Used Vehicle Review: Oldsmobile Alero, 1999-2001 –

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Oldsmobile Alero

March 18, 2001

1999 Alero Coupe. Click to enlarge

By Jeremy Cato

it arrived in the fall of 1998, the Oldsmobile Alero was clearly the affordable car from General Corporation in a generation. The Alero, replaced the underachieving Achieva in the lineup, has since launch day in both coupe and sedan As such, this too-often model is very competitive cars the likes of the Honda Toyota Camry, Nissan the then-Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Mazda 626, Mercury it#8217;s a long list.

While the Alero has not been trouble-free over the past years, it#8217;s quality have been acceptable and the has been very, very

That said, there are of other things to commend the good braking, tasteful and design inside and out, a and versatile trunk, top-grade agreeable road manners. And its weaker points are hardly you#8217;d call fatal.

weak points? The engines, for The original base 2.4-litre can be called an only-average multi-valver for class (150 horsepower).

The four-banger introduced for 2002 hp) is a smoother, more refined And while Olds officials the four-cylinder as a sporty choice, it was not with a manual five-speed until model year

The 3.4-litre V6 (170 hp), the same pushrod engine in minivans, does a reasonable job of the Alero going #8212; on par the best of the Japanese. Still, the is loud, coarse and doesn#8217;t much like to rev at higher Silky V6 engines from Honda and Toyota have a edge.

Okay, so that#8217;s a of the big picture; now a few critical details to get our in order. The Alero replaced little rental car gem, the Achieva, but any comparison to the latter is to the former. The Achieva had a noisy, ride, flat, thinly seats and bizarre styling.

The Alero is a much better car in way.

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From day one the Alero has in three flavours: base GX, GL and Even the starter version has equipped with four-wheel brakes with anti-lock, a folding rear bench air conditioning, stereo, power locks, a security system and steering. The GLS has all the do-dads and very leather upholstery. Those who their driving should for a model with the optional suspension.

It firms up the ride nicely.

the Alero will seat grown-ups handily. If there#8217;s an compared to the Accords of the world, in back-seat shoulder room is a bit tight for bigger folks. the folding rear seat is a trunk with a wide opening.

Up front, the Alero a lot to its cousin, the Olds Intrigue. is, the basic instruments are clean and and sensible. The ignition switch is on the (no neck craning on start-ups), the is high-up on the centre console, the climate system and big controls can be with gloves on.

The steering wheel is thick and

However, the front bucket make little attempt at bolstering. Which is odd, the Alero is a very pleasant Here the secret is#8230;well, no secret at all. The Alero#8217;s structure is solid as, say, a Accord. That is to say, stiff and rigid.

The suspension is sporty.

What#8217;s the Alero package for the driver? A smooth, responsive with very little coming up through the floor. The rack-and-pinion steering is responsive, if a bit on centre.

Overall, the Alero a quiet, nimble, user-friendly

To my mind, the Alero deserves the of anyone shopping for a used family cruiser.

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