I have had this car for about 18 months now and love it! This car had nearly 77k miles on it when purchased and we're up to 106k. I have the V6 motor and it has some serious power. Gas mileage isn't spectacular, but we're not too ginger, either. Around town we get 22-24, highway we've gotten up to 27 when she's all tuned up. Its solid and does well in the snow, too. There have been a couple issues with tie rods and once our rotors were practically rusted through- but I think they were cheap parts as we have not had the problem again. There is some issue with a few sensor lights coming on even tho nothing is wrong-I just ignore it. Only trading in because I'm pregnant and we need four doors.
Handling, Exterior Styling, Stereo is Awesome, Roomy Backseat, rear seat folds down for extra trunk space, Comfort, so much fun to drive-really hugs the road and handles jerky manuevers like a dream. I feel very safe in this car, my cousins have an 01 sedan that has been great for them as well.
I'm racking my brain and all I can think of is the issue with the sensors. Apparently there is a harness that can be put on the solve the problem. I don't have it and the traction control is disabled when the sensors go off-but the car still handles great without it.
Bought my Alero because I had rented one once and fell in love with its performance and ride. It is really fast for a coupe. If you are considering buying one from a dealer you better get the extended warranty! I have replaced the rotors on the front (big problem with Aleros). The lower intake gasket leaked so that screwed up the antifreeze. The resistor that controls the blower motor burned out. There is a rattling noise in front suspension that I can't seem to find. Fortunately I got the extended warranty! I'd be out a few thousand if I hadn't. Depreciation is ridiculous! Paid $11,000 for it in 2002 and its now worth $6,000 retail/$4,000 trade. I owe $8000.
My first car ever was a '72 Nova SS. The mechanic saw this car more than I did. This experience made me vow to never own an American car. I've owned 4 Toyotas, including an MR2 (best car I've ever had). When the Alero came out, I had to go back on my vow. I currently am driving a slick looking black V-6 coupe. Only major problem I've had was a power steering leak. Besides this, my Alero's quality build has been much better than what I expected. The power under the hood is scary (I'm thinking about getting a radar detector). Seating is good in the front AND the back. The styling is terrific! Beware: This car drinks gas like crazy. Besides this, it's a very fun & cool car to drive.
Power from the V-6 (yesss); Rear spoiler; 6 spoke aluminum wheels; power sunroof; headlight design; and the "tiny" unobtrusive fog lights.
Stickier tires. I replaced the originals with Falken Ziex's. I'm puzzled as to why GM discontinued this car because in my town, all I see are Aleros. This is very disappointing when you want to drive a unique car like this.
My parents and I bought this car for
my use during college. It gets
wonderful fuel mileage, which is great
for all of the driving I do. The
space available to load my luggage in
is also wonderful. The body of the
car is very stylish--great for a young
I love the way this car looks in black-
-very sporty. I also like the way it
Bought used two years old with 25,000
miles. Several problems while it was
still under warranty. CD player was
replaced, driver side window motor
replaced, blower electrical controls
replaced, cruise went out, rotor
problem. No major problems since
warranty expired. Other than these
mostly electrical problems the car has
been fun to drive and for the most part
a reliable vehicle that met our needs.
Traded it off for a larger vehicle with
growing family. If not for the need of
a larger vehicle we would have kept it
for a few more years.
interior and exterior design, peppy V6,
Electrical system should be more
stable, although mine could have been a