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Oldsmobile Aurora



  • fjk57702fjk57702 Posts: 539
    It does say that the coolant heat reduces icing but seems to say that icing could still be a problem. Actually, there could be icing in the manifold itself if it were cold enough.
  • ffreysffreys Posts: 12
    Hi everyone...just purchased a 95 with autobahn package?...door sticker says V rated tires....73,500 miles from original owner......paid $ is mint and runs great....color is champagne...has had a FPR..water computer?...done under warranty by previous owner....I know this because the rear seat belts wouldn't retract and I read a recall notice for them...the dealer replaced them for free and gave me a maintence history of the vehicle...said it was owned by an older couple and that it was a "good one" now I am drawing on all of your vast wealth of knowledge on what to do next.....IE:..preventive maintence..performance mods.....etc....any and all suggestions are appreciated.......have about $5000...
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    I'm sure you will enjoy your car. Preventive maintenance is all pretty much common sense with the Aurora. If you change your own oil, do some searching here for how to read the dipstick. It seems the '95s were particularly tricky. The car only takes 7.5 quarts of oil, so that is all you should put in regardless of how the stick reads.

    There is a mods board which isn't too full and should be good reading (couple hundred posts vs the thousands here). Welcome!
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    Yep, go to the mods discussion.

    Also, you can go to

    They posted some stuff I've done on my 98 Aurora regarding airbox mods and throttle body work. It includes pictures and dyno graphs too. Several guys here have made some good modifications.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Thanks for the link Hammen... What a shame there will be no more new Auroras...

    I was washing my car today when one of the neighbors stopped by (to ask if I washed cars for a living as I'm always doing it). She commented on how nice my car looked and then said "is that a Toyota Aurora?". I told her it wasn't but to try to guess who made it. She guessed Acura next, then Infiniti. She was a bit surprised when I mentioned it was an Oldsmobile. It's a real shame most people wouldn't even know where to go to buy one if they were interested in it... I know most of the Olds models aren't going to be passed on to other lineups, and here's to hoping their marketing isn't passed on to anyone inside GM either...
  • ffreysffreys Posts: 12
    just a little more info to add to my earlier post #4177......I am 41....recovering from ACL replacement surgery...and now the bad in sunny southern California......
  • I have a question for you HAMMEN2(or anyone else who would like to answer).

    How can GM be finished with the buildout of the Aurora when they specifically say on the OLDS website that they will build the last ones in MAY 2003? According to the article, they have finished the buildout 2 months early. Also, from what I have seen on the OLDS website, they did not do that with the Intrigue. They built the last one on June (14) 2002 as they said.

    The reason I question this is because I am working on purchasing a Collector's Edition and wanted to order one of the last few if possible. I have a deposit down with a dealer for one and they have said nothing about this. Basically, I am questioning the validity of the article.

    If it is true, I am going to be one highly ticked off customer!!!

    Thanks for any insight anyone can give about this to alleviate my fears and anger.

  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    I think Olds' web site is inaccurate, and that the Orion plant is done with the Final 500. I was checking out the web site of the dealership where my car was delivered to its original owner (Suburban Olds in Troy, MI - ), and they clain to have 2 Final 500 Auroras in their inventory (Dark Cherry paint - click on More Info to get the package details).

    Remember, it can take upwards of a month for a car to make it from a factory to the dealership (though, in the above case, it's only an hour or so drive). I would go to the dealership where you placed your deposit and ask them to put in writing that they're getting a Final 500, and their estimated delivery date. They may want you to write up a sales contract. If they can't/won't give you this info, I'd suggest dealing with a different dealership. Where are you located? You might call Olds to see if they can refer you to a dealership that will get one of the 500's (I'm presuming that only a handful of Olds dealers will)...

    Hope this helps,

  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    On the Collector's Edition part of the Olds website, they mention March as the date of Final 500 production.

    There is also a link about "where to get one". That lists a bunch of dealers that are scheduled to get them. If yours isn't on there, you may want to at least look into it.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    They stopped taking orders on Auroas back in January.
    190 Auroras were produced this last week.
    That is far more than 8-17 they were producing a week before they started the Final 500 production.

    My dealer in Charleston, SC has a Final 500. Sharp looking car, especially with the cadillac wheels.

