13th Jan 2007, 18:17
I have a 2001 Alero with 89,000 miles on it. I bought it new and I just changed the front brake rotors for the first time. At 46,000 miles, the low air pressure light came on even though the tire pressure was fine. I reset the system. Within days of doing this, the anti-lock, service engine soon and trac off lights all came on. The Chevy dealership replaced the right front wheel hub. At 50,000 miles, the EXACT same problem scenario occurred. The dealership replaced the left front wheel hub and speed sensor. At 57,000 miles, the EXACT same scenario occurred. The dealership again replaced the right front wheel hub and wire harness. All this work was done under warranty - thank goodness! At 79,483, the EXACT same scenario occurred. This time, the dealership cleaned the wheel hub wire harness connections to solve the problem. Given all the articles describing similar problems, I am surprised that GM did not issue a recall. I worry now because I bought a 2005 Pontiac Grand AM which is basically the same drive train and suspension as the Alero. I have bought nothing, but GM cars since 1976 and I am now concerned that the quality is eroding. My next car may be a Toyota. Mark F...
21st Apr 2007, 19:40
2000 ALERO blower motor doesn't work on the first three speeds and I know how to fix it rear defrost doesn't work goes through rotors every year trac-off light comes on once a week and car doesn't shift right slams into every gear!! if anyone knows anything about the trac light coming on a making the tranny slam into gear let me know!! I'm ready to light a match and watch this thing burn to the ground.
Alero's are lemons and need to be junked and I'm not gonna sell this car to anyone I hope it burns.
23rd May 2007, 06:29
I bought a used 02" Alero. Up until a few weeks ago I didn't have any problems with the car. One day I noticed that the Security light came on, but when I started my car back up it went off. It stayed off for about a week, and then one day my car would not start. It would turn over, but not start. The security light was blinking, so I checked the manual and it said to see a dealer it could be the Pass lock system. I called the service department and they told me to let the car sit for an hour, if it still doesn't start then it is the Pass lock system that needs replaced.
I ended up having the car towed to the dealership, I explained the problem to the tow truck driver, and he had never even heard of a pass lock system. Never the less, it cost me $464 to get this fixed. Apparently, there is no way to bypass this feature. I don't have a security system on my car, but it is to prevent your car from being hot wired. So now its been 2 weeks since I have had it home, and the turn signals don't work!!! Changed the fuse, and they still don't work. Is this just the beginning of my problems???
19th Jun 2007, 15:50
I have had continuous problem with my 2000 Alero, 1. replaced head gasket, 2. wheel bearings on 3 separate occasions, 3. the basic functions inside the car, like windows/doors, 4. ticking in engine, 5. brakes... replacing brakes so frequently its sick, seems likes it just eating the pads.
I hate this car, I also have a 95 mercury grand marquis, and that is worth the extra money that I have to spend on gas than driving this money hole death trap of a car gm made.
6th Sep 2007, 02:18
Attention anyone who drives an Alero: my car is a 2000 with 187 k miles and has been a great car. Well one day, while at the store about 1 mile from home, the security light came on and the car would't start. I walked all the way home, came back, and the car started right up. My little brother reset the computer and it hasn't happened since.
Then the power windows started stuttering, and they eventually just quit.
Next, the fan that blows out heat and the A/C took a crap. You have to be sitting in the passenger seat to kick where the fan is for it to work for about a minute if driving in the city. If you're on highway, it will continuously blow.
Today, while driving 40 mph to work, the car just died in the middle of driving.
The low tire pressure light has stayed on for about 3 continuous months now, and yeah that about sums it all up. The car was given to me for free by my parents, so I can't complain, but I do agree that Alero should be recalled or fixed, because if not, you may as well just burn your paychecks when you get them.
Yeah, I would also agree this is a lemon... sorry to all who purchase these cars or who have one (like me), but have no money for anything better :(
7th Sep 2007, 20:58
I have a 2000 alero and have a coolant leak. I had both front hub assemblies changed because of a grinding. Now the three famous lights are on and apparently I have no ABS! Wonderful.
I am apprehensive about paying anymore money to get it repaired. I cannot believe they were allowed to sell this car to the masses. Oh yea, and my security light comes on every now and then. I was told it was the ignition switch. I had it changed for a nominal fee and low and behold the security light continued. I have found out how the security light and I can co-exist. If you go to get in your car and it won't start due to the security light. Just turn the key to off and then to the on position (without cranking it) and just wait about 10 minutes. The light will go off and it will start just fine... until the next time. I can't complain too much, it always gets me from A to B.
12th Sep 2007, 17:33
I have a 2000 Alero with about 90,000 miles on it.
I had to replace the springs over the tires.
The security light comes on whenever it wants, and it sucks so bad when you are pressed for work. The other day it took me 5 times until it started; that means 50 minutes of waiting (late for work).
The other issue is the blinkers sometimes won't work at all. I push the hazard button and most of the time they will come back working.
I don't have money to buy a new car. How can I stop my issues?
14th Sep 2007, 11:41
I have a 2001 Olds Alero that has had numerous problems over the years. I was told by a family member who "knows about cars" that the reason I've had to have the brakes worked on so frequently must be my driving, even though this never happened with my previous car - now I see so many other people have had the same problems. I had the problem with leaking coolant - had to have that fixed and was warned that b/c the DexCool eats through the gasket, it will probably need to be replaced again if I keep the car for another two years. I plan on buying a new vehicle next year, so hopefully I can avoid putting too much more money into this car. I have spent thousands of dollars on repairs already - not including regular maintenance/service/oil changes.
What else? So many little things over the years. The low tire pressure light has been on for over a year now and my mechanic can't get it to turn off. Air conditioner only works when you have it on high - so this year is the first time I've really used it. This is also the first year I've experienced problems with the blinkers, which I'm convinced is somehow related. Blinkers only work sometimes and when they don't, I have to hit the hazards a couple of times (sometimes hazards don't work either - yikes!) and then flip the blinker on and hit the hazards off for the blinker to work. It is inconvenient and unsafe. I received no info about a recall, but a friend with a 2000 Alero had the same problem and said it was a recall, so I called GM and they insist that even though it's exactly the problem described in the recall (which I looked up online & includes same make/model/year as my car), my car does not fall within the VIN # range of cars included in the recall, so it must be a coincidence and I will have to pay to have repairs made.
I love the look of the car and the way it handles - it definitely feels sportier when you're driving it, but I wish I'd never bought it. I don't feel like I've gotten my money's worth and I won't purchase from GM again.