Oldsmobile Alero - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Oldsmobile Alero owners have reported a total of 2,860 problems for their cars built in the
8 model years
listed in the chart below.
The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Oldsmobile Alero.
The 2000 Oldsmobile Alero cars have the most problems reported (800 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Oldsmobile Alero

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Oldsmobile Alero cars.
The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system
(603 problems).
The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's exterior lighting (409 problems).

Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Oldsmobile Alero of an older model year to newer model years
since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems.
In order to compare the reliability across Alero model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the
problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year.
A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Oldsmobile Alero model year;
S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Alero Model Years

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Oldsmobile Alero
is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year