• Jun 3, 2008
click above for gallery of the entire Final 500 Collection

The death of the Oldsmobile brand in 2004 was certainly a sad moment in the annals of automotive history. At 107 years old, the brand had seen its share of ups and downs, and most would agree that it ended on a down note with a lineup of cars that weren't competitive at all in their respective classes. Regardless, a dealership in Indiana managed to collect an example of each vehicle in Oldsmobile's parting lineup, all of which feature the brand's Final 500 Collector's Edition Package. They include a 2004 Silhouette minivan, 2003 Aurora, 2002 Intrigue, 2004 Bravada SUV and, my personal fave, a 2004 Alero. With my own 1999 Alero Coupe suffering from a determined pull to the right, I am looking for a suitable replacement and a perfectly preserved 2004 model would be perfect. Unfortunately, these vehicles were being sold as a set (the auction is not live anymore) with a starting bid of $149,995. If I bought the whole lot of them, I'd be paying an average of $29,999 per vehicle. We're not sure any post-Y2K Oldsmobiles will ever be worth that much on their own, and I've got too many Bentleys and Ferraris in my imaginary temperature-controlled garage to fit five reminders of why GM sucked not too long ago. Thanks for the tip, Matt!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      :( Too bad GM stopped making Oldsmobiles. They were by far their best brand at the time and still look quite nice. They also had some great engines that were never used on any other vehicle (Intrigue 3.5 "shortstar" and Aurora V8). I would buy the Aurora, Intrigue, and Bravada, but for no more than 15k each, as they certainly will never be worth more, sadly. IF they were still made today, I would imagine they would be so much nicer than much of the lower end crap GM makes right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      John... it's not April 1 again yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ehh, I always thought the last sedans were underrated. maybe not luxury models but solid offerings in the market.

      the Aurora was a kick and looked good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are some funny sheep commenting here. Sheep as in people who are followers into this imports are best crock. I laugh at the guy down talking Olds who drives a Mini. Come on down to Lakeville, Minnesota and race my LSS with your almighty toaster and then see where you stand. Oh and the idiot with the late 80s Accord is even better. Well screwed interior on a 80s Accord? What nut house did you escape from?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In 1976 the Oldsmobile Cutlass was the best selling car in America. My how things change. I had a 1992 Cutlass Supreme Coupe and loved it. Sleek as a bullet, good power from the V6 and got 30mpg. Drove it all over the US while in the miltary. Finally traded it for a new vehicle in 2001.

      The demise of Oldsmobile, much like Plymouth, was self inflicted at the corporate level with a lack of product direction, influx or proper marketing (hmm...sounds like Pontiac).
      • 6 Years Ago
      vintage, i'll trade my 2004 alero with zero miles for you accord with 266,000 miles. deal?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would be neat if GM decided to develop a couple of new models under the Oldsmobile name, in an effort to make something totally new. Go back to the old school style, like the curves in the 30s and 40s, plop normally-aspirated and turbocharged 4 cylinder engines making almost 200-300 hp on aluminum frames and you have a bunch of new, lightweight, powerful, stylish, and very nostalgic automobiles that this country will go cuckoo for. GM, send me the check for this idea. Thanks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mark.

        I don't really think a couple of new models (read that, couple = 2) would necessitate the opening of new dealerships, nor steal market share from other divisions (since the other divisions don't have cars like that....no one does). You could make the same point about ANY car that GM comes out with, or for that matter, any company with multiple divisions.

        That aside, you completely missed the tone and intention of my post. Whether or not Oldsmobile comes back makes no difference to me. I was simply sharing an idea.

        What I do long for is for some major automaker to really start thinking outside of the box and be truly innovative!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I rented an Alero once. It drove very well. A good car, but not too exciting. Nice wheels, though. I remember that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will bid $50 and that's my final offer.

      No wait...I think I will use that $50 for a hard drive upgrade. Never mind I very happily retract my bid. I need tobuy stuff that is actually more productive and useful. This so-called car on the other hand is the total opposite.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1999 really isnt that old, if your alero is ready for the scrap heap after 9 years id steer well clear of another GM
        • 6 Years Ago
        depends on how it was taken care of and the miles put on it. You can see a shining example of a 1999 car or you can see something ready for the scrapheap. depends on owner and use.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Intrigue was a great car! a little of a sharper interior and it would of probably been the top GM car of its time, thats where my Aurora comes in, had with either a 3.5 DOHC or my fun to drive 4.0! The Olds had one of the best interiors for GM at the time and it drives like a powderpuff. My 4 speed auto is pretty sluggish and i wish i had that one extra gear for highway...but city driving yields a decent 18MPG while highway only gives me 22mpg.

      My point, Olds did the best with what it was given at the end of its life span, it WAS too little TOO late...but it was a nice try.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I miss Oldsmobile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        me too. my aurora is getting old and i don't see anything from GM i'd like to replace it with.
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