30th Jun 2005, 10:11
I just traded in my Toyota with 180,000 miles on it for another Toyota. Never had a problem with the car and don't expect any with the new one.
My wife bought a 2002 Alero GLS before we were married. I almost didn't marry her for it, but love does crazy things. Now she thinks she can drive my new car and leaves me with the worst purchase of her life...
PROBLEMS WITH HER POS>>>
She had the front hub assembly replaced on both sides, one at 30,000 miles (under warranty) and the other at 65,000 (just after the warranty ran out). I think GM planned that one. Now the one replaced under warranty is bad and needs replaced at 75,000 miles.
I replaced the front brakes and rotors on the car three times and the rear brakes and rotors twice. This is something that is easy to do and you should do yourself.
We haven't had any other MAJOR probems with the vehicle other than brakes, rotors and hub assemblies, but if you don't know how to change them, it'll hit you in the pocket.
***For all of you with Trac Control, Service Veh Soon and ABS lights on in your Alero... your ABS sensor on one of your hub assemblies has gone bad. Which one??? You have to take it to the dealer with the vehicle codes to find out. This light will come on occasionally, then more often until it finally stays on all the time. You will start to hear a grind/hum as your bearings go on the hub.
GM dealer will charge you $54 to find out which hub is crap (takes 5 minutes). They tell you it costs $420 to replace one hub assembly. They know before they hook it up to the computer because that is such a common malfunction in this POS. Don't let the dealer replace it!!! They will put the same type of GM part on your vehicle that broke to begin with.
It cost me $180 at the local service station the first time (American made Timkin part). I later learned that this would happen again and again and again... so I learned how to do it myself.
You can get an american made hub assembly at the auto parts store for $100. You can get the chinese part for $65. All you need, if you can change your own brakes, is a torque wrench.
If you own a GM, I would suggest learning how to change brakes, rotors, calipers and hub assemblies. it will save you thousands and make you feel good that you just kept money out of GM's pocket.
I am going to forward this site to my wife so she can see what others think about her POS...
24th Oct 2005, 09:14
This is a GREAT website. I will never buy a car again until I check this website to see what people say about the car. I have read all the reviews on the Alero and am convinced that it is a bad car to own. I have had just about all of the same issues with my 99 Alero (140,000) that everyone else has had. Here is a list:
1) Faulty gas tank sensor; gas gauge would read empty when I just filled it up - under warranty.
2) Power window passenger side replaced - under warranty.
3) Brakes & Rotors - under warranty.
4) AC stopped working properly; replaced Resistor and Blower motor - under warranty.
5) Brakes & Rotor replaced two more times.
6) AC stopped working again, same problem I am sure.
7) Wheel bearing Hub assembly replaced twice same side.
8) Power seat gear broke, will not raise or lower.
9) Low coolant light keeps coming on and not because it there is not enough coolant.
10) Low Trac/Trac Off/Anti Lock lights keep coming on.
This last problem is because the Wheel Hub Assembly has some delicate wiring that gets severed. Your wheel bearings may be fine, but if the wiring gets severed you will lose your Antilock brakes and your Traction system will stop working.
Here is my problem, I replaced a bad Wheel Hub Assembly, but my lights are starting to come on again just days later. Now what am I suppose to do? Any Suggestions... besides taking a bat to my car.
9th Nov 2005, 08:54
9 Nov 2005.
Wow!! I by chance ran across this site and was completely amazed!! I also have a 2002 Alero, bought it straight off the lot as a dealer demo with 2000 miles on it. WELL, with in the first 6-9 months I spent more time in a rental while it was in the shop than I did in it!! Time ofter time the main computer was going out, I'd be driving down the free way then all my lights would start blinking then the whole car would just shut down. I'd have it taken to the dealership shop, get it back and with in a week or two it would do the same thing! This happend so many times I started looking into the Lemon Laws of Colorado, I thought I'd just got a bad one! However, by readaing all of these, I'm obviously not alone!!
These of course are not all of my problems, the brakes have been replaces twice by the time I hit 55,000 miles, nad done set of rotors and bearings...
I've had the car sitting for the last 2 years while I've been posted over seas, but I'm returning in a month and dreading, what it has in store for me once I return!!!
9th Nov 2005, 20:27
2000 Old Alero - I really wish I would have read up on some of the issues with this particular vehicle. I have had so many problems with my Wheel Bearing Hub Assembly. I had the Drivers side front replaced in January. I just had the Passenger side replaced a week ago. Now mechanic is telling me that the Driver side is bad again!!! I just don't have the time to make all the repairs not to mention the $$$. He also recommend that the front brakes be replaced!! I also am having problems with the blower motor, it does not work in speed 1 or 2 but 3, 4, and 5 work fine. I have also been told that I need to replace the entire heat control panel. Yippee... I would not recommend this car to anyone!!
27th Nov 2005, 07:44
I own a 2002 Alero. It has just hit 40,000 miles. Here is my list of problems.
Service engine light is on regularly.
Low tire pressure lights is not dependable and is now on.
New breaks all the way around.
Two new rotors on front.
Back defogger interferes with radio.
Radio turns off and on by itself.
Power window motor on driver side broke.
Dome light has fell out several times.
The most recent problem is computer failure. The doors wouldn't unlock with remote, so I opened the driver side with the key. I then tried to unlock the other doors from the driver side door, wouldn't unlock. I then started the car, but it didn't stay running long enough for me to try the door locks again. I finally got it started and the locks worked fine. I've had this car for almost two years and have already had more problems with it then with any other vehicle I've owned.