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Oldsmobile Alero

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  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 318
    You wrote:

    the VW Lupo is not a hybrid. Instead, it's a Diesel-powered super-sub-compact car.

    Yes. Exactly. The Lupo is the beginning of high-efficiency conventional vehicles that take advantage of some of the lessons learned from hybrids. For example, I have an engine of 3.4L displacement in my car. Do all cylinders have to be receiving fuel during prolonged stops? Do any?

    Bye for now,
    Rick D.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    When applying the brake on my 2000 Alero I get a sort of thump, click, or snap type of noise from the brake pedal. It's not very loud and I can also feel it in the pedal. Feels like a worn bushing or something in the pedal assembly. Any ideas? (the rotors were replaced 6 months ago per TSB)
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Anyone tested out a 2.2L Alero yet?
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    Cadillac tried in the 80s to selectively shut down some cylinders in a V8 on demand. It proved to be a daunting task for the electronics then. GM is working on getting back to this and an updated implementation of that system will debut in a truck, I think next year.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    I drove a GX with the 2.2 last week. It seems to lack low end torque, but was more than adequate. Very smooth and quiet at highway speeds...in improvement over the 2.4. I drove an automatic, but plan to test one with the 5 speed. Check out Oldsmobile's sport package on the GX...an incredible deal. I plan to order one next month. By the way, it took me 5 minutes to locate the oil filter on the 2.2. It is not the canister type, but fits into the side of the crankcase. This should be much easier to change than those of other GM engines!
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    By the way, the 2002 Alero brochure indicates that Ruby Red is not available in the GX sedan. This is definitely not true, since I have seen them at 3 Olds dealers in the past week. In fact, I test drove one.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    They are advertising 2002 2.2L GX's for cash price of C$19,998. That is an automatic with cruise, air, AM/FM/CD and more. Great deals for sure. If we get a car, that's the one we will lease.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    I can't speak for prices in Canada, but that sounds a bit expensive. MSRP for the GX sedan with the features you mentioned is 17800,plus $1000 rebate to the customer. Good luck!
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Actually with the current C$/U$ exchange rate, that works out to be about $13,500 in US$.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    Gee, maybe I should buy my car in Canada?! I wonder if I can use my GM card points up there?
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Doubt it. The Canadian program is totally separate from the US one due to the currency issues. If a Canadian dealer sold to you, it would have to be a cash deal most likely. I know people in the Pathfinder forum have been doing that anyway.
  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 318
    Yes, I do recall Cadillac's sundry efforts at shutting down cylinders selectively in their early 80's Seville (?). I'm not sure of the particular model.

    Anyways consider, however, where basic technology is now compared to then:

    (1) a great many cars now have control of the ignition and fuel-injection on each cylinder
    (2) in the early to mid-80's, a 25Mhz 286 was an incredibly fast processor. These days, I can get a 900Mhz Athlon for U.S.$80

    I'm aware of GM's attempt to resuscitate this idea in their big trucks, and it'll be interesting to see how well they do. GM, for all its faults, HAS been a driving force of bringing new, practical, (i.e. not necessarily DOHC) features to the large scale market.

    Bye for now,
    Rick D.
  • dr_cmbdr_cmb Posts: 8
    I'm in my 4th month with the GL1 with V6...and finally took a look at the book that came with i. The oil change thing seems weird---when did you other new Alero owners get your first oil change? Did you wait for the light to come on?
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I had an Alero V6 for 3 years, but it's gone now. Its lease has expired.

    For the 1st oil change, I didn't wait for the computer to tell me so, and had it changed at 3000mls. I figured that the computer might malfunction and I didn't want to take chances right after breaking the engine in, when the engine oil and filter get dirtier.

    After that, however, I followed the computer's advice. Depending on the weather and on my seasonal driving mood :^), it would advise changes between 5000 and 7000mls.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    I am planning to purchase an Alero in the next few months. I read about the change-oil light and that it needs to be reset. Is this something that has to be done by a mechanic? I have always changed my own oil...I hope this is not one of those idiot lights like ford used to have.

    I plan to purchase (need) this alero in January. I'm curious when the $2000 rebate may kick in. The current $1000 rebate is supposed to expire 1/15/02. I seem to remember a $2000 rebate for all of 2001 models during the 2001 calendar year. Anybody here buy an alero early this year that got the $2000 rebate. I'd gladly wait a few weeks to get an additional $1000 dollars!
  • hengheng Posts: 411
    when you open the driver's door, at the end of the dash board, there is an access panel. Inside is a red button labeled 'reset'. Following the instructions in the owners manual resets the change oil light.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    Has anyone else driven the 2.2L yet? I'd be very interested in any opinions...especially if you drive the 2.2 with the manual tranny.
  • dr_cmbdr_cmb Posts: 8
    I bought my Alero in July and got a $2000 rebate--I'm wondering if the rebates are less now because they are offering 0% financing (that was not offered when I bought--I'm in at 6% I think). Or are you talking about the 2002?
  • dr_cmbdr_cmb Posts: 8
    I meant also to add that with the V6 I'm getting 22 mpg in city driving, about 30 mpg highway.

    I'm happy with this, given the power and pep this car has.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    There was a guy about 15 posts up that tested a 2.2L. I would like to go try one also but have had zero time to do it. If we get a car instead of a van/SUV, it will very likely be a 2.2 Alero.
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