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Old 07-20-2004, 10:47 PM   #11
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the only problem with the Aurora is I hear that the Northstar engine isn't so reliable the second half of its life. (over 100,000 miles.) How true that is, I'm not sure.. I've never owned one. Just hear that they start to consume quite a large sum of oil and repair costs are through the roof.
Don't let Jim hear you talk like that..... or any of our GXP members... lol
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the only problem with the Aurora is I hear that the Northstar engine isn't so reliable the second half of its life. (over 100,000 miles.) How true that is, I'm not sure.. I've never owned one. Just hear that they start to consume quite a large sum of oil and repair costs are through the roof.
Typically 95'* had a serious oil leak problem as well as plastic fuel lines. 96-99 rarely have that problem. This Aurora V8 is a high revving DOHC, race inspired engine, and it gets REALLY hot really quickly. The life span of an aluminum block is probably less then that of a cast iron block but the techonolgy in these cars is staggering.

You dont see a lot of 150K+ mile Auroras because there simply isnt that many out there, with only 15000 made each year, mid to late 90'* cars are nearing 100-150K miles its unfair to judge, lets wait 3-5 more years and see.

I havent leaked a drop of oil from my car. I have however had to replace a rad, and now the ENTIRE braking system (rotors, pads, some lines from ABS controller to Master cylinder, the master cylinder itself and now of course the ABS/TC controller itself)

There are a lot of informative forums on the Aurora out there that outline problems both mechanical and electrical. You will find most are related to the problematic 1995 model year
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the only problem with the Aurora is I hear that the Northstar engine isn't so reliable the second half of its life. (over 100,000 miles.) How true that is, I'm not sure.. I've never owned one. Just hear that they start to consume quite a large sum of oil and repair costs are through the roof.

You dont see a lot of 150K+ mile Auroras because there simply isnt that many out there, with only 15000 made each year, mid to late 90'* cars are nearing 100-150K miles its unfair to judge, lets wait 3-5 more years and see.
Same thing as with the Riviera. They only made around 15,000 a year, even less in 1999. In 99' I think they only made around 5,000! Like I said, I'm not saying the Northstar is a bad engine at all, I've just heard that from a few different used car dealers. BTW, how many miles do you have so far? I'm up to 113,300 right now. The only real problems I'm having are electrical. (PASS-KEY II system, Fuel Level Sending Unit, etc.)
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I'm at 94K miles, my big 100 000 mile tune up will come this fall, gonna make it my big winter prep, as well as taking off the chrome booties
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So getting back on topic....

Does anyone have any leads (URLs) of Bonnies (or Olds'*) that they can post here for scottydl to check out.

Keeping in mind he'* in looiing for one in central IL, Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.. or there abouts....
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Ohio?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...&category=6404

1999 Oldsmobile Aurora Pearl White exterior with Tan leather interior. This beauty is loaded and low miles with only 69K miles all the systems operate properly, the tires and brakes are good, it runs quiet, smooth and very very responsive.Interior is clean and very nice. The equipment includes the following:

Next generation driver and right front air bags.

Anti-Lock 4 wheel Disc Brakes & Traction control systems.

Theft Deturant security system.

Power Door Locks, Power windows, Power mirrors,dual Power front seats.

Keyless Remote Lock Control Systems with illuminated entry/exit pkg.

Rear Door Child Security Locks.

Variable/intermittent wiper system.

Daytime running lamps and rear window defogger.

4.0 Liter DOHC 32 valve V-8 Engine

4 speed automatic transmission with electronic controls Mangnasteer speed sensitive Strg.

4 wheel independent suspension with 16" Chrome Wheels with 235/60R16 Radial Touring Tires.

Leather trim package, Multi-adjustable power front seats with driver side memory.

Burl Walnut wood trim.

Am/Fm/Audio systgem with Cassette and Compact Disc player and automatic antenna

Automatic Climate Control with Driver and Passenger controls.

Auto Tint ISRV Mirror with Compass

Driver information system, electronic cruise control,power O/* mirrors with memory and defrog.

Power fuel door/trunk releases. Power windows with Auto down.

Leather wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and climate controls.

Universal garage door opener.

Conering lamps, fog lamps, twilight sentinel automatick headlamp control.

Stainless Steel exhaust system

Trunk Cargo net, Delux Trunk and deck lid trim.

Visors with auxiliary shades, and dual front and rear cup holders.

Electric Sliding Glass Sunroof with sun shade.

Bose Acoustimass Systems includes Seek and Scan, auto reverse Cassette,compac disc player with HPS.
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Me being dumb here... It'* earlier then you wanted, but it'* got lower miles then you want!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...&category=6417

hell you can pay for the plane ticket to fly there and get it, and take a trip somewhere for vacation, with how much you're getting.

Race inspired technology? It'* DOHC... and the OHC is actually older then the OHV. I've heard from many sources the Aluminum northstar has a much shorter life, and around 100k is when things start to hit the wall. It runs much hotter then the average engine, and therefore wear will take it'* toll quicker.for 8-9k you should be able to get much lower milage. I'd say northstar engines, look for 50-60k, and for a 3800 look for 60-90k.

Both will move these big cars around the same, one'* easier to mod, one'* newer. The Northstar runs a 4t-80 tranny, and that will outlast any 4t-65. But the northstar fills the engine bay, and is hard to work on, etc. It'* about equal IMO.
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get that white 93 SSEi, its MINT
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get that white 93 SSEi, its MINT
Yea but it'* a long way to go if it'* a lemon... so hard to tell online.
Do we have any members in Florida that can test drive this?
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Yes

its a race inspired engine...

http://aurorah.proboards20.com/index...num=1088787501

There is a world beyond the 3800 but whatever....buy what tickles your fancy and fits your budget
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