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Oldsmobile Alero



  • I purchased a 2000 Alero in May,2000. The way my rebate works is it gets reduced from the payoff amount. So when I call for a payoff it is already calculated to be less (with the rebate amount). As far as the 0% financing, I was under the impression that you can't get both (APR reduction AND a rebate). At lease that's what the Olds dealership says.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I can confirm the Alero 3.4 MPG, 23 city, about 29 highway, in my case.

    And it sure is peppy! ;^)
  • I have "twin" 2000 Aleros with about 17000 miles on each. In BOTH cars, there is a strange rattle under the hood on the passenger side. It seems that it happens when I am cruising under 20 mph, and only when the A/C is on. If I turn the A/C off, it goes away. Turn it on and it comes back. It is slowly getting worse. It doesn't happen all the time, but when it does happen and I can stick my head under the hood and hear it, it sounds a little "metalic" sounding.

    I have taken BOTH cars in to the dealer. In one case they kept the car for four days, replaced a fuel injector. The rattle is still there. In the other car they just said they couldn't hear it an closed the case.

    Needless to say, I have little faith in car dealer service departments. But since BOTH of my cars have this problem, it would seem that there may be others with the same problem.

    I can't find any TSB summary that seems to address the problem, and a search out here hasn't revealed anything.

    Is anybody else experiencing this with their Alero?

    Thanks. Jeff.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Are they V6 or 4 cyl models?
  • They are four cyl
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    You said it's when the AC is on only - are you sure it's not just the sound of the AC compressor? Below 20mph the ambient noise is not that high and you may notice the sound more. Is it a sharp metallic rattle (you mentioned a metallic sound) or more of a dull pulsation?
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I had a similar problem in my Alero V6. The rattle sounded like a knock. It was the AC compressor, which was replaced under warranty.

    I think that it happened at about the same mileage, but after the service it never happened again.
  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 329
    My husband is the one who normally posts here, but I thought I'd add to the discussion an experience I had yesterday.

    We bought a 2000 Alero in August and have been enjoying it ever since. No problems at all till yesterday. I went out to start the car. When I tried to put it in drive, I noticed I couldn't push in the button on the gear shift handle. I released the handle, and the button fell off. (I guess I don't know my own strength.)

    Since I couldn't seem to move the gear shift, I thought the car wasn't driveable, so I called Roadside Assistance. The tow truck was there within minutes. The driver tried the handle and found that if he reinserted the plastic button and pressed it just so, he could get it to shift.

    So, I was able to drive it to the local GM service center. (The dealership where we bought the car is about an hour's drive away.) Everyone who looked at it said, "Well, *that's* weird." One of the service reps said something about "plastic stress," or some such thing. Odd that a car this new would have a piece like that just fall off, eh? Anyway, they seemed to think that they have to replace the entire assembly, not just the button. So, they've ordered the part. In the meantime, we can drive the car; it just takes a bit of doing.

    The car is still under warranty, so I assume this will be covered. But, as they say, assume nothing. I'll keep you posted.
  • cnewcnew Posts: 1
    1) At about 5000 miles loud noise coming from under the car only when A/C is on. Dealership"could not duplicate concern"

    2) 5129 put the car in park, turned A/C off and the car cut off/killed. Keyless remote would not lock/unlock doors or trunk. Still hearing noise. Dealer stated computer needed to be reprogrammed, but "could not duplicate consumers concern"

    3) At about 5300 miles car is idling extremely high you would think I am drag racing. Still hearing noise. Dealership changes throttlebody. Again, did not hear noise.

    4)One week later still having same problem. Dealership adjust a sensor and advises that there is a problem but they do not know how to fix. The service tech advised that my car's computer info was downloaded onto a disk and sent to GM Engineers to identify the problem and offer a possible solution. Still did not hear the noise.

    5) The plastic push knob for the shift handle breaks off leaving me stranded in a parking lot for 45min. Dealership superglues.

    6) Idling is beginning to get worse and the noise from under the car is occuring on a more frequent basis. Dealership could not duplicate concern Still no word from GM(1 month has passed)

    7) Begin to hear noise as on incline on bridge. Dealership finally hears noise(and it only took them 3000 miles after the initial complaint. Change the belt tensioners. After driving the car for 15 minutes the noise reappears.

    8) Dealership in all of their wisdom finally decided to check the A/C system(remember when I first told them of the problem, I explained that I only hear the noise when the A/C is on). The problem bad A/C compressor. Change compressor

    9) After three weeks hear a knocking noise under car when initially start car. Car still idles(and now three and half months has passed and still no word from GM Engineers.

    I have made several complaints to the Consumer Relations Dept. but they are of no help. I had to contact the BBB Autoline because the dealership was trying to feed me the "car salesman b.s.. I have decided on arbitration. For replacement vehicle. Just wondering if anyone else is or have experienced these problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Arbitration is scheduled in two weeks. Thanks
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Sounds like you got a lemon. I'm guessing it's a 4 cyl model?
  • hi board, I'm in the market for a car. I'm leaning towards a used one. God knows i can't afford a new one. me and my girlfriend are about to have a baby here in about 6 weeks. I know I have to get a sedan, because of a car seat issues. And I was thinking about getting an alero sedan for a car, but I have yet to hear some reviews. So can someone please help me in my decision for car hunting? and which trim is best for a family car. I'm thinking about am Alero because I can't get the sports car I want, so I was thinking maybe I can have the best of both worlds(Sedan/Sports car). So I was thinking that a GLS is the best package/trim to get. Can someone advise me which trim is best.

