21st Feb 2004, 19:56
I purchased my Alero in 1999 and have been having problems ever since. My dealer in Canada is excellent and that is the only reason I am keeping the car. I do not even remember all the troubles I had, but some of them are:replaced fuel pump, both front wheels bearings (traction control),power steering hoses burst (wheel was "frozen" few times during winter), brakes replacement (corrosion), windshield wipers scratched my glass, all power windows are scratched, fan has been replaced twice, engine leaks and I can go on and on. Car only has 90000 km right now and so far I have spent over 5000 Cd dollars on repairs.
25th Oct 2005, 15:11
I have a 2000, and love it. Yes, I've had a few problems. I was getting bad gas mileage, change the fuel pump., fixed it.
It has 67,000 miles.
31st Oct 2005, 12:46
If you like it so much you can have mine!!! nothing but problems. I would list them all, but if you have read some of the things on here mine has all of the same problems.
8th Jul 2006, 20:18
I have a 2002 Olds Alero - bought it in 2003 with only @ 100 miles on it. From week one it has been off and on in the shop - almost as much as I've driven it! Everything from major water leaks, to 2 new body control modules, replacement of front tires, struts, strut mounts, fuse box replacement, brake problems, and now the dashboard is crumpling!
GM extended my warranty, but now that is up and I'm still having problems! I am too far upside down to trade, or I would have anything but a GM at this point. I am unsure what to do with this major lemon other than drive it and hope it doesn't kill me or someone else in the process!
If anyone has any suggestions.. please pass them along! My suggestion.. DO NOT BUY AN ALERO!!!
11th Aug 2006, 13:00
Have an Alero 2002. bought used 2004, only had 20000km on it at the time. Brake pads changed once, now there is a humming noise not sure what it is, ABS light won't go off... service engine light won't go off, anyone else have this problem?
28th Sep 2006, 09:20
I bought a used 2003 Alero with 20000 miles on it. I told dealership that the brakes seem to be dragging and they replaced front brakes. So far, I have had a wheel bearing in front go out, brakes replaced, rotors in front replaced, new tires, (because they are "high performance" tires, they are more expensive) and I had the drivers side window and door fixed twice now because it broke and I could not get into the car-the key would not open the door nor the key-less entry would not work and I was lucky that was covered under the warranty. Now the rear rotors have to be replaced. After I get them replaced I am trading it in before something else goes wrong. Too bad I love the car.
3rd Oct 2006, 13:35
I just bought a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero GLS. Very nice, but my leather on the drivers side seat is starting to tear, and my 'Low Tire Pressure' light keeps coming on even after the tires were filled properly with air. The car has 61,500 miles. Is this a sign that my car is a lemon?
19th Oct 2006, 09:32
I just bought a used 1999 Olds Alero, it looks great, but I have already (only a week later) encounter several problems. Luckily, the dealer that I bought it from said he would take care of any problems in the first 30 days and I have a 2 year warranty.
My rear defrost doesn't work, there was a major water leak in the back seat on the drivers side, and clangs and rattles in the trunk are.
Has anyone else encountered the water leak issues? What was the problem? I have no clue what it is! (Its in the shop--hope they can fix it!)
19th Oct 2006, 15:39
I have a 2000 Alero that I bought used. It now has 70000 miles and the motor just blew up! There is a hole in the block big enough to put your hand in! I have replaced the brakes several times, new tires, 3 new window regulators, 1 window, the dash is peeling, the passenger side door lock doesn't work, I have replaced a speaker, my service engine soon light comes and goes, and the low tire pressure light stays on even after having the tires rotated and balanced and the light was reset. It is junk and once I fix the motor I am trading it in! There has to be something we can do!
11th Nov 2006, 09:58
I wouldn't suggest buying an Oldsmobile Alero. I have experienced the defective hazard switch, the low tire pressure light consistently coming on, and the bubbling or peeling up of my dashboard and door panels. I personally do not want to re-upholster my vehicle, but the bubbling is incredibly tacky I feel as if I must. The vehicle is running well now, although I have doubts it will last me through college.
2000 Olds alero GLS 4 door sedan 6 cylinder 69,000 miles.
20th Nov 2006, 18:44
I have an 2000 Olsmobile Alero GLS I bought it in 2003. I love the car, but... So far, I have had the wheel bearings go 3 times, brakes replaced 5 times, all rotors replaced more than once, new tires... the dealer said it is the model the brakes go fast it is the way it was made! He suggested to get GM brake pads they last longer!
22nd Dec 2006, 14:24
I have had my Alero since 2001. It also has undergone many repairs, especially with the tires. It sometimes pulls and makes this strange noise when it has to be turned. My turn signal has been defective since 2004 and the dealer will not fix it. Now I have a heater hose and a water pump that needs to be replaced. Why? The car is only 5 years old. Like many other owners they have found that the inside of the vehicle is literally "crumbling up". I thought it just happened because it was very hot one day and the heat caused it. The dealer would not repair it because it wasn't covered under the warranty. I Love my Alero because it's payed for and it's mine. However, what in the world do I do with all of these repairs that have to be made to a fairly young vehicle? If you are thinking about purchasing one that is used, DON'T because it takes more money to keep it repaired than it is worth.
4th Jan 2007, 01:00
I'm a 63-year-old guy, who has had many makes a models of cars from VW’s and Cadillac’s to my preset 1999 Alero. Through all this ownership; I have never experienced the pleasure of owning such a maintenance free vehicle as this car. Having 189,562 miles on it I have put little cash into it compared to other cars I have owned. Besides normal ware and tare such as brakes, Tires, shocks, oil changes etc additional major costs were:
Alternator 1 time $175.01
Water Pump 1 time $225.00
Timing Belt 1 time $375.00
Rear window motor replacement (after 5 years it broke down) $375.00
Turn indicator problem that I should have fixed two years ago $275.00.
This total of $1425.00 amortized over 5 years represents an additional auto expense over the normal required maintenance of $285.00 annually or $23.75 monthly. In summation I love my Alero; and if Oldsmobile still mfg. them I would buy another one right after this one reaches 300, 000 miles.
Please don’t cut this car short it’s worth every penny you paid for it.