I got this car Sept 2008 and I had to replace all 4 wheel bearings, and 4 new tires, all the brakes, 4 new rotors, thermostat, hose, water pump and battery, and I'm still having problems with the car.
With all the money I'm putting into this car, I could start paying for a new car.
I have a 1999 2 door loaded with sunroof and leather seats Oldsmobile 6 Cly, have put over $4,000 in parts and labor. Have had this car 9 years. When I bought it it was just brought in from a lease. Had warranty on it, was in the dealership 54 times fixing things in a two year span, and the money I put in was after warranty, now my window does not go up and down on drivers side and locks won't work. Back to the shop again :(
I have had an 1999 Oldsmobile Alero for almost a year. A day after I got it, my blinkers stopped working, I had to get the hazard lights fixed because I guess they are connected.
My window tracks are broken, so I have to have my window taped up or down until I get fixed.
My tr-ac light goes on now when it shouldn't.
There is a sound in the front of my car. And when I'm at a stop, a rattling sound starts and I don't know why. Ohh and my dash is coming apart. Other than that, I like the car.
Answer to the 14 apr 2008.
The rattling sound is very familiar to me: I´m just about to change the ball bearing in the alternator, at the belt side, it´s worn out and making noise. Some times, the balls are dry, they scream/squeak very loudly.
Loose the serpentine belt and check the alternator axis, is it loose, change the bearing.
Greetings from Sweden
I have an Alero as well, and noticed just the other day the fan speeds 1 and 2 don't work. Also, sometimes when I make a left turn from a stop, the car makes a knocking noise from the left front end. Does anyone know what that could possibly be?
Other than that, the car is great and the looks are nice. Way too many on the road today, especially the Grand Am.
OK... I love Aleros!! I have owned Aleros since they came out in 1999, starting with a GLS model.
I now own 3 Aleros; my original 2 door GLS that is doesn't look like an Alero anymore - body kit, lowering kit, tint, new fiberglass hood, headlights and taillights. The only thing that is still OEM is the spoiler, which BTW I love. The only modification I made to the original spoiler was I added a red line of fire LED strip to it, and shaved the OEM third brake light. Looks awesome.
My other Aleros are a 2001 GLS and a 2004 GLS; both are 4 door ones; one is my wife's and one is mine. We both love the cars, and were sad to see them go...
Great gas mileage, nice and roomy. Not saying we haven't had our share of troubles with the cars, but me knowing what I am doing under the hood, I have been able to fix pretty much all of the issues we have had, and I am willing to attempt to assist anyone if they want to email me. Jrmyrobert83@myclearwave.net is my email
Every issue listed on this site I have repaired, so don't be afraid to email me and ask.
Concerning the rear defroster issues on an Alero; If you notice, there is no radio antenna on the Alero, unlike a Grand Am of similar year. The Olds Alero uses a combined grid on the rear window for the purpose of radio reception (antenna), and (heated) defrost. Behind the rear, passenger-side, interior panel (between the rear and rear-side windows) you will find the electronic module (which controls these functions) to replace/repair. I have replaced mine once (when the car was almost new) and found a cold solder on the original part (inside), which may have caused the failure (overheating). The replacement component (purchased from a salvage yard (from a newer year Alero) ) is now bad, so the problem was obviously never corrected throughout production.