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2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 4 Dr 4.0 SedanReview
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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

Pros: Smooth ride, powerful V8, couch-like front seats

Cons: Awful fuel economy, mediocre reliability, poor handling

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2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 4 Dr 4.0 SedanReview
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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..

Pros: smoothness, fuel economy,options

Cons: mechanical quality..cost of ownership

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2002 Oldsmobile Aurora Reviews

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Reviews

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1999 Oldsmobile Aurora Reviews

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I owned a 1999 Aurora for 17 years. Best car I ever owned! Comfortable, smooth, fast. Got up to 26 mpg on the hwy! It was, however, not without its problems: Water pump failed, headlights stayed... Read More

Unless You Are Made Of Money Do Not Buy One By Logan

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

1998 Oldsmobile Aurora Reviews

Still A Great Car By LABob

Liked the looks of the car since it came out in 1994. Still one of the best looking cars in the Country Club lot. Most new cars today look generic and don't have the style of this classic silver torp... Read More

I Love It By Mathew

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

1997 Oldsmobile Aurora Reviews

Gotta Getcha One Of These Very Fun Car To Drive By paully69beaaatchh

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 By Rip

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