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Oldsmobile Aurora Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,032
edited July 11 in Oldsmobile
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Aurora!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

Tuesdays:
4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET

-or-

Thursdays:
5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS
Host
Owner's Clubs

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    Hope everyone will enjoy this Club. I emailed Pat and asked her to start one for us aROARians. I think it only fair that mine be the first meet the members posting.

    Welcome
    My baby: 1995 Aurora Classic - Champaign & Authobahn
  • shucknetshucknet Posts: 98
    I had also requested an owner's club so that it would be easier to sift through problem histories, experiences and what not. This will be a great tool for us.

    My "baby" (who acts like on from time to time):
    1998 Aurora - Black / Black autobahn
    Soon to include the Shuck/Bose stereo option.
  • nne3jxcnne3jxc Posts: 134
    Hi all,

    I was pleased to find such an active discussion group. It's been a real help for a "newbie" Aurora owner such as myself.
    The new club should be even better!

    Jim C - New Hampshire
    1995 Autobahn
    Red on Tan
    "Red" = either "Dark Cherry" or "Medium Garnet" (I'll have to look up the paint code.)
  • The Aurora board at Edmunds Town Hall really helped me in the spring to decide to get the Aurora. I owe a belated "Thank you" to all who contributed to that board for the last 6 months. I'm still tickled with the car. My jaws are sore from grinning so much.

    3.5 V6 Silver with Bose, sunroof, and chrome mags (that's rims for all you young whippersnappers.)
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    Hi folks, I'm Robert Hammen, from Waukesha (Milwaukee), Wisconsin, and I've been an Aurora addict since April 4. I, too, credit the folks on this board with helping me formulate my addiction. I loved the look of the Aurora from the minute I saw it back in 1994, but, despite being a well-paid computer geek, could never afford it until I stumbled across my Black Beauty (a '98 w/all options) back in March (see <http://www.hammen.net/car> - still can't believe I got her, with only 27k mi on her, for $17k, after she sat on the dealer's lot for 9 months).

    My mother-in-law used to work at the Lake Orion, MI plant that built the Auroras (she works in Janesville, WI, now, building Tahoes and Yukons), and she's on her second (she had a black '95, which she traded in on an SUV, and instantly regretted that. It took her only 6 months and a huge financial hit to come back to a pearl white '98 w/everything but Autobahn)...

    --Robert
  • I just purchased my Aurora 2 weeks ago. Never thought I'd be able to get one, but it was a steal at $19,400. The salesman asked my why I was trading a 2000 Buick Regal for a 1999 car. He just didn't understand.
    How many people are not that impressed with the redesign of the Aurora? I parked mine next to a 2001 model and it was obvious which was more eye-catching.
    Look forward to chatting with everyone here

    1999 Aurora - Black/Tan
  • Hello everyone,
    Was very happy to find this site!I've had my 95'aurora for 2 years now.While I love the car,she can be shall we say,TEMPERMENTAL from time to time.It will be great to compare notes with other aurora owners

    1995 aurora light blue.sometimes looks silver,others have called it TEAL.I'LL HAVE TO CHECK THE PAINT CODE TOO!
  • Hello -

    I live in Houston, TX - So I enjoy the speed.

    I have a 97 Champaign and Tan Aurora.

    Hopefully this forum will be a tool to eliminate high cost analysis from the dealer when others have already experienced some of the same issues.

    Best of luck and nice to meet you all.
  • Greetings from Freehold, NJ. And thanks to everyone who had a hand in getting this started.

    I bought my black 1997 exactly two years ago at 37,000 miles; it has the light gray interior and sunroof -- no other factory options. It is my eighth Oldsmobile, out of 14 total vehicles (not counting motorcycles) owned in 38 years of driving.

    Modifications include addition of a Valentine 1 radar locator and K&N air filter element, removal of front and rear logo and script, and blacking out the silver trim around the side windows. The exterior is now truly monochrome black except for the stock wheels.

    My interests lean toward performance and safety improvements (handling, braking, acceleration). I have enjoyed participating in the Edmunds Town Hall immensely and hope this owners' club is as successful. I really appreciate the positive, helpful, and informative posts.

