Year / Model Reviewed: 2004 2004 alero 6 cyclender
Strengths: nice looking car
Weaknesses: parts all suck c0ck
Summary: this car sucks a55 save your money dont buy aleros nice cars but the parts all suck a55. i must have put 1200 a year in this car since purchased. thses xars are all lemmons. research alero common f!ck ups.
Rating Reviewed by: Laurie(Unregistered User)
Review Date March 12, 2007
Overall Rating 2 of 5
Value Rating 2 of 5
Used product for More than 1 year
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Review 2 of 278
from Jacksonville, NC
Year / Model Reviewed: 2004 Oldsmobile Alero GL
Strengths: Looks good
Weaknesses: Over all workmanship
Summary: This is one of the worst cars I have ever owned. I was glad to see all the positive reviews on this vehicle. Unfortunately I must have gotten a lemon... within the first 1000 miles my brakes went. I was driving down the road and the plastic piece that goes around the front windsheild flew off. My compressor unit when at 20,000... anytime my fan is on there is a horrible noise. Had attempted to have that fixed 2 times. Now turning to the left I get a horrible noise... Had this checked and they can find nothing wrong. Disappointed with the mpg...traded Buick Century that got 38 mpg on the highway and 25 city. To a 4 cyclinder that gets 23 city and 25 highway. Very sorry I bought this car. I should have known better than to buy a car from a manufacturer that was going out of business.
Strengths: Powerful engine when properly fed and maintained. Sporty handling/brakes w/correct tires Very stylish, handsome exterior. 4-cylinder engine delivers 30+ MPG on highway trips, 22 - 25 MPG in town
Weaknesses: Cheap, flimsy front bucket seats need more padding/bolstering. Dash vents you can't adjust the way you really want them. Cheap controls for heater. Automatic headlights so convienient that inspection guy leaves them on in manual mode, runs your battery dead (what's that buzzing sound, anyway?). Beware the high insurance costs...
Summary: Bought as "Certified" used car from new-car dealer. Wasn't my first choice, wanted an SUV. Price was right, was trying to build credit. That said, car was decent enough. Bought w/25K miles, silver w/spoiler and 15" aluminum wheels. Very handsome looking car - one of my all-time favorites. Paint was scratched, carpet was dirty/stained - was rental car. 16-valve 4-cylinder engine w/4-spd. auto. transmission provided ample thrust for this 3,000 lb. car. Lethargic on regular gas, 25,000 miles worth of premium fuel and regular doses of fuel injector cleaner turned car into tire squealing monster - my wife was scared to ride with me at times. Which brings me to another point - my insurance agent told me that Aleros are expensive to insure. When I traded my (now) 3-year old Alero for a 2007 Ford Escape, my insurance went DOWN, even though the Escape's engine puts out 13 more horsepower. I guess buying an Alero turns you into Richard Petty in the insurance man's eyes.
Nice interior, even though 2nd cupholder location sucks (shared with ashtray, shifter smashes into your drink when putting into park). Many power goodies - automatic headlights, 6-way power driver's seat, windows, locks, mirrors, trunk release. Fold-down split rear seat. Standard AM/FM/CD (no mp3 ability) radio - no visible antenna - nice when going through the carwash. Car feels sporty - nice, fat steering wheel, easy to grip. Good cornering and braking after you jettison the noisy, slippery stock Eagle ST's for some decent replacement performance tires, even retaining the 15" wheels. Basic gauges, cheap heater controls (1 broke off day after I took delivery) Seats could use more padding/bolstering for "performance sedan", feel cheap and flimsy, not comfortable on long trips. Good sized trunk, more flexable w/folding split rear seats. Heat and A/C ok, except upper vents can not be angled above horizontal for more effective A/C distribution
Similar Products Used: 1977 Chevy Nova - Caveman car
1987 Chevy Nova - Toyota Corolla clone
1988 Chevy Corsica - small car that "rides" (wallows) like a land yacht
Weaknesses: Goodyear tires from factory are noisy and don't even look good.
Summary: Follow-up to 1st review 1.33 yrs ago. Alero still running great - actually better than before. Mods include 18" 5 spoke racing rims, Eibach lowering springs (1 1/2 - 2 inch drop), Sumitomo performance tires which look GREAT, red calipers, racing buckets, new rear speakers 200 WATT),fiber hood scoop (makes the all-white Alero look very distinctive and tough), led brake-turn signal-running lights, outside mirror turn signal indicators, clayed body, 8mm ignition wires. Car looks as agressive as it runs. BEST IMPROVEMENT-Swapped out factory plugs for Bosch 2 spark plugs and the car now has incredibly faster throttle response at take-off; starts quicker, accelerates noticeably more smoothly, and idles much quieter. Can't believe it, but factory plugs from dealer were NOT gapped right (0.05 instead of 0.06 makes a HUGE difference in the 3.4 liter's performance.) Switched out trans fluid for Mobil 1 trans fluid and the vehicle shifts more smoothly, now. The Alero looks sharp and gets lots of great comments, especially from chicks, which is okay with me. Still gets 23.5 mpg city but with the increased throttle response I expect to eventually get better mpg. We'll see. Too bad there's no more Oldsmobile to make more of these great cars.
Similar Products Used: Camry. But, really no comparison.
Strengths: Syling - a good looking car with the spoiler and alloy wheels.
Value for the money - a lot of options for the money.
Oldsmobile reputation for quality.
Weaknesses: Roofline is too low - very little headroom for a person 6' or taller.
Gas mileage is not what was claimed. I expected to get about 26 - 27 mpg with the 4 cylinder, am only getting about 20 -21.
Summary: I have not driven this car very long, but so far I am disappointed. I bought the GL model with the 2.2. liter Duratec engine, which seems peppy (rated at about 140 hp), and rated very good on gas, around 24 city and 32 highway. So far I have only acheived about 20 mpg. The headroom is also minimal. I'm about 6' 2" and unless I tilt back the seat and push it all the way back, my head will brush on the ceiling. The left arm rest seems to stick out over the drivers seat making me feel cramped on the left hand side as well.
I bought the car after comparing to other models such as a Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Ford Taurus, and Ford Focus, and was attracted to it by its sylish looks, reported good gas mileage, and excellent price. It is also loaded up with more options such as power seats, alloy wheels, and spoiler that the competing models didn't have.