2003 Oldsmobile Aurora Review Ratings
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2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 4 Dr 4.0 Sedan Review
Smooth ride, powerful V8, couch-like front seats
Awful fuel economy, mediocre reliability, poor handling
The Classic American Luxury Formula. — Performance: The Aurora was formerly offered with a choice of a 3.5-liter V6 or a 4.0- liter V8, but the V8 was made standard for 2003, which is a good thing. In addition to that addictive V8 sound, there's copious power and torque available at any time, even with the ancient, 4-speed automatic delivering it to the front wheels. Braking performance is subpar, with a long stopping distance, and frequent wear. Olds should have fitted a set of brakes suitable for a 4,000-pound car. Handling is sloppy at best, but this is a luxury sedan, so that wasn't the top priority. Build Quality: This is a category that American vehicles frequently perform badly in, but I'd score the Aurora as "average." Wear and tear throughout the life of the vehicle hasn't been excessive, though a panel on the passenger door routinely comes loose. The car only has 52K miles on it, but it's approaching 9 years old, and a number of minor squeaks and rattles have developed, coming from various areas of the vehicle. Appearance: The Aurora is a very uniquely-styled sedan, with a front end that won't be mistaken for anything else. Some find it ugly, but personally, I quite enjoy it. The interior features a center stack that's sharply angled toward the driver, which is convenient, and the central computer that monitors the status of the car and conveys information to the driver is very nice. The front seats are some of the best I've ever experienced, but the rear seats leave a lot to be desired. There's a disappointing lack of space for rear seat passengers for a vehicle of this size and stature, and the trunk isn't exactly class-leading either. It sort of makes one wonder where all the space went. Cost of Ownership: The downside of having V8 power at one's disposal is paying for it at the pumps, and the Aurora returns a dismal average fuel economy of under 16 MPG. While this number rises to 24 MPG on the highway, that's still a subpar figure by any standard. The car seems to develop some sort of issue every three months or so, sometimes major, sometimes minor, and needs to be brought in to be looked at. This gets expensive. Fun Factor: This is not a fun vehicle to drive, but, again, it wasn't intended to be. It has a creamy-smooth ride and a powerful V8 engine, so it's a great highway cruiser, but a very wide turning circle makes it a huge chore to park.
Primary Use: Family transportation
2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 4 Dr 4.0 Sedan Review
smoothness, fuel economy,options
mechanical quality..cost of ownership
Angelic Devil — driving it is like sailing on a calm river..so smooth u will sleep driving...powerful v8 that stick u to your seat and let everybody behind when the light turns green.. Also..great in fuel economy than any V6 I drove so far..a lot of cool options likebackup curb adjusting side mirror and memory seat, power everything... But despite all these nice features, at 68000, i'm going through a major repairs cuz one of my cylinder is not firing..cause..a failing ignition coil..not cool for such a nice car..price of repair + part..about 700 bucks..arh..salty bill..
Reviews From Other Years
i love it its a real good car its no problem with the handling or stability or anything like that it very fun to have you can ask anyone who has one and they will tell better then i can Read More
Great Car For A College Student, First Time Driver, Or Even A Family Car!
The turning radius is not as good as other cars I've had, but it handles great otherwise! I've enjoyed good gas mileage, comfortable interiors, gReAt sound system, compliments from passengers, low in... Read More
Excellent Comfort And Luxury For The Money.
This car has had very few maintenance issues. It has 160,000 miles on it currently and is driven on a daily basis, in the harshest of conditions...the "start & stop" traffic of New Jersey. Great... Read More
Unless You Are Made Of Money Do Not Buy One
was a decent car until the head gasket blew it had plenty of power looked great drove like a caddy did not get excellent gas mileage but what can you expect with a v8 the worst part was that it cost... Read More
Nice look, solid overall build. Some little things in the interior were broken from the previous owners, which is surprising at their age. It runs and handles well, fun to drive, fun to use, and good ... Read More
I Love It
this cars quality is unbelievable everything about it from the interior to the the little bells and whistles....not to mention the power that comes from the 4.0 northstar v8 engine i mean it does look... Read More
One Bad-ass Beast Of A Car
Has a V8 engine with great power, everything is power up and down, sunroof, 0-60 in 4 seconds, leather interior, auto leveling for a smooth and comfortable yet powerful ride, maroon exterior with lea... Read More
Gotta Getcha One Of These Very Fun Car To Drive
i love this car the acceleration is mind blowing cant keep my foot out of the throttle handles really well only paid 700. had 87000 miles stold it at that price future plans are after market perfo... Read More
Glad To Have Owned
Despite being labeled a grandma car this machine was amazing. From the Cadillac northstar v8 to the butter leather seats this car never ceased to amaze me. Had it not been for the spike in gas price... Read More