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Old 05-02-2007, 03:26 PM   #1
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I can't believe the good deals I have found on autotrader for the older auroras, low resale value compared to an ES300 of similar years. Anyways, I am thinking I might want to sell the Bonneville due to the high miles, and look at one of these 98-99 Auroras. Does anyone happen to own one? Could you tell me how you like it, is it a good car? I don't knop much about them. I know the Bonneville is a smooth, reliable car, but I don't know if the Aurora is as good or not. I know there'll be some bias here towards the bonneville :P but please try to be fair in your information
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From everything Ive ever seen they are good reliable cars.

The first thing popped in my mind is that I believe the Auroras require Premium gasoline, as Im sure the Lexus may also, but that alone could prove to start pinching your wallet a little more, especially since you would be used to putting 87 octane in your SE.
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Love the damn car....love it love it love it. And by 98-99 they got all the oil pan, fuel rail and other mirror issues all fixed up.

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We just had a Michigan member nearly keel over backwards after Custom88 went to check out a 98 Aurora for him outside of Battle Creek. He picked it up, he'* thrilled.

Its a fantastic machine, gets a bit thirsty on the city roads, but a dream on the hwy. The power just keeps going and going, you can't really explain it. Didn't you want one before and then end up getting the Bonnie anyway?
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Its a fantastic machine, gets a bit thirsty on the city roads, but a dream on the hwy. The power just keeps going and going, you can't really explain it. Didn't you want one before and then end up getting the Bonnie anyway?
Well, I would have liekd the Aurora, but I just didn't knwo much about it and the Bonnie was a good deal. I don't know much about Auroras so I didn't look for one. Hopefully you guys can educate me on them haha
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Sure, I suggest checking out our forum, see the link above. There are tons of mech. and maint. forums for both the Classic and 2nd Gen Auroras. But you wont find to many issues with the later build Classics.
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The Aurora is kissing cousin to the Bonnie anyway, shares some of the G-body architecture withe later Bonnies, if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, I got to drive Jim'* at the Ontario meet, and while I think my PA Ultra might be a hair quicker off the line, I'd put us neck and neck by the quarter, and on the highway, forget it, passing gear would blow me away...

I also love the looks of the first-gen Rora, nothing else like it out there, and the interior is awesome, with the personal exception of the oddly shape shifter.
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The build quality is superior to any year of Bonneville in my opinion for the 95-99 models. The drivetrain has proven to be overal reliable, however, when something DOES go wrong, they're a lot more expensive to fix than the 3800/ 65E.
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I sat in one today. The interior styling and view was awesome. However, every piece of plastic in the car was dry rotted, and brittle, and it was a 1998! Is this a common problem for Auroras since thsi is not the first one I have seen like this?
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Never seen that before. Its definitely not typical.

The interior definitely is something else eh? This is what its like to drive at night in one

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I almost bought a 2002 Aurora. Great driving car, and I really loved the interior. The Aurora just has a nice sophisticated style to me. But in the end, the sportier Bonneville style and cheaper gas won out.
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