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2000 Oldsmobile Alero

$203 — $4,175 USED
Coupe
5 Seats
25-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Alero, introduced as a 1999 model, has zoomed past the Intrigue and Aurora to become Oldsmobile's best-selling model. Oldsmobile reports the Alero is succeeding on two other fronts: attracting younger buyers and luring them away from import brands.

Key rivals listed by Olds include the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry Solara.

A five-speed manual transmission, available with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, is the main addition for 2000. Last year, a four-speed automatic was the only transmission offered.

Exterior
When Oldsmobile targeted Japanese-brand cars with the Alero, it decided that styling was one way it could gain converts. Both the coupe and sedan share some of the styling themes found on the Olds Aurora and Intrigue, but the Alero has more rounded fenders and quarter panels, and a low nose/high rear deck profile.

The front-wheel-drive Alero is built from the same design as the Pontiac Grand Am and uses the same engines but has different styling. Both body styles ride a 107-inch wheelbase and are 187 inches long, a little shorter than the Accord and Camry.

Interior
Standard equipment on the base GX model includes air conditioning, power locks, a tilt steering wheel and a split rear seatback that folds for extra cargo room. GL and GLS models add power mirrors, a power sunroof and a cassette player (plus a CD player on the GLS).

All models come with front bucket seats, and Olds no longer offers a front bench in any of its cars, a departure ...
Vehicle Overview
Alero, introduced as a 1999 model, has zoomed past the Intrigue and Aurora to become Oldsmobile's best-selling model. Oldsmobile reports the Alero is succeeding on two other fronts: attracting younger buyers and luring them away from import brands.

Key rivals listed by Olds include the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry Solara.

A five-speed manual transmission, available with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, is the main addition for 2000. Last year, a four-speed automatic was the only transmission offered.

Exterior
When Oldsmobile targeted Japanese-brand cars with the Alero, it decided that styling was one way it could gain converts. Both the coupe and sedan share some of the styling themes found on the Olds Aurora and Intrigue, but the Alero has more rounded fenders and quarter panels, and a low nose/high rear deck profile.

The front-wheel-drive Alero is built from the same design as the Pontiac Grand Am and uses the same engines but has different styling. Both body styles ride a 107-inch wheelbase and are 187 inches long, a little shorter than the Accord and Camry.

Interior
Standard equipment on the base GX model includes air conditioning, power locks, a tilt steering wheel and a split rear seatback that folds for extra cargo room. GL and GLS models add power mirrors, a power sunroof and a cassette player (plus a CD player on the GLS).

All models come with front bucket seats, and Olds no longer offers a front bench in any of its cars, a departure from its traditional approach. The dashboard is attractively designed and has large controls that are easy to operate while driving. The front seats have ample room for six footers. The coupe's rear seat is narrower than the sedan's, so two adults is the practical limit.

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower is standard on GX and GL models and comes with either the new five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. A 170-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6, which comes only with automatic, is standard on the GLS and optional on the GL.

All models have standard anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Performance
Alero may not blow away the imports in performance, features or price, but it is an attractively styled, well-equipped midsize car that is worth a look.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.2
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Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(3.5)
Interior Design
(3.1)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(3.0)
Value For The Money
(3.4)

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(5.0)

Most dependable gas efficient vehicle I've chased

by Amberlina Michelle from Clovis,NM on August 25, 2017

A car for a young teenage girl I couldn't be any more grateful for having it been mine sporty yet sleek exterior with an interior to match. Fast dependable with simple easy to do mataniance that didn'... Read full review

(4.0)

Very good for daily driving!

by AshNowa from Warsaw,IN on July 21, 2017

This was my first car and besides it being older, it's been a great car. Very comfortable and hardly any issues that caused need for a new car. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Alero received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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