3rd Jan 2006, 08:35
I own a 2004 Alero with the 3.4L and I have over 45,000 on it. So far the only problem I have had was a pebble got caught between the brake pads and wore the drivers side down faster. Other than that I have really enjoyed this car. It has a whole lot of power. It is very comfortable and a lot of fun. I looks like that most of the problems are coming from the cars in Canada and 2002 models. So far I have nothing, but good things to say about this car. I absolutely love it.
3rd Jan 2006, 17:57
I own a 1999 Alero GLS - bought new off the lot in August, 1998. I love the car, and yes, I have had many of the similar issues.
For example, I had the car in several times for the brakes. Finally, they came out with 'redesigned' rotors and that seemed to make them last longer.
The intake manifold leaked and the dealer replaced the gasket more than once, but never managed to get it right and I got tired of taking it back.
The front hubs had to be replaced due to grinding noise. Recently, the ABS and TRAC light came on, so one of the hubs had to be replaced again. I did this myself and the new hub quickly started doing the same thing as the old one! I took the new Valuecraft hub back to Autozone and paid $30 more for a Timkin hub and all lights are off and have stayed off ever since. If you are someone who changes your own brakes, this is an easy repair.
The car has over 110k, so I know things will break. However, one of front springs just broke and that's something I let the dealer fix (which cost me dearly). In speaking with friends and coworkers, everyone has car problems and new 'model year' vehicles seem to be more likely to have problems.
All in all, I would rather drive my Alero with three wheels than drive a foreign car.
17th Jan 2006, 15:48
"Any buy an import if you want, its only YOUR country that you are hurting."
That is without a doubt the dumbest thing I ever heard in my life.
People don't buy Ford or GM because of their horrible quality and reliability that is nearly non existent.
And besides what is better? A Japanese car made in America (Camry, Civic) or an American car made in MEXICO (Fusion, Contour, Avalanche)?
25th Feb 2006, 09:01
I bought a 2000 alero 3 days ago and just had to call the dealership because the lifters are knocking. They are gonna put a new motor in it and I have to drive it like that until then. I love the car, but I am already having problems with it and it has only been three days. The car only has 57,000 miles on it.
11th Mar 2006, 00:20
Wow, I was checking for my friend he has a 2000 Alero with 130,000 and he is on his second set of bearing. Man this sucks hearing all of this I love GM I always had good cars from them I am shocked to hear this.
12th Mar 2006, 20:17
As a former employee in a "big three" dealership and an owner and driver of many of all three company's products (as well as Mazda), I am extremely disappointed in the Olds Alero. I bought the top model GLS sedan new in 2000 for my wife and have meticulously maintained it with GM only parts and expensive synthetic lubricants. The car now has 80,000km, has exhibited tire to alloy wheel noise (Goodyear RSA tires are the problem) from sidewall flexing early in the second year, brake pulsation from warped rotors, the heater motor speed resistor corroded from water leakage and some blower speeds were lost (it's located high up and behind glove box), now wheel bearing failures (warning lights for traction control, ABS and service engine soon all come on). Olds Division was killed by GM and this car must have been one of the main reasons why. Pity such poor quality is one of the reasons GM is losing market share in droves. S. Brear
29th Mar 2006, 19:40
I own a 2002 Alero and am having a very frustrating problem with it.
It runs well and usually starts fine. Lately it will (usually at the most inconvenient time) refuse to start. It sounds like it wants to, but it just won't.
I have it towed to the repair shop, but when it gets there it starts right up just fine. Then it runs and starts great for a while. Then the problem repeats itself.
Has anyone else had this problem and if so how did you repair it?
29th Mar 2006, 22:30
The the commenter above: I believe what you are experiencing can be cured by turning the key into the ON position and wait 3 seconds before starting. The false starting has something to do with the anti-theft system in your car called PASSLOCK, I believe. Just give the computer a second and it should fire up fine. Besides, It's always better to wait just a couple of seconds before you actually turn the key to the start position. It allows the fuel pump to prime and the computer a chance to run some diagnostics.
1st Apr 2006, 21:50
I have a 2001 Alero with the same types of problems.
-Bearings keep going...
-Manifold Gasket leak at 50K ($1400 repair) GM would not back me up on this.
-Puddle in rear floor when it rains
-Shocks, Strut rattles.
I've seen them all.
Will not buy another GM. Have bought 2 new vehicles since and they have NOT been GM. They deserve what they get. (plant closures, lost market share, etc...)
17th May 2006, 14:25
I have a 2002 Alero coupe, and reside in Canada. Started leasing at 40k and now we're at 60k. This past winter, the motors for both electric windows broke, and since winter just ended, I'm only fixing them now. I have the top Optimum warranty, which apparently covers the problem, but they are having me pay 70.00 for some frame to hold the windows... does this make sense? When I brought it in they said "anything, but the glass is covered" and now this.
My brakes rumble like crazy on the highway. They just told me the back pads and rotors are shot, and have to be replaced. GM quoted me around 500.00 for both, is this normal?
23rd May 2006, 12:37
May 2006...I wish I read this site a long time go.. I bought my 2001 Alero with 20,000 NOT knowing it was from Canada until lights came on and didn't know what they meant. I now have 110,000 and have spent thousands of dollars for lites coming on, tune ups, brakes, leaks in EVP system and now PASS LOCK sensor that left me calling AAA once again this past Friday... Heaven help me... I have always been a CHEVY girl... made a huge mistake in buying OLDS... won't happen again.. thanks for the chance to VENT today... I am soo frustrated...
27th May 2006, 21:53
I just bought a 2002 Alero today. I went in looking at several different makes of vehicles, but this seemed to be the best deal at the time (he was a good salesman!). I am only now looking at these comments and I am wondering what I've gotten myself into. I should have done my research beforehand!!