2002 Oldsmobile Aurora Reviews

2002 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5 Litre V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 Litre V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance84367 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

Best GM car design ever

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car, in the year and a half I've owned it.

I can't comment on the quality of dealer service, since it hasn't had anything beyond the routine old changes, and the like. Those were done at a nearby garage. For anything that is not routine I'll go to a car dealer.

General Comments:

This may very well be the best car GM has ever made (!) so I am extremely sad that Oldsmobile is gone as a make. The longest brand in the industry and GM dumps it, at considerable cost. Now they're desperate for money. Makes no sense.

Next I'll probably buy a Buick - the nearest car to my Aurora. But it seems like a step down from an Oldsmobile!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2008

25th Jul 2008, 19:37

"This may very well be the best car GM has ever made"

- Agreed! I have a 2001 Aurora & I think that the Big Dummies at GM didn't know a good thing when they saw it!

2002 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5 3.5L DOHC V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.5L DOHC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Outstanding value as a used luxury car

Faults:

Corrosion on the hood at the front edge - repaired under warranty.

Memory seats do not function properly.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, stylish inside and out, easy to drive and a great value. I average about 24mph on regular gas, with a mix of city and highway driving. The car is stable and quiet with lots of luxury features. Performance is fully adequate for getting onto highways and passing. I see no need for the thirstier V-8.

Mine is extremely well equipped, with stability control, heated seats, rain sensing wipers and much more. It makes a very safe and stable car in winter weather.

As a used car, this is a fantastic value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2007

2002 Oldsmobile Aurora from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Worst and most expensive car we have ever owned

Faults:

Car has had serious water leaks since new. Carpets have been replaced, smells musty, has mold inside now. Leaks from the top, leaks from the bottom, leaks where the light buttons are on the top. Leaks everywhere. We have wanted a replacement of this car since it was new and no one will help us.

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

Review Date: 19th October, 2006

24th Oct 2006, 14:38

I think that a lot of seams weren't sealed correctly at the factory. And maybe some seals around the doors & windows are bad. A body shop could take care of all the leaks.

7th Sep 2007, 15:25

The trunk leaks on my 01 Aurora. The body shop couldn't find the problem. They hosed it down while someone was inside, but couldn't find the leak. I was hoping to solve this. I wish someone else would be more specific about where they found their leaks. My repairman is stumped.

It collects water sitting because we haven't driven it in a month, but when I opened the trunk the whole well for the spare was full of water.

10th Apr 2012, 16:09

I also have a problem with water just flowing into the trunk of my Aurora. I have to keep a tarp in the trunk, and place anything valuable under the tarp. The dealership I bought it from attempted to check it out, but I still have the problem.

I have also had the valve body work done for about 1,500. Fast forward, had transmission rebuilt for over 2,000, which was the cheapest quote.

Now the water pump is supposedly faulty.

Check gas cap error has become a problem.

This car was purchased, and had 75k miles on it and one owner. I found out later that this model car is notorious for transmission problems. I love my car to death, but I am getting really tired of it as far as mechanical issues.

26th Apr 2012, 17:57

Had the same leak issue, and found the leak to be intruding from behind the latch. There is a black plastic strip just under the trunk seal, located on the outside (side) of trunk (where the license plate would be). Water gets trapped behind it from runoff trickling onto the plastic strip. Inside the trunk there are four bolts holding the strip on; by removing those bolts, you can access the leak. That is if you have the same one.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 6 reviews