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Oldsmobile Alero

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  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    What I find mind boggling is that this has NEVER happened until a few weeks ago. I have been through car washes and storms many times before, but this issue has surfaced during the last two heavy rains. My car is out of warranty so I will have to pay to have this fixed. I did notice moisture in the area between the door and dash and under the dash when I first detected this problem. This is really unbelievable.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    Reading some of the past posts its amazing how people have had the same issues that I have. I had the ignition switch failure the DAY after my 5 year warranty expired and it cost me $400 to fix at the dealer. I also had the leaking intake gasket problem but that was fixed under warranty. I was told the repair would've cost me about $800. I had my brakes and pads replaced several times as well. Its obvious that GM cut some serious corners with this car, or at least rushed it to market without proper testing. I know my car cost them a fortune in warranty repairs and they deserved it 100%. Now I'm mad because issues are costing me money. Its a shame because its a good looking car that handles well.
  • It's getting tougher and tougher to find GM shops that will honor that warranty anyway. Two local (formerly Olds) dealers won't touch my car.............

    My Alero's brakes have been perfectly reliable. I've always believed that GM's front disc/rear drum setup has all the kinks worked out. I won't have the head gasket prob; I have the Ecotec. Only time will tell if my ignition switch fizzles.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    I never had a problem with warranty repairs and nothing that was ever fixed resurfaced so I cant complain about the dealership at all. I had my front brakes replaced once and the pads twice, I just had my rear pads replaced within the last 6 months which is OK by me. The brake issues werent too annoying to me. The gasket issue, failed steering pump and ignition were very annoying. I have never had any electrical or turn signal problems with my car. It has worked 99% of the time, but that 1% is still too much.
  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 121
    I bought my car new, garaged it its whole life. The water leak didn't start until in the 4th year.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I had all the same problems mentioned plus the latest one of the front hub bearings. Mine is (or I should say was)a 2000 purchased new always garage kept, well cared for with 74,000 miles. I was always pleased with the car and think I did alright with it over the past 7 years in spite of all the repairs. But I didn't want to deal with the possibility of more repairs and the inconvience that goes with it. I traded in for a 2007 Pontiac G6. I guess I never learn. I got another GM. It's those darn GM credit card points that keep me coming back.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    was your water leak corrected by resealing the rubber at the base of the windsheild? I looked at my rubber seal and there was some debris and leaves crammed between the seal and the base of the windshield. I assume that is how water was getting in the car. What do you think?
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    How has the G6 been?

