1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 V8 from North America
Unreliable, smooth riding family car
I just purchased my 1995 Aurora about a month ago.
The air conditioner has went out, and blows out only hot air.
The car runs very warm, no matter the temperature outside.
Biggest problem, oil pan gasket leaks. Took car to the dealer and he said Oldsmobile came out with a different shaped oil pan because they were having too many problems with the old ones. Car leaks a quart of oil a day!
Car has trouble starting sometimes. Sometimes it will pop right off, other times it will take 30 seconds to start.
This is a nice car with a lovely interior.
It has great horsepower and is smooth riding.
However it is a headache maintaining the car in tip top shape.
I have only had this car for a month and still owe $3,000 on it. Can someone suggest to me what I should do? Sell it or fix it and keep it?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th September, 2005
At 13 years old, everything will start to go (even at under 95,000 mile)
The 95 Aurora has a North-star engine. The book says 11 hours to change the gasket. Dealers here quote $3500, although I have found a good shop that will do it for $1000 (including parts and oil). The engine has to come out to do the job. Cadilacs have the exact same propblem.
I love my 95 aurora - only had oil changes and tires until now. Also had the air conditioner go. Steering gear and pump, and also I am told the steering column is loose (the adjustable part) and no longer available through GM. Rust starting on the body.
You can put about $7000 to $9000 into it at this age, or purchase a 98 model in good shape for about $5000. Mine is one of the first off the line and so I am keeping it.