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Kind of a watershed era for cars. The tipping point towards the SUV'ization of the American roadways, and at the same time the last hurrah of the dominant BOF SUV and large non-premium sedans.
Aurora is a weird car. How can it seem so fresh and dated at the same time. I've thought about buying these many times, but it all comes down to one thing... it's a detuned Northstar engine. So you get less power for the same mileage, cost, and headaches. Maybe now would be the time to buy the nicest time capsule 1st gen Aurora from some estate sale and start taking it to car shows in a few years.
The point of the Buick is not that it's fast. The point is that it has a kick ass air conditioner that doesn't give me a headache, and that "GM Solar Ray" glass has some kind of voodoo magic on it which makes it tolerable to be inside the car even in direct TX sunlight. It's a big cushy magic carpet ride to work and back. Maybe the novelty will wear off, who knows, but all I know right now is that it's hellova lot more comfortable than any of my other cars.
I went back to the old country and after spending two weeks driving around in Renaults I came back and decided it's time to upgrade my daily driver to something different. As usual, the quest takes weird turns and what started out as a hunt for Accord coupes led me to a Park Avenue Ultra driven by some OCD case who agreed to every single thing recommended by the dealer service advisor.
10yrs/ 100K on the clock, Negotiations start at $6500, have I gone mad?