2004 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews - Page 4 of 8

2004 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4L Automatic
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Chevy blazer

Summary:

Very unhappy with my alero

Faults:

Brakes are constantly going bad. Hub assembly's have been changed twice on both sides. Gas mileage is horrible. Paint chips off everything inside especially on the radio knobs. All this has been happening just after the warranty was up. The dealership does not help at all--very rude!! The dealership told me the car could use regular tires, but turns out it has to have high performance--which are lots more expensive!! Will never buy another oldsmobile again!!

General Comments:

The seats are comfortable though and it is roomy inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th November, 2006

2004 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired95 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

I am proud to own #53/500 of the Final Aleros

Faults:

The only thing that has really gone wrong with the car is the brakes need changing already. I do ride the brakes sometimes so there's no surprise there. I plan on replacing them with Brembo's anyways.

Other than that nothing else has gone wrong with it yet.

General Comments:

I purchased the Final 500 edition mines #53. I love it.

The sound system is awesome.

The performance suspension handles the roads great, it's set right at the middle: it's stiff, but still absorbs the bigger bumps.

I gotta love the leather interior and sunroof especially the final 500's perforated leather interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2006

2004 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

Yet another reason to buy Japanese

Faults:

Replaced the sway bar bushings.

New tires went bald in 8,000 miles.

Two wheels where bent when I bought the car.

Now the wheel mount is bad, and I was told this is a common problem on the Alero's.

General Comments:

I was extremely impressed with this car when I bought it. It handled well, and had more power then I was use to. Although, for the size of the engine, it is underpowered. Chrysler makes a much smaller 6 cylinder engine that gets just as much horsepower, and the new Civics get almost as much power with a small 4 cylinder.

This car was GM Certified when I bought it, which I assumed meant there was nothing wrong with it. I have had it in the shop 7 times in the 9 months that I've owned it. The bent wheels were missed by 2 General Motors mechanics, who where looking for the reason my car was vibrating a lot, and only found when I went to have my tires balanced and rotated.

I have now had my car in the shop 4 times to fix another popping noise around my front wheels. The first time, they did a lube job, and told me the noise should go away, if it didn't, it was probably a bad strut. The noise didn't go away, so I took it back. This time they told me the sway bar bushings were bad, even though the sway bar bushings had been replaced a few months earlier by another dealer. When I took it back to the other dealer (the same dealer that missed the bent wheels), they said they couldn't reproduce the noise, and had no intentions of actually looking at my sway bar bushings. A week later, the noise got worse, so I took it back. This time they heard the noise, said it's not the sway bar bushings (which they would replace for free), but the wheel mount, a part that will cost me $400 to replace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2006

14th Jun 2006, 19:03

Wheels don’t just get bent. It sounds like your car may have been in an accident that damaged the front suspension and possibly the unibody. I don’t know what “GM certified” means, but maybe there is some recourse for this. You might want to take it to an independent body shop to look for more hidden damage. It’s too bad that your first thought is to blame poor quality and jump to “yet another reason to buy Japanese.” Good Luck.

12th Dec 2007, 10:31

I don't even know how many times I've had mine in the shop! Mine was GM Certified as well. I'm so glad I bought the extended warranty. It has paid for itself three times!

2nd Apr 2008, 22:16

I find it hard to believe two so called mechanics missed bent wheels while looking for vibrations - unacceptable for sure. I agree with the previous commentor, I'd suspect some sort of collision damage happened before you got the car.

You're really fooling yourself if you think all your car troubles will disappear with a Japanese offering. Just like domestic cars, all Japanese brands have certain troublesome models.

I'm a wholesale buyer and see them all the time. Just like the domestics, some are pretty bulletproof, and some are a real pain.

Good luck.

3rd Jun 2009, 05:54

Don't worry, you're not jumping to blame them. My Alero makes a popping noise and I have had it looked at a couple of times, same 400 dollar part is needed. I have had two collisions in this car.

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