From 1999 until its last year, Oldsmobile manufactured one of the best compact car lines in the history of the automobile industry--the Alero. Although this vehicle was originally conceived in order to replace the Cutlass and Achieva lines, it still made a name for its own. Through its versatility and style, the Oldsmobile Alero came in different models that are worth remembering.
1999: First model
The first model of the Alero was introduced in 1999, and it was powered by a 2.4 liter, inline-4 engine that could produce as much as 150 horsepower. Though it shared some of its parts such as the chassis and engine with the Pontiac Grand AM, the Alero was still sold in three different trims: GLS, GX, and GL. All trims levels had anti-lock braking systems, automatic headlamps, and traction control. What's more, for those who wanted optimized audio systems, Oldsmobile decided to equip the high-end GLS versions with CD players.
2000: Second model
One year after its debut, a new Alero model was introduced. The 2000 version was known for its 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder and 3.4-liter V6 engine that could generate almost 150 and 170 horsepower respectively. Aside from the engine options, the second model of the Alero also came with a 4-speed automatic transmission, radio theft deterrent, power windows, and cruise control.
2001-2002: Third model
The Aleros that were released in 2001 and 2002 were almost the same. They both came with standard ABS, passenger and driver-side airbags, adjustable steering wheels, cruise control, and traction control. They were also sold as either four-door sedans or two-door coupes.
2003: Fourth model
2003 saw one of the most notable changes in the Oldsmobile Alero line. The daytime running lights which were originally high-beam lights were changed to low-beam ones. What's more, the 2003 model was released as an automatic transmission vehicle and came equipped with a satellite radio. Unfortunately, in terms of engine and overall performance, the fourth model of the Alero was still powered by the same 2.2-liter, 4-cylinder engine and optional 3.4-liter V6 engine.
2004: Last model
In 2004, the Alero model stopped production along with the discontinuation of the Oldsmobile brand. Nonetheless, to mark the end of its production, 500 special Aleros were manufactured. These limited edition Aleros showcased custom graphics that were based on dark cherry metallic paint, the classic Oldsmobile logos, and special plates. The final vehicle in the Alero Final 500 Edition series was donated to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and contained the signatures of the people who worked for the GM Lansing factory under its hood.