7th Dec 2007, 18:02
I have a 2001 Alero with 89,000 miles that I purchased back in 2002. Since then it has been a good car, but there have been a few problems.
1) Replaced Ignition switch 2 times. First was to fix warning lights on dash turning on at random. Second was replaced 1 week later by Dealer as part of 90 day warranty on first fix. Claimed first replacement was faulty.
2) Have replaced window regulator on all 4 windows at $400 each. Each time for breaking the little plastic clips.
3) A/C Fan only works on highest settings. Since I live in Phoenix and I always need A/C on high this is not as much of an issue.
4) Turn signal varies its speed and sometimes does not work. There is an extended service/warranty on this by GM for 150,000 miles or 10 years from original sales date. Went to dealer to have fixed, but because it is not a recall they could not identify the extended service. Had to bring in notice from Olds to try to schedule service, but they could not find my VIN on the list of cars available for service. After calling Olds directly and finding out that my VIN was on an updated list that dealer did not see, was able to arrange for this to be fixed.
5) Have replaced front brake pads 3 times and had rotors machined twice, but never an issue with the back and I am about to replace them again. After first replacement, each time I am told that because the last person installed them incorrectly my brakes seem to not be releasing all the way and it is wearing the pads/rotors down. Each time I am also told that they have been installed correctly and it will not happen again.
19th Dec 2007, 15:00
It's nice to hear that I am not the only one with Alero problems. I have had numerous problems with my 2002 also. I replaced the front driver's side window regulator twice and the front passenger's side once. Full brakes on front and back twice, maybe tree times. Oil leakage. Coolant leakage. Creaks and squeaks. Computer chip malfunctions. Ignition Switch. Right now the Service Engine Soon light came on and won't go off, so I had to get a ride to work. I'm probably forgetting a few things. It's been a pain! I hate taking it to the dealer when I notice something wrong, because they usually say "I don't hear anything." But they still charge me hundreds of dollars. What did they actually fix? I called the company a while back and all they did was give me two free oil changes. When I checked into the Lemon Law, I didn't think any of my problems would be considered in this. It should be though.
3rd Jan 2008, 16:59
I also have a 2001 alero, I have replaced the ignition switch twice, light came on told me it was a sensor problem.
Now I am having a issue with some kind of leak either in the radiator. We drained the radiator and replace new anti-freeze in it and I assume the plug "not sure" when we drained it "being plastic" must not fit right. We replaced the radiator cap. It broke. We replace the windshield washer plastic container and motor twice brand new parts, tore up first time replacing them. I like my car I know it's getting old and there will be problems. But come on 7 years give me a break.
3rd Jan 2008, 20:03
I've been reading every ones comments about their 2000 alero my son has one we bought private party great car at first, fast fun to drive, but one thing after another first the windows passenger side then the drivers what next the car stops in the middle of driving. the dealer has had the car for 2 days and says nothing wrong. we think furl pump dealer say no we also said brain what do you think dealer says your right no.
Cause its still under warranty so why would they replace that.
Now we take it to private back yard mechanic he will find the problem. I will let you know if hes does.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE.
7th Jan 2008, 18:59
I have a 2000 Alero and purchased it "New". About a month after I purchased, my power steering pump went out. 3 months later, my rear speakers went out as well as brakes. Since that time, I have had numerous problems. My heater blew out. It would only work on high speed. I had to get that fix 2x. My gear shift handle broke. I could just lift it off. Had to spend "mega bucks" 2x to get intake gasket fix. Had replace oil pan gasket because was having oil leaks. And today, I tried to let down the driver window & it would not come down. Overall, I thought it was a good car, but since I had the car, I have spent "big bucks" getting it fixed after warranty expired. Currently, I have no intentions on putting anymore $ in the car. My next car will be a foreign for sure. Just from reading other comments, it seems like 90%-95% of have had same problems, which should be a major concern for GM. Anyway, Best of Luck to us all:)
11th Jan 2008, 12:26
Well, it is a nice car to drive, but.
1) the front dash board is pealing
2) the driver side window just fell down so I have to change the regulator (part cost 50 (eBay) to 191 (deal) ) don't know how much part yet.
3) gear switch handle button broke had to get that also.
But at least the tire gave me a low pressure before it went flat...
I hope it last me at least another year..
18th Feb 2008, 11:27
We recently sold our 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. There is a good reason that GM lost money last year, they make bad vehicles. Our problems and cost to fix are as follows:
1. Left, Right, then Left again front bearings replaced: $2,100.
2. Fuel pumps: 2 of them, total: $900.
3. Heater Core: $400
4. Ignition Module/Crank Sensor $450.
These all happened between 85,000 and 130,000 miles. I feel silly for not ridding myself of this lemon sooner. I will only buy Honda or Toyota in the future.
13th Mar 2008, 11:26
2000 Oldsmobile Alero GLS.
HORRIBLE car! Fun to drive if you have the money and time to have it in the shop constantly!
I bought the car brand new, 8 years ago. It still runs, but has cost me a lot along the way!
Where do I begin!?!
1. The brakes / rotors have been replaced SEVERAL times.
2. Engine Intake / Manifold Gasket replaces TWICE ($1000+ each time)
3. Water Pump replaced.
4. Fuel Pump replaced.
5. Thermostat replaced ($200)
6. Dashboard is peeling.
7. Rust spots
8. Driver side window (motor, track) has been replaced 4 times. ($300 each time, expensive part)
9. Ignition switch replaced (had to have a locksmith come to my car, in a parking lot, to replace the ignition switch... real convenient!
I'm sure there's more and will add to my list later!
The only good feeling I get is that I see the same problems with sooo many other Alero owners!