At the introduction of the new Oldsmobile in 1994 project a brand new look in the perception of the Olds enthusiast to the brand. The new Oldsmobile Aurora, though possess the tradition of the Olds, features a mixture of modern vehicle and sophistication of the old. In short, the Oldsmobile Aurora possesses power, luxury, and style.
The 1995 Aurora, model year that was released in 1994, shared the chassis with the Buick Riviera. But other than that, it has no part similar whatsoever to any other cars including other Olds vehicle for that matter. That is why the Aurora was very unique from the rest of the vehicles on the road. It housed a 250-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 with dual-overhead camshafts engine, the only engine available for the car, which is combined with the electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission with Performance and Normal shift modes incorporating it. The only model came with antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and traction control with an on/off switch as standard features. It was set to compete and match the beauty of the BMW 540i, Mercedes-Benz E430, and Lexus LS400.
In the following years, Aurora was modified and the flows were removed from the car making it more responsive to the driver. During the following release of the Aurora, additions such as daytime running lights and the elimination of the distortion in the rear window were made. Electronic compass, a changed mirror, an in-dash CD player with an optional Bose speakers and 12-disc CD player were added the following year. As the flagship model of the Oldsmobile, the Aurora became better and better year after year.
Another great addition to the Aurora was the improvement of the suspension and steering. This made the car stable and very comfortable to ride. The availability of OnStar is another great addition to the Aurora. In 1999, the last year before the flagship is removed to the model; the Aurora changed and improved more. From mirrors to suspensions, Oldsmobile dedicate their effort to make Aurora the best in its class. Aurora was not produced in 2000 but returned in 2001 where it became smaller luxury sedan. The new Aurora is quiet, fast, luxurious and comfortable. With two engines to choose from (3.5 litre V6, DOHC, 24 valves and the 250 horsepower 4.0 litre V8 engine), the Aurora couldn't get any better.
Hello! I have an Oldsmobile Aurora that I've been driving for years. Lately, I've been getting some headaches from it. The engine keeps stalling and it's driving me crazy. Do you have any idea what is the problem here and what should I do to solve it?
Your car has a component called the crankshaft position sensor. This is responsible for recording how fast the crankshaft is spinning. The recorded speed is used by the car's onboard computer to facilitate proper fuel injection and ignition. When it fails, there is a possibility that it can cause engine problems like stalling. Your car will start fine but then stall after some time. This can happen intermittently along with engine backfiring. When the crankshaft position sensor is failing, you'd also have a hard time starting the car. The solution is to replace the bad crankshaft position sensor with a new unit. You can ask your mechanic or consult your owner's manual for the right replacement specifications.
The problem with my Aurora seems to be getting out of hand. It's now overheating every now and then. I also noticed a puddle on the right passenger side. Anybody got any idea what's up with this car? I know there must be something wrong with the radiator.
First, let's talk about your problem with engine overheating. This is a serious problem and one that should be resolved immediately—or you risk bigger engine problems. Now, there are various causes why the engine overheats but the most common one is when the radiator is leaking coolant. That puddle you see happens when the radiator‘s plastic side tank begins to leak. This could cause a significant loss in the coolant level which in turn will cause the engine to overheat. If left unchecked, the overheating can lead to bigger problems such as head gasket failure. Better check your cooling system and replace any leak points that could be causing the problem. Sometimes, the leak may be due to cracked or damage hoses or radiator cap.
My Oldsmobile Aurora used to run efficiently and without any problem. However, after running it with a few hundred miles, the torque converter started to fail. Now, the engine is having all sorts of problem—overheating, slipping, shuddering, and emits strange noises. What should I do?
The torque converter is an important component of a vehicle. This is responsible for how much fluid is passed on to your car's automatic transmission and allows the engine to continue running even at full stop. Any sort of malfunction in the torque converter could cause an erratic behavior in the engine. So, you are right that your problem has to do with the torque converter. There are different reasons why this component would fail; these include damaged needle bearings, converter seals, converter clutches, and converter solenoid. The most recommended solution for this problem is internal transmission repairs because sometimes, repairing a damaged torque converter can be more costly than buying a new one.
Have a minor issue with my Aurora. Lately, there have been erratic readings on the car's fuel gauge. When I turn the key on to start it, the gas gauge goes past full and stays there until the car is shut off. Any suggestions?
It is really annoying and inconvenient when your fuel gauge is not working as it should. You wouldn't have an idea when to pull over at a gas station for a refill. You could end up stalled in the middle of the road because you run empty even though the gauge tells you the tank is full. The most common cause of this issue is a malfunction in the sending unit—the one that reads the fuel level. When the sending unit's module got defective, the result is wrong fuel level readings. You will need to replace the complete fuel pump and sending unit when this happens. Sadly, the module is currently not being offered separately from the pump and sending unit.
Oldsmobile Aurora: This is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile
General Motors has long wanted to breathe new life to Oldsmobile by building a car that’s entirely different from the typical Oldsmobile vehicle. From that aim, the Oldsmobile Aurora was born. This midsize luxury sports sedan was Oldsmobile’s first attempt to get into the luxury segment and pose direct competition against Japanese and European imports. It was designed to attract younger yet more affluent buyers.
What made the Aurora a good buy was its long list of standard features and very short options list. While it was marketed by Oldsmobile, Aurora didn’t carry the Olds nameplate until 1997. This is because the marketing executives of the said GM division wanted to give their new car a sort of breathing space as it gets into a fight against its highly competitive European and Japanese rivals.
1995 - 1999: First-generation Aurora
After years of extensive research and development, production of the Aurora finally started on January 1994. It was launched in the market for the 1995 model year, sporting a host of modern and luxury features. It was powered by Oldsmobile’s 4.0L L47 V8 engine that was able to produce 250hp. During that time, the Aurora was highly regarded due to its refined engine, excellent construction, balanced ride, as well as its structural reliability. Aurora’s first five years in the market were so successful, selling more than 45,000 units. However, sales began to drop in 1996.
The 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora had some slight revisions. The car’s climate control and safety alarm were also tweaked. New rear glass and revised keyless entry alarm system were added. 1997 was marked by the addition of a new in-dash CD player for its BOSE sound system as well as the appearance of Oldsmobile’s old badge that was first seen on this model, placed on the right corner along with the Aurora name.
For 1998, majority of the changes done to the Aurora were aimed to improve its already excellent suspension system. The year 1999 was the last year for the Aurora, and the vehicle got better engine stability with the addition of engine mounts.
2001 - 2003: Second-generation Aurora
No Oldsmobile Aurora models were produced for the 2000 model year to give way to the might-have-been upscale version. However, Buick dropped the Riviera, so Olds needed to come up with a re-engineered Aurora in just a short time. The result was a new Aurora with G-body design and powered by a 4.0 V8 Northstar. And for the first time, Oldsmobile also offered an Aurora with a V6 engine, called the Shortstar.
The second-generation Oldsmobile Aurora remained competitive, but it failed to draw the same sales and attention the way the original did. One of the reasons for these was GM’s announcement about the phasing out of the Oldsmobile marquee in the coming years. Production of the last 500 Auroras ended on March 28, 2003.