2004 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L V6 from North America


This car rips


One serious thing, and not the car's fault:

I was stuck in some snow in a parking lot one time, and turned off the Electronic traction Stability system to get the wheels spinning. I was stupid and held the dealer and it was fixed free of charge ;)

Small, picky things:

A small, small flake on the scan button on my CD deck peeled away. Barely noticeable at night when the green glow made it slightly evident. Replaced free of charge.

The drivers side window had small uniform scratch marks on it from the electric window motit at 8000rpm for too long and blew the power steering fluid pump. I took it into or or track. Again entire window replaced free of charge.

General Comments:

This car was my first and bought it when I graduated from high school from the dealership as a used car. It was originally a rental car so I was a bit scared to purchase her. But it runs and sounds like new, so I am guessing it was only driven by 75+ year old visitors to my city.

The V6 really gives the car some balls. Has a good jump off the start and performs exceptionally at higher speeds.

The sound system is something else. I haven't read up on the spec's of it, but it seems to be very similar to that of Pioneer or Bose. It has RDS and displays various crap broadcasted from stations, but it looks cool. Get an iTrip and your iPod will act like 1000CD's at your fingertips for the system.

The handling is unreal, and I have yet to have any issues with slipping out or skidding. The ABS and ETS just act to the control too. The car does fishtail nicely on snow when you turn the ETS off and don't get me started on cop turns in the reverse position;)

Lastly the styling of the interior is a little behind the VW, Audi, BMW, Nissan and Toyota. But you get what you pay for.

Overall, very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2005

30th Nov 2005, 00:54

I have a similar problem with the paint flaking off of the stereo buttons. Oh well.

My Alero came from a rental fleet as well. I didn't find this out until after I had bought her. I was kind of upset, but I realized that rental companies take good care of their vehicles. It's most likely that our cars had regular care and inspections. I know I've been happy with mine so far!

5th Dec 2005, 23:04

In addition to the original post, I'd like to add the car has been preforming very well in the new winter environment. Often if I leave it outside on the driveway for 5+ hours on a VERY cold day, it will take three trys to start her. But if I park her indoors and/or plugged in, it starts better than in the summer. Damn the car would look unreal with Xenon/HID lights.

15th Jun 2009, 16:51

I bought a 2004 Olds Alero with a 3.4 litre and so far very happy. Lots of power transmission works well. Like other reports, my radio dial paint has flaked, which shows poor quality, but other wise compared with what you would pay for Japanese cars, Oldsmobile is a good buy.

4th Aug 2009, 18:18

I bought the car five months ago and so far it's been great. The paint on my radio button is also peeling, but otherwise I like the ride and it has lots of power for a six. I wish they would have continued making the Oldsmobile.

4th Jan 2010, 10:41

I have a 2004 Alero, with less than 75,000. I was depending on this car for another 3 years, but I've replaced the coil system 3 times now.

2004 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L V6 from North America


The car is a sleek cheap quick sedan


N/A. No problems as of yet, but only have had for 3,000 miles.

General Comments:

Looks: I think this car has a very stylish look for a cheap sedan. Other cars in its class are the Grand AM, Taurus, Stratus, etc. I think this is by far the most stylish out in all aspects. I think the Grand AM GT looks corny with the brake lights and ugly lines on the side skirts, the Taurus is ugly and plain, and the Stratus is pretty nice, but the back end seems dull and is a bit higher priced. The Alero has interesting stylish braking lights, a sleek front end, and sleek sides that rise towards the back, because they are jacked up. It looks like a more expensive car than what it is. It looks sleek, not compared to a two door sports car, like an Eclipse, but definately for a sedan under 20,000 new.

Performance - I was extremely iffy about this before I test drove it. I think the 2.2 L 4 Cyl is slow. It just doesn't impress me at all, it's not worth driving. I then tried out a 3.4 L V6 and was very impressed with its pickup. I drive a Buick Regal Grand Sport Supercharged with 265-hp or so, and this 175 HP felt almost just like it. It drives very sporty like. This is by far my favorite aspect of the vehicle.

Comfort - I only like leather seats. I had cloth seats on my previous Chrysler Sebring Coupe, which was uncomfortable. I hated the limited leg room, so I had to get a sedan, but I didn't want a large vehicle like a Buick Regal GS or Pontiac Bonneville, etc. Extremely comfortable seats, everything is very accessible. It's leather.

Reliability - This is one place where Oldsmobile has lacked. I haven't had the car long enough for to decide that factor. I know there are many complaints, but since I haven't had any as of yet, it gets a 7.

The biggest pro is the performance for a 175-hp sedan, sporty.

The biggest con is changing the air filter. HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2005