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Oldsmobile Aurora

General Motors manufactured the Oldsmobile Aurora from 1994 to 2003 as a recovery vehicle to revamp the sales figures for the manufacturer, which suffered from plummeting sales at the time. To shift the public’s view of the car line, the first edition Aurora has little of the Oldsmobile branding items like badges, and the body shape bears no resemblance to the previous Oldsmobile models.

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Oldsmobile Aurora Origins

The Aurora Oldsmobile is a four-door sedan, sporting the front engine and front wheel layout (FF layout). It includes several luxury features such as interior leather upholstery, power adjustable seats in the front, and six speakers, which immediately add to its appeal as a high-end vehicle. Among the main features fitted in the Oldsmobile Aurora for the launch in 1995 is an anti-lock brake system (ABS). It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in a commendable 8.2 seconds and offers ample room for both the front and rear vehicle occupants.

About the Oldsmobile Aurora

The Aurora Oldsmobile launched with a 4.0-liter V-8 DOHC engine spewing 250 hp. It has a four-speed transmission and front airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as traction control. Commendably, this first edition only issued one recall for the rear seat belts not retracting.

Oldsmobile Aurora Features

The 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora represents the last release of the vehicle, and it measures 199.3 inches in length and 72.9 inches in width, with a height of 56.7 inches, and a wheelbase measuring 112.2 inches. It uses front drive and accommodates five occupants who enjoy 36.8 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom in the front and 37.7 inches of headroom and 38 inches of legroom in the rear.

Its commendable performance and handling results from a stable suspension system with traction control. It comes fitted with a 4.0-liter V-8, 250-hp engine and produces 260 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. Its comfort and convenience features include air-conditioning, front power seats, leather interior upholstery, and power windows.

Oldsmobile Aurora Evolution

The 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora marks the first edition of the model, and the 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora makes few changes to the first edition. Upgraded features on this edition include a new rear-view mirror, which previously caused visual distortions. The 1996 Aurora Oldsmobile uses a four-speed automatic transmission that pairs with a 4.0-liter V-8, producing 250 hp at 5600 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm.

Other features on this edition include ABS, power steering, power mirrors, and power door locks, as well as a 17/26 mpg city/highway fuel economy.

The 1997 edition features a titling rear-view mirror, which enables the driver to get a better view of the curb, especially when backing out of spaces.

However, the 1998 Aurora Oldsmobile adds little to the 1997 edition, but the main changes show up in the steering and suspension system. This edition incorporates and refines the ABS and traction control, and it places a lot of emphasis on the front and rear suspension to ensure greater vehicle control even at higher speeds.

The changes in the 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora focus on fine tuning the already winning design, suspension, and steering system of the previous model. To its credit, the 1999 edition remains for the following year, with no new updates.

The 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora offers the option of either a 3.5-liter V-6 DOHC engine and four-speed transmission or a 4.0-liter V-8 DOHC engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 3.5-liter gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, and the 4.0-liter engine has an EPA rating of 18/26 mpg city/highway. This edition measures 56.7 inches in height, 72.9 inches in width, and 199.3 inches in length, and it sits on a 112.2-inch wheelbase.

The 2002 edition makes few changes to the previous model, except that it drops the 3.5-liter V-6 DOHC engine and four-speed transmission combination, leaving the field to its more powerful counterpart, the 4.0-liter V-8 DOHC engine paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. This version also uses an early navigation system: a direction-giving system mounted on the front panel that gives audio directions.

Select an Oldsmobile Aurora Year

2003 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


The 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora has a lot going for it.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,621

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

2002 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


The 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora has a reputation of being one of the best sedans on the market as it’s renowned for having a well-appointed and quite luxurious interior combined with an understated and elegant style.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,186

MPG
18-28
Seats
5

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


The 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora is a revised version of a model that originally made its debut in the middle 1990s.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,061

MPG
17-25
Seats
5

1999 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


The Oldsmobile Aurora is an impressive blend of power and luxury with a V-8 engine and a wide variety of standard features.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,631

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

1998 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


Introduced in 1995, the Aurora has been one of the most visible indications that Oldsmobile still has some life in it as an automobile manufacturer.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,436

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

1997 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


The 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora has a large engine that provides a very satisfying amount of power to the driver’s control.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,271

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

1996 Oldsmobile Aurora

Luxury, Sedan


The 1996 Aurora Oldsmobile is a classy sedan with plenty of standard features.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,186

MPG
16-25
Seats
5

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora
ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,076

MPG
17-24
Seats
5

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