    If your dealer can't tell you about the car it is clear he is not getting one. Go to another dealer because not every Olds dealer qualifies for one.
    Looks like he is lying to you.
  • aurora5000aurora5000 Posts: 168
    I saw one on Saturday at the back lot of dealership. Just got in the day before and not cleaned up. The color seems to be a dark cherry.

    RJS- Is you car the same color as Final 500? My wife hated the color. She said that it was too dark and liked the red color on the Deville much better. I guess that is a hint for me.

  • fjk57702fjk57702 Posts: 539
    If the final order were called for in January, which makes sense, then they probably did not get enough orders to continue production past the end of March.

    When they built the last Reatta's (1991), they did not even begin production until they had all of the dealers orders in. Then they built about 2000 cars.
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    Toyota Aurora. Oh man. That figures. It's only one person, but yeah, I get the "who makes the Aurora" all the time when someone is in my car. I've also had the "it has a V6 right?".

    I sure hope GM will get a clue about advertising and promoting their cars - especially when they make a good one like the Aurora.

    Hey - different subject, but any speculation if the Chevy SS concept car will make it to production? A very cool looking 4 door with a stroked LS1 for 430 HP. Too cool. That would be worth waiting for, although knowing GM, they would look at the GTO and figure they have to water down the SS performance so as to keep the hierarchy in place. It would probably suffer from this backwards thinking again. I doubt the interior would be anything as nice as an Aurora though, but it looks too cool, provides some nice room, and would melt the tires on command.
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    Forgot to mention. I've owned my 98 for two years today. Got it with 13,100 miles and now it's at 40,500. Great car. No regrets. It's had some issues under warranty, but has been totally reliable.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    No, my car is not the same color. Mine is Cherry metallic and it is a lighter shade of dark red. Did you see the CE in direct light? It lightens up a bit and looks more like my color in bright light (it in bright light looks like mine in dark light). In the shade, it almost looks like a brown or purplish color. At the NAIAS, it really looked like crap, but then so did the 50th Anniversary 'vette. The lighting there was really terrible. I saw a CE Intrigue, but it was in the service bays at my local Olds dealer. It looked really purple/brownish there too. Actually, I can't remember where I saw one in an outside environment, but I'm pretty sure I have...

    The Deville red is pretty cool because it is a pearlescent color, not metallic. It is like a red version of the White Diamond paint. It is a nice color, but looks sort of stupid on the Deville IMO. It looks a bit more appropriate on the Seville. It would probably look pretty good on the Aurora or CTS (I saw a CTS in the dark red a while back and it was really awesome looking. Unfortunately it also had some big ricey exhaust tips and Vogue tires that sort of ruined the overall look).
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Greg, I would be quite surprised to see that make it to production. It sure looked sweet, though. Clearly it wouldn't have a larger V8 than the Corvette. Though there is talk that the C6 might make closer to 500 hp...
  • musclecar97musclecar97 Posts: 111
    Just got back from a 2800 mile springbreak roadtrip. 2 kids, the wife and a trunk full of luggage. Boise to SanDiego to Phoenix to Vegas to Salt Lake City to Boise...On a dark desert wind...averaged 79mph and 25mpg. I checked the mileage at fillups, about every 300 miles. The best was 27.8 and the worst 23.5. I used regular unleaded as gas in San Diego was $2.30 a gallon. I took some octane booster with me, $0.99 a pint treats 20 gallons. I only used it at lower sea level(and below)...i.e. Death Valley. At higher elevations the higher octane is unnecessary.
       The car ran great, what a wonderful highway cruiser. When I was on the 2 lane and needed to pass, I just punched it and zoomed to 90mph in a flash. Love the sound of that V8 coming to life! Cruising San Diego and Vegas with the sunroof open taking in the warm breezes was awesome...up ahead in the distance...I saw a shimmering light...
       She's got 85,000 miles on her now and people still think this '97 is a brand new car. Did I mention that I love my can check out any time you like...but you can never leeave!
  • I'm glad to hear other Aurora's are playing nice with their owners, mines been mis-behaving these days. I can't stop or locate what my backfire problem is. No codes are coming up, just ran a tank of fuel system cleaner through it ($11 bottle, not the cheep stuff) and it ran ok, backfired only a few times seemed less often the more it drove. Today ran till almost empty put in amoco/bp 93 ultimate and first 2 mins backfired handfull of times. Don't know what to do. Thinking about get ride of my 800wattaurora. I know it's sad. Can't beleive I'm even thinking about it. Don't know what else I'd wan't to drive? Any of guys be interested in my RSM stuff and/or Corsa exhaust if I strip her down and trade her in? I feel like I just committed a sin here guys, forgive me, maybe if you guys can tell your aurora to play nicer with my 96 it'll want to stick around a while longer.
  • mike98cmike98c Posts: 293
    People look at the symbol on the hood and get thrown sometimes I think. I overheard a man and a women arguing about was it a new or old Lexus in a parking lot, I also heard the guy at the dealership (Mitsubishi) where I was looking at a used one before I made up my mind and got an insurance car (flood, 80,000 miles since then). ask if I wanted to sit in the LUMINA that I was looking at. Maybe I should have asked why they mistakenly had their Lumina priced so hi :o
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    Musclecar97: "On a dark desert wind..."

