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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,764 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012008

Aurora 8-cyl

  • miles


Where to even begin with this 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 so many problems with this car. Right now it smells like it's on fire. I see where GM had a recall last yr but the Aurora is not included, and it should be recalled. It also lunges forward when stopped at a light, it also dies when driving it.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #6

Jan 012008

Aurora 8-cyl

  • miles
Purchased used olds Aurora 2001 V-8 have had nothing but problems with this car, 3 mo after having it, used sunroof for first time, heard loud pop, had to replace whole sunroof, not covered of course. Now whenever it rains, the material is wet and hangs down. But that is nothing compared to all of the other problems with this car. The car when at stop light will lunge forward and almost die, if I coast forward a little it stops for a min. If I want to sit in my car to warm it up, it will die after a min or so. A dealer said it was probably the idle control valve..not cheap but replaced, it still does the same thing. The car also dies while driving it. The car smells like it is on fire, stronger than burning oil smell too. Leaves get into air vents or someplace and then when trying to run air or heat, it sounds like a jet fan is going to blow up. I could go on and on, but this car is not save for anyone to drive.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #5

Jul 132009


  • miles
I was stopped at a light with my vehicle running. Suddenly and without warning flames came out of my dashboard burning my hands.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 262009

Aurora 6-cyl

  • 85,167 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora. The contact stated that the 2001 Aurora's are not included in NHTSA campaign id number 09V116000; however, her vehicle is experiencing the same failures. She would like the manufacturer to add the Aurora to the recall and receive reimbursement for the repairs. The current and failure mileages were 85,167. Updated 05/07/09. The consumer stated oil was lekaing from the valve cover. Updated 05/07/09.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 212007

Aurora 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After reviewing the complaints of the Oldsmobile Aurora 2001 I am having similar problems regarding check engine when going into the dealership to have service they still state that there is nothing wrong when I know that there was something wrong with the vehicle.

- Austell , GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052004

(reported on)

Aurora 8-cyl

  • 24,326 miles
Vehicle would stall/stumble on acceleration from a stop or very slow speed. The problem was diagnosed as the crank position sensors.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 092001

Aurora 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,856 miles
Coolant leak has been serviced about six to seven times. My Aurora is currently in the round rock, Texas classic GM dealership for another try. Also, the car is being outfitted with a device which will take a picture of the engine /electronic systems to determine why the engine quits while driving. This has occurred about 5 times and I was almost involved in an accident entering a freeway when I lost all power. I have been asked to press an installed button the next time the engine stalls. I often get a hard shift when going from reverse to drive. About 20% of the time. Told this problem could not be duplicated by dealer.

- Austin, TX, USA

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