1996 Oldsmobile Aurora from North America - Comments

1st Feb 2006, 09:03

My '96 Aurora has many of the problems listed above, including traction light problems, anti-lock brake light staying on, and service engine light staying on as well. I had to replace the Radiator due to a crack in the plastic causing a leak. Oil leaked for about a year, then seemed to fix itself. My CD player also doesn't work. The most annoying problem is the electrical issues! I have replaced the module that controls all the inside lamps and the tail lamps 4 times now. Each time they seem to burn out causing the lights not to work at night. A major problem! these modules cost me $170 a pop and never seem to last. Anyone else have this problem?? How do I fix this issue??

3rd Feb 2006, 11:25

Love the car's appearance and performance. However, recently, especially on warm days, the engine gets overheated (about 220) and then the oil pressure drops to 5 psi when idling at a light or in slow traffic, causing the alarm to sound. Even a slight increase in revs raises the oil pressure to good levels. The local mechanics can't duplicate the condition when I put it in the shop and the dealer has no answer for me. I have a new radiator (about 1 1/2 years ago) Anyone have a clue for me?

4th Feb 2006, 18:29

- Guesses: Bad thermostat. Needs flushing & fresh coolant.

Bad water pump. Slipping water pump drive belt. Fans not turning on.

17th Apr 2006, 20:48

Handling is terrific if you have the Autobahn package on the car. Only problem is the factory Michelin MXV P235/60VR16's are terrible in snow.

I have a "baby" '96 with only 73000 km (45300 miles) on the clock so far. Actually looking to replace the factory rubber this year, and all I know is that I definitely don't want Michelins, and I generally buy that brand.

4th May 2006, 20:15

I Have a 1996 Aurora with the same problems. I did have the oil leak fixed without pulling the motor or transmission. All the nuts come off the oil pan except one. You can make a socket to fit it. GM has come out with a oil pan sealant that replaces the old oil pan gasket. It hasn't leaked since. My aurora had the same oil pressure problem, ran at 5 psi and 220 on the engine temperature. I switched to a synthetic oil and the oil pressure been fine since. It still runs around 220.

21st Aug 2006, 22:24

About the coolant leaking, I've experienced this with another gm make so when my friend had the same problem with her 98 aurora I told her to have the dealer check the coolant resovoir. Sure enough there was a small crack near where it is sealed making it a little hard to detect. She had replaced almost every cooling component, fortunatly it was at the dealers cost for not being able to fix it correctly. All in all not a big repair, but a lot of aggravation in trying to fix it. This car is a daily driver and she commutes 70 plus miles daily without any more problems.

1st Jan 2007, 05:45

I have a 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora. I just recently Bought this Vehicle for $1,500. It is worth every penny in my opinion, It rides very smoothly. Only problems I'm having with it is a Small Oil leak, Bad Engine Control Mod., And some problems with my Battery post's. If anyone could direct me to a good site "perferably cheap new or used" to Buy a ECM. I would be very great full. You can contact me @ XvXUltraZeroXvX@yahoo.com.

27th Mar 2007, 21:18

I have a 96 version and I have a problem that I am wondering if anyone knows how to fix it. When I am idleing at a stoplight or anywhere, my car will just shut off. Even if I am rolling to a stop it will shut off. Does anyone have any advice?

29th Mar 2007, 09:45

I have a '96 aurora and sometimes when I begin to drive white smoke comes out from behind. so it's burning oil, I guess. there are oil leaks and I don't know from where. I am just curious to know if I should get rid of the car, fix it or make sure to keep oil in it. I only drive it like 20 miles a day- max.

30th Mar 2007, 21:39

I Have a 96 Aurora with 100,000 miles and just spent $1500 to fix a list of problems, including my service engine light which kept coming on. Two weeks later the light came back on. I took it back to get fixed and they said it was a misfire code left over and they cleared it. The next week the light came back on. This time they said it needed a fuel injector. So I spent another $200 to fix it. Now a week later the car just shuts off while I am driving. Any suggestions?

9th Apr 2007, 09:06

Hello - 95 Aurora. Nice car until the engine caught fire. Got lucky though. Blew out marshmallow in time. Need info on what happened and why? Anybody? Bueller... Bueller???

Thanks. ED.

18th Apr 2007, 17:05

I also own a 95 Aurora with 2019,000 with a little rattle in front any ideas? Also it is hard to start, you have to rotate key back and forth to get lights in dash to come on before starting Any ideas.

22nd Apr 2007, 17:06

I also have a 96 oldsmobile aurora. The car is so smooth and it's really hard to get in another car and compare them. The problems with my oldsmobile is at 100k miles my car started acting up. so I'll list them and when they happened. 100k new brakes rotors all around $250 in front and $175 in rear. 105k miles new headlights both went out at the same time 3 different times. 106k new power steering pump and line. 107k torque converter goes out so I replace it $600. 109k transmission does not work anymore. I dumped over $1500 in the car and now I'm trying to get rid of it.

10th Jul 2007, 23:44

I JUST BOUGHT A 1996 AURORA FOR $2450 and put new tie rods all around $700. Replaced temp gauge $164;fixed horn relay $36; put freeon for ac unit; and now my ac compreser went out they want $950 to fix it. Should I fix it our get rid of the car.

12th Jul 2007, 19:09

My 96 Aurora with 144,000 miles has had almost all of the above problems. Got them all fixed, except for the traction control and ABS lights coming on and off at will.

Today the lights came on, and there was a grinding sound from the front. I already put in new brakes, calipers and wheel bearings. Any clue? Can I drive it this way?

19th Jul 2007, 12:39

Possible answer for the aurora with 219K+ on it.. rattle from the front could possibly be from lower control arm bushings or engine cradle mounts... starting issue might be the ignition switch itself. not the lock cylinder, but what the lock cylinder goes into.. two of the problems I have had so far with mine...

26th Aug 2007, 01:41

We have a 1996 Aurora with almost 150K miles: At 98K miles we had to replace the front engine seals & AC system (all).

At 125K miles we replaced ignition wiring and plugs (we did it - NOT the dealer!). Belts and batteries replaced as required.

We LOVE this car! It rides great and the mileage is affordable given the highway gas economy (up to 32miles/gallon!!!).

We are having troubles with cooling system: (when running normally about 190-195, when hot 220) and have replaced thermostat (use Stant Brand - NOT Chinese DuraLast!), hoses and Surge/fill tank cap (the cap contains a spring loaded pressure relief valve). We now have a small crack and leak in the PVC end of the radiator and will have to replace it soon.

Never had any lasting electrical problems - except - failure to start (key lock cylinder..?) as the display indicated "dirty key, please clean and try in three minutes" (or something to that effect).

Alas we also wonder whether to sell the car while it is running good -or- keep it as it is very unique and is a great combination sports-luxury vehicle.. At about 500.00 per trip to the mechanic, it is dizzying to the budget to keep the car in top condition.

I suppose we could garage and make the vehicle a "project car" driving it only on weekends...

Blaine.