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Pros: Comfort & cockpit layout
Cons: Really not a thing
Advice: Plan to keep it as it will probably continue to depreciate more than some cars.Tested both an Infiniti and Acura and the Aurora doesn't take a back seat in any category. Aurora comes with many neat standard features not even available on many other luxury mid-sizes. The 3.5L, although not a killer motor, is more than sufficient for most drivers and the fuel economy is quite good. With Oldsmobile being discontinued and the depreciation fairly high on used Auroras, the opportunity exists to get some super prices on a car worth much more than being sold for.
Pros: the standard features
Cons: lack of info
Advice: look up informationI felt safe and extremely comfortable.
Advice: I only have 750 miles on the vehicle, it seemed like a nice car, but it failed on me........I purchased a 2003 Alero GL1 with a 4 cylinder engine. It seemed like a good car for the first 750 miles. One day I got onto the expressway going 65mph, then the rpms jump up to about 5500 and my speed was slowing down, like I was in neutral.... When it slowed down to 40mph I manuelly shifted it down into 3rd gear and I was able to make it to the next exit going about 45mph at 5500rpms. After I stopped I took off in Drive, but it would not shift out of 1st gear, so I had to manuelly shift to 2nd,and 3rd. Then I stopped again and when I took off in Drive it began working normal again... I drove straight to the dealer and they are suppose to look at it today and let me know what is wrong with it....?? That is not good if the transmission is shot after 750 miles on a vehicle, they said maybe it might be a computer problem, it still is not good. They did rent a Ford Escort for me to drive while I wait for them to figure the problem out.......????????
Pros: 200 watt sound system
Cons: poor performance V-6 Horrible Gas Mileage 260 per Tank
Advice: DO NOT PURCHASE AN ALERO,DON'T DO IT!!I am on my second Alero, first one was returned the next day to dealer, due to a faulty weld on the R/R roof area. Dealer found another one with more equipment. I had to pay the difference. This car has been just a nightmare. One week after ownership it was at dealer for a week. The radio was scratched, trunk scratched- covered up with touch up paint to hide at time of delivery, did not notice the damage until second day in my garage. Sunvisor/headliner had dirt and grease on it. All four door panels replaced, all were peeling, new panels are also failing 4 months later. steering wheel shakes when braking-warped rotors at 5,000 miles. Mileage display went dim at 200 miles. Right windshield molding loose. Center console falling to pieces. There is also much more to mention, but don't want to run out of space...
Advice: don'tOh, my aching butt. Fine car around town and nice pickup, but just took our first trip and we are sore and tired with aching butts and backs. seats are not what we expected.
Pros: 'sticky' steering
Cons: hill performance
Advice: A good carAll around good handling car, except for hilly areas. Poor shifting on hills, transmission continualy is looking for a gear.
Pros: engine, amazing performance and economy
Cons: nit picking, plastic steering wheel
Advice: Try and buy used to get a depreciated vehicle but make sure it has warranty left to get any details the former owner might have not attended toI should point out that I own a 2000 Gl but rented a 2002 ( made in March) GLX and drove it east of Regina, in Saskatchewan for 400 ks over 3 days. Still a solid well built car with a wonderful engine. Within the past week I have driven my daughters Jaguar Soverign and a rental Ford Focus. The Jags suspension is first class, getting in and out of the drivers seat is a real pain and the trunk is way down low. There is no grab handle for the passenger exiting! The Focus is noisy but nimble lacks electric windows for those non AC days when fresh air and light traffic make AC redundant. Back to the Intrigue quiet, nice easy to get comfortable electric seat, manual AC worked well even with windows partially open. Averaged 33mpg with cruising speeds up to 120ks. Missed the leather wrapped steering wheel. The spoiler makes for something extra to wash. I rented a Toyota Yaris in Ireland earlier this month as well as an Opel Corsa. The Yaris beat the Corsa in every dept especially seat comfort 1000cc gave 57 mpg and lots of pep it was great for narrow bumpy Rep of Ireland roads but I missed the Intrigues wheel base and comfort as well as the engine response on the open road. Petrol was $1.33 a litre rising to $1.95 a litre in Northen Ireland. The Intrigue is a sleeper, it's performance and comfort are excellent. It outperforms the 3.8L GM cars including the Holden which I drove in NZ for a week in April of this year