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#3968 of 5876 Aurora Indy Pace Car Trivia
Jan 15, 2003 (5:59 pm)
I found the following on an obscure web site and thought it maybe of interest to some.
The Oldsmobile Aurora was a natural choice for pace car of the 1997 Indianapolis 500, after serving as pace car for all Indy Racing League races (except Indy) in 1996 and 1997. The Aurora's standard 250-horsepower, 4.0L V-8 engine meant the car needed no performance modifications. A 650-horsepower version of that same engine went on to win the 1997 Indy 500, marking the first time the same engine design had both paced and won at Indy.
1997 also marked the first time since 1947 that a four-door sedan was chosen to lead the race, and the first front-wheel-drive four-door ever.
Only 64 Auroras were built for use as pace cars and parade cars. Oldsmobile did not produce a replica of this car.
The 1997 pace car was driven by three-time Indy winner Johnny Rutherford.
I bet that there are some of those 64 pace cars still out there. Would love to get my hands on one.
Jan 15, 2003 (6:42 pm)
Hi there. I'm new to the group, and a proud new owner of a Cherry '01 3.5 Aurora. Has 44K miles. Picked it up last week and wife and I love the ride. Lots of room for the teens, plus luxury and sport all in one. Just what we were looking for. We don't see many on the road, and the Cherry is awesome!
We finally put down the old Ford Areostar van, after 11 years of service. Also have a 2001 Pathfinder, great vehicle, that serves us well.
Working through some kinks with the Used Car lot. It is an independent (non-GM) car lot, family run and very nice people. Small town called Alliston, about an hour north of Toronto. Thought I'd list the problems under investigation and repair in case any of you have had similar and can provide any advice. include
o clunking in the sunroof when opening/closing...fixed via adjustment
o headlamp out...to be replaced
o rear seatbelts shoulder straps are fraying (both)...to be investigated. Anybody have a problem with these? I think the retract mechanism must be damaging them.
o rear door window switch will not open window, however will close the window...to be investigated. I suspect a defective switch or connection
o gauges on dashboard very dim in spots (ie. first 2/3 of the speedo, first 1/4 of the tach, volume switch on steering wheel and the temp guage). Service Garage pulled the dashboard out and said there is a burnt bulb that is the source for the fibre optics, but they don't have the equipment to repair. May need dealer service, as the garage is an independant not a GM dealer. Under investigation.
The car lot is providing 30day bumper to bumper, afterwards I'm on my own as the car is out of GM warranty due to the mileage. I'm on the fence regarding buying an extended service contract. Granted I have some initial kinks here, but nothing major. Any recommendations? What has the reliability been for you folks?
Anyways, thought I'd say hello. I read many of your posts prior to making the purchase and found the many discussion threads interesting and informative. Glad to be a new Aurora owner.
Jan 16, 2003 (5:57 am)
Welcome to the board. There are a few other 3.5 owners here. I don't know that anyone has really accumulated enough miles on the new Aurora to judge durability. At the most, they could be close to 3 years old. You might find out the build date (look at the sticker in the driver's door) of your car and factor that into your warranty formula. The 2001 was a very early 2001, so some of them are basically 2000's. If you have an earlier one, you may want to consider the warranty more seriously. There were also a fair amount of service bulletins for the 2001 as a result of some early build kinks. Also, the Intrigue board may be a good place to get repair/durability info on the engine and transmission since it was used in that car also (well, the tranny was used in tons of GM cars). But I can tell you the engine is one of the most reliable GM makes, as are the Premium V8's. Again, welcome.
Hey, just a note, if you are interested in a performance exhaust from Corsa, you have about one day to let them know as they will crank out a few specially for the Aurora. You can search the Accessories & Mods board here for more info on Corsa. Also, check out this discussion for info how to contact Corsa. I don't know if you are interested, it's just that the boat for the Corsa is sailing so you might want to know. They have to custom fit the Seville system, so if you don't order it now you may never be able to.
Jan 16, 2003 (9:00 am)
Welcome to the board.
I see that you read past posts, but just in case you missed mine, it might help you for me to repeat what I reported to this board before.
