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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