The Alero is a solid car.
July 7, 2012
I have owned my 2003 Alero GLS for six years now. I bought it used. The main reason I chose the Alero was it handled great; and the one I picked had a very clean, and quiet, running engine with reasonable power. The interior is a little cheap; but if that's what your looking for go buy a Lexus or something. The only mechanical problem has been the fuel pump. The tires seem to wear out a little faster on the Alero than the other cars I have owned. Seriously, the tires get bald quickly on an Alero (I drive a lot more than the average person however). I have had a few electrical problems with it over the years, but nothing serious -- the factory radio quit on me. It is a little annoying not being able to turn the headlights off sometimes, but again no biggie. It gets reasonable gas mileage as well. I bought it with approx. 35,000 miles on it. It now has over 200,000 miles and still starts right-up and drives like a new car. I wish they still made this car, it was a good one. On a final note, many of my street-racing, "fast-and-furious", friends would praise the Alero back in the day. They would always remark that it had one of the fastest four-cylinder engines available for under $20,000 (I believe only the Acura Integra is faster). Having owned one for many years now, I can verify that it is indeed fast for a four-banger.