1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L V8 from North America


Possible nightmare


Flywheel Sheered 6" from crackshaft in perfect circle.

Flywheel cracked and caused cracked block and transmission bell housing.

General Comments:

I was wondering if anybody else has had this problem and what the cause was.

The transmission was replaced before buying the vehicle as told to me by the dealer.

The first problem occurred after being driven approx 500 miles. The second problem occured after being driven approx 500-1000mi.

When flywheel cracked the second time it wobbled and broke off about a 6" piece off the top of the bell housing and 3" piece of the engine block.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th June, 2007

4th Oct 2007, 08:29

On the Oldsmobile Aurora the flywheel bolts are torque to yield (stretch bolts). If I had to guess I would say that they reused the bolts. These are one time use only and if reused would come loose therefore causing the flywheel to crack. Hope this helps!


1995 Oldsmobile Aurora from North America


Performance, comfort, looks, reliability in one package


I have had mostly routine things go wrong, with a few exceptions such as the idler motor and the fuel injection train (covered under a recall) Other than that the car has been the best car I have ever owned, bar none.

General Comments:

I have had very few problems with the car that could not be attributed to normal wear and tear. I change the oil every 3,000 miles and the Transmission fluid every 25,000, and I believe those 2 simple preventative maintenance actions have contributed to the drive train being original with 266,000 miles. No oil burning, no transmission problems, ever. Still has great power, and I don't hesitate to take it on long trips. I have a Colorado pickup now also, so I don't drive it as much as I used to, but I still like to take it out a couple of times every week. I have owned a lot of cars from Jaguar, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, and Oldsmobile, and I can honestly say this is my favorite car from an all-around aspect. The Jag was the most fun to drive, but it spent more time on a hoist than on the rubber. The Aurora has never left me stranded in 6 years and almost 200,000 miles, something I dare say not many cars can say.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2007

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 4.0 from North America


Never got to drive it, but it looks great


Car will not start or even crank.

All electrical appear to be in working order; chimes, lights, wipers and windows etc. does operate.

General Comments:

I bought this car a week ago and it did not run (first mistake). I bought a new battery $200.00, all the lights, horn, wipers, windows etc. work fine, but the engine will not crank or run at all. I do hear the fuel pump kick in and maybe a click under the hood, but no crank or turn over. I was told the previous owners floored the vehicle in neutral before the repossession man showed up, causing the engine to seize up. If this is true, when I turn on the engine to run and turn the headlights on, would the stay bright? They do not dim at all; this leads me to believe it is the starter not making proper connection. I have also tried turning the harmonic balancer with a breaker bar-does not turn at all. Do I need to do something special on this heavy engine to help make it turn easier.. do I need key on or car in neutral or a spark plug removed. Please help, I am at a loss and don't know what else to do. I can be emailed at Loretta1967@cox.net Hope this helps others.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2006

12th Dec 2006, 23:44

Unless you weigh like only 97 lbs, you should have been able to turn the engine with the breaker bar on the harmonic balancer, even with all the spark plugs in place. Unfortunately, it does sound like a seized engine based on your description. Another possibility is that that the starter gear is jammed into the flywheel and is stuck, which would keep the engine from turning. Try removing the starter and then attempt to turn the engine with the breaker bar.