2002 Oldsmobile Alero
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2002 Oldsmobile Alero GL Coupe

by from Richmond, VA on August 15, 2016

I bought this car new fresh out of college in 2002. So far as of yesterday I have 377421 miles on the Silver Bullet as I call him. On the highway I usually do 5 to 10 miles over the speed limit (never...
I bought this car new fresh out of college in 2002. So far as of yesterday I have 377421 miles on the Silver Bullet as I call him. On the highway I usually do 5 to 10 miles over the speed limit (never driving Ms. Daisy) and I always do the exact speed driving in town or the city. Just to let you know my driving habits. During my experience owning this car, I have run in to a few minor problems. The first being the SECURITY light flashing on the dash board that completely disables the car from starting. It happened at about 140K. To solve the problem: Take it to a GM or CHEVY dealer and have them re-program the security module: Cost me $70+ diagnostic fee of $65= $135 total repair. Second thing was the signal turns stopped working, there is a black box under the dash that controls the signal and hazard lights, cost about $200 for repair. I have only replaced my window motors once and that was at about 200K miles. Alternator replaced at 250K cost about $150. You must as with any car keep the regular maintenance. After my warranty expired (36K miles) I immediately dumped the oil that the dealer was using (Havoline) and started using Mobile One Fully synethetic oil (5w-30) costs about $30 for the 5 quart jug but it is worth the life of your vehicle trust me and FRAM brand oil filters. Still use to this day and you cannot hear the engine run. As a rule of thumb, I also start my car in the morning before leaving home and before leaving work and let it, I guess warm up and allow the oil to circulate for about 5 minutes max before pulling off. In the winter it is a little longer, just until the engine isles down below 1 on the tachometer. Also I change the air filters (FRAM brand) every time I get the oil changed. Transmission fluid, I have only had it topped off once. I have never had it flushed as the manual says to do. Regular Tune ups as scheduled, AC/Delco plugs and wires. Just this year, May/2016 I had the radiator flushed, new thermostat, new radiator hoses, and new reservoir for coolant as the old one started leaking all cost me: $500 So far, the car has actually paid for itself and it keeps on ticking. The key thing is to get the maintenance done and when something breaks get it fixed immediately or it will lead to more problems down the line. I hope this helps.
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Very Nice for the Money

by from Boonville, Indiana on September 2, 2014

I love this car. It gets great gas mileage, drives and handles well and has a good sound system. My model is the GL2. The only complanits i have with this car is that the windows get stuck closed and ...
I love this car. It gets great gas mileage, drives and handles well and has a good sound system. My model is the GL2. The only complanits i have with this car is that the windows get stuck closed and the security system sometimes prevents you from starting it. i solved this by cutting the wire and putting a switch to turm it off.
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by from on August 28, 2014

The vehicle its self is very comfortable and reliable I enjoy driving it and it is excellent on gas! The only problem i have had is with the signal lights but that might be just my car. I would recomm...
The vehicle its self is very comfortable and reliable I enjoy driving it and it is excellent on gas! The only problem i have had is with the signal lights but that might be just my car. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a good first car or a car that is good on gas. Definitely a good choice of purchase.:)
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Dependable car

by from CT on March 5, 2014

I bought my 02 Olds 2 1/2 yrs. ago with 93,000. I had to give it up due to the engine dying w/ 114,000 on the highway. So sad, I wish GM kept Olds and Pontiac. Since these cars are quickly phasing out...
I bought my 02 Olds 2 1/2 yrs. ago with 93,000. I had to give it up due to the engine dying w/ 114,000 on the highway. So sad, I wish GM kept Olds and Pontiac. Since these cars are quickly phasing out, I couldn't find a used engine with less then what I had on mine. Great first car for a new driver, wish I still had mine.
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got the most out of my alero gx 2002

