1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 liter V8 from North America
Seductive luxury sports sedan that needs constant attention and care
Spark plugs/wires when I first got the car @ 77,000 miles (about $400)
Fuel rail recall (no big deal, free)
Rear shocks @ 78k miles ($380)
GM steering rack @ 78k miles also ($1100), seems like I'm in the shop every month.
Battery @ 78,800 miles ($120)
Oil leaks a lot, not only on the floor, but it also blows out onto the block when driving (= gooey mess around the whole back of the engine). Lower main seal, oil pan, oil pan gasket all leak a few drops of oil. We completely ruined the driveway and garage floor with this.
Radiator went at around 79,000 miles. Another $400 repair.
At 80,900 the water pump blew ($330)
EGR valve @ 84,000 miles ($350)
Oxygen sensors @ 87000 (voluntary...but GAINED 100+ miles per tank. I knew something wasnt right)
Entire coil pack set and complete plug wires set again @ 94,000 miles ($650)
..there are more repairs, but it has gotten to the point where I can't keep track of them all anymore. I have figured it to be over $5000 I have spent in just under 17,000 miles of driving. Pretty sad really, but like I said this car will be a classic someday and I'd much rather repair this thing than drive an import. Everybody drives hondas and whatnot, nobody has the Aurora with body kit around here like me.
I LOVE this car! I managed to get one with a great interior (other seats were never used). This car looks unlike any other on the road and I get heads turning all the time looking at it.
First of all, all 1995 Auroras are huge money pits. But that doesn't stop a lot of people (myself included) from maintaining them! In fact despite all the negative repairs I made, I still managed to spend $3500 in upgrades for the car.
So far I put in the following:
Razzi Body Kit
Repainted bumpers and painted the body kit ($1700)
$400 security system
New style V8 Northstar badges on the sides.
This car looks so seductive, that there is an emotional attachment that comes along with it. I've spent all my money on the car, and continue to make the pit deeper all the time with repairs. What a great car for a 17 year old... if you make a lot of money. I'd rather push this car down the road than drive a Honda or similar car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2006