1999OldsmobileAlero Review By Richard Truett

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1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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January 17, 1999

Happy are here at last for the Oldsmobile of General Motors.

Sales are on a upswing as buyers once are warming up to America’s oldest car

Leading the charge is the new Alero, after only a few months on the has rocketed ahead of all other to become the division’s highest car.

It’s easy to see why the has gotten off to a quick start. handsomely styled car gives more for the dollar than of the imported and domestic competition. For in the GL model we tested, you don’t pay for traction control, anti-lock or daytime running lights, safety features that are optional on competitive cars.


Our test car came GM’s much-improved 2.4-liter, Cam, four-cylinder engine, a that delivers respectable and good fuel economy. The transmission available (this is a four-speed automatic. Olds is to equip the sportier Alero with a five-speed for the 2000 year.

If a four-cylinder just won’t do it for there is a 3.4-liter, 170-horsepower also teamed with a automatic transmission.

But even the four-cylinder engine, performance lacking in the 3,000-pound sedan. As many imports, the Alero lively at low-speeds, offers midrange acceleration for passing traffic and cruises quietly at speeds.

The only time the made unwelcome noises was it was called upon for high It gets a bit hoarse and coarse the tachometer needle climbs 5,000 rpm, but because of the power comes on much you needn’t rev it up that high often.

Opening the hood is something you shouldn’t have to do too GM says the sturdy engine require anything more oil changes until it reaches miles. Unlike Toyotas, and Nissans, there are no expensive belts to change or water to replace.

Even the radiator coolant is to last past 100,000

GM’s four-speed automatic may be the smoothest-shifting in this class of Also, it’s sealed for and requires no maintenance. There’s no so you don’t have to check the

Few other cars offer feature.

Over the road, I the Alero to be competent and easy to The four-wheel independent suspension easily muffles most as the car rolls over bumps. is a stress-free exercise at most The power rack-and-pinion steering has a feel and responds sharply. The is quiet but not so much so that you disconnected from the road.

A strong set of four-wheel, anti-lock brakes is standard.

Fit and finish

The owes much of its solid to a superstiff body structure. bumps, it flexes and bends as much as the average Mercedes-Benz, is not much.

A stiff b ody allows the designers to craft panels, and components that fit more together. That helps out noise and muffle vibrations.

The is a further evolution of the one-piece found in most cars days. The center stack of for the radio and air conditioner is angled toward the driver. Three knobs control the air conditioning

The $200 optional sound included both a CD and a cassette — a nice touch.

deserves credit for coming up a pair of nice looking and comfortable bucket seats. I many hours behind the of the Alero and felt no fatigue. parts such as the shifter, conforms to the natural shape of palm, and the thick steering gave me good feelings the Alero.

It’s a car that I think close attention to the comfort of the and passengers.

The rear seats forward, though they be improved. They would be m uch to operate ifthe latches be undone from inside the instead of the trunk.

Our gold car came loaded with features, such as rear defroster, power door tilt wheel, tinted electric trunk release and a deterrent system.

Options about $1,000 to the price and 15-inch alloy wheels, fog power driver’s seat and door locks.

The Alero should be on your of cars to test drive if in the market for a sporty, import-oriented coupe or sedan.

1999 Alero GL Sedan

Base $17,975. Safety: Dual air anti-lock brakes, traction daytime running lights and cage construction. Price as $19,590. EPA rating: 21 mpg city/29 mpg

Incentives: None.


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