well, we picked the car up today. It is definately the 3.8 liter V6. You probably wonder what my impressions are of this car? well, honestly, it makes me appreciate how nice my car is in comparison.. I can't wait to jump back into the aurora. lol. Even though it'* a 3.8L it'* dog slow. You have to practically go 3/4 throttle for it to accelerate. at WOT it has decent pickup though. It just feels like you're beating on it to get up to speed. I admit however, that the 3.8 is smooth. It has smoother acceleration than my shortstar engine, especially at idle. you can't even tell the engine is running at idle. At idle my engine has a very distinct feel to it.. you can tell it'* running. (same with the 3800.)
Now for the downsides. This is the first time I've been in this car. Right off I noticed that when turning there'* a popping/grinding noise (does it when turning both directions.) The steering is mush and wanders horribly. It'* hard to keep the car straight on the road. The suspension on all four corners is way too soft. The car floats and bounces down the road with only 75,000 miles on it. The automatic transmission which is original, shifts oddly. It doesn't shift bad, it just feels odd when it does it. Almost like it'* not a solid shift, but really inaccurate and way too soft to be good for a transmission. The engine after driving 20 minutes smells very strongly of coolant. Not sure if it'* a leak or what. The interior isn't bad on it for a 92. The passenger side of the dash has a nice elegant look to it but the driver'* side ruins the entire dash. The driver'* side, the gauge cluster to be specific, look bulky and cheap. The steering wheel is also too small in my big hands and too soft like you're gripping a pillow. The seats provide average support.
Other than these few key points it'* really not a bad car, especially for a 1992. I just don't want to drive it. It just feels creepy to drive it.