look elsewhere, but I needed a car A.S.A.P.

I like the sleekness in the appearance of the car. That is what appealed to me the most.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2007

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 31 reviews