2000 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews and Owner Comments

2000 Oldsmobile Alero owners review and rate their 2000 Oldsmobile Alero.

2000 Oldsmobile Alero (11 Reviews)
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99 alero black v6 2dr.Love this little car..You have to be handy because they do have there problems but nothing that you can,t fix yourself if your mechanically inclined...Bought it off an old lady who had it from ne w..55000mi..Dressed it up with 6 inch chrome panels and wheel wells,cold air intake new coils, plugs and wires,brakes, tires..Get more compliments on it than my Cadillac dts diamond white beauty..These cars are very well insulated from the outside no wind or road noise compared to a lot of new vehicles ive been in..
*** disclamer*** I am from newfoundland, canada, where the cars can see more old mine roads than highway(if you know where you are going, which i did.)man(or misses), i've had one for a couple of years(built in the USA with pride,`01 at that). I 've put more miles on roads where 4x4s wouldn't dare to tread(I asked my friends back home where they were afraid to go for fear of damage to their rigs, then i went there to show them an olds can take it, like the old boat of the past) even the most experienced drivers on that road is afraid to drive on it now(after 35 years of disrepair, i checked with an old friend after i first posted)for fear of serious damage. Don't get me wrong she has the battle scars to prove it but that car is f*&!^ bulletproof, i've spent the last 2 years running on patched tranny line(from all you alero owners since it's a non-servicable tranny)which makes this a blessing in disguise, with a patched line it still ran over 200km/HR(about 124 miles/hr) easy on the highway in my 2.4L with no problems. The icing on the cake was when an 03 civic rear ended me and i laughed when we compared damaged, because the civic's front end was mangled and the alero only had the plastic bumper mounts broken(easy fix),i got back in the shop the next day and not a buckle in the frame whatsoever, now i Have a 2004 Bonneville now but my alero still holds a special place in my heart and my garage, and i will never let her go, anybody who wants a crossover between `newer` technology and absolute solid strength look no further(and to all those who posted electrical issues, i`ve gotten my feet wet and never hurt the electrical system whatsoever), maybe you should replace your wiring harness with a new one and seal all ends and connectors if you wanna driver in rough conditions and cannot diagnose and fix it yourself, the most i get is a bit of corrosion on the terminals, and since they`re original(must i remind you it`s an 01) i`d consider that pretty good
I bought my 2000 Olds Alero in 2008 used. Have had nothing but problems with it. When i bought it with 32000 miles it needed the engine replaced (which the dealer did). I drove it for about a yr and had to replace the intake gasket. Fixed that drove fine for another year and the engine blew. I had to replace it. (not cheap) I drove it for 9 months and it started overheating and blowing cold air when the heater is on. I have replaced everything under the hood except for the alternator. Now it just sits in my driveway not being driven as it overheats and does not blow hot air. I can't even get anyone to buy it due to the problems it has and I am NOT putting a 3rd engine in the car and it doesn't even have 100,000 miles on it. Worst car I ever owned will NEVER buy another one.
bought my 2000 alero used for $1700.00 . . .runs and drives nice . .does have the recall problem with the turn signals . . .and the typical coolant leak from the GM v6 motors . . .has some rust on the rocker panels...but nothing that cant be fixed for a few hundred bucks . . .knew what i was getting into when i bought the car so . . .all in all pleased with the purchase . . . it had 131,000 mile when i bought it . . .hitting 145,00 now 7 months later . . .good car and looks nice as well . . . . .
I did this fix on my daughters 2000 alero three years ago and fixed this problem once and for all.Starts firt time every time now.

Here's how to disable car's troublesome security system
by Lauren Fix
Dear Car Fix: I have a 2003 Alero Oldsmobile with a peculiar safety system. The security light comes on at least once a week and after approximately three weeks the car will not start. After I let it reprogram itself for 10 minutes, it's OK. Is it possible to disable this security system?
-- C.W., Buffalo
Dear C.W.: Here is a step-by-step procedure to disconnect the security system:
Pry up the plastic molding from around the radio/heater A/C controller and from around the gear shifter. Detach the heater A/C module from the molding by removing the four 7mm hex bolts from the backside. Take out the three 7mm hex bolts to loosen the radio. Put the key in the ignition and turn to "on" position, apply brake, and shift into "drive" or lower gear. Turn the heater A/C module to the left, sideways orientation, and pull out the radio. Disconnect main wiring harness from back center of radio if there is not enough slack to take the radio out past the plastic molding. Leave the antenna connected. Look inside and to the left at the back of the ignition cylinder assembly. Locate the thin yellow wire, which is bundled alongside the thin white and the thin black wire. You may have to stick your hand in and fish a bit to grab this "thin wire trio." DO NOT mess with the main rear/downward ignition wiring harnesses (one of which contains a thick yellow wire -- leave it alone).
Isolate the thin yellow wire from the two others. As a precaution, reconnect the main radio wire harness, and let the radio hang to the right side. Put the key in the ignition, and put the car back in park. Start the car. Cut the thin yellow wire with the car running. Tape both ends of the cut wire. Place black electrical tape over the "security" light (less annoying). Turn off the car engine. Disconnect the radio main wire harness to reinstall the radio, if necessary. You may need to crawl under the passenger- side dash to push the main wire harness back into the radio while holding the radio from the front. The rest of the installation is the reverse of removal. Your life just got a lot better if you want to keep driving this car!
bought it with 120,000 miles on it. Has been a great car very dependable, little work needed had to replace the rocker panels. Love the car and would buy another on ein a heart beat. paid $1000 for it same time my son in law pd 3grand for a buick and has had many many problems.
I have had to fork out a few dollars for repairs....not a new car by any stretch....good for getting back and forth to work.
I do not recommend. These cars are sporty but have very cheap construction. Everyone I know who has owned one has had tons of electrical problems. Drives window never works even after being repaired. Brakes and wheel bearing constantly burn out. Mine only had 110K miles and the engine died. I bought it in 2002 and treated it well. There are plenty of other cars in the same price range, I would get one of them.
this is my first car, i bought it with 120,000 miles on it... it has a security problem, the security light lights up on my dash every so often and blinks for 10 mins... and i have to wait until it stops blinking to start it... it is a huge pain. apparently it is a manufacturing problem that was never recalled
So far this has been an amazing car, iv put a cold air in mine and it has alot of pick up. the only thing that I dont like with my car is that some of the stuff is hard to get to. but other then that I love this car and I would get another one. iv put 160,000miles on mine and not alot of probs.
this is a great car, purchased it new dec 1999 and the only problem was the driver window motor had to be replaced.