by from reading pa on October 1, 2013

First let's look at the negatives. The windows were poorly made as the ceramic part falls off and needed to get it fixed twice. The intereior is below average and you need to understand the pass lock ...
First let's look at the negatives. The windows were poorly made as the ceramic part falls off and needed to get it fixed twice. The intereior is below average and you need to understand the pass lock sensor which has prevented me from starting my car on more than a ffew occasions. If you googe this there is a wire you can cut to stop that or just wait the 10 minutes until the flashing secruity light stops flashing. (see manual). These are the negatives with the car. Also the blinkers seem to have problems as this has been documented with other owners. The positives are if you get routine high mileage oil changes and the preventive maintance needed this car runs like a champ! I have 263,700 and counting and will run the car until it dies. This car handles very well.
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Relieble BMW Killer

by from Fairfax VA on April 22, 2013

I have owned a V-6 Alera for nearly 10 years and have put 112,000 miles on it. Not once has it failed to start. Not once has it broken down. Except for brakes and tires most of the key parts are origi...
I have owned a V-6 Alera for nearly 10 years and have put 112,000 miles on it. Not once has it failed to start. Not once has it broken down. Except for brakes and tires most of the key parts are original. I replaced the water pump at 95,000 miles only because the serpentine belt needed changing. I replaced the starter motor at 93,000 miles. And I replaced the struts at 98,000. The car matches BMW in handling, out excelerates equivalent size and age BMWs, and out brakes them. It has been cheap to keep. In contrast, BMWs are not cheap to keep even it they are dependable. Maintenance on the Alero is minimal. No tune up for 100,000 miles, No transmission fluid change for 100,000 miles and not coolant change for 150,00- miles or five years, what ever occurs first. So, if you want a car that drives like a sled - stickes to the road and handles well with a great sound system, try a low-mileage Alero. You will be pleasantly surprised.F
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Don't buy this car, you will regret it!

by from Joaquin,Texas on October 2, 2012

I bought this car used about eight months ago with 90,000 miles on it. I have had all sorts of issues with it. -No matter how many times I replace the motors in the power windows, they go out. -Have s...
I bought this car used about eight months ago with 90,000 miles on it. I have had all sorts of issues with it. -No matter how many times I replace the motors in the power windows, they go out. -Have security issues, I have to reset the car often just so it will start. -Traffic signals have a mind of their own and only work when they want to. As for the motor, it has a lot of get-up-and-go, but still not enough to cancel out all the bad.
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Not so great

by from Rochester, NY on June 11, 2012

Bought this car in 2007 with only 35,000 miles. Figured I would have no problems for a while, but when I hit $75,000 the engine died and I had to replace it. 3 out of the 4 windows broke and they cost...
Bought this car in 2007 with only 35,000 miles. Figured I would have no problems for a while, but when I hit $75,000 the engine died and I had to replace it. 3 out of the 4 windows broke and they cost $450 each to fix (ceramic pieces holding the window on the track broke off - had to special order the parts since windows aren't made with ceramic anymore). Temperature gauge was always jumping up and down. Blinkers would work when they wanted to. I had nothing but problems since I hit 60,000 miles. Got great gas mileage though.
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fun car to drive

by from grand rapids michigan on January 12, 2010

i think this is a fun sporty car and ive had no problems it has many options that are standard in a much more expensive car and overall handling and pick up is good the only problens ive encountered i...
i think this is a fun sporty car and ive had no problems it has many options that are standard in a much more expensive car and overall handling and pick up is good the only problens ive encountered is to replace light bulbs and change oil other than that its been a great car
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Best vehicle I've owned

by from Mississippi on September 30, 2009

I purchased my Alero new in 2001 and now have nearly 200k miles. Only routine maintenance done, timing @ 100k and again when I hit 200k, a fuel pump/filter @ 100k. Outside of regular scheduled items, ...
I purchased my Alero new in 2001 and now have nearly 200k miles. Only routine maintenance done, timing @ 100k and again when I hit 200k, a fuel pump/filter @ 100k. Outside of regular scheduled items, that's the extent of it. Great vehicle overall, comfort, mileage and reliability. I just wish they had not cut Olds. b/c I would certainly have bought another. Guess I'll just have to run this one into the ground.
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