Told Alero is "Done"

pearjas

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Hi everyone.
I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero with 77K miles on it that I purchased from my now deceased grandmother in 2014. The vehicle has never been perfect, but the price tag of $1,000 was a nice attraction. It's been my primary vehicle since 2014 though I do have a Ford Explorer as well that I use now and then. I don't know why, but I've just enjoyed having two vehicles and the Explorer has a lot more miles on it. Anyway...

I have a very good, honest mechanic that has done plenty of work on my Alero over the years. On Wednesday, I took my Alero to him as my ABS sensor (or something with the ABS system) is malfunctioning. Inconsistently, when going at very slow speeds, such as pulling into a parking lot, my car will bypass the brakes. I was hoping to get that fixed.

My mechanic advised me not to worry about that, however, because the car has extensive rust on the bottom - to the point where the structure of the vehicle is not safe. This has been an ongoing issue for quite some time that I knew would get worse, but I was hoping it wouldn't be quite this bad this quickly. I should mention, I've never looked at it myself, because I really don't know what I'm looking at.

Anyway, he did not even recommend an oil change. He said my car has reached the end of it's life. He said the car at this point is not safe to drive as he fears the rust will compromise the brake lines. He said it's already very close. So I'm wondering, has anyone had this problem with the Alero? It seems like such an odd reason for a vehicle to "die"...
 

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I'm assuming you live in the "rust belt" (heavily salted winter roads); the only other thing you could do is ask for another opinion, but safety first; it may be a goner.
 

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Sorry to hear about the Alero. Luckily mine is Sunday driver and has never been driven in winter here in Michigan where they love to salt the roads.

Even here, in Olds country and where the Alero was built, the population of Aleros are shrinking to the point where I only see 2 to 3 a day.

The wife and I have newer Silverados. We have monthly wash passes for the local car wash. Cost about a dollar a day which we can go once a day if necessary and we get the undercarriage flush every time. The wife's is pushing 5 years and seems to be very clean underneath.

Pat
 
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