I've had my 2001 Alero GL 4-cylinder for seven years and is the second best car I ever owned. The engine and transmission have been the most reliable part of the vehicle, which is good, since they are...
I've had my 2001 Alero GL 4-cylinder for seven years and is the second best car I ever owned. The engine and transmission have been the most reliable part of the vehicle, which is good, since they are the most important parts. I wrecked it once and nearly totaled it, but the body shop did a good job getting the thing put back together and it rides fairly straight down the road. It's a dream to steer. It's surprisingly comfortable on long trips. We've traveled to New Orleans (twice - before and after Katrina) and to Orlando and got incredible gas mileage. On one trip, I got 36 miles per gallon!
Like the other reviewers, I've had problems with the front driver's side window going down - a pain in drive thrus, and the side view mirror adjusters are broken on it. The other annoyance is the fact that the struts have a squeaking noise that, so I've been told by mechanics around here, cannot really be fixed without major repairs. It's more of an annoyance than a safety issue. The only other complaint is that the cup holders are not well placed, but I don't use them much anyway.
Finally, the best part of the car is the radio. It has a good sound system for a car it's size and the radio gets incredibly good reception, even for AM. In some ways, it is ahead of its time, because the radio tells you what station call letters that you are tuned to.
All told, the Alero has been a really great car for me. It was even hit by a tornado once and lived to tell about it! It' sad that GM let go of the Oldsmobile brand. It's also going to be a very sad day when I have to sell it.