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Old 10-06-2004, 01:07 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if anybody'* covered this before...

Reading that recent topic about the Alero'* nasty tranny fluid has me a little worried. Was just wondering if the Aurora, specifically an early 97, has an problems, trouble spots, with that or any other specific part or system. I can't help but be a little worried about all the technology on the 'Rora I'm getting. I want it, and I'm willing to risk it, but not if there are any blatent trouble spots with a specific system, especially if it'* expensive. Thanks again guys
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should be decent as they had been out 2+ years by then. I was looking at them before I got my regal 1.5 years ago and I didn't run acroass anything.
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you cant really compare an Aurora to a Alero, Aurora is a much nicer car, better built IMO. The 4.0 northstar matted to the 4T80-85 (?) tranny is an excellent mix, however the Aurora isn't really a driveway mechanics car, changing a drive belt can get intresting!
I would buy an Aurora for the right price, same thing with a Mid 90'* Cadillac STS 4.6..for the right price.
Take care of the car, and it will take care of you.
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Is $3200 for a 97 with 117k-ish miles needing paint touchup, some interior cleaning, and roof repaint a good deal?
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SSEimatt93, wow, you just named my dream car, even above an Aurora. 96-97 Cadillac Seville STS Wow, now THERE is a NICE car. Damn they're pretty. Damn...
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SSEimatt93, wow, you just named my dream car, even above an Aurora. 96-97 Cadillac Seville STS Wow, now THERE is a NICE car. Damn they're pretty. Damn...
those things have trouble the spots (tranny!). you're better off with the newer generation STS.
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We've had 3 STS'* in the family. My brothers 94 STS and my parents have had 2 ('97 & '99). My brother just cooked the engine (liner failure) at 150k miles. The engine is a complete loss because it costs more to rebuild them than to buy a remanufactured one. My parents '97 lost a liner after only 55k miles and the '99 is overheating now at 55k miles - looks like another liner issue.

In my opinion, the N* have some quality control issues in the liners. Bear in mind that the '97 & '99 were very lightly driven and are experiencing the same problems at about the same mileage and all service was completed at the local Cadillac dealership on the severe use maintenance schedule. My parents now wish they never got either of them! They had the '97 rebuilt before they sold it, but that cost them over $5k and it still wasn't right.

Now that is with the 4.6L N* and I have not had any experiences with the 4.0L N* so I can not comment on how good/bad of an engine it is (life wise).

I will agree that those cars are fast as hell, but I'd rather have the L67 anyday than a N*.
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Damn, that really sucks

But there has to be a re-designed liner out there, one without the flaw that causes it'* own failure, right?

I just hate to give up my dream car, that'* all :(
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Guess I'll just have to drop a newer Northstar in it when I get one, then
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I don't know if there is a redesigned liner or not. I am not fully sure whether the flaw is in the liner or just in the design of the block. Being an all aluminum engine block with cast iron cylinder liners makes for interesting problems with heat expansion. In reading a lot about these problems, it seems very hit or miss as to whether you're going to have a problem or not, but the repair cost is through the roof because these engines are so complex.

I think I stick with a good old iron block car that can be modded for a VERY long time.
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