2001 Oldsmobile Alero Consumer Review: Absolutely Abhorrent

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Sedan - Consumer Review

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Absolutely Abhorrent
By mattoxa on


2001 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


We bought this car brand-new. It has had multiple mechanical problems. A design flaw that allows engine coolant to leak on the manifold has been the most expensive repair in a very long list of problems. We recently were in an accident that resulted in a total loss of this car. The air bags failed to deploy in a frontal collision raising concerns of safety. The manifold problem was at 62,000, replaced ignition switch at 63,000, replaced bearing at 62,500. Car totaled at 65,000. These were the major problems. There isn't enough space to write all the minor problems with this car. I would not recommend that you buy this car.

Best Features

Overall body style is nice and appealing. Automatic lighting controls are thoughtful and gauges are well- planned. However, no matter how good a car looks - if it isn't reliable, it's not going to get you anywhere (including the repair shop). Recommend AAA, you'll need it for towing.

Worst Features

GM is "scrapping" the Olds. What does that tell you? They know it's a bad car. GM would do well to initiate a recall on the manifold problem. However, no amount of recalls or money would repair GM's image in my view. I have sent this car to the salvage yard, where it belongs.
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