worst car I've owned
This car has been nothing but trouble for me! I've put lots and lots of money into! It's had alot of electrical problems. And alot of problems with the front end.
Very Solid And Reliable
Purchased vehicle with 20k it has been very reliable, the only problem I've had was the key switch, it had to be replaced because the security light started coming on. I'm very happy with this vehicle overall it's very solid and has been reliable with over a 155,000 miles on it now. It has never failed me in the 9 year of ownership!!
GOOD CAR/ SOME PROBLEMS
PURCHASED NEW , HAVE HAD SOME PROBLEMS, DASHBOARD WRINKLED, BLOWER SWITCH DOESNT WORK ON LOW, GEAR SHIFT BROKEN, HAZARD / TURN SIGNAL PROBLEM, POWER STEERING HAS BEEN VERY PROBLEMATIC, MAJOR ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN GOOD AND HAS BEEN RELIABLE. THE 4 CYL HAS BEEN RELIABLE, I LIKE THE CAR BUT I HAVENT BOUGHT A GM SINCE.
It is a fine car but there were better deals
I like the car. I have it for almost 10 years and still looks good an rides nicely. It had some problems; wheel bearings, alternator, water leaks, harmonic balancer, faulty batery, timing sensor. Nothing to brag about and shows why GM is in trouble but despite its unreliabilty I like the car ride, looks and comfort. Looking back I realize that there were beter options in 2000 when I bought it new but I do not complain. I hope it lasts another couple of years.
Too many problems, but engines been good
I have 154,000 miles on my car. The engine has actually been very good, no problems. It's alot of other things that have gone bad. I've replaced the brakes quite a few times, the passenger side auto window broke twice, there's a malfunction with the blinkers and hazard lights, the tires leak air so I have to pump them up alot or go to tire place and get resealed. The tire places say its because of the aluminum rims. The tires are quite expensive, gas mileage could be better for this small of a car. The intake gaskets had to be replaced and my cruise control had to be fixed. I've also had to replace wheel bearings twice and the ABS sensors twice. I've had it for 8 yrs tho, and no major problems with the engine at all. It still runs really good.
Best Car I Have Ever Owned
Coming from a 1999 Mercury Cougar before this, this car has been awesome. I have had only 2 minor problems. I had to replace a harmonic balancer and the drivers side window regulator because it broke out of the track. The features are great and power is awesome for passing on the highway. I know everyday when I go out to that car, it will start up and take me where I need to go. Great Car! 80,000 miles and still going strong!
Above Averag Small Sedan for Standard Small Budget
I bought this car used for 4,250 with 133,000 miles on it, and I must say so far it has been well worth it. As far as performance goes it is right in line with the average small sedan/coupe concering speed and acceleration. Where it tends to shine however is in the nice crisp handling the car offers combined with smooth gear shifting in the 4 speed automatic, but you should expect nothing less of a vehicle who's bloodlines come from that of a chevrolet. As far as Interior design this car is quite surprising. I am 6'5" and much to my surprise the first time I drove this car I fit great in it. It really is a diamond in the rough for those of us who are exceptionally tall and tend to struggle finding a car that meets the Alero's specs that we can actually fit in. The interior of the car can seem a bit flimsy at times(namely the cheap plastic door panels), and all that leather (or what resembles leather) on the dash will warp over time. I have encountered a few small electrical problems, but nothing that replacing a few fuses couldn't fix. Also worth noting to the few car audio enthiasts who may read this I have replaced every speaker in this car, Added two 12" subwoofers to the trunk, and installed an amplifier and everything went very smoothly. Even breaking through the firewall in this car was a breeze. Overall with the 2000 Alero your getting what you pay for with a few nice surprises, and a few bad ones. By the way, it is a great cruisin car.
If you purchase an Alero you will have to battle with the security system not letting you start your car and the window regulator's stop working so you can't use your power windows. Also the interior is poor quality and will warp over time.
My drivers window quit working. The anti theft wouldn't let me start my car and cost me $800 to fix. The interior isn't great quality and the gas mileage could be better. Other than that I have no complaints the engine and transmission has been great, the body and paint have held up.
Extended Warranty is a Life Saver
Good: the 3.4L V6 is very powerful and is beautiful for passing vehicles. The interior has almost a fighter plane cockpit feel to it which I really like. The two tone interior also gives it a very nice look. It has lots of trunk space and gets over 30mpg on the highway. The Bad: GM seriously messed up on this design of this vehicel. It has serious issues with leaks. I have had engine seal, oil pan and head gasket leaks. The windshield leaked causing water to come in the passenger side during heavy rain. Also had under the hood fuse box replaced twice due to water corrosion. In addition, I have had 3 blower motors replaced, ignition switch twice, power steering gear, brakes pads x 3, brake rotors x 2. Thank goodness I had extended warranty which covered the majority of these repairs. Estimated repairs were in the $7k range. Extended warranty only cost me $1500 so it paid for itself several times over. Other problems include paint peeling on bumper and wind leeking in on the passenger side. Believe me the wind leek is not that good when you are driving negative degree temperatures. The passenger side is very hard to keep warm in the vehicle. This all happened in less than 120k on the vehicle. The majority of problems were at less than 80K. Buyer beware.