    Losing your hair and that's why you stopped there? Just a guess...

    Mike, once at my local Olds/Chevy dealer a lady thought my car was the nicest looking Impala she'd ever seen. I then explained to her it was because it was an Aurora...
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    But it was funny.
  • What's up guys, no one responded to my last message about getting ride of my aurora?
     #4194 of 4197 Well guys?? by 800wattaurora
    Garnes, rjs, blk97,musclecar, henry? Yah, Henry you want my slightly used Corsa.
  • stickking1stickking1 Posts: 247
    Hey, sorry about the late post...something about the "server not being able to accept new posts" this morning. Keep us updated on what your plans are. I know I would be very interested in the Corsa and the RSM stuff...depending on how good this month is to me.
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    just because of the backfire problem, you want to get rid of it? You have a warranty, right? Take it to a dealer who can figure it out. If they aren't cutting it, try another one. I don't imagine you'd get much for the car if it's backfiring on the test-drive... Plus, what would you get?
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    Yeah, I would not give up just because of the back fire. Someone should be able to solve that. You got a lot into that cool car. However, if you do dump it, I want dibs on the heat shield/cold air intake. That thing is cool, and I would not mind trying it out. You got my number. Just call me about it. But I really hope you can work the problem out.
  • garnesgarnes Posts: 950
    A friend of mine is in the market for something new and mentioned he liked the ES300. Being the Aurora expert because of you guys, I said that he had to look at the 2003 Aurora and gave the many reasons. Well, he did and really liked it. Sounds like he might buy one. Very cool.

    The interior on the new Aurora does seem a bit more refined than the classic. It's just one heck of a car for the money. That engine is more refined as well. I'll have to show him RJS's Corsa pictures and take him for a ride in my car for sure.
  • fjk57702fjk57702 Posts: 539
    Once (not my old Aurora though) I had backfire that was due to sparkplug wires that needed to be replaced. This is something should show up on a test perhaps, but will be worse if it is damp out.
  • blk97aurorablk97aurora Posts: 573

    I didn't respond right away because I was sure you'd come to your senses :,)

    How did you determine "No codes are coming up"? The reason I ask is that I have been researching code readers and scanners (ordered an AutoXray 10150 last week). To my surprise, I discovered there are significant differences in the ability of different units to pull up historical codes -- some can, others cannot.

    There are two types of backfire -- intake side and exhaust side. I know from experience that a leaky fuel-pressure regulator can cause one helluva backfire in the intake manifold. So can mistimed camshafts, but that wouldn't be intermittent.

    I'm not sure that popping in the exhaust side is really backfire, but it's often called that. A cylinder misfiring and dumping unburned gasoline into a hot exhaust manifold or cat will cause that problem. I'd be very surprised if the OBDII emission controls didn't pick it up. As mentioned before, plugs, wires, coils, ignition module could be the culprit. I also wonder if a bad injector could cause the condition.

    If you do sell, I'd be interested in the RSM 80mm throttle body and mounting plate since I have not ordered mine yet. I don't remember if you have the RSM strut and shock tower braces.
  • HenryHenry Posts: 1,106
    I would suggest that youreally look into the backfire issue. It is annoying but should be fixable. Where are you located?

    Secondly, if you do decide to get rid of the car, I'll take the corsa. Heck, I might as well take the whole car. I could keep the mods and drill out the engine to 4.6L. The mods to the engine would most likely fix the backfire.

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