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Old 07-27-2005, 10:19 PM
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hey all i was curious to any general info on the olds alero... my sister was asking me about them...me being the only GM owner in my family and i told her all that i know is that they are no longer in production...any info good and bad would be well noted.. thanks
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My wife has an '02 (I think - possibly '01) Alero for her company car. Just over 60k miles now. It'* a quad4. The engine/trans mechanically has been great. The front calipers (yes CALIPERS) have been replaced 3x Left & 2x Right because the pistons have froze up. She goes through brake pads/rotors about every other oil change (or every 8-10k miles). The rear pads/rotors have had to been changed twice (unheard of) and a rear caliper has also had to be replaced. The PCM has been replaced twice. The blower motor resistor block has been replaced 4 times. A lot of the trim on the interior is warped from who knows what. Also, both front wheel bearings have been replaced 2x left and 3x right. All this in alittle over 60k miles from new.

Now, before you go saying that the brakes have had to be replaced because my wife drives like a maniac, she doesn't. Most of the time she coasts up to stop signs with little braking and the car isn't driven in stop and go driving at all because we live out in the country.

I wouldn't take an Alero if someone were to give it to me with free oil changes for life. Way too expensive to maintain.
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Don..

You're forgetting that the 03 and 04 Aleros came with the Ecotec or 3400. The Ecotec was the replacement for the Quad 4.

The Ecotec hasn't been out long enough to prove its livelihood, however, I know lots of people who are happy with them. My brother had an 03 Alero that he just sold. It had 50,000 miles on it. He bought it with 20,000. He didn't have one single issue with. And he'* very hard on cars.

Don't overlook the Ecotec...I think they're rated at 150 HP. The twin cam really opens them up.
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Ecotec'* only 140hp instead of the Quad4'* 150, but I remember GM *saying* that you benefitted with fuel economy.





Personally, I feel that if you get an Alero, it'll be one of two things:


a.) Great

b.) A Nightmare.


Seems to be pretty divided between owners... ie, SSEiMatt having horrid luck with his, or PJ having good luck (far as I know?) with her Grand Am.
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Seems to be pretty divided between owners... ie, SSEiMatt having horrid luck with his, or PJ having good luck (far as I know?) with her Grand Am.
I will answer for her

No problems as of yet. I think she just recently had to get her rotors turned and pads replaced. But I think that is it...oh yeah....other then the tires leaking. But that might have had something to do with the nail in one of them.
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Let'* admit it...The quad 4 is a cool motor that like Don mentions..when you need to work on it....it takes patience.

And beer..who can be expected to work on something with a timing chain longer than the wheel base and not drink?
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