1996 Oldsmobile Aurora from North America - Comments

14th Sep 2007, 10:01

To all that wish to know. I have a 96 Ols. and have the exact same problems. there is a recall on the fuel lines in the car that are failing and can break and send fuel all over the manifold and could ignite. The problem, which it is, can be fixed by your local cadillac dealer. Can anyone tell me about how to fix this over heating problem? oil leak, traction control light, I have already replaced the cracked radiator. and the fans do not stay on long enough. only a minute max.

28th Sep 2007, 20:05

I'm thinking of buying a '96 with 200 000 but you guys r scaring the heck out of me. I'm going tomorrow to see it at least I know what to look for. I just want it for weekend to take my daughter out or grocery shop mabey the odd cruse I hope the cars OK.

20th Oct 2007, 00:38

Please help. 1995 Olds Aurora. Traction light comes on and stays on. Any ideas?

Also will sometimes go into reverse or drive fine, then other times hits very hard.

Any help would be great. njoeandjen@comcast.net

26th Oct 2007, 22:09

One more thing, I think after reading what I have I would stay away from the 95 in particular and maybe the 96 although I have both.. I know there are changes from the 95 to 96 and changes again in the 97 because work I entail deals with seeking interchange in a parts manual.

19th Jan 2008, 12:38

I have a 96 aurora. had it for 3 1/2 years. it has 119000 miles. about to sell and buy 01. I need a dash for the 96. if you have one around louisiana. or wanna buy email me. kmt56822@yahoo.com.

8th Mar 2008, 21:30

I have a 96 Aurora with 205,000 miles. The chirping noise started 150,000 miles ago. I thought it was a brake squealing device to alert me of the need for brake maintenance. After replacing the serpentine belt four times, belt tensioners twice, radiator, alternator, compressor, and water pump, the chirping continues and is now much louder. It starts chirping after it warms up. It's so loud, it can be heard all the way down the road. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? It's been a great car, but the chirping drives us crazy.

24th Mar 2008, 19:24

I have a 96 Aurora, and had it for 3 years. I drive hard and fast, and the engine has yet to fail me.

I can't however say that about all the other components of the car.

I have replaced the water pump, radiator, struts, rotors, fuel lines, power steering pump, steering rack and pin x2, both bearings x2, and a partridge in a pear tree.

I took a small road trip and since then I have had the low oil pressure warning come across the computer. Through the computer, you can watch the oil pressure go up and down. The oil pressure is only low when I am at a red light or a stop sign, but when I put the car in park, the oil pressure goes back up. I thought it might be a computer problem until one day I started the car and heard this weird grinding sound. I cut the car off and restarted it. The sound stopped, but the computer read check charge system. I popped the hood and noticed the belt was still intact but very loose. I think that the wheel that pumps the oil somehow broke off and that is why the belt has no tension. I am not a car guy, so if this explanation makes since to anyone, please let me know so I can tell if the car is worth fixing AGAIN. my email address is BUTTAEXPRESS@GMAIL.COM

15th Apr 2008, 10:45

I had a 96 Aurora. I love it till the end. The only problem was my SES would come on and never go off. So I took it to the dealer, he said I need a trans speed control sensor (1800) including LABOR! So I never got it fixed. It ran great for seven years and 198000 miles with very little other problems. I only traded it because it needed struts, and they cost more than the car was worth.. I loved mine.

23rd Apr 2008, 14:54

I just brought a 96 Aurora; at 80000 miles the gas gauge stopped working.

900 dollars to fix controls to A/C heater.

Info center stopped working, 1861 to fix.

This car is a nightmare.

13th Jun 2008, 01:44

I have a `96 Olds and I HATE IT!!! In two weeks we replaced the starter ($175), then the battery ($150), and then the alternator ($180); it's JUNK!! And with gas being 3.99 here, it really sucks! I would love to push my car off a bridge and watch it explode, that would be the best day of my life. This car is not worth my trouble, nor the money I have put into this junker. I would suggest to anyone NEVER BUY THIS CRAP CAR!!

16th Jul 2008, 12:57

In '99 I bought my 96 Aurora with 32,000 miles. used. Since then I've replaced: water pump, suspension, ignition, repaired oil leaks (1,000 +) radiator leaks points/plugs, etc.

Practically rebuilt the car from the miscellaneous parts it needs to function.

The biggest threat was the mysterious oil leak, which unfortunately was from the cracked block, which needed to be pulled. It was repairable, and because I do extensive freeway driving in Southern California and Arizona, it has run fairly decently and has great pick-up.

I do have problems with the brain from time to time, but it eventually clears up.

The biggest annoyance now is the CD player. It eats my CDs and spits them out at random. The CD player had been working fine; however, in the last 2 to 3 years it decided not to work.

It now has 105,000+ miles, and I guess I will squeeze everything I can out of it. It may be schizophrenic in function, but safe and reliable when maintained. I am going to hate to replace it.

Jr Riverside CA 92503 16 Jul 08

28th Aug 2008, 19:33

I bought a 1996 Aurora with 88,000 miles a year ago with some problems... the battery I have replaced, the radiator I am in the process of replacing... but, the electrical problem is giving me a migraine!!! Sometimes the lights (interior and exterior) have come on by themselves or won't shut off! Does this sound familiar to anyone? Can you help me? akfisherman66@yahoo.com.

16th Oct 2008, 22:02

Hi, I have a 98 and I have the oil leak I can't find. If anyone knows where it is or possible places, I would love to know.

Also I have a little oil in my coolant reservoir, and a rise in temperature problem. I can do the work myself, but I can't find the leak. Is the water pump a problem on the 98's or are head gaskets a problem.

If anyone has info or advice, please email me redchevynova@hotmail.com

19th Oct 2008, 15:48

Hi, I have an 96 Aurora and the only problem I have on it is I can't find anyone who knows where the solenoid is located on the darn thing.

18th Nov 2008, 16:50

I just picked up a 96 Aurora and once I began driving it, electrical problems began about 2 weeks later. The alarm is going off every time I open the door. Once I start the car, the alarm continues to go off, even as I drive down the street for about 4-5 minutes. I pulled the horn fuse out to at least stop the horn from blowing. The next morning, I put the fuse back in and the problem stopped. But then I noticed that my gas gage and other gages didn't work. My heat isn't working either.

I checked all the fuses and they don't seem to be blown. Any suggestions?

I also have the same problems many Aurora owners have with the warning lights on the dash that won't cut off. I don't care about those lights, I'm just trying to get my gas gage and my heat working. I live in Detroit and it's really, really cold right now. Email me any info that may help me.

Email address: hairwars@yahoo.com.