This was my first new car buy ever. Peeling dashboard at 36K miles, rack & pinion and tie rods needed replaced at 38K miles. And I'll spare you all the other repairs under $500. Yes, I'm still driving it after 10 years, but when your car has $0 trade-in value at year 4, what choice does one have? (The dealer says to replace the dashboard is over $2000 to repair). My father was UAW and I never thought I'd say this but my next car won't be an American brand. GM, shame on you! The government bailout money will be the last penny of mine you'll ever get from me.
Any favorites feature I had were long forgotten now that I've been driving with a peeling dashboard for the past 7 years. It's a daily reminder of GM quality and lack of customer service.
There is nothing GM can do to get this customer back.
This is a good strong car built by GM. I've driven it to the ground and have had to replace rotors, a/c and a few electrical components. It's definitely a well-built car. I've experienced some problems mentioned by other people here, such as the peeling dash, and some paint problems on the hood, but otherwise I'm satistied with the car. In town mpg is about 20 when I drive like a madman, but on the highway i get closer to 36mpg. Pretty good for a car with decent umph. Steering, throttle and breaks a lot more responsive than many japanese cars that i've drive.
I bought my Alero in 2002. The drivetrain has been fairly reliable except for some suspension problems. The real problem for me has been with the interior bits. Among other things, I've run into: 1. Two speakers inexplicably stopped working. The worked just fined once I replaced them (with original wiring even). 2. The A/C controls are messed up. The fan will only work on the two highest settings. 3. It has a peeling dash. 4. I have four (count 'em!) non-working power windows. I've had both front windows repaired multiple times, but they never seem to work longer than 6-8 months before failing again. This is, far and away, the most annoying problem I've had with the car.
The exterior styling.
This car has serious quality issues with the interior. It's literally falling apart!
Bought used from CarMax dealer. After
two months (only 29k miles on car),
fuel pump has to be replaced, side
mirror breaks off and replaced, dash
starts peeling away and repaired,
shifter nob breaks and replaced. Sure,
a little less expensive than Japanese,
but you'll pay more in the long run.
Went back to CarMax, took $1800 hickie
on appraisal, and traded in for Honda.
Where do I start???It all started at
7000 miles.Matter a fact,it is still
going on.The car was to the dealer
about 13 times already.The problems
were;check engine light(dealer said it
was only gas cap problem,The next day I
broke down on the highway.It turns out
the guts inside the catalitic converter
broke apart.It took 9 trips to the
dealer to figure that one out and a
lawyer.When that went so did the
muffler.The light came on again,this
time oxygen sensors blew.From there on
the car has been back for a
alternator,door gasket,gas cap problems
and a fan motor next week.
it has a nice sleek design.
ATTN:For The GM Engineer Department
Develop controls that are with the
times and that take some thought.Also
improve on the gas mileage and quality
control at the GM plant