1989 Oldsmobile Calais S 2.3L Quad 4
Fun, fast, well handling, reliable sleeper with so much to offer
The paint started peeling off soon after purchase (inherent issue with GM vehicles at the time).
The drivers seat 6 way manual adjuster broke twice (replaced under warranty both times). I finally fabricated a heavy duty fix for it so it would hold my big butt! (I am 6'2" 250lbs)
I blew a head gasket at 40,000 miles. Oldsmobile fixed it for me under warranty.
This car was the funnest, most exhilarating bang for your buck I have ever owned! It cost less than $15,000 new, out accelerated Mustang 5.0's, was stylish, and handled extremely well with the FE3 suspension package that it had. Of the cars I have owned in my 40 years of life, this is the one I miss the most!
The Muncie/Getrag 5 speed manual was a bit notchy, but I added a Teflon additive that took care of that. It shifted smooth as butter after I added it.
I did a few modifications to the engine, including an intake mod, higher flow exhaust, and computer chip. The 150 horsepower engine was putting a little over 200 hp to the ground when I was done. 0-60 times in my car were 5.8 seconds, and the quarter mile went by at a personal best of 13.2 seconds at 104 mph!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2010
13th Aug 2010, 21:52
- If you had somehow dropped a 455 with a TH-400 into that car, those claims would be reasonable. But with the 4 cylinder that was standard in that car? PLEASE!!! COME ON, NOW!!!
20th Oct 2010, 09:27
Have you ever driven one of these cars? Obviously not. Those times are actually attainable. These cars were fast and handled extremely well. There is nothing out of the realm of possibility here.