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Oldsmobile Aurora, Sedan
May 08, 2002 (8:18 am)
Aurora5000, mine says 18 city/26 highway. Actually, I thought it was 28 highway. On MediaOnline.GM.com it is listed as 18/28. Actually I thought it was odd as the 3.5 is listed as 18/27. Seems the extra cylinders would hurt rather than improve economy. On the Aurora page on the Oldsmobile site, the 3.5 is listed at 19/28 and the 4.0 is listed at 17/25. I wonder what the deal is with all the misinformation. There was an improvement from the 2001 to 2002 model year in the EPA rating. I believe 17/25 was the 2001 4.0 rating. I suspect that the websites were put together with a lot of carryover info rather than having all the data researched or confirmed. Still, it's a bit annoying.
The main thing I like about GM's websites is that they are straighforward and accurate. It's quite simple to see what you are getting with your car, or with a certain trim package. It isn't nearly as straightforward with other makers. When I was Aurora shopping, I was appalled by how hard it was to figure out what the differences were in the Lincoln LS's 5 or so different trim levels. In many cases, the names aren't even intuitive. I mean, which is better deluxe or premium?? The 300M was better than that, but still not up to GM's straightforwardness (go to any vehicle page and try to determine if it has a trip computer/DIC. You'll find it's hard to tell with many companies. That's just one example. I mean, I care about more than if it has airbags, ABS, and an engine...) It's a shame they seem to be about to give that up to be more like other companies. The whole thing with making ABS an option seems so crappy and will make the trim selection more confusing. Just my opinion, though.
#2923 of 5876 Aurora5000... some other stuff...
May 08, 2002 (8:26 am)
Also, I located some non-aluminum dryer hose (the old plastic with wire kind) that someone I know has. I will be trying that soon. If it doesn't work (I'm trying it first since it's free), I found some 2 1/2" shop-vac hose that should work perfectly. Plus, there is a 4" to 2 1/2" adapter so the opening in the bumper could be 4". That would speed up the airflow in the 2 1/2" pipe. I am thinking I will just have it sit against the airbox opening with just the natural pressure of the hose pushing it. It wouldn't be sealed (and thus no water or blockage worries) so the 2 1/2" size (any bigger really won't fit the way I want to run it, thus the dryer hose is a long-shot) shouldn't really constrict anything. If it puts any cold air at all into or in front of the airbox, then it will do some good. I installed the K&N yesterday when I changed the oil. I've yet to get the DIC to tell me to change it. It was at 28%, but we are going on a trip this weekend. About 1500+ miles, so I didn't want to risk the oil life running out. We will be in Cleveland for lunch on Monday, and perhaps I will try to swing by Corsa just to see. Depends on the time, though. Really, my buying it probably won't depend on hearing it. It's really hard to get a read on stuff like that from a short encounter anyway (unless it's real loud, but I seriously doubt that). That's one of those things that bothers you over time, so it would be hard to tell from one drive.
May 08, 2002 (9:51 am)
Yes, the mileage is average. Actually it's 19.9 today according to the DIC. It's somewhat hilly, my commute, but the total vertical delta is probably no more than 1000 feet. I'll do a re-learn over the weekend as suggested and see what happens. I'll slow down for traffic / driving conditions, but not for mileage, at least at the current gas prices.
May 08, 2002 (10:43 am)
Don't forget wind. It can make a HUGE difference. A 15 mph head wind at 80 mph and your car sees 95 - a 15 mph tail wind and the car sees 65. I've experienced this many times on long east-west road trips. The mileage varies greatly sometimes.
RJS - let us know how the air mod works out. Sounds cool. Also, if you are in the Cleveland area, there is an Olds dealer down the road from Corsa in Berea. They put a Corsa system on a 2001 and it may be the "dealers" car and available for a listen. I'm sure Jim Browning Jr. could give you the name and number of the place. I'll bet it's the car pictured on caddyinfo as well. I am going to get their number to call and hopefully get some feedback. I'm still considering the system. I wonder what difference the 13% less exhaust per rpm would make to the sound quality compared to the STS I heard. Any thoughts?
#2926 of 5876 leather,options, and f/e
May 08, 2002 (2:27 pm)
Regarding the question about what is really leather on the 2001+ cars---only the horizontal seating surfaces are leather-NOTHING else including armrests, door panels, sides of seats etc. is leather. This has been the case for most GM cars for at least 15 years, but frankly, the leather is so heavily processed and painted, that the vinyl is almost as good. As far as the option codes in the shop manuals, they are just a generic list that is in front of most GM manuals that really does not just pertain to that model and is about 80% correct. The fuel economy for the 4.0l will range from 20 to 22, while the v6 will be more like 26 to 28. The computer re-learning thing is a myth and does absolutely NOTHING overall other than resetting codes. I've worked for GM on most of these cars for years, and unfortunately, there is no mystique or secret on any of these issues, other than the boring engineering facts that went into them!
#2927 of 5876 Battery life?
May 08, 2002 (3:48 pm)
I have a 95 Aurora, bought in December 1994. Recently when I had it in for service I suggested replacing the battery based upon age. The mechanic load tested and said everything was fine. What kind of battery life have others experienced? It is a fairly difficult battery to find if it should fail in the hinterlands.
May 08, 2002 (5:34 pm)
i also have a '95, and my battery died in December of 2000. it gave no warning. i went to start my Aurora one morning, and there was nothing there, just barely enough juice to illuminate the interior lights. If you want my opinion, i'd replace it before you get stuck somewheres, and of course it will be at the most inconvenient time.
i replaced mine myself with an AC-Delco direct replacement.
6 or 7 years on a battery is pretty good i would think.
May 08, 2002 (6:09 pm)
You have been fortunate with your Aurora's battery life. Almost 7-1/2 years is exceptional; the battery location is a benign environment, which undoubtedly helps extend life.
The battery in my (Sept. 1996) '97 Aurora failed in November 2001. AC/Delco is the only replacement available. GM dealer prices run from $120 to $150 to ???. Some distributors discount at about $110.
BTW, this is a huge battery by today's standards. It weighs 55 pounds -- by far the heaviest battery for GM cars. It is the same size (except for the side terminals) as the battery in my 1970 4-4-2.
May 09, 2002 (3:41 am)
My battery has been in since may of 95 and I have been scouting around because of age. It is a hard battery to find other than dealer.