I have a 2001 3.5L silver Aurora. Built just for me and delivered in April 2001. 32,500 miles in 21 months since then. Maybe my repair history could help you down the road. (All of this work has been done under the original new car warranty.)
1. Replace power steering unit with revised design unit. There's a Technical Service Bulletin out on this. Symptom - occasional moan or groan on low speed or start up turns.
2. Lubricate intermediate steering shaft. Well known problem in the GM shops. Symptom - a sort of rubbing or grabbing felt while turning the steering wheel.
3. Replace defective crankshaft position sensor. Symptom - the car stalled on me twice while driving very slowly looking at houses for my parents.
4. Replace plastic push rivets as they pop out from the wheel well trim and front air dam trim. Maybe half a dozen in 21 months. It would help if I didn't keep pulling the front of the car up on the curbs, sidewalks, bumpers, large dogs, sleeping drunks, etc.
5. Aim driver's side front fog lamp. Dealer first told me that they weren't adjustable. But they are.
6. Replace burned out bulbs:
a) both rear fog lamps. The dealer told me that the replacement bulb was a longer life bulb.
b) right side steering wheel buttons. (The left temperature button has now burned out too, but I haven't had it replaced yet.) There does seem to be a differnce in brightness between some of the four buttons.
c) instrument cluster bulb. Sounds like your complaint about the dash. I didn't actually notice this defect in mine. The dealer noticed it and replaced the bulb when he pulled the intermediate steering shaft. I guess either he broke it, or more likely, it just went bad the day I took the car in for the intermediate steering shaft rubbing.
d) heated seat switch bulb on console. WARNING!! The walnut veneer on the console is mounted on some fairly flexible plastic. If the technician is not very careful, he will flex the plastic while removing it. This will pop off a chip from the walnut veneer, and the appearance of your console is damaged. This happened to me. The dealer replaced it, of course, but it would be less aggravating if it hadn't happened. There is a technical service bulletin out on the removal of this piece. But it doesn't do you any good unless the technician knows about it and pulls it and reads it and follows the guidance before he does the work, not afterwards. Just because there is a technical service bulletin doesn't mean that the technician is aware of it. To my eye, my replacement console has a nicer looking piece of walnut than the original, so I'm happy. ALSO, the clips that hold the console top in place have some sharp edges, and upon removal of the piece, these clips can cut the small vinyl lip around the console. This happened to me. Again, the technician must read the TSB.
7. The coat hook on one of the rear grab straps broke. It's fairly flimsy plastic, and I haven't bothered to repair/replace it. The grab strap looks fine without the hook.
8. Replace the console storage compartment (armrest) lid hinge. The first hinge wore out pretty quickly. The replacement is not spring loaded, i.e., it won't stay in the up position, it's just a hinge. So, I have to take a little extra care closing the compartment, or else the lid slams down. I'm not happy with the replacement, but it's minor.
Good luck! I smile every time I get in my car. I wish I could afford another one right now. Keep us informed of your life with the princess Aurora.
#3972 of 5876 Cool Aurora Flag
Jan 17, 2003 (9:14 am)
there is a nice Aurora flag on ebay if you guys want to take a look.
Jan 17, 2003 (9:49 am)
I was interested in finding out of the 01+ floormats will fit my 95. The new ones have the Aurora badge on them, and I can get one for probably a lot cheaper then $75+ for custom ones.
I not to worried on them being an exact fit since I can get them so cheap and mine doesnt have ANY mats currently.
Jan 17, 2003 (11:41 am)
Where is that flag? I searched Ebay for it and couldn't find anything. I did see a bunch of 01 and 02 Auroras for sale for pretty damn cheap, though. All under $15,000...
Jan 17, 2003 (4:04 pm)
Go to ebay home page........search box, type... flag aurora ....and press go you should find it listed with a bunch of other flags but it is there.
Jan 18, 2003 (6:14 am)
Man, that flag is exactly what I've been looking for. I did try the search, but maybe the auction had already ended. Well, I guess I don't need to spend $40 on a flag, though...