My son bought a 2000 Alero last year (first vehicle) and within a couple months both the windows fell and won't stay up.
Now the car is making a loud noise when it is running. We have been told it is the timing belt. The cost to fix is more than what the car is worth.
This car is a piece of junk.
Yes most comments sound scary.
My Alero 2000, 2.4 runs great, rotors replaced once, pads two times, but it was high time, as it had over 200K.
Some problems are there: the rear defroster is not working, and all warnings are on constantly - ABS, track off, service engine soon and change oil - but that does not bother me too much, especially after several mechanics told me - do not worry, it is a kind of disease with Aleros.
To me it looks to be a reliable vehicle.
I wonder how they can manufacture them so differently - some real nice, some real junk!
My 2000 Alero V6 has 256,000 miles. It's had its moments.
The gasket problem at 70K...I put up a stink with the dealer and they fixed it for half-price.
The fan control resistor went twice - under warranty @50K and again out of warranty @110K... fixed it myself the second time for the exorbitant sum of $22.
So after a few bumps in the 70K-90K range, the car stopped giving me trouble.
I've replaced the front ball joints a couple times.
@190K, the dash started to peel, new fuel pump @220K, but at this point, you kind of expect things to go.
The engine, tranny, and suspension will run and handle smooth as silk. I think I got my money's worth.
I bought my 2004 Alero GLS 3 years ago. I am very surprised that so many Alero owners are having so many problems.
At 135,000k's, two front rotors only are the only repairs.
I love the car. The motor is great, lots of power, tranny shifts perfectly, and it's nice to look at. The stereo is excellent.
I am very happy with Oldsmobile. I've had five Oldsmobiles, and they were all great. How many classic Toyotas or Hondas are still on the road?
I'm sorry to disagree with you, I have an Alero myself, and yes it has its issues, but if take care of it, it will take care of you, just like any other car.
I maintain and fix my car on my own, so I have not spent much. Yes, the fuel pump was a pain and was pricey to fix; I did this once. I have over 120k on it and still kicking, but no issues with the engine or transmission ever.