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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.
Pros: CD INDASH
Cons: IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE TRUNK WAS A LITTLE DEEPER
Advice: GO FOR IT, FAST!!!!!!!!!QUIET, COMFORTABLE FOR DISTANT DRIVING, CHILD SAFETY FEATURES, EASE IN CONTROL SETTING: CLIMATE AND AUDIO, HEATED SEATS (EVEN IN FLORIDA--GOOD FOR BACK ACHES) I LOVE MY AURORA
Pros: 'sticky' steering
Cons: hill performance
Advice: A good carAll around good handling car, except for hilly areas. Poor shifting on hills, transmission continualy is looking for a gear.
Pros: engine, amazing performance and economy
Cons: nit picking, plastic steering wheel
Advice: Try and buy used to get a depreciated vehicle but make sure it has warranty left to get any details the former owner might have not attended toI should point out that I own a 2000 Gl but rented a 2002 ( made in March) GLX and drove it east of Regina, in Saskatchewan for 400 ks over 3 days. Still a solid well built car with a wonderful engine. Within the past week I have driven my daughters Jaguar Soverign and a rental Ford Focus. The Jags suspension is first class, getting in and out of the drivers seat is a real pain and the trunk is way down low. There is no grab handle for the passenger exiting! The Focus is noisy but nimble lacks electric windows for those non AC days when fresh air and light traffic make AC redundant. Back to the Intrigue quiet, nice easy to get comfortable electric seat, manual AC worked well even with windows partially open. Averaged 33mpg with cruising speeds up to 120ks. Missed the leather wrapped steering wheel. The spoiler makes for something extra to wash. I rented a Toyota Yaris in Ireland earlier this month as well as an Opel Corsa. The Yaris beat the Corsa in every dept especially seat comfort 1000cc gave 57 mpg and lots of pep it was great for narrow bumpy Rep of Ireland roads but I missed the Intrigues wheel base and comfort as well as the engine response on the open road. Petrol was $1.33 a litre rising to $1.95 a litre in Northen Ireland. The Intrigue is a sleeper, it's performance and comfort are excellent. It outperforms the 3.8L GM cars including the Holden which I drove in NZ for a week in April of this year
Pros: The dynamic styling and the way it handles.
Cons: Entry into the back seat on the coupe.
Advice: Its worth the investment !Actually, I own a 1999 Alero GL coupe with a V6 3.4 engine. I Love it! I'm thinking about trading it in for a new one but I hate to give this one up!
Pros: The GLS supreme sound system is one of the best stock stereos I have ever heard
Cons: Dependability. When you buy a new car you need to know it won't break on you with only 4,000 miles
Advice: This car is a good car for a younger group. Not so good for people who haul a bunch of things in their carI've had 4 cars in my short driving career. One was a 1980 Thunderbird, one was a 1994 Cutlass Supreme, one was a 1996 Grand Am GT, and finally I bought this Brand New Alero GLS coupe with all the bells and whistles. I bought this car in April of 2002 and so far it's been in the shop for a total of 2 1/2 weeks, for power steering. Other than that it has been an excellent car. Four people took it on a 10 hour road trip, and it was surprisingly comfortable. If you fold down the back seat you can make sort-of bed and it is really a nice quiet car, and fun to drive.