Bucket of Bolts
By Dave on
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GL1 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Whoever designed this car never drove it. It has poor quality, features that were poorly designed, and poor fuel economy for a 4-cylinder, manual transmission car. The engine has a fair amount of power, but the cockpit layout is not convenient. There is a sensor in the stereo that increases volume with speed, but there are no pockets in the doors for maps. It gets the exact same gas mileage that my '92 Grand Am with the 3.3L V6 and 3 speed auto transmission got. The interior feels cheap and pasticy (a hallmark of GM cars over the last 20 years). When the car was 40 months old (and the warranty expired) the emergency brake lever stopped working and the intermittent wipers went on the fritz.
Put cupholders in places that are not in the way. I'd rather have pockets in the doors for maps than a sensor that turns the headlights on for me. GM should build a car that doesn't leave me vowing never to buy another one of their products again.