1998 Oldsmobile Aurora from North America
The car is comfortable and fun to drive, but the maintenance costs are becoming too much for me
The driver's side window stopped operating at about 45000 miles.
A mysterious tapping noise (not unlike the sound of a card stuck in the spokes of a bicycle) developed around 55000 miles. It turned out to be the hubs, and cost about $1,700 to fix.
Now I am told that the A/C compressor has died at about 60000 miles.
The car is by far the most comfortable ride I've ever had. It handles beautifully on the road, although it is difficult to parallel park and get into tight spaces (obviously).
Aside from its size, my only problem with the car is its reliability. I've had the car for only 18 months and already it's been in the shop three times for separate problems, with repair bills/estimates amounting to more than $4,000. Is this just the way it is with American luxury cars? Is this normal?
My other car is a '94 Toyota Corolla wagon, and it just keeps going (125,000 miles) virtually without any maintenance at all. I'd like to keep the Aurora as a touring car (for that purpose, it is unmatched), but the maintenance costs keep adding up. Can anyone out there give me comfort that these problems are typical at this mileage, and things will settle down on the repair front?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd September, 2005
20th Jan 2006, 14:14
I would say that it is usual for an American car.
My 1997 Honda Civic ended up in a shop for the first time last month at 257 000 km (~160K miles) for a bearing and a balljoint.
Other than regular maintenance (fluids, tires and brakes), my total cost of repairs since new (almost 9 years) was less than $500. A girl at work has the same car down to the colour and she is at 250K km - her cost so far? $0.00.
But, a 1997 civic with 250K will cost you 3-4K to buy right now. A 1997 Ford, Dodge or Chevy with 250K km will cost just a touch more than the gas it has in the tank. So you can pay up front or in repairs, the cost in the end is about the same.