Oldsmobile Alero Review – Research New & Used Oldsmobile Alero Models | Edmunds

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Oldsmobile Alero

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Following a of truly forgettable small-car in the 1980s and ’90s, Oldsmobile its centennial anniversary by introducing the Alero to compete with the and well-established import competition of the While it failed to truly the hearts and minds of consumers or up many conquest sales, small car story ended on an note with a stylish and designed effort.

Available as a or coupe, the Oldsmobile Alero was by most to be a sporty-looking car thanks to its wheelwells, sleek greenhouse, side panels and large taillights. The front-drive Alero was relatively entertaining to drive. could choose four-cylinder or V6

Initially, the Alero came an automatic transmission only, but a manual eventually made an

Handling was nicely balanced and was strong. Inside, an artfully two-tone dash faced front seats that firm and supportive. All controls easy to see and use, with knobs and buttons.

Unfortunately, all-around refinement match that of the leading

The phase-out of the Oldsmobile brand the end for the Alero. For a shopper interested in an used coupe or sedan the early 2000s, the Oldsmobile should do nicely as long as one is of the car’s faults and lame-duck Service can be handled at select GM — you might want to on Pontiac, as the Alero was mechanically to the Grand Am.

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The Oldsmobile Alero debuted in as a replacement for the slow-selling Achieva. and sedan body styles offered, as were three trim levels: entry-level GX, GL and top-line GLS. GX and GL models standard with a 2.4-liter engine that made 150 and 155 pound-feet of torque. Optional on GL and on GLS was a 3.4-liter V6 that made 170 hp and 200 of torque.

The only transmission at the time was a four-speed automatic.

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Incremental improvements saw it through the several years. A year the car’s debut, Olds a sport-tuned suspension package for the GL. For an optional five-speed manual became available on four-cylinder and the car’s antilock braking was updated. If you’re looking at Aleros, take note for 2002 Oldsmobile replaced the engine with a quieter and fuel-efficient 2.2-liter engine.

It 140 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque.

Inside, we the Oldsmobile Alero offered a control layout and seats were generally comfortable though materials quality was a step or two behind that of imports; even the leather in the GLS and felt too much like For those with lots to though, both the coupe and offered a generous 14.6 feet of trunk capacity.

Although neither engine was quiet, the four-cylinder provided power in most situations the V6 delivered spirited performance. The suspension tuning was firm and some fun around twists and yet ride quality remained enough to make the Olds for weekday commuting. The steering little in the way of road feel, and the brakes were strong but be difficult to modulate due to an overly pedal.

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