    Very Kindly,
    The World Iz Myn
  • hengheng Posts: 411
    Congratulations! Any of the trim packs will do fine for the kids.

    But I would stay away from leather with kids. In fact the best interior for kids is the all vinyl with 1 piece plastic floor that is found on GM taxis. That way you can just hose out the car! Just kidding.

    But kids are rough with the irks, vomitting, explosive diareah. Then you will find lollipops, gum, cookies, chocolate, etc stuck to the seats. The worst is the red slushy poured on the seat (not just a little bit, the whole thing). I didn't mean to alarm you, all parents have gone through this. You will survive and so will the car. Best wishes.
  • jlc011jlc011 Posts: 2
    Hi, I've been looking at the Alero since the finance offers are so great. I found a 2001 GL4, I think, Sedan. It has more on it than I would want, but it is a 5 speed and those are pretty hard to find. It has the Special Edition Package, spoiler, and sunroof. The MSRP is $21045.

    Here is the kicker, it is a DEMO!! It has 5900 miles on it, which seems like alot. The dealer said he could let it go for invoice. He didn't say what invoice is, but Edmunds lists it at $19259.

    This seems a little pricey. gives a used 2001 a retail value of $16345. I know that technically this is a new car, but it is really used to me. So what would be a fair offer?

    I haven't seen it yet, so I don't know if there any dings or what-not. I'm going to try to test drive it tonight, since I haven't even driven one yet. Atleast then I'll know if I should keep looking.

    Any opinions, should I pass on this and keep trying to find 'new' 2001 5-sp? Or, just grab a 2002?

  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I would go for a 02. The 2.2L is a better engine and I think it's still got the 0.0% financing anyway.
  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 329
    The only problem we've had that's on your list was what I described above, the plastic button breaking off the gear-shift handle. Our car is still under warranty, and so our local GM service center replaced the gear-shift handle today, at no cost to us. I can't believe your dealership just superglued your button back on. Did they not order a replacement part to replace your current gear-shift handle? Yours should be covered by the warranty just like ours was (and ours is a 2000 model).

    On another bulletin board, I did encounter someone who said that occasionally her transmission slips. The first time this happened, it was weird; as I recall, she said that while her car was in park, her speedometer climbed to 180 mph. She has a 1999 model, and apparently has had a lot of trouble with hers. She says the tape deck has never worked, and she's been having the same problem with her brakes that others have described here; when she touches the pedal, it starts throbbing, as if the ABS is constantly engaged. I have a feeling she's got the same faulty (warped) rotors that others have talked about, but it sounds like she's getting the runaround from her dealership. I suggested that she check this bulletin board and see what others were saying, and also to post about her experiences to see if anyone had any suggestions, but I don't know if she ever did.
  • In response to burdawg: I don't think it is just engine noise (you don't happen to work for the service department do you? that's what they told me too! ). It happens under 20mph, and at times when the car idles. When I stick my head under the hood, it is more of a metalic sound, like something is rattling, or loose.

    In response to evandro: Could you explain a little more about the noise you had? It sounds very much like mine.

    In response to cnew: I am really sorry about the lemon you got. And when dealerships "appear" to take a lazy attitude, it makes it worse. Could you also explain a little more about the noise you heard only when your A/C was turned on?

    It sounds like both evandro and cnew had similar problems, with similar solutions - the compressor. If you both don't mind, could you explain a little more about the noise. What did it sound like, etc.

  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    In my case, a rattling sound would come from the right side of the hood (where the serpentine belt is located) when the engine (3.4 V6) would rev down after being revved up, even if just a little. It was a knocking noise located in the low, bass range. It would rattle for just a few seconds and stop, but sometimes it would even without revving the engine up.

    At first, I thought it was an engine mount going bad, but it turned out to be the AC compressor, according to the dealer. Once it was replaced, the noise was gone and never came back again.

  • fclspatfclspat Posts: 61
    I think paying invoice for a used car is a ripoff. I got my 5spd for $120 over invoice and it had six miles on it! Considering its already October, I'd go for a 2002 (even though I love my 2001 5 spd).

    If you are in no rush, see if you can get a dealer to order a 5spd equipped exactly the way you want. E-mail the local dealers and see what deals you can strike up. I've got two dealers in CT that would likely give you a great deal...

  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    I was surprised how easy and straight forward it was to buy a car using GM Buy Power! The Internet sales manager was very forthcoming from the beginning, saying up front that he'd close the deal at invoice price. I've heard the same experience else where, so I guess this is a policy.

    Give it a try and good luck!

  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    I agree with evandro. My wife used BuyPower to get email quotes from dealers for her Alero, and ended up getting a very good price. The GM dealers were very responsive - more so than I've seen with other makes. Of course, we live near Detroit, so maybe that makes a difference.
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