Oldsmobile Alero(1999)

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Oldsmobile Alero

1999 Oldsmobile Alero

by Russ

A few years ago, was in serious trouble. Its customer was aging, and younger buyers not at all interested in the company’s offerings. had little distinction from of other General Motors let alone from those of manufacturers.

Many industry believed the company, founded in would never reach its anniversary. Clearly, drastic were necessary.

And so drastic were made. With in management and changes in direction, was reinvented as GM’s import-fighting The flagship Aurora luxury introduced in the 1995 model was the first indication of the new direction at

The futuristically-styled Aurora was joined by the near-luxury Intrigue in 1998. The Alero completes the new Olds this year, and is expected to be the highest-volume car.

The Alero inherits its character both the Aurora and Intrigue. Its styling is obviously related to of the larger Oldsmobiles, and is every bit as Three trim levels are in both coupe and sedan styles.

Both share a look, so style is not the prime in choosing between two or four As with the larger Oldsmobiles, all models are very well-equipped. An transmission, air conditioning, and four-wheel disc brakes are just of the standard features on every

Engine choices are a 2.4-liter in GX and GL models, and a 3.4-liter V6 in the GLS.

I had the opportunity to sample both a GL and GLS sedan in recent weeks. has the design, appointments, and ride and qualities that should to long-time import buyers as as American shoppers. The GL coupe is but practical; the GLS sedan is a junior of the upscale Intrigue.

Oldsmobile’s century is off to a great start.

The Alero is most definitely a Oldsmobile. In a class where styling is the norm, it turns Oldsmobile’s goal in styling was to a car with expressive, rather excessive styling. It has succeeded. The front end with its low, elliptical headlamps, twin air integrated into the bumper and subtle bulge in the sloping builds on styling cues introduced in the Aurora and elaborated in the

A close look is needed to the coupe and sedan as the passenger of both body styles is identical in shape. The B-pillar is forward in the sedan, making for four shorter doors. chrome trim surrounds the windows.

A high tail a noticeable sporty wedge and increases luggage space. oval taillights help the stand out day or night.

Oldsmobile Alero

COMFORT: The bright, contemporary interior design elements with of the larger Oldsmobile Intrigue. A dark- over-light color and tasteful lack of artificial trim gives it a European The instrument panel has a modern, design, with instruments and placed for easy visibility and

The center console melds the middle of the instrument panel, is angled toward the driver for use of the audio and climate control Cloth upholstery is standard on the GL; the GLS with  leather. Both have plenty of interior spaces, including a large glove box.

The coupe’s passenger seat is spring-loaded for forward movement to ease passenger access. As expected, seat access is even with the sedan’s four In either, the rear seat is for two, with good and leg room for the class. A third can be accommodated for short distances in the position.

In both the coupe and the rear seat folds a 70/30 split, and the trunk is large with a low liftover

SAFETY: All 1999 Olds have safety-cage chassis with side-impact protection, antilock disc brakes, next-generation air bags, all-speed control, and daytime running

ROADABILITY: A rigid chassis and well-designed and calibrated fully-independent give the Alero ride and characteristics that put it at the head of its It feels much like a Intrigue, with a good between sporty firmness and comfort. The variable-assist rack and steering standard on the GL and GLS is light town and firmer on the highway for control.

Both versions are with little mechanical or noise. A sport suspension is offered on GLS models.

PERFORMANCE: GX and GL including my test coupe, the 2.4-liter Twin Cam dual cam 4-cylinder engine as standard With dual balance for smoothness, 150 maximum horsepower, and a torque curve producing 155 between 2400 and 4400 it is well-suited to its four-speed automatic The four-cylinder Alero has responsive, performance.

The well-developed 3.4-liter pushrod V6 in the GLS and optional in the GL has 170 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of It is smoother then the four-cylinder and gives noticeably better with little penalty in gas

CONCLUSIONS: The 1999 Alero Oldsmobile’s second century off to a start with a package should appeal to import as well as those looking for an car.

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