The 2004 Oldsmobile Alero saw its last year of production along with many cars from the brand. Despite its stylish exterior and powerful engine, it was a hard sale for consumer who understood the Oldsmobile was soon to be a manufacturer of the past. On the other hand, an Oldsmobile enthusiast who is nostalgic for the Alero can expect to find many perks. All models were sold with a plethora of features in the standard model along with multiple trim packages available in both the sedan and the coupe.
Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Alero GX, Oldsmobile Alero GL1, Oldsmobile Alero GL2, Oldsmobile Alero GLS
The struggle with the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was the lack of upgrades pending their near departure. It only introduced minimal upgrades for its final year. Drivers find one new color option on the relatively unchanged body style. The interior also remained untouched except the minor stereo downgrade from a six speaker to a four speaker unit. The XM Satellite Radio was introduced as an optional upgrade, keeping it on pace with other vehicles in the category in terms of emerging technology. When minimal upgrades are combined with the Oldsmobile departure, it is difficult to recommend this vehicle unless the shopper is passionate about collected brands.
The 2004 Oldsmobile Alero rides on 15-inch steel wheels with standard all season tire and wheel covers. Some models offered 16-inch wheels with the same tire and cover selections. The body reaches 186.7 inches in length 54.5 inches tall and making an average midsize sedan. The nose slopes forward, highlighting the well-known Oldsmobile front headlamps. A rear spoiler on the couple models is noticeable, but in terms of body style, it appears almost identical otherwise.
The 2004 Oldsmobile Alero offers five exterior color options that will only find one interior color option. The cabin itself is somewhat spacious with 42.1 inches leg room and 38.3 inches of front head room. Premium cloth seating can be found throughout with bucket seats in the front and a split folding rear seat backs to increase available cargo room. Common convenience features were not left out and include power door locks, front and rear cup holders, power steering, air-conditioning, and cruise control. Front console with added storage, a 12-volt front power outlet for a handy car phone charger, and a tilt adjustable steering wheel is also standard. The car stereo may have been downgraded to four speakers, but the CD player coupled with AM/FM radio is still present.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Oldsmobile Alero made absolutely no improvements to its engine; however, it still performed and handled on par with others in its class. The 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine found in both the GX and GL1 reaches up to 140 horsepower. Automatic transmission was standard with an optional five-speed manual. The other 3.4 liter, V-6 engine also climbs to a higher 170 horsepower and was sold standard in the GL2 and the GLS trim packages. The overall drive was on par with previous years with slightly increased power found in the manual variety.
The 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was sold with a wide variety of standard safety features ranging from ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes to dusk sensing headlamps and an engine immobilizer. The NHTSA Crash Test Ratings were positive with a full five stars in the front passenger, front driver, and rollover resistance category. A slightly less impressive three stars were earned for the side rear seat and side front seat. Moving on to the IIHS Crash Test data, consumers will find ""good"" ratings for the chest and ""poor"" ratings on restraints.
EPA Fuel Economy
Oldsmobile Alero GX: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Oldsmobile Alero GL1: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Oldsmobile Alero GL2: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Oldsmobile Alero GLS: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Good performance
- Multiple trim packages
- Sedan and coupe body styles
You Won't Like
- Last year of production
- Minimal upgrades
- Low resale value
Going, going, gone.
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