    This car has not been typical of the GM cars in my family. My parents had a Caprice and currently have an Intrigue. The intrigue has had a few issues lately, but its over 9 years old and has over 90K miles. For the most part it has been reliable and they had far fewere problems in their first 5 years than I've had. Same goes for the Chevy which lasted 12 years. If I were to have similar issues with my next GM car I wouldnt buy GM again, but I think the Alero was just a problematic model. As I said, my car has cost GM a LOT of money. I probably had 7 things repaired under warranty in 5 years, the most serious being the gasket. Also had squeaky door hinge replaced, starter and loose window lock-out switch replaced.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    I appoligize in advance if anyone feels I am using the Alero form to discuss the G6. But I am discussing the G6 comapred to, and as a replacement for, the Alero so I feel this is appropiate.
    First of all I am not trashing the Alero. I stated my experience with it over the last 7 years above. Even knowing what I know now I would still do it all over again.
    But to answer your question, the G6 is doing great but I only have 3000 miles on it. I would have said excatly the same about the Alero at that mileage.
    The Alero had a sticker price of $20,000 back in 2000. The dealer discounted it $2000 and I had $6000 in GM card points bringing it down to $12,000. This is a deal I thought I would never see again. But fast foward to 2007. The G6 had a sticker of $20,700. $1,000 dealer discount + $2,000 GM rebate + $1,000 Conquest rebate + $3,700 in GM card points bringing it down to $13,000. Almost the same deal.
    I got the EcoTech 4 cyl in the G6. It has the same HP as the Alero 6 cyl did but delivers slightly better gas mileage. But only slightly better. The Alero had a good 6 cyl with excellent gas mileage. In my opinion the G6 is a good solid car very similiar to the Alero when it was new but hopefully without the problems. Customer satisfaction is high as long as long as you stick with the basics. But if you move up to things like 6 cyl, manual trans, panaramic sunroof, hardtop convertible the GM type problems really surface. The G6 lacks the low tire warning that the Alero had but does have very nice electronic power steering, factory remote starter, excellent Driver Information Computer for mpg, miles remaining, time, temp, % of oil life left, etc., Traction Control like Alero, ABS like Alero.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    well I see why you got the Alero and G6, those were great prices. My Alero stickered for $23,600 and I got a $2000 discount from dealer and I had a $1500 voucher from Olds. I would hope you get better mileage from a G6 4 than the alero V6. I'm only getting 17-18mpg in mostly city driving. If I knew everything I knew now I would not buy the same car again even though it served me well for the MOST part. The problems I did have were excessive in my view but fortunately the car is still worth something. I could sell it for $9k right now.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    The G6 is only getting about 23 mpg with mostly city driving. I am hoping that gets better once I get some mileage on it. My 2000 Alero 6 cyl got 21-22 mpg under the same driving conditions. The Alero got 32-34 on the highway.
    If you can get 9K for a 2002 GLS I would go for it. KBB trade in is only about 6K and private party sale is about 7.5k based on 60,000 miles. If you have higher mileage I would definetly go for it.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    Only have 50k miles. I checked kbb and they said my car was worth about $8200 in private sale but when I checked autotrader I saw comps for $9k-$10k and I was surprised. I am leaning towards Aura XR or Malibu, but obviously I dont know how much the Malibu will cost just yet. How ironic would it be if the Alero's 2nd owner has far fewer problems than I did?
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    I'll take 23mpg over 17mpg any day. If you got 21mpg from your car in mostly urban driving I am impressed. In the winter my mileage could easily dip to 15mpg or so, I'm talking 180miles per tank- I usually put in around 12.5 gallons.
  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 121
    The dealer subcontracted the repair to a local glass place. I didn't actually see what they did. I assume they just put a caulk-type patch at the base of the windshield, since they didn't remove it and reseal the whole thing.
  • dlc2dlc2 Posts: 10
    My daughter has a 2001 V6, with only minor problems so far, but she only has 42,000 miles on it. Brakes were replaced at 20,000 and the wheel bearing at 27,000. Nothing done under warranty. Her boyfriend hasn't been so lucky. His manifold gasket replacement cost $680 from the Pontiac dealer. I spoke to the rep at Oldsmobile Customer no-service, and the guy was pretty rude. I have quit using my GM credit card so I won't be tempted to use the $1600 in points, and will serously consider an Accord when the time comes. Too bad, because I really like the Pontiac dealer.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    I dont blame you, but I think the alero was just a problematic car. My parents have an Intrigue and it had none of the same issues that my car had. Matter of fact it was trouble free for at least the first 4-5 years.
  • dlc2dlc2 Posts: 10
    I like the looks of the Alero, and it's a fun car to drive, but when you consider all the problems with this model, I'm just not fired up about GM. I have been holding my breath on the lower manifold gasket, and my sons Grand Prix V6 falls is also know for the gasket problem. On the other hand, my 1990 Lesabre with 115,000 has had minimal repairs, and still runs fine. I really want to buy American, but am hard pressed to go GM again.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    As far as I know most GM models that have come out in the last 5 years or so have been devoid of major issues. The Alero came out in 1998 and it obvious GM didnt make the necessary changes after problem issues surfaced. Since my car was a 2002 one would THINK they would've stopped using the faulty components by then. One thing is for sure, you arent guaranteed to have a problem free experience with any brand, it seems like Toyotas are having issues these days as well.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    I resealed the rubber at the base of my windshield with epoxy last night before a rain storm. This morning by passenger side was soaked again. It made no difference whatsoever. Any other ideas? I really do not know where this water is coming from.
  • tainted24tainted24 Posts: 5
    I had the same problem and resealed mine as well, it seemed to work for me. Did you check out the water deflector in the door? That was my next guess on my car if the windshield didn't work.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    what do you mean my water deflector? The reason why I dont think it's the door is because the rubber trim was dry when I opened my door this morning. The inside of the door frame seemed completely dry. There was water in between the door panel and fuse box door though. I really wish there was a TSB on this issue that clearly spelled out what to do. I cant understand how this has happened now after no problems in over 5 and a half years.
  • tainted24tainted24 Posts: 5
    The water deflector is the plastic door water shield located in between the door and the inside trim. I took a picture of a manual illustration and will try to attach to this site. Please check out these two website links.
    "General water leak Diagnosis Guide #01-08-57-007a" It's a two part link.

    http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-1474.html

    http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-1475.html

    I discovered the leak because I was replacing my blower motor resistor and discovered tons of water in the motor housing and found out that it was pouring in from the window and down into the cowl and into my car and it went down under the passenger seat. So I took the cowl off and also sealed up some seams in there as well as a precaution and then took off the whole bottom trim and cleaned off all the old adhesive and re sealed it. *shrugs* I am no car mechanic, just a alero owner who tried to save a few bucks.

    I hope the links help...
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    thanks a lot, that may prove to be helpful. There are a lot of potential sources of this problem so I am really going to have to look carefully. I wish I could see the illustrations, that would help me know what I am looking for. I am going to put a hose on it today to try and trace the problem.
  • tainted24tainted24 Posts: 5
    You can always go to the library and look at the Haynes #38026 repair manual for the Alero or buy it used online. I found it to be very helpful. It has really good illustration of the water shield, among many other things.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    thanks for those links, I think I found the problem. The drain for the sunroof channel was blocked and my sunroof had been in the vent position during the last few rain storms.I tested it out with a hose after cleaning out the gunk in the drain hole and I didnt see any water in the floor.
  • mls2mls2 Posts: 1
    I used my emergency brake now my tracoff light is lit up, my speedometer doesn't work, and my car shifts very hard. Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? :confuse: Also,I just made some temporary repairs to the steering rack fitting just below air conditioner drain. Is it possible to get this fitting without replacing the steering rack?
  • Hi, Can somebody explaine me how to adjust the parking brake handle, its going up very high, I adjust it in the rear wheels but the handle still comes to high.
    My parking brake sensor dont work anymore when i drive in the rear shift, has somebody this problem or is this option only on european cars.
  • tsj83tsj83 Posts: 1
    can any body tell me if the factory cd player in a 2001 alero plays mp3s?
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    Not to my knowledge.
  • bejbebejbe Posts: 2
    I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM, SO IN MY ALERO 99' INTERIOR LAMPS STILL WORKING (MIRROR LAMPS AND OTHER). WHEN I FUSE GET OUT THEY SWITCHED OFF. WHAT IS GOING ON?? WHEN DOOR IS CLOSED, IS THE SAME. WHEN IGNITION ON LIGHTS STILL ON. WHY??? :cry:
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