    One last thing -- I am a member (since 1971) of the Oldsmobile Club of America. Members of the club fall into two main categories (my view): (1) restoration of old Oldsmobiles and (2) 1960s and 1970s performance and muscle cars. If anyone is interested to learn more about OCA, reply to this message or contact me separately at lester.young@worldnet.att.net. My agenda is to get more Aurora owners into OCA. At last year's national meet in Parsippany, NJ, three out of 400+ show cars were Auroras. This year in Denver, CO, about five out of 442 show cars were Auroras.
  • mosaixmosaix Posts: 106
    Hey all, not an Aurora owner but I am an Oldsmobile owner(2001 Intrigue) and I do really like the Aurora though. Also like discussion of Oldsmobiles as I have always liked them. I'm 26 so I haven't owned alot of cars, but the Intrigue is my 3rd Olds and first brand new one. My first car was an 82 Cutlass and I later had an 89 Touring Sedan which was a hand me down from my father. The T-sedan was a very nice car. I think it was actually nicer than most Cadillacs were at that time. I really wanted a 98 or 99 low mileage Aurora, but could not find one with the options or color combo I wanted so I went with a completely loaded brand new Intrigue GLS.

    black97aurora. Regarding the Olds club of America. Are there many current Olds owners as members? I particularly like the Intrigue and Aurora and also the late 80s Touring Sedans and Toronados. Just wondering if there were many members there who like to discuss or have knowledge of those models.
  • Hey folks! Van Man here to speak the truth about the Aurora from Portland, OR.

    I've owned 35+ (Now I forget) cars in my 30 years here on the planet. Not much has changed over the years, but the Aurora is different. It is not built from the same standards as modern day cars. The design, engineering and very thought of this car is complete, from bumper to bumper.

    As long as my '97 Black/Black gold edition is still running and able, I will NEVER EVER get rid of it. I've never said that about a car before.

    This forum is dedicated to those who look for answers to their complicated Aurora problems. Zinc and I hold the record for the longest in-service contracts! (6 weeks each) Many thanks to Edmunds (Pat) for letting us post, because without this service, I would be a lost Aurora owner for SURE!

    The Van Man has spoken.
  • I live in Wichita, KS.

    I have a '95 and a '97 Aurora. Both have autobahn, sunroof and all the other extras. They are the greatest cars I have driven in many years.

    I have enjoyed the chat room column. It gives me a lot of knowledge and problems to look for. I just got the extended warranty for the '95 from warrantybynet.com that I found in the chat talks. My current extended warranty expires in a couple of months.

    Keep up the good work.
  • Hi there!

    As some may know, I am a lurker and occassion poster on the Aurora thread.

    I bought a sweet White 98 from a dealer in Vegas off of Ebay. I had been looking at 300Ms and what not, but the Olds just had everything I wanted in spades. The V8 is not match for a Mopar 6.

    Wish all happy motoring in their real or vitual Aurora!
  • My name is Daron Starkweather from Charlotte Michigan. I have a 1998 Dark Metallic Green/charcoal interior Aurora w/ currently 70k miles on it. I got the heated seats, sunroof, and gold package. I wish I had the chrome wheels. Look for mods in the future...
  • gisomgisom Posts: 144
    My name is Greg Isom from Chicago. I have a 95 champaign with the autobahn, sunroof, and the heated seats. This car no doubt turns heads. I have learned from our fellow aurorians a lot of things about the aurora. This is no doubt the best car I have owned.
  • This site gave me all the info I needed to help in the decision the buy a 98 Diamond white on beige,Autobaun, sunroof, Bose, chrome wheels, 32K miles. After 8 months I couldn't be more pleased with the car plus I found a good Caddy/Olds dealer that has helped with some minor stuff. Looking into extended warranty from Warranty Direct. Would love to hear experiences from others having this plan.
  • Have had my 2001 4.0 for exactly one year know (white diamond) and it is one of the few cars which I like better over time. I only have 10k miles on it since it is not my main transportation car. I have had numerous small warrany issues which have all been fixed promptly.It has all options except for engine block heater an I purchased it through the gm employee plan. I use the onstar system routinely and am usually impressed. I also use the hands free phone option a lot. I added the rear spoiler from sportswing.com and it totally changes the appearance of the car. It is a high quality unit which is easy to install. My fuel mileage is somewhat disappointing (about 20mpg overall) and much less than my ParkAvenue at 27mpg overall.True, the performance is greater, but on the highway at a steady cruise, efficiency is efficiency no matter what the horsepower. It has burned a quart of oil between the first change and I now use Mobile 1. This appears normal for this engine, but these days it is not expected.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,032
    What are the most important factors in your car-buying decisions? The Chicago Tribune is looking for a ranking of concerns such as safety, price, monthly payment, styling, quality, etc.

    Please send your response to jfallon@edmunds.com, or post in Talk to the Press.

    Thanks!

