Al's 1997 Olds page
Photos below are of my 1997 Aurora sedan.
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|I picked up this beauty in February of 2000. Once I had decided (a number of years earlier) that I wanted an Aurora as my next daily ride, this is pretty much the exact car I had in mind. The only options not on this car I would have liked to have had were the chrome wheels and the gold emblems. The non-chrome wheels have grown on me (especially when clean), and I could always add the emblems if I had the money to burn...|
|Aurora's are very loaded to start with, so there aren't many additional options available. This car has most of the additional goodies. This includes: power sunroof, Delco/Bose enhanced sound system, heated seats, diamond white paint, and the invisible Autobahn package (more about that below). With these options, the car sold for $39K+ when new. That's why I bought one used<G>.|
|Missing are chrome wheels, the "gold" package(emblems), a block heater, and the 12 disc CD changer. Does anyone really still use block heaters? I had a CD changer back in the mid 80's, and I really didn't care for having to pop the trunk to change discs. My car is the correct color (inside and out) for being a Pacecar, but it wasn't offered as an option and I don't think I'd want to drive one of these around every day with that decal package in place...|
|I mentioned the Autobahn package. This consists of 3 pieces. V-Rated Michelin tires in place of the standard Goodyears, 3.71 final drive ratio (in place of I believe 3.42s), and the truely invisible part, a different chip for the computer. The non-Autobahn cars have a fuel cut-off programmed for 108 mph (due to the non-speed rated base tires). The Autobahn system lets you run the car iup to around 136 before it cuts off the fuel. I've only had a "little" fun with it thus far, but it's still accelerating ok at 130! My H/O won't do that (due to the gearing).|
|Here's where all of the luxury is. Beautiful light gray leather interior. Great cockpit layout. The Bose sound is great. I was defintely looking for a car that had that option. I didn't really think too much about the heated seats option, but now that I have a car with it, there's no going back (as long as there's a leather interior involved).|
|Of course, the soul of the car is this little number. A 32 valve, 4.0 liter, double overhead cam, 250 hp, aluminum V8. With my '90 the last 10 years and it's 180hp DOHC 4 (and 5-speed), I missed being able to just put my foot down when necessary and have the car get up and go. No longer a problem <G>. This is still no 455, but it is a lot smoother|
This page last updated on July 18, 2004.