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Pros: the standard features
Cons: lack of info
Advice: look up informationI felt safe and extremely comfortable.
Pros: Great Gas Mileage for the size.
Cons: Needs a tread on the bumper - gets scratched too easily taking cargo out.
Advice: Get the GLS packageGreat value. Feature rich vehicle. Very luxurious interior. Backup sensors are a must for a van like this. My wife is an amputee (sans her left arm), the automatic side door is very helpful when handling kids. Gets awesome mileage. We get about 20-23 around town and 28-32 highway. Looked at the Nissan and Honda - couldn't justify the high price for limited value. The Venture is a cheapened version of the same. Too bad GM is shutting Olds down.
Advice: I only have 750 miles on the vehicle, it seemed like a nice car, but it failed on me........I purchased a 2003 Alero GL1 with a 4 cylinder engine. It seemed like a good car for the first 750 miles. One day I got onto the expressway going 65mph, then the rpms jump up to about 5500 and my speed was slowing down, like I was in neutral.... When it slowed down to 40mph I manuelly shifted it down into 3rd gear and I was able to make it to the next exit going about 45mph at 5500rpms. After I stopped I took off in Drive, but it would not shift out of 1st gear, so I had to manuelly shift to 2nd,and 3rd. Then I stopped again and when I took off in Drive it began working normal again... I drove straight to the dealer and they are suppose to look at it today and let me know what is wrong with it....?? That is not good if the transmission is shot after 750 miles on a vehicle, they said maybe it might be a computer problem, it still is not good. They did rent a Ford Escort for me to drive while I wait for them to figure the problem out.......????????
Pros: Driver/Passenger front and back room
Cons: THEY LIE WHEN THEY SAY THE MILEAGE!!! It is worse than listed
Advice: Make sure you drive the Mercedes ML320 and the Inifiti QX4, more expensive but not as nice.This was the first American vehicle I have owned, and was apprehensive to say the least. I am 6'4', 210 lbs. and have a hard time finding something to fit. The power is excellent, the comfort is great. Wish they had side bolsters on the seats. The 'bun/back' warmers heat up quick, while the stereo is superb. Definitely look at this vehicle if looking for mid-size SUV. The air compressor hose in the back is nice feature for belly-boat and basketballs, etc. Rides like a luxury car, but corners better than the 4Runner I owned. Definitely rides better. Towing and going up hills is great, no loss of power. Do miss the LOW-GEAR 4wheel drive, but haven't needed it yet. Enough space in rear passenger to sit someone my size, in comfort. Better seats than the Infiniti QX4, and definitely more ameneties and handles better than the Mercedes ML320. People look at me funny when I say I am 32 yrs old, and own an Oldsmobile, but when they drive it, they love the I6 Vortec, and 270 hp. I did drive all SUV from Rav4-Expeditions and all inbetween. As a helpful hint, I did up a sheet with all the things car-magazines tested, and ratings: from mirrors, visibility, and acceleration. The sheet was used whenever we tested a vehicle, and this car came out on top. Yes, even thought it is an American vehicle...
Pros: The ride
Cons: 17 gallon fuel tank
Advice: Great deals out there, expect 20% off of list. Take the $1,000.00 refund on the waranty reduction to 36k miles & buy a 100K mile , 7 year for the same cost.Smooth as silk, great power & ride. Very well equiped & detailed. The Silver Green color gets many favorable comments. Handles excellent in snow & ice. The fully automatic memory system allows you to turn the key & drive. Climate control, defrosting, driver seats & mirror position, headlights, ect. are completely automatic.The stories floating around about the Bravada handling poorly are pure mitholigy. But what's up with that 17 gallon fuel tank?? Voice activated telephone is a great touch!
Pros: 200 watt sound system
Cons: poor performance V-6 Horrible Gas Mileage 260 per Tank
Advice: DO NOT PURCHASE AN ALERO,DON'T DO IT!!I am on my second Alero, first one was returned the next day to dealer, due to a faulty weld on the R/R roof area. Dealer found another one with more equipment. I had to pay the difference. This car has been just a nightmare. One week after ownership it was at dealer for a week. The radio was scratched, trunk scratched- covered up with touch up paint to hide at time of delivery, did not notice the damage until second day in my garage. Sunvisor/headliner had dirt and grease on it. All four door panels replaced, all were peeling, new panels are also failing 4 months later. steering wheel shakes when braking-warped rotors at 5,000 miles. Mileage display went dim at 200 miles. Right windshield molding loose. Center console falling to pieces. There is also much more to mention, but don't want to run out of space...
Advice: don'tOh, my aching butt. Fine car around town and nice pickup, but just took our first trip and we are sore and tired with aching butts and backs. seats are not what we expected.