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Oldsmobile Alero



  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Advertised in the Toronto Star this weekend..

    Alero GX with auto/ air/ CD/ cruise for C$19998 (about $14K US) and 1.9% financing. Great deals! Wish my lease was up this year.
  • hoffshoffs Posts: 1
    I've had my 2000 4-cyl Alero for 2 months now. The best I've gotten is 21 mpg on the highway. In town, I get 17-19 mpg. I was hoping that someone out there could tell me that there is something I can do to improve this!? I took it in to the dealership, but they tell me that there is nothing wrong. My main reason for buying a car (4-cyl at that) was for the good gas mileage. I drive about 1800 miles every month and our gas prices took a $0.65 hike in one month. ouch! If anyone has any advice, please dish it out! Thanks!
  • rkw2rkw2 Posts: 66
    Before I purchased my 2000 Alero 6 cyl last year I was also looking at other cars. I've read on another message board here that owners of 6 cyl Hyundai Sonatas have been complaining about poor acceleration and lousy mpg. Some Sonata owners repalced their spark plugs with platinum plugs. They are claiming to be getting both better acceleration and better mpg. Has anyone here tried that? If so, any improvemnets?
  • hengheng Posts: 411
    Let's see, you've owned it for 2 months and do about 1800 miles per month which means you should have over 3500 miles on it? The motor should be broken in by now and your highway mileage should be up around 30 mpg. I get close to 30 mpg with a 6 cyl Alero doing about 70 mph.

    Check your tire pressure lately? They should be around 32-33 psi. When cruising on the highway, what RPM is the engine running at?
  • dcnwsdcnws Posts: 12
    Picked up our 2001 GS2 Alero Monday evening. The only options are the 6 cylinder and power seat.
    I think I got a good deal, was $200 over invoice.
    My only complaint is the dealership was lacking.
    They didn't even have any windshield wash in it.
    Car is fun to drive, and the Ruby is an attractive color. Will let you know what the gas mileage is like in a few weeks.

    I don't plan on going back to this dealer for service, will probably go the local Olds dealer. Anyone have problems going to a different dealer for service/warranty work??

    Wonder if that will ruffle any feathers.
  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    Just stopped by to check things out as the Alero was one of the final two cars my wife tested before we bought our Sonata GLS. Actually people in the Sonata forum rarely complain about MPG's or acceleration and there is only one poster who constantly complains about automatics. He and I have the same car down to the color but his is a manual and apparently that is all he will drive.

    As to the Platinum plugs, I highly recommend them. Sonatas V-6's come with Platinum tipped plugs so they are good out to 60K unlike the full platinum plug which can go to 100K. Some have been installing the the Bosch +4's in the I-4's and they do seem to improve starting, driveability, and power around the 2000RPM range and up. This tends to bring the I-4's closer to a comparable level of overall performance with the V-6 but without the smoothness or ultimate power.

    Our V-6 does not have the American style torque of the Alero V-6 and the gearing is dissimilar. But my mpg's are at 25 suburban average and 30 highway average, depending on load.

    Good Luck with your cars. I really like the look and feel of them even though my wife didn't. Oh well.
  • Just got my 99 alero inspected and got the rear defrost fixed. It was an "antenna coil". I didn't think it was a fuse since the light still worked. Just made it under my 30,000 mile warranty so it was no charge. I also don't seem to get good gas mileage. It also seems to hesitate during colder weather when it first gets going until it warms up. I tried to get that checked out, too, but it just so happened to be 80 degrees that day and it didn't do it for the dealer. Murphy's law!
  • judy29judy29 Posts: 1
    I bought my new 2001 alero in January. Only take it out in good weather. I drive 32 miles to work. On the way home from work, the car suddenly starts vibrating at a speed around 70. Enough shaking to actually scare the heck out of me. This started happening when the car was under 800 miles. I now have 1600 miles on it and it has happened 4 other times. It is at the dealer and they are trying to find the problem. Has anyone else experience this? Help
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    Recent news reports show that GM will drop the Alero in 2004.
  • hengheng Posts: 411
    Sounds like a cylinder misfiring. But really need more info. What does the dealer say?
  • kitoozekitooze Posts: 1
    I wanted to write this for anyone out there considering buying an Alero. I spent 6 months trying to sell my previous car (a 2000 Hyundai Elantra), so that I could get the car I really wanted, a bright red GLS with spoiler. I used to read these message boards all the time, I was obsessed, I daydreamed about getting my Alero every day. I noticed a lot of the message board comments were negative, but I didn't care, I thought the Alero was a great looking car and I was willing to put up with the hassles of owning one.

    I finally got it about 6 weeks ago. It is a 2000 model that had 300 miles on it at the time. I feel that I got a great deal ($17,500, and I live in the SF bay area).

    I haven't had any of the problems that others have complained about (shaking mirrors, leaking, rotors), and wanted people to know there are some very satisfied owners out here.

    My gas mileage was not good after the first fill-up, 22 mpg, and mostly highway miles. Now my car has 1814 miles on it, and is getting almost 27 mpg. It has been getting better every other fill-up.

    If you love the car, don't be discouraged, buy it, I have the feeling most people don't write here unless they are experiencing problems and need advice or support. If anyone else out there loves their Alero as much as me, write in, I can't be the only one can I?
  • I've ordered a sterling silver Alero GLS 8 weeks ago and my dealer has notified me that it will take another 4 weeks until I take delivery. Does anyone know why it's taking so long? I heard that they have been cutting back production at the Lansing plant but I'm not exactly sure.
  • dcnwsdcnws Posts: 12
    I bought a 2001 Ruby GL2 two weeks ago, and am very happy with it. A great car for my teenage daughter. My only disappointment is with the dealership. Was insulted by the business manager who thought I was stupid for not taking a 5 year loan. (I already had financing lined up) It's been two weeks since I took it, and no contact from the dealer. Not even an email asking if I am a satisfied customer. But this is the place that didn't put any windshield wash in it at prep. I got a good price, but will not go back for service. Hope I don't have any serious problems that require warranty.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Don't worry, any Olds or GM dealer will honor your warranty should the Alero have a major problem.
  • zinc1zinc1 Posts: 133
    It looks like a cross between an Alero and an Intrigue. I posted pics on the Aurora Classic site, in the Gallery.
  • I got my 2001 GLS the beginning of April. Around 600 miles I also had this horrible shuddering from the back of the car. It happened about 4 times. They couldn't find anything wrong with it. I think it may have been the gas? I'm putting middle grade in now and it hasn't happened since. I'm up to 1200 miles now. Other than that, I love this car!
  • Does anyone out there own a manual Alero? If so, any input?
  • coalcrackercoalcracker Posts: 53
    I own a 2000 Alero, 4 door sedan, GL3. It has the v-6 engine. From day one I got 20-21 MPG in conservative suburbia driving and 30-31 MPG on the highway. I have never driven the car in the city. I now have over 13,000 miles on the car and I still get the same MPG. For those of you who are looking for improvement with stuff like breaking in the engine,etc., I say forget it. What you have is what you are stuck with. Enjoy the car.
  • hengheng Posts: 411
    but I didn't get it until more than 2,000 miles were on the engine. It was pretty low at first and steadily improved.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    That's not entirely true. Mileage improved after a few tanks of gas on my mom's 99 Alero GL. It may be the case for some that there is no improvement, but my mom is quite happy with her mileage now.
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