    KarenS
    Host
    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • c.c. from ft. laud., fla. bought my 97 in feb. 2000 with 337600 miles. bought extended from warranty gold in aug. 2000. no problems with them so far. currently have 73200 miles. btw, paid $15995. great car, hope to keep it until it's a classic. i use it everyday to and from work, 54 miles round trip.
  • Hello from Dave in North Dakota. Purchased 98 Aurora (Arctic White), with sunroof, autobahn, heated seats. I fell in love with the Aurora, back in 95 when it was introduced. Knew I would have to wait until they started to hit the used car lots. My wife and I spotted this one on the lot, and bought it the next day. This is the best looking car I have owned. Better yet, it is American made.
  • Just jumped in to say hello from NJ. I've owned this car since early April and absolutely love it. I have every option but the pearl paint and paid $100 under dealer cost (tissue). I also own a '53 Olds 88.

    It's a shame Olds is going down but even that couldn't stop me from buying the car. When compared to similar cars, it was impossible to match the financing, warranty and value.

    I plan on stealing the car away from the wife and kids before they destroy it and on keeping it forever. Based upon some of the posts herein, I hope this comes true.

    I had one minor problem with the engine surging at idle that was fixed easily. Dealer had to perform a relearn on the crank sensor and reprogram the pcm. Runs like a top with much more power since then.

    Hope others buy this great car.
  • Ordered my 2001 Aurora in August 2001, and picked it up in January 2002. Has been an excellent vehicle. Really impressed with the highway mpg. The 4.0 is a much improved motor over my previous Oldsmobile. Although, I still miss my Toranado. This is my 15th Oldsmobile.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    I ordered my 2002 Aurora in September 2001 and it was ready by October 2001. Why would your 2001 take until January 2002? I believe they stopped production of 2001's in April 2001.
  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    The actual changeover from 2001 to 2002 production for the Aurora occurred in early July 2001. I think that dwbeach may be dealing with a speacial program that provided deserving shoppers a way to order (through a dealer search) used or previous model year new cars at a special price.
  • Ordered the Aurora while I was overseas. Did not get back to the USA until January 2002. Not sure when it was actually built. I should have specified that I took delivery in 2002. Hopefully, my Aurora was somewhere safe being stored.
  • I am Marc from Southeast New York State and I own
    a 2001 Aurora 4.0 which I bought in December of
    2000. I am so pleased with this car that I cannot
    find the words to express that fact. Just for
    starters, the Aurora turned out to be a much more
    powerful runner than I had expected. It feels as
    good in acceleration as my former car...a 1972
    Cutlass 442 with a W-25 455! And the Aurora gets
    well over twice the gas mileage of the old muscle-
    car.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,032
    Last week, Edmunds rolled out new pricing pages. Along with this is a new "consumer ratings & reviews". This functionality lives in the "consumer opinions" area of the new vehicle detail page, and allows users to rate a vehicle on a number of different criteria (1 to 10 scale), as well as add his/her own free-form comments.

    If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.

    If you have any questions, please let me know!

    Thanks!

    KarenS
    Host
    Owners Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • carlo8carlo8 Posts: 5
    I bought a 2001 V6, 18,000 miles, three weeks ago. Sage green, I didn&#146;t want the V8, what was I thinking? The V6 is really enough power though, and I'll be less likely to pile up speeding tickets in it (I hope). I can't believe the difference from my 89 Buick Century that I thought was luxury when I bought it. The car is so quiet and smooth at speed that I have to fight the urge to keep going faster, and I can't wait to get some time on a twisty road. On the downside, a couple of glitches I didn't notice on the test drive; Water gets into the spare tire well when it rains, and worse the buttons for the memory seat (another cool feature) change the radio band from AM to FM to CD, and sometimes changes A/C settings also. Pretty weird, I hope the Dealer doesn't make it worse. Good to read all the notes on the main board, Thanks for all the good info, I'll post on the main board when I get the seat thing solved.
    THANKS again Carl C. Alameda
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    The memory buttons hold separate radio settings in addition to separate seat and mirror positions. If you have the radio on one way as driver 1, and another way as driver 2, it will switch back and forth as you press the 1 and 2 memory buttons. If that is what you are experiencing, then it isn't a glitch. If that isn't what you are experiencing, then it's time to see the dealer.
  • javidoggjavidogg Posts: 366
    Hello to all, new here since I bought a 1999 Olds Aurora in Jet Black, Totalled my 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue in an accident, which it was not my fault, I wasn't even inside of the car, oh-well. I'm loving my Aurora, all ready made some changes on it, and still looking to modify it some more. I got some questions about stock and aftermarket radios, so I'll keep checking other boards. Peace.
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