Used Vehicle Review: Oldsmobile Alero, 1999-2004 –

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Oldsmobile Alero

September 1, 2005

2001 Alero. Click image to

Picture this: it#8217;s the and the folks at General Motors#8217; now Oldsmobile division are brainstorming, on what sort of car they build to replace the company#8217;s mid-size sedan, the (under) Okay, the dig is a little low; the was a decent car for its time, but Olds a really great car for its replacement, that would really be to compete with imports the Honda#8217;s Accord and Toyota (does it seem to you too like I those two cars in every if not in overall refinement then at in price.

By 1999, the time had for Olds to reveal their new The Oldsmobile Alero was a stylish that slotted quite into the mid-size segment to go with the aforementioned Accord and Mazda#8217;s 626, Nissan#8217;s (mostly) and Maxima (sort of) and mid-sizers like Ford#8217;s and Chrysler Corporation#8217;s Stratus, and Sebring.

Typically for a domestic the Alero shared its General #8220;N-Body#8221; platform and much of its gear with two other GM the redesigned Pontiac Grand Am was introduced in 1999 and the 1997-2004 Malibu. Oddly enough, Pontiac#8217;s propensity for #8220;excitement,#8221; the tended to be the sportier of the two, a tighter suspension and less looks. Pricing was a little too, with the Alero#8217;s starting out cheaper at the low end of the range and out higher for fully loaded

2002 Oldsmobile Alero, image to enlarge

Buyers what they saw, and the sold quite well its six-year production run, so easy to find on used car now.

Both engines proven to be fairly durable, but the V6 from a chronic intake gasket failures. These are a to replace, and if a bad one isn#8217;t caught on, it can either allow engine to leak down into the diluting the oil and potentially causing engine damage; or it can let the coolant out of the engine altogether.

2003 Alero. Click image to

Also, N-Body cars are for short-lived brake rotors are prone to warping, causing a brake pedal. There been some issues electrical components too.

Reports notes these in its evaluation of the Alero and while it against buying a 1999 2001 model largely of the above noted issues, it recommend cars from the model year.

Both engines returned fuel economy, but the four didn#8217;t hold a significant over the V6 in this regard the difference in displacement and power. Natural Resources Canada#8217;s consumption numbers for the Alero a bit from year to year, you expect a four-cylinder model to use 10.5 L/100 km in the city and 7 L/100 km on the highway. Six-cylinder will use closer to 12 L/100 km in the and again, about 7 L/100 km in highway driving.

On the safety the Alero earned mixed in U.S. National Highway Safety Administration crash Two-door models got four and stars respectively for driver and passenger protection in frontal but scored just one star for seat side impact and four stars for rear occupants.

Four-doors did much overall, earning four each for front seat protection in frontal impacts, and stars each for front and seat occupant protection in impacts.

Low resale values that a well maintained is a terrific used-car deal. Go way to 1999 and a top-of-the-line GLS sedan, sold for $26,920 new, a used value of about according to Canadian Red Book. forward to the Alero#8217;s last of production, 2004, and a range-topping GL is worth $15,325, compared to its of $24,301.

Despite its reliability shortcomings, the is a stylish, spacious and pseudo-sporty car looks mighty appealing as a car compared to pricier imports the Accord and Camry (there are again!). Your best bet is one been well cared for and with complete maintenance and records so you know what the car#8217;s previous owner(s) dealt with or neglected.

definitely get your potential inspected by a trusted mechanic for the signs of the common problems crop up in these cars. If you one that passes these and is priced right, it#8217;d be a deal to beat for a car as pleasant to and look at as the Alero.

On-line #8211; this is the to go for answers to any question you might about your Alero (or one of its mates, the Chevy Malibu and Grand Am). The forums are with lots of members who pride in their cars and are knowledgeable about every from repairs to modifications. no Alero-specific forum, but the extensive commonality between it and the Malibu and Am means there#8217;s no real

Close to 7,000 members their home on the Membership is free.


Canada Recall Number Units affected: 47,272

Certain vehicles do not comply the requirements of CMVSS 201 #8211; Protection. The console cover not remain closed when a vertical load is applied. a crash, the console cover open and the cover or items under it could injure an

Correction: Dealers will the console latch mechanism.

Canada Recall Number Units affected: 76,668

On certain vehicles, the hazard switch may experience solder cracking if subjected to rapid transition. If solder joint occurs and results in an open the turn signals/hazard lamps intermittent or inoperative. Correction: will replace the hazard switch.

Transport Canada Number 2001096; Units 99,174

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2000: Certain do not comply with the requirements of 101- Location and Identification of and Displays. Vehicles exhibit a in which the #8220;Generator Low Voltage#8221; light will not illuminate low voltage conditions. Correction: will re-flash the vehicle PCM new calibration software.

Transport Recall Number 2000275; affected: 1,712

2000-2001: Certain vehicles do not with the requirements of CMVSS 114 Locking System. When a attempts to shift from 5th to reverse, a shift inhibitor the transmission to be mechanically in 4th gear though the shift lever reverse gear. In this the key can be removed from the ignition the transmission is in a forward gear, is not permitted by the standard.

Correction: will disable the 5th/Reverse by removing a retaining pin and replace the assembly.

Transport Canada Number 2000110; Units 48

2000: On certain vehicles with a manual transmission, the pedal position switch could contact the steering boot and thereby not be able to when the clutch pedal is In this condition, the vehicle can be with the transaxle in gear in neutral) without the clutch depressed. If the driver is not applying the the vehicle may move unexpectedly and a could occur.

Correction: will install a shield to contact between the column and the clutch pedal position

Transport Canada Recall 2004391; Units affected:

2003: On certain vehicles, in hot conditions, the accelerator pedal arm may at the attachment to the bracket and not return to the idle position when the removes the actuating force the accelerator pedal. If the accelerator does not return to the engine position, the throttle valve not close, which may result in an stopping distance. Correction: will inspect the accelerator arm and, if necessary, replace the and brake pedal assembly.

Transport Canada Recall 2003246; Units affected: 155

Certain vehicles fail to to CMVSS 108 #8220;Lighting System and Devices#8221;. These vehicles built with a clear in the front turn signal rather than an amber bulb. Correction: Dealer replace the clear bulb an amber coloured bulb.

vehicle prices vary on factors such as general odometer reading, usage and options fitted. Always a used vehicle checked by an auto technician before you

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