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Oldsmobile Aurora



  • fjk57702fjk57702 Posts: 539
    is about as slow as there is. ~110 MPH max
  • fdionfdion Posts: 59
    You didn't say how much you wanted to spend.

    On the 16" rims I'd go with some Pirelli P6000 (not veloce, just P6000) ZR, tire rack has them on special at $86 each, altough I think the Michelin MXV4+ are really the best in that price range but in H rated. More comfortable and silent than the P6000.

    If you want the best performance, get some 17" rims or 18" rims, and put some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S, no question. They will set you back > $200 each tough.

  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    afterall. Based on the reviews of the Michelins I saw on Tire rack I dont think I can justify the additional costs of the HR or Z rated tires from Michelin.

    I am very much interested in snow traction and nuting was there about the Michelins. I could get 2 sets of Yokos for each set of michs.

    Next stop might be the ETD tire store.
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    afterall. Based on the reviews of the Michelins I saw on Tire rack I dont think I can justify the additional costs of the HR or Z rated tires from Michelin.

    I am very much interested in snow traction and nuting was there about the Michelins. I could get 2 sets of Yokos for each set of michs.

    Next stop might be the ETD tire store.
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    Once again when I turn my key the car pauses for about 1 second and then starts. I had replaced the starter only to have the problem come back after a month.

    I went to the dealer and her confirmed my worst nightmare. It will not be until the car does not start at all, that they will be able to find the problem.

    I am taking a trip that requires a ferry ride. Any bets that the car won't start when it comes time to take it off the ferry???

    I figure that after getting stuck in the Holland tunnel under the Hudson River, the ferry is the next logical water crossing debacle.
  • Just installed the wood dash kit on my classic. Looks great. A little darker than OEM, but not much. I have two pieces left, however. They're for controls where the power door lock, lumbar, and heated seats are located. The kit came with a set for without heated seats, which are the ones I used.

    Anyway, just thought someone might want the ones that fit the optional heated seat controls. E-mail me if you do. I'll drop them in the mail.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Sorry Henri, I've got no advice for you. But your post about starting did remind me of some observations I've made. A few times when I've started the car, I've just barely turned the key to the "start" position and let it go. When I've done it, it wasn't intentional (I flubbed it), and I expected the car to just crank a little and not catch. However, what I've noticed is that the car cranks the same amount it always does and starts right up. It cranked for more than I held it. I guess that there is some computer interaction in turning the starter, and not like in most cars where the starter is just hooked to the ignition cylinder. It just happens that usually the car stops cranking at the same time I release the key from the "start" position. I also tested the starter-override thing by trying to start the car once it was already running (this was on purpose, not a flub) and it worked. However, the dash goes dark and then all the lights come on again just like it does when you first start it. But there is no starter grinding or anything. The override could just be some interrupt between the ignition cylinder and the starter, but I guess it makes more sense to just have the computer handle it all. So you just tell the computer you want the car started by twisting the key, and it does it all for you. Pretty neat...

    Also, I really love the way the car tucks in at the center of the sides. It isn't that noticeable when you look at the sheetmetal on my car (perhaps because of my particular color), but in a parking lot you can see the reflection of the white lines curve in a gentle arc. It really looks awesome. There are really a lot of subtle curves to the car that together make it really attractive, and I love how they work with the hard creases in the body.

    I've really been appreciating the exhaust note lately. It sounds so awesome. I've been thinking again about the Corsa, and I hope it doesn't turn it into too much of a muscle-car sound. I've been listening to that Caddy clip more, and it is hard to distinguish it from some of the Camaro and Corvette clips. I guess I'll just have to try it, though. That's the only way I'll really know.
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    I dont know if its an obsession but every time we talk about the car's body, it sounds like we are describing a woman. I would say a man's body but aside from Pat, there are no women on this board.

    Just an observation.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Hey Francois, have you ever hooked up the OBD-II scanner while the car does its cold-start routine? You know, where it runs at about 1200 rpm for about 20 seconds to warm up the cats and then the idle drops very intentionally to about 750-800 rpm? Aurora5000 has noticed that is seems like the car is misfiring during that time, and I've noticed that the engine definitely runs rougher and it vibrates more. Once it drops to the normal idle, it's smooth as silk. I wonder if it intentionally misfires a cylinder to put fuel in the exhaust or something to warm up the cats quicker? Although, intuitively I'd think fuel in the exhaust would cool the cats since it would basically spray them down. I wouldn't think it would burn in the exhaust since the exhaust isn't hot yet. But I have no idea. Just wondering if you've shed any light on it with the OBD-II.
  • mariposarosada:

    Nice of you to offer your extra parts. I can't use them though.

