2nd Jan 2008, 12:09
2000 Oldsmobile Alero - Our car started having electrical problems at 59,000 miles, our windows don't operate on the drivers side, the cruise control only works if you manually hold the button down the entire time, security light is coming on and every time you start it the clock resets to some weird time. We are taking it in today, $150 just for diagnosing the problem...
20th Feb 2008, 07:09
Hey, my name is Jeffrey Morrison and I've got a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero 4 door green. My transmission is missing 3 and 4, and no one can tell me why if you have this problem. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
25th Jun 2008, 15:59
Have 1999 Alero LS. In a nutshell; multiple brake, hub bearing and suspension repairs. Security light, security light, and security light.
22nd Jul 2008, 15:24
I own a 2000 Alero GLS with the 3.4L V6. I bought the car new and now, 8 years and 114,000 miles later, I am letting it go. The final straw was the failure of the manifold resulting in the car severely overheating and causing major damage to the engine. I am not willing to pay more than the car is worth to fix it this time. There have been too many other repairs required and I am just tired of throwing money into it. The last couple years I have only kept it to avoid taking on a car payment. I really like the styling of the car, and it had plenty of power and with the suspension package, it handled really well. I have enjoyed the car, there have just been too many costly repairs over the years.
A/C repaired 4 times, now compressor is shot.
Fan speed control missing first 2 speeds after it was already replaced 2 years ago for same problem.
Front brake rotors warped 2 different times within 3 years / excessive brake pad wear * (fixed once during warranty)
Fuel pump in tank stopped working before the car was 2 years old.
Horn stopped working 2 years ago, expensive to fix due to design.
Power windows stopped working in 3 of the 4 doors (glass fell down), driver's door was fixed but 2 back door windows were bolted in the up position due to the $400+ each door to fix.
Front end suspension required part replacement very early on in the car's life due to noisy popping noise and wheel shake at speed.
Dome light fell out of the headliner.
Dash started to peel when car was 3 years old.
Faulty ignition switch caused numerous stranded situations while waiting for "false" security alarm to reset.
So the manifold failure was all I could take. I will miss the car, but not the financial uncertainty. I believe many of these issues are design related.
27th Aug 2008, 12:12
My wife owns a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero that she bought brand new.
At 45,000 miles it had to have the front wheel bearings replaced, dealership replaced under warranty.
In November 2006 had to replace them again at 90,000 miles., Timkins cost $120 each plus about 6 hours labor and a $85 alignment.
Transmission replaced November 2007 at 108,000 miles.
June 2008 passenger side transmission seal blew out, transmission shop would not cover under warranty so it cost me $185 to have that done.
New spark plugs, boots, and coil pack carrier at 110,000 miles due to miss/hesitation/rough idle/poor fuel economy.
Blower resistor replaced August 2008 at 130,000 miles, 3 days later new resistor burned up -- it's the circuit board type which costs me $30 at parts store.
Engine running rough again, now it needs new timing chain, gears, and chain tensioner.
Parts will be $350 and labor about $350. Also need to do water pump while I'm there so that's another $200 in parts plus the extra labor.
The dash is pealing, moon roof leaks, cup holder on back of center console broke off -- cheap plastic junk.
Replaced fuel filter at 112,000 miles.
Engine light keeps coming on, code says "Evaporative emissions leak small." Already put new gas cap on, problem is the vent hose from tank up to filler is cracked, royal pain to get to short of dropping tank.
Looked at a new car to replace it and the dealership will only give me $700 trade in. If I fix all the problems they'll give me $1,500.
I will never own one of these again, or any other GM product for that matter. I'm going import for better mileage.
13th Nov 2008, 22:01
My wife's 2000 Alero GLS was bought used in 2001 with about 37000 miles on the odometer. Now in 2008 it has 77000 plus miles on it. I must say that in seven years and some 40000 miles we've had more than our share of problems with this car. I'll see if I can remember them all now. Unusual brake wear on rotors. Power steering rack had to be replaced. It was leaking fluid. Fuel pump burned out from a clogged fuel filter, which caused the car to stall on the highway. The intake manifold gasket leaked coolant into the oil. Wheel bearings had to be replaced. The rear window defroster doesn't work at all because of a defective burnt out radio noise control module near the back window on the passenger side. I had to replace the blower motor resistor pack to get speeds 2 and 3 to work on the defroster blower. The car has been paid for but the car payments keep coming one way or another. I had a '96 Buick with the same intake manifold gasket problem. That was $800. The job on the Alero was over $1000. I will never buy anything from GM again.
26th Nov 2008, 14:28
I purchased a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero last November with 54,000 miles on it. I have almost doubled that in a year. I have not had any severe problems (knock on wood). Just basic annoyances such as faulty turn signal, cruise control switch (just stick a dime in between the edges and works fine), and the dash peeling. I love this car and regular maintenance is all it takes to keep the expensive problems from surfacing in the first place. Love my Alero til the day it leaves me stranded on the highway!
17th Jan 2009, 14:35
I purchased a 2000 Alero 2 door last January. 1 week later had to replace the water pump, the car overheated on my way to work and made me late, 2 weeks after that the intake gaskets had to be replaced, oil was mixing with water in the motor, solenoid valve was also bad.
Passenger side window will not roll down at all, dome-light will not stay in.
While driving the car chugs like it's missing or getting air or something.
Radio buttons all fell off.
Check engine light stays on constantly.
Needed something to drive right away or I would have NEVER purchased this car.
22nd Jan 2009, 20:37
Hi... I have an 03 Alero 4 door. Which will not turn over. The electrical system sends three times the volts to my battery and kills the battery.
To begin with the car dash lights all came on after a snow and ran. Then nothing; the car stalled and wouldn't start... I now am paying on a dead car (because the electrical quote was 1,200.00 and I still owe 8,000.00 on the vehicle). Nobody wants this car, not even as a trade in. I now take the bus everywhere and still make car payments of 412.00 per month.
Never again GM. This car is a real lemon!!!