We have two Alero's in our family. Our daughter drives an 01, and I just pickes up an 02 for our son. The Alero is a decent sized comfortable car with quite a few amenties for the money. We paid $4800 for the 01 with 74k 1 owner, and $3700 for the 02 with 55k one owner as well I should add the 02 has some hail damage and needed the lower intake gasket replaced. Both have leather and a power driver seat. Given a choice, the 3.4L V6 is the better engine even considering the gasket issue. I am getting 30 mpg highway
Bought my Alero a few months ago with 72k miles on it. Solid engine, no problems thus far. Have replaced passenger side window motor, vinyl on the dash was already cracked. Decent car for the money. Uncommon tire size(225/55/16) expensive to replace.
I would not recommend this car. I have driven nothing but oldsmobile but next time will switch to Toyota. Customer Service should be called NO customer service as they could care less about you once you have driven off with the car and it is yours. Gas mileage is horrible, steering wheel shakes and brakes make a noise when you back up when you first start up the car. I will tell everyone to stay away from oldsmobile!
I bought the car new in 2002, retailed for $17,450 came with the new ecotec 2.2 L with manual transmission, standard ABS, 4 wheel disk brakes, 4 wheel independent suspension, AC, CD Radio. After rebates and previous olds rebate purchased for $11,400. After 225,000 the 4 cyl engine still runs like new. I beat the crap out of the suspension with my daily commute gravel roads, potholes, high and low speed driving, bent a couple of rims. I love cornering in the car. I leave trucks and others behind. The car is well balanced with the 4 cyl 5 speed manual handles like a European car. Thats because it was designed for the European market.
Well I bought my Alero two and a half years ago. Keep in mind that I drive this vehicle close to 140 miles a day, and close to 40,000 miles a year. I have replaced 5 wheel bearings, the fuel pump, fuel filter, coil pack, spark plugs, brakes (numerous times), warped rotors - for a total of close to $4,000 in repairs in two and a half years. Also the resale value is horrible. Dealers offered me $3,500 for a 2002. I still owe more than that. I am sorry to say that my next vehicle purchase will be a Toyota. GM has lost my business and probably will never get it back unless I buy a Corvette.