    Which kit (brand) did you install? Did you consider other ones?

    Light the Rockets!
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    Hey nice of you to offer them parts from your wooddash kit, too bad I can't use them. Oh by the way check me out at I'm under JAVIDOGG's Aurora. Peace.
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313

    I think the shape of the Aurora body is supposed to be somewhat feminine. At least the Classic ,viewed from the top, the car appears to have the "hourglass" shape (shoulders, waist, hips), moreso than most other cars.

    Of course, viewed from the front, the "Russian cruise missile" is a bit more muscular/masculine.

    But then, there's the name. Aurora, "Goddess of the Dawn". That pretty much clinches it right there...

    Just my 10 cents (inflation),

  • My classic hood needs to be repainted. The paint is cracking, and it's beginning to look awful. I heard somewhere that this hood is aluminum. Is this true, and is there any additional difficulty in repainting aluminum as opposed to steel? Thanks.
  • mike98cmike98c Posts: 293 has the number of revcolutions per mile for each of there tire fitments. A rough guide if you wonder how much a plus one or two tire and wheel upgrade will affect your speedometer or effective gearing.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Last night I was driving with my wife up in the hills of West Virginia when a classic Aurora pulled out ahead of us. We drove behind it for a ways and were checking it out. It was a beautiful dark green color. I was really admiring how great looking it was. It has much more of a muscular stance than the new Aurora. The way the wheels look set very wide and the body curves out around them is really great. It even got my wife to stop hating the back (she really disliked that full-length reflector, and once she doesn't like something, forget it). So this was quite a compliment. In fact, it even got her asking what the interior was like on it (she loves the new interior and pretty much dismisses any other ones). This of course got me describing it, and got me really wanting to take a test drive. I think she'd really be interested in test-driving one too. I was even tempted to miss our turn so we could drive behind it a bit longer. It really was beautiful. Both of the Aurora's are really cars that you appreciate more the more you look at them. The more you study the design and shape, the more you see the little things that make the shape so beautiful. However, it's definitely a different beauty between the classic and the new. Maybe we need to make some room in our stable for one of each...

    P.S. I got about 26.7 mpg in back-road hilly driving at around 50mph. Mostly 55mph driving with some areas slowing to 25 or so. I was pretty impressed.

    P.P.S. The headlights are really excellent on the Aurora. The low-beam is so perfect in it's shape, and the high-beams are just so damn bright. Very helpful on those dark country roads in WV.
  • Hello all,

    I own a 96 olds aurora. recently it has developed a hard starting problem. I'll turn the key, the starter will operate, but the engine just won't turn over right away. It usually takes between 4 and 8 seconds for the engine to catch and start running. During this time, the tachometer indicates very low idle speed when it first starts, around 200 or so. then the engine surges and rests around 650-700 as normal. once the engine is started the car runs like a top. Lots of power, no hesitation, nothing. The only problem is the hard starting condition.

    I thought i had a bad tank of gas so i used it all up and put in a fresh tank of high octane fuel. didn't seem to help. Neither did adding a chemical to get rid of water in the tank.

    My mechanic (whom i trust very much) has replaced the following:
    spark plugs (8)
    spark plug wires
    fuel filter
    EIC motor (think thats what it was called)
    battery (normal maintenance)

    In addition, he also cleaned my throttle body per a TSB by GM.

    There are no engine codes when hooked up to a scanner. its almost as if the engine is not getting enough air/fuel. If i turn the engine off right away, i can start it easy the next time. If i let the car sit for a while (~30+ minuteS), i'll have the same starting problem.

    I'm looking for serious suggestions here - THough i love the car, i'm on the verge of just selling it because its been over a week now and we can't figure out what is posessing this car. Nothing more embarrasing that trying to start a ~$40,000 car with no success.

    Have any of you had this problem? If so, what did you do to fix it. ANy suggestions?

    Please email me as well as post on the message board.

    I appreciate any/all help that you can provide.
  • fjk57702fjk57702 Posts: 539
    Have the fuel pressure regulator checked to see if its leaking.
  • larryfllarryfl Posts: 214
    with fjk57702.

    My '95 also had a slow starting problem after the car had sat for an extended period of time (overnight). The Fuel pressure regulator was the culprit. It's apparently a fairly common problem with these cars as they get older and it's not very expensive to fix. The dealership replaced mine for about $ 200 +,-.
  • RJS - Find a '99classic on a lot and let your wife drive one, the car will take care of itself.

    thump, thump, thump
    another one bites the dust
    thump, thump, thump
    another one gone, and another one gone,
    another one bites the dust

    2 different body styles in one driveway...classic!
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