Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Reviews from Netherlands

1979 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 6.6 V8

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 6.6 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance79000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Commodore A coupe

Summary:

When it holds together mechanically, a fantastic car!

Faults:

After about two weeks, the flex plate broke in half.

Because someone had poorly installed a Buick engine, the engine mounts started to split in half! Finding replacements was hard as the engine mounts were half Oldsmobile, half Buick.

When I bought it, I had to fix a hole in the exhaust pipe (which was also homemade) and I had to put two new ball-joints on.

Power steering pipes leak since they are also homemade.

Speedo lights don't work.

Cruise control doesn't work.

Air con doesn't work.

Yesterday I discovered that my head gasket blew, sludge on the oil filler cap, and a loss of cooling fluid.

General Comments:

Despite some mechanical problems, I love this car.

The ride is unbelievable comfy, and the only noise you hear on the highway is some soft whistling of the wind.

Parts aren't a real problem, as long as you are prepared to wait a couple of days.

Love that V8 sound!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

21st Feb 2011, 06:19

What's your next step?

Just sell the car?

1978 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 350

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance111500 miles
Previous carOpel Omega

Summary:

Fantastic car, I love it!

Faults:

Radiator was only a 2-row design, engine overheated fast when pushed, replaced the thing by a heavy-duty 3-row, replaced fan-clutch and thermostat too.

Heater core gave out after successfully racing a Mazda on the highway, because the driver wanted to overtake me using the righthand lane (prohibited in Holland!).

Engine started bad, solved it by fixing the ground lead, replacement of distributor and plugs, then found out that the ignition timing was only 4 degrees, set it to 15 degrees..

Fixed the right front brake caliper; was stuck so the car pulled to the right quite a bit.

Fixed 3 of 5 electric windows.

Fixed a rust problem underneath the rear side windows.

Replaced the TH 350 vacuum modulator, it had a leak so the engine was draining the tranny.

Fixed the cruise control modulator.

General Comments:

What a surprise this car is. I wanted a station and this is what I found.

This an all stock 1978 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.

I'm a GM kind of guy, so other brands were not in the picture, and I never was aware of the qualities this Oldsmobile had, as I was to find out later.

The first radiator caused the engine to overheat, no damage though, but also the tranny took a beating.

Too hot meant that ATF came spilling right out of the crankshaft-side seal, not okay.. and then that burnt smell!.

Fixing the cooling problem, solved the leaking trans too, then came the modulator leak, ran 3 times out of trans-fluid while the engine was sucking it up, 2 QT every 200 miles.. car stopped driving, topped her up every time and kept on driving.. now replaced the modulator by a new adjustable one.

When I bought this car, it was freshly imported from New York state, it had all the smog equipment still installed, so I started by having the cat-converter removed, then came the EGR-valve, then the ignition-timing, and then after a LPG gas tank install. Started to dial in that 4-barrel for use on LPG, even the secondary air valves where removed causing the engine to bog, placed them back from a junkyard carb and it's okay now!.

There are a lot of "free" horsepowers coming out now, and it runs a lot more economical too.

I tested it last time doing a 100 mph on my navigation system. I drive 60 mph normally.

The comfort is great, I love the split bench, very comfy, and the room inside, fold the rear seat back and there's space for moving almost anything!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews