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Oldsmobile Alero



  • rich310rich310 Posts: 34
    There has been some discussion about the low reslae value of Aleros. Olds does not have the best reputaion for good quality, and Alero has yet to prove itself as a high quality car. Part of the resale value of a car is determined by supply and demand. Accords and Canrys have hi resale values due to their reputation for quality which creates demand for them as a used car. In addition, these cars rarely if ever have rebates.

    Rebates are a good way to save money when buying a car. But the reality is that when Blue Book and the other company that helps set resale prices of used determines the pricce of a used car, they look at rebates that were available when the car was sold new. Currently there is a $1,500 rebate on Aleros. Essentialy this brings down the price of a used lero by $1,500. Moral of the story, to minimize your loss when selling your car, buy it new when you can take advantage of a rebate.
  • Has anyone else had problems with their horn not working? So far I've had to bring my car to the dealer 3 times due to my horn not functioning properly. As I live in the Hot South, I'm not sure if it is the heat creating the problem, a general electrical problem or what. The dealer has said I'm the second car with this problem...I was wondering if anyone else has experienced their car horn not working as well.

    Word to the wise...please check your horn before you really need it.
  • brad256brad256 Posts: 11
    I hope you were able to avoid the problem without your horn.

    My problem has not been with the horn not working at all, however, it is very particular. If you do not directly push on one of the small horn markings, then nothing happens. When I feel I might need my horn (daily commuting around Chicago), then I'm sure to already have my thumb on one of the markings. I also learned this from experience.
  • Luckily I was able to react faster than the other car, but still, when the horn's not working, safety is a concern.

    The horn is completely dead...nothing keeps say that I'm tripping a fuse somewhere, possibly when I'm plugging in my car phone...but the last two times, because of this warning, I haven't plugged in my phone...who knows. They are now talking about tracing the possible electrical problem.

    Another person had a problem with their horn not working, but only when making Rt or Lt hand turns...weird.

    Well, thanks for the info, and have fun with the Chicago traffic, just make sure you don't get thumb cramps from hitting the horn too often!
  • bronlexbronlex Posts: 2
    I've had my 2000 Alero GLS since last October and I love it. However, the dreaded waterleak struck me this summer. It took two trips to an Olds Dealership, but the second time I was there, the
    service technician informed me that GM issued a
    bulletin saying that there was a problem with
    leakage (something I told him because of the posts I have read here). Although the problem was just on the passenger side (It had something to do with a splash guard - it wasn't a seal problem), they went ahead and fixed the driver's side as well.

    No problems in the six weeks since I've had it fixed, but we haven't had the big storms like we had in Iowa in June and early July.

    Good luck. I love the car and (knock on wood) have had few problems.

    I enjoy reading everyone's posts.
  • ded42ded42 Posts: 7
    My dealer finaly got my rotors and pads in and installed them the next day. The car is back to it's smooth running self again. No other problems to report after 9000 mi. since April 00 .
  • My wife and I just purchased a 2000 Alero GL3 w/feature and sport packages as well as the upgraded cd stereo. We drove everything with 4 doors priced around $20k and the Alero is what we chose. Handles good, fun to drive, roomy, and a good value. Our Alero is Meadow Green with Neutral interior.
  • rich310rich310 Posts: 34
    I'm ready to take teh plunge. I've always had Japanese cars in my 30+ years of driving so I have some trepedations about getting a GM car. But I want ABS and traction control and the price becomes prohibitive on the competition. In addition, I like the way teh ALero drives and handles. I've tested GL2 (4 cyl) and GL3 (6 cyl). Truthfully, I can;'t tell much of a difference. Which way do you think I should go. I'm leaning towards 6 cyl as I fear over time the 4 cyl may lose some power as it ages. but I like that the 4 cyl timing belt does not need to be replaced. It's a toss up.

    Also, are there many changes for 2001 from 2000. Is there enough new or improved in 2001 to forego teh $1,500 rebate.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Timing belt for 3.4l V-6? Probably chain?

    The V-6 have much better torque, practically flat from 2000 to 4500 rpm:

    Try both cars when merging into highway traffic, and you will see the difference. Or when starting from traffic lights. Or when passing uphill on highways...
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I would go 2000 with a v6. The V6 will give you more power and it's a smoother ride. I don't thing there are any major changes for 2001 so get that $1500 rebate and buy yourself a few more options.
  • marushamarusha Posts: 7
    First, I'd definitely go with the 6 cyl for reasons already stated here. Plus, GM doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to their 4 cyl engines. you won't loose much in the mpg and you'll gain quite a bit in the pick-up. It's MUCH more fun to drive.

    My 2000 GLS is currently in the shop for the recurring water leak and they gave me a 2001 as a loaner. Only difference I see is the standard stereo has different buttons and the plastic floor guard on the frame matches the darker part of the dashboard. Personally, I don't think it's worth passing on the $1500 rebate.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    I'd get the V6. It's like $600 or so more and the mileage is almost as good as the four. The four does use a timing chain rather than belts, but the V6 uses a timing chain as well. Nearly all GM cars use chains. I think in the long run the V6 will be more reliable and hold up better. GM has done alot with their "Twin Cam" four since the days of the Quad 4, but it still lacks the refinement of many other fours. BTW, GM has just developed a new DOHC 4 cylinder engine which is exclusive to the Saturn LS right now. I've read it will replace the 2.4 liter Twin Cam across the board within the next few years.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    The Saturn twin-cam is sweet and it will be replacing 4 cyl engines in many GM cars. Should help sales as GM 4 bangers are generally only average.
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    The 3.0 L DOHC V6 in the Saturn LS2 should replace the push rod 3.4 in the Alero as well.
    It is just as powerful and much more refined.
  • ratoxratox Posts: 12
    I agree the Saturn V-6 may be more refined, but it has less torque, 190 ft-lbs (200 for the Alero's V-6) since it is a smaller displacement. And it gets terrible highway mileage of 26 MPG compared to the Alero's 32 MPG! The Saturn I drove was just like my Olds Intrigue 3.5 liter V-6, you had to floor it to make it romp. Give me an old -fashioned pushrod engine any day. I will get another 3800 V-6 in my next car.
  • sukinusukinu Posts: 1
    I've owned a 99 Alero coupe for 18 mos. and it has ongoing water leaks from the bottom on both the driver and passenger sides. Has even caused shorting out of the electrical system in one severe rainstorm. Repeated trips to the service center have still not resolved the problem.

    Will be trading in this car for an Acura.
  • I've seen some people mention wood trim in their Aleros. I have a '99, I'm thinking about getting this done. Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can get the trim pieces?
  • rich310rich310 Posts: 34
    I just ordered a GL3 thru CarsDirect and Greenlight. Will go with whichever is lower cost. I decided that 6 cyl is with the extra money in the long term and mileage is a wash.

    I have one quetion about the water leaks. Is there a way that I, or an Olds service manager can tell if the car wiill leak, or is there something taht can be done prior to delivery to prevent a leak.

    Thanks all for all your help.
  • aldine1aldine1 Posts: 1
    Hello, looking to purchase a car early nxt year with a nice down deposit, Thought it might be this car until I read the reviews. I went into another site where people reviewed this car and no one mentioned a water leak. Actually, all except one person had VERY GOOD responses.Anyway, I will probably purchase the 2001 so I am hopeing that the water leak problem will be resolved by then. YES, I would be interested in knowing if there is a way to detect this problem prior to purchase as stated in above statement. Good luck to all with there leaks. THX for any advice.
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    Gentlemen, please take note I am not trying to take direct aim at the Intrigue, sorry if it is coming out that way. I just happen to be voicing my thoughts here on the Intrigue site, and I’m NOT pro-Acura maybe pro-foreign. The Acura TL was simply the car I choose as an example, it could have just as well been a Passat/Carmry/Accord/Maxima.

    In my estimation, it looks you both keep pretty busy smoothing people’s feathers [defending] over on the Alero & Aurora sites. It appears that I not alone in feeling a bit slighted on Olds products. Waterleaks, rotors, panel-gaps, low-resale to name a few, and not to mention Olds warranty reduction plan on the Aurora.

    I do remember test-driving the new Aurora back in March 2000 and I was a little shocked by that little bit of news. It does send a signal that GM/Olds is not willing/capable of backing their products. Think about it, you spend $35-40k and you get the industry’s standard 3/36k warranty OUCH. That’s why everyone dropped the 80’s 5/50k plan, it was simply NOT cost effective. GM should be concentrating their efforts more on producing solid product lines, and not so much on how to save money. If you do-it right from the get-go, the problems will not come back and haunt you.

    I still believe the Intrigue concept(s) was and is GOOD. Right now it appears to be a simply a “great plan, poorly executed”. GM needs to pool their resources “together” and come out with ONE world-beater on the “W” platform, not 4 or 5. You see Toyota & Honda keeping the number of platforms [4-door sedans] limited i.e. Carmy/ES300, Accord/TL, a regular and a luxury model.

    Does everyone remember back in the 70’s when GM had so many options on color combinations, that it made your head spin. And of course nowadays the choices have been greatly streamlined. That sort of the same problem with all the different GM platforms, they are trying to cater to every possible consumer’s whims. I think that is a very daunting task to accomplish.

    Again guys I truly believe that the Intrigue concept is GM best “W” offering. However to compete with rest of the world, they [GM/Olds] are going to have to raise their standards, because the Big-Dogs are barking.
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