Used 2004 Oldsmobile Alero

2004 Oldsmobile Alero
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Pros & Cons

  • Sleek styling, brisk performance and handling, user-friendly cockpit design, well-equipped standard model.
  • Low-grade interior materials, poor frontal offset crash test score, numb steering, poor resale value.
Oldsmobile Alero years
Oldsmobile Alero for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

The Alero combines attractive styling, capable engines and extensive standard equipment, but it's hard to recommend a car in its last year of production.

2004 Highlights

As the Olds brand heads into the sunset, the Alero receives only minor changes. Sport Red is a new exterior color, and the six-speaker stereo has been downgraded to four speakers.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero.

5 star reviews: 66%
4 star reviews: 23%
3 star reviews: 7%
2 star reviews: 1%
1 star reviews: 3%
Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 74 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • value
  • comfort
  • fuel efficiency
  • handling & steering
  • engine
  • interior
  • spaciousness
  • driving experience
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • seats
  • ride quality
  • acceleration
  • oil
  • maintenance & parts
  • brakes
  • road noise
  • doors
  • sound system
  • climate control
  • cup holders
  • wheels & tires
  • transmission
  • steering wheel
  • dashboard
  • warranty
  • lights

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.375 out of 5 stars, great used buy

Excellent used car buy. Does everything well at bargain basement price. Last of the low cg gm midsize vehicles. Recently put 245 45 16 series bridgestone potenza tires and handling is phenomenal. (have owned corvettes, lotus, and Audi a-4 turbos) 6 cyl auto mpg over 26 at real speed (75 mph+).

4 out of 5 stars, 174,000 miles and still going

I bought my car used 2 years ago and it now has 174,000 miles on it and it's still going strong. Only problems I have had was the fuel pump and the alternator went out. Oh and the pass key thing had problems but there is a easy fix for that if you Google it and it consists of a inexpensive diode being soldered into the wiring. Would I recommend this car even with the high miles mine has.... You bet I would.

4.75 out of 5 stars, An excellent automobile

I love my Alero. It has the 4 cylinder redesigned engine and I could not want more. The ride is very comfortable and the highway driving is exceptional. It hugs the road and "drives itself." I've never had a better steering car. GM got it right with steering ratio, turning effort, return, etc. its the best. Low noise level at highway speed is exceptional. NO wind noise. All around a great car. Also,factory speakers sound great, no need to upgrade.

4.125 out of 5 stars, Great Ride

we bought this car with around 15,000 miles on it, and there is now around 96,000 on it, and the only thing i have ever had to do to it is have the passlock replaced and brakes, never one single problem with this car ever. this has to be one of the most reliable, bang for the buck, i have ever purchaced. i have even put on a magnaflow cat back and a K&N intake on it and watched the MPG rise even higher, on high way i can manage over 30+ mpg and i even have a V-6 and over 200hp now. if your in the market for a great car and by the years passing pretty cheap now. jump on it. im 26 and this is my 15th car and best one to date for reliability.

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Features & Specs

GL2 4dr Sedan features & specs
GL2 4dr Sedan
3.4L 6cyl 4A
MPG 18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
170 hp @ 4800 rpm

GX 4dr Sedan features & specs
GX 4dr Sedan
2.2L 4cyl 4A
MPG 21 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
140 hp @ 5600 rpm

GLS 4dr Sedan features & specs
GLS 4dr Sedan
3.4L 6cyl 4A
MPG 18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
170 hp @ 4800 rpm

GL1 4dr Sedan features & specs
GL1 4dr Sedan
2.2L 4cyl 4A
MPG 21 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
140 hp @ 5600 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver1 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated


Is the Oldsmobile Alero a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2004 Alero both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Oldsmobile Alero fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Alero gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Alero has 14.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Oldsmobile Alero. Learn more

Is the Oldsmobile Alero reliable?

To determine whether the Oldsmobile Alero is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Alero. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Alero's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2004 Alero is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero?

The least-expensive 2004 Oldsmobile Alero is the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero GX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $18,485.

Other versions include:

  • GL2 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $21,985
  • GX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $18,485
  • GLS 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $23,085
  • GL1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $20,435
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What are the different models of Oldsmobile Alero?

If you're interested in the Oldsmobile Alero, the next question is, which Alero model is right for you? Alero variants include GL2 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), GX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A), GLS 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), and GL1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A). For a full list of Alero models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2004 Oldsmobile Alero Overview

The Used 2004 Oldsmobile Alero is offered in the following submodels: Alero Sedan, Alero Coupe. Available styles include GL2 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), GX 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A), GLS 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), GL1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A), GX 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A), GL2 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A), GLS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A), and GL1 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2004 Alero 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2004 Alero.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2004 Alero featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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