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Oldsmobile Aurora, Sedan
Jul 03, 2002 (5:11 am)
It was probably me complaining about my trunk hinges. That's the one part of the car I wish they'd rethink (although, if Oldsmobile doesn't even care enough to update their website with the specs for the new Aurora instead of specs from the classic, what makes me think they care about updating the trunk hinges). The trunk has the big hinges and when you pop it, it flies up and bounces off the rubber stoppers. It's really cheapy to see that. Plus, the trunk is soooo freaking light that it feels wimpy when you close it. I wonder if the 3.5 Aurora has a more substantial trunk on the new model. The trunk on the 4.0 was changed from the 3.5's trunk to make it lighter. I suspect the 3.5's trunk was the original vision and the 4.0's trunk is compromised to help shave weight. I looked at a 2002 STS, and it had the same lame-o trunk as my car. I was a bit surprised. I tried to check out the trunk of a 3.5 Aurora in a showroom but the battery was dead so I couldn't pop it. There weren't any salesmen around and I didn't want to make a big deal out of it.
Hey Javidogg, my email address agian is aurora402002yahoo.com. Just make sure the pictures aren't huge. Try to keep the total under 1MB. They don't have to be puny, though, just total less than a Megabyte (i.e. three pictures should be about 333KB each). If you need to send more than that, like 4 pics that are 500KB each, then break it up. Send two of them and wait for me to reply and then send the rest. My free email account doesn't come with much space. This goes for anyone else too. If you want a pic posted just send it to me.
Jul 03, 2002 (11:04 am)
800wattAurora - I went with the Michilin MXV4's. They are really nice. Can't really make a mistake with them.
Vibration - first was with weights taped to the inside of the barrel. It's still a dynamic balance but not exactly accurate. It ends up using a lot more weight too. It really doesn't look good either.
Next I had them use the standard weights on the outside with the standard dynamic balance. It was better (originally thought it was fixed), but still not right at 65 to 72 or so.
Next - I had them "road force balanced" and that did the trick. They explained that the equipment measured the upward force on the rolling cylinder to determine if there are any high spots. Sure enough, two wheels produced a force over 16 lbs at a point on their rotation. 16 lbs is the limit for having to improve something I guess. So they remounted them and got it down around 10. I think the other two were around 5 or something like that. Anyway, I guess I was just unlucky as to how two of them were mounted. They checked the rims as well and they were fine. One cool thing - no charge for the force balance. But I still had to re-do all the lugs when I got home.
I highly recommend just using the weight clamped to the lip of the rim if the rim has a lip. Also, if you get new tires and they have the road force equipment, I'd just do that from the start even if you have to pay a little more. Get the darn tires mounted as close to optimal as possible. The Aurora is apparently pretty sensitive to anything that's not 99.9% right.
#3335 of 5876 Hey fellow Aurorians check..............................
Jul 03, 2002 (6:46 pm)
Check out a picture of my former ride a 1999 Olds Intrigue sitting on chrome, in the Oldsmobile Intrigue (Sedans Board) post #7219. I'll try to get a new picture of my 1999 Aurora sitting on chrome for all you to see. Let me know what you all think in the mean time?
#3336 of 5876 Its official..
Jul 04, 2002 (7:47 am)
I have joined the ranks of the Auroraites. Bought a '99 Bronze mist/chromes/Bose/roof/heated seats/Autobahn/18k miles/one owner off lease. Car is perfect. Thanks for all of the help. Felt like I was armed with great information and made a good informed decision. I WILL be buying an extended warranty before this one expires in 3/03 based on the apparent consensus on this board.
#3337 of 5876 Congratulations!
Jul 05, 2002 (3:07 am)
I'm sure the car will bring you much pleasure. I'm glad you found the board here helpful in your decision-making. Most everyone here is obviously pretty pro-Aurora, but they also have a lot of good information to offer.
Jul 05, 2002 (11:49 am)
Great. That sounds like a nice car. You will love that Bose.
If you are ever interested in cranking some more power out of the car, there is a lot of info on this board too.
#3339 of 5876 Any one have success making dealer replace A/C...
Jul 06, 2002 (4:54 am)
My A/C condenser has a hole in it from the bolt on the cross braces wearing into it. They have a TSB on it, and replacement braces. The only thing is my 95 has many miles on it (no warranty), but since this is a defect, can't I force them to fix it? Anyone else pull this off?
#3340 of 5876 jonbgood good choice on that 1999 Aurora
Jul 06, 2002 (7:32 am)
Hey I know which color that is, that bronze mist, I love that color, badazz dude. I hope you like it, I thought you were already an owner of an Aurora? Enjoy.
#3341 of 5876 I brought the '99 home..
Jul 06, 2002 (6:31 pm)
today from St. Louis to NW Arkansas. Avged. about 24.2 mpg doing 75mph. Playing with the car computer - I did notice a sizable difference on inst. mpg with the a/c off. Of course it was 97 degrees so I didn't leave it off long. I'm suprised the a/c would make that big of a difference on that big v-8. Car was a pleasure to drive - and the seats are absolutely the most comfortable of any car I've sat in. If someone can't dial in a combination that makes them comfotable in those seats - there is no hope for them.
#3342 of 5876 The EVIL TEMPTRESS captures another
Jul 06, 2002 (6:42 pm)
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