10th Oct 2009, 15:18
I purchased a 1999 Alero GLS used with 126,000 km and have driven it for the past five years with little problem. I do regular maintenance and the car is reliable and a pleasure to drive. It was stolen the same day my payments ended. I was devastated. The police found it nine days later, and the thieves had put 1,300 km on it. Insurance covered the vandalism of the interior. The car was driven roughly on what appears to have been dirt roads, and have had to do some repairs of car since. Still the 10 year car is serving me well, and I cannot believe the bad luck of other Alero owners. Mine was not a lemon.
13th Nov 2009, 23:05
Hey all, I am the owner of a 2000 Alero and have been having a problem with the brakes since I bought it. There is an easy solution to this problem - replace the calipers! The stock ones are crap, costs about thirty bucks to do yourself. I changed them, and ever since, have had no brake wear out of the ordinary!
9th Jan 2010, 12:07
WOW, I purchased almost two years ago a 2001 Alero with 72k miles on it. It was fully loaded and drives like a dream. The only problem I have had is the dome light falling off. Other than that, I wouldn't trade this car for the world.
15th Mar 2010, 12:53
I am typing this as I feel it's my duty to chip in about the scourge of my life, otherwise known as the Alero. I have the 2000 4 door GLS 6 cylinder.
The good - it ran pretty good for about 45K miles, and some stuff broke under the extended warranty I purchased for 75K miles.
The bad - I have replaced:
3 radios - all covered under warranty, the 4th one is in the car now and no longer plays CDs.
4 window motors - 2 on the same window, and 2 other windows. Window will just fall down and never go back up. This is particularly awesome when it happens in the dead of winter ($375 a pop).
Intake manifold - dealership said 'yeah they put plastic on those manifolds instead of rubber like they shoulda' - this was wonderful since it cost me $1600.
2 rotors - Olds basically recalled some Aleros and did not recall others. From what I understand, they were all bad.
Dome light always falls down.
The back seat cup holders are like a toy, and just fall off all the time.
The dash starts peeling off around year 5, this has happened to other Alero owners I know as well.
Had to replace all 4 rims about a year ago because 'normal wear and tear' bends the alloy rims.
The drivers seat has completely fallen apart, even after using armor all to try to condition.
So, my recommendation is STAY AWAY from these cars unless you can find one with under 40K miles on it. As I am typing this, I am about to organize a tow to a dealership (import of course) to unload the bane of my existence onto someone else and get a reliable ride. Anyone care to guess why Oldsmobile went under again???
31st Mar 2010, 23:38
Yeah... All of the above, minus the positive stuff. If there is anyone out there who is ever interested in buying this car, please think about something else. Sure, we can live with all the little stuff; no horn, dome light falls, cruise won't stick, back window shattered when my wife closed the door, first 2 positions on the A/C control don't work, vinyl dash board pealed off, window seals fell off, and so on...
But the "security" light that left my wife stranded on numerous occasion, the countless worn out sensors, the cruddy brake system, and just about everything electrical on the car being really bad... this is what made me hate this car!
It was purchased in 2000, 1 owner no wrecks, 100,000 miles, and I can't sell it without putting thousands of dollars into repairs... it feels good to get this off my chest.
5th Apr 2010, 13:32
I have owned my 2 door 2000 Alero with a 2.4 engine since 2001, and the only thing I have had to replace is the fuel pump. I have over 275,000 miles on it, and it still runs like I first bought it. I tune it up and change the oil every 3000 miles.
I love this car and wish I could keep it forever. It's the best car I have owned, and have never regretted it. Loving it in Wisconsin!!
11th Apr 2010, 23:50
Why does my security light stay on my 2000 Olds Alero when I drive sometimes? When I park and turn the car off, it goes out. Sometimes it turns on when I drive it. Can anyone help me?
26th Apr 2010, 14:01
I bought by 2000 Alero GLS new. It's now got 236,000 miles on it and runs like the day I drove it off the lot.
There have been some repairs along the way, but with this many miles, what do you expect? The total service repair bills for this car since it was purchased run about $7000. The car itself ran me $20K. So for $27000, I've had a car for 10 years. I dare say I could have spent more than $27000 for other vehicles, especially imports, just on the purchase price alone. They would have had their share of problems too.
Will I buy GM again? Nope, not unless the current ownership situation changes. But all in all, I've enjoyed this car very much.