Oldsmobile 442 Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 2

1970 Oldsmobile 442 Rocket 455

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Rocket 455 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired39800 miles
Most recent distance41238 miles

Summary:

High performance, appreciating beast!

Faults:

Starter frequently craps out when engine reaches temperatures over 200 (when parked)

Radiator had to be changed due to cooling problems, once changed ran perfect.

Thermostat also changed during the same period of time.

Interior needs SOME work, color is alittle faded in areas, but no dash cracks.

Master cylinder wasn't working right, was the original, but was leaking... Ripped that out and got a re-manufactured one.

General Comments:

Awesome acceleration. 3 gears, v-8 power. Under hard acceleration tires squeel in 2nd gear. 1st gear is up to about 35-40 miles when having the crap ran out of it.

So comfortable. I'm 6 foot, 220 lbs with wide shoulders and I fit PERFECTLY. Drivers seat is all the way back and I can fit back their for a long period of time.

Huge trunk, if that counts at all. Probably fit 4-5 dead bodies in their, don't know why youd want to do that though...

Very good ergonomics actually, however I have a CD player in the glove compartment and its very far to reach, about 31/2 feet. Light beam change is perfectly postitioned (little button by the brake, where dead pedal usually is, just press with toe). Windshield wiper is a little switch that says high, low, and off. No guessing! Original radio player is easy to use and is very simple and clean. Instrument gauge is very nice.

Always gaining in value.

Gas is POOR! I'm getting about 8 mpg city! after a 30 minute cruise I used about 2-3 gallons, about a 8 mile trip with a lot of spirited driving and stop lights.

Easy and cheap to fix. Rip out the engine and you have a trailer with style (not that id do that).

Pretty hard to find, but well worth ANY price when found. I think I read that 8,000 were built in 1970 but id have to double check.

If possible can can anyone email me a website with a VIN decoder and where to find the VIN?

Email me at karodak@yahoo.com for info if your thinking of purchasing a 442 or cutlass.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

30th Dec 2003, 23:14

"8000 built in 1970"? The actual figure is more like about 19,300.

Re the gas mileage--what did you expect with a 455 engine? Especially if you do a lot of "spirited driving" as you call it.

12th Jan 2004, 17:20

Yes and if you notice what car domain is created for, real peer reviews about automobiles. I simply thought people looking to buy one of these would like to know what kind of gas. And it is 8 mpg w/o spirited driving. Thank you for the correction in build #s.

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible 400

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 400 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

A blast to drive

Faults:

I've restored, replaced or rebuilt 95% of this car since purchasing it in 1977.

General Comments:

This car defines '60's American muscle with it's refined good looks, superior handling (for it's era) and brutish V-8 powered strength.

Getting to your destination is half the fun while driving this car.

Cruising with the top down is (after all) what it's all about.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2003

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews