At first glance this car appears to have the silhouette of something that’ll is just as boring as any bland Camry/Accord/Malibu/Taurus from the early 2000s…but it isn’t. It is way more interesting because first up it is an Oldsmobile. Wait, Oldsmobile was still in business in 2001…yes, Olds didn’t close the old factory doors until 2004. Anyway, the 2nd generation Aurora has one of the most unique V6s ever put into a GM vehicle and only used in the Oldsmobile Intrigue and Aurora. The LX5 was technically a shortened version of the Cadillac Northstar V8 and has been given the nickname ShortStar or Short North and was listed in Ward’s 10 Best Engines for most of all four years of production (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). It is one of those cars that won’t get noticed by 99.9% of the population, but you can watch their eyes glaze over as you explain by the LX5 was the best V6 GM ever built and why your car isn’t just another boring box. Find this 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5 offered for $3,900 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
Oldsmobile was founded by Ransom E Olds in 1897 and was one of the longest lasting automobile marques before it outlived its usefulness and was milked to death by its mercilessly capitalist bean-counter bottom-line driven corporate overlords at GM. The 1960s found Oldsmobile positioned between Pontiac and Buick in GM’s pricing hierarchy, but things went […]
The Oldsmobile Aurora was released in 1995 as a last ditch attempt to save the brand and prove that it could build cars there were “not your father’s Oldsmobile.” In fact, Oldsmobile was so intent on separating the Aurora from the tarnished Oldsmobile image that it didn’t include any Olds badges on the exterior of […]