I have 1999 Alero that I bought in '01. At the time it had 38,000 miles on it. In 6+ years of owning it, I too have gone through the intake manifold issue and have had the water pump replaced twice. The transmission has been prone to slippage for as long as I've owned it. Early on I decided that I'd ride the tranny until it died, but to this day it's still going, slippage and all. Today the car has 147,000 miles on it and is still going strong. It hasn't been the greatest car that I've ever owned, but think that I've gotten my money's worth out of it.
We have had trouble with having to replace multiple wheel bearings on a regular basis.
I have had a very bad and expensive experience with my 1999 Olds Alero. It only has 49,000 miles and has already had a head gasket, 3 Air conditioning repairs (all different $2300), all 4 window motors went within the same year ($600 per window), windows fell off the track twice and I was locked out of the radio and the dealer said it could not be reset ($500). Not to mention numerous cosmetic issues like the interior leather curling up. I have spent just under $5000 fixing things that should not have occurred.
My 1999 Alero; what a car. At 100,000 km had to replace both power window motors, water pump, fuel pump, alternator, and the best for last; a blown head gasket. What a treat this car is. I love GM cars, but never again. I think I'll get an import this time.
I have a 99 Oldsmobile Alero. I bought it used in 2007 with only 63,000 miles on it.
Now after a year and a half I have had the blinker problem fixed (was pretty simple), both of my windows have fallen off track and the little clips that move the window have broken, which costs about $70 for tiny little clips for each window.
I just recently had the front driver side strut fixed.
I hear horrible clunking noises in my rear passenger side tire that is so annoying it makes a 10 min. car ride frustrating.
I too have the "pulsing" when I use the brakes; it's really annoying, but yet I've had my brakes looked at twice and they said nothing was wrong.
Also when I stop, there is this pretty bad clicking noise on my passenger side, and on my driver side the clicking noise is when I'm driving. But yet "nothing" is wrong.
This car is horrible with rust as well. I've had the rust repaired ($500), and the next year there were about 5 more spots that popped up this year, and when I looked at the spots, you can see that it's pretty much rusted throughout. I've given up on the rust, there is no stopping it. I've noticed many Aleros that are 99's with the same rust problem.
I love my car and I think it's beautiful, but I am so sick of all the problems. I know it's about a decade old now, but who knows what the owner before me put up with. All the problems suck times 10 considering I'm still paying for it. I cannot wait to be done!
I own a 1999 Olds Alero, it has 106,000 miles on it.
I have had the typical replacements, tires, battery, brakes, alternator... Also, I have replaced the front drivers hub assembly 5 times and passenger 2 times, the entire front axle was replaced and a coil spring.
The intake manifold had to be replaced, thank God I have family who fixes cars.
I have never been able to use my heat on low only high, my power window on drivers side has been replaced and my rear defrost doesn't work.
My gas gauge has never worked, but I refuse to replace the entire fuel pump for that.
When I had body work done on my trunk, there was water leaking in because my trunk lining was installed backwards.
I was just told my front and back struts need to be replaced.
Oh yeah, and my steering column is tilted and makes noises when I make sharp turns.
I've got a 99 Alero and I've had a heck of a time with it. I bought it for $3200 in 2005 and it had 120,000 miles on it. 4 years later it's got close to 160,000 miles.
About a month after I bought it, the windows quit working and the transmission went. I fixed both of those.
The windows both fell off the tracks again numerous times. They still don't work to this day, because I paid to have the motors replaced, and they broke not too much after that.
My turn signals work when they want to.
My rearview mirror is hanging.
My license plate light is hanging.
I just put a new battery in about 2 weeks ago.
I got 4 brand new tires put on 1 week ago, and my coil spring broke when I was driving and slashed my passenger front tire.
As much as I love this car, it's giving me too much grief. I will always support American made cars, but I can't recommend an Alero to anyone.
I've got a 99 Alero with 206,000 miles on it. I've owned it for 4 years. I've had only a few problems with it. The tranny is going out now. But it is still very drive able. It just needs to warm up before it wants to go. I loved the car. But it is time for it to go. I've taken really good care of it.
I bought a 1999 Alero in 2006 for my first car. It has "the look" that's for sure and my leather is in mint shape and this car is well used. In the few years I have owned it at approx 140,000 miles I have replaced:
The battery TWICE (the cable connections kept going bad and the car would not start even if I had been driving it five minutes earlier).
ALL the coils.
There is a problem with the rim that I fixed, yet it came back and RUINED my brand new tires!
BRAKES TWICE!! I'm talking everything, the complete brake job has been done twice in two years.
The light on the roof doesn't stay up in the ceiling.
It randomly runs hot when it shouldn't.
This clicking or thudding in the passenger side happens to me too!! It only happens when the car is off. I'm not sure what it is, I have had it looked at and they say everything is fine..
The "low tire pressure" light never goes off.
I'm worried about the brakes always in this car, the ABS light has come on then shut off, but I know it's coming looking at what others have said.
It may seem that I hate this car, but the truth is I love the car. It has great gas mileage, usually 26mpg, which it really good in the Minnesota winter, and I get like 34 in the summer and I'm not so easy on the car. I drive it fast and hard.
I take excellent care of it, but if you don't, this car will be a huge problem car. I won't buy another one, but I will keep this car until it dies.