1987 Oldsmobile Ciera Reviews from North America

1987 Oldsmobile Ciera Standard 3.8 V6

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance180100 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Great car for transportation if you do care about aesthetics

Faults:

Rust spots showing at bottom of the doors, but the car was originally in Chicago in its early life.

Paint finish has always been poor, but it is an old car.

Most aggravating issue is plastic ashtray guide rails are broken, which results in astray dangling from cigarette lighter wire. Found four of these assemblies at a junk yard, and they were all also broken.

Press-button door locks are "stiff", and I have not been able to figure out how to "loosen" them. These are all minor things if all you care about is basic transportation.

General Comments:

Basic car but very dependable. The ride is smooth.

Not a good looking car, but it gets you where you are going in a dependable fashion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th June, 2011

1987 Oldsmobile Ciera Brougham 2.5 TBI "Iron Duke"

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 TBI "Iron Duke" Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100098 miles
Most recent distance294655 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

This car simply WON'T DIE!

Faults:

Fuel Lines.

Brake Lines.

Valve cover gasket.

That's it.

General Comments:

It's not the fastest thing in the world, or the prettiest, but boy this car does what it's supposed to do... run and drive.

I bought it with just a hair over 100k on it, and it now has 294,655 miles on it as of this morning!

The only things I have ever had to do to this car was new fuel lines, brake lines, and a valve cover gasket. Other than that, it's had regular maintenance.

It has lots of low end brunt, but loses steam quickly... it can easily keep up with a 200 hp V6 upon takeoff, but that's about it.

Needless to say, my next car will certainly be a Iron Duke powered A-body.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2010

1987 Oldsmobile Ciera GT 3.8 V6

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27536 miles
Most recent distance178288 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

Had it for 20 years

Faults:

Car has been in our possession for 20 years, and has outlasted 2 other cars we have owned; a 95 Ford Thunderbird we junked, and a 99 Grand Am, which is what my husband drives.

Besides changing oil filters and fluids:

Starter replaced at 74,566 and 170,410 miles.

Alternator replaced at 126,807 miles.

Struts replaced at 152,580 miles.

Motor mounts replaced at 155,661 miles.

General Comments:

This is a pretty good car.

It has never needed a new engine or transmission.

This car also gets abused by my husband sometimes when he wants to drive it really fast.

The gas gauge is also not accurate after 1/4 tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st January, 2010

1987 Oldsmobile Ciera Brougham 3.8L Fuel Injected V6

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8L Fuel Injected V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired93505 miles
Most recent distance93760 miles

Summary:

Great car that handles all I throw at her; fuel efficiency at it's best

Faults:

Minor wiring problems.

Ash tray guide broken.

Tilt-steering bolts tightened 93550.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car, and I couldn't ask for more from it. 30MPG highway, 23 city, and with a 3.8L V6 it really gets up and goes. Just press the gas and she takes off from the line like a mad dog.

Interior is very comfortable, and looks great. Radio is nice, but the front cardboard speakers need replaced. Everything with the car generally works, and I've not had any major issues with my Cutlass Ciera yet.

There is some minor wiring problems, presumably in the dash. My right taillight quit working when I pressed the brakes, yet all it's other functions work fine. I ended up taking off the center brake light and running it to the right side. The car passed inspection like a breeze after this.

The car handles beautifully, taking turns at what speed I ask it to (55 around a sharp 30), and I love that the P195/75/14 tires are really cheap, $50 a piece at Wal*Mart.

She doesn't leak oil or any other fluids, and in general needs only routine maintenance. I had to replace the fuel filter, but the sort of thing is expected after so many miles.

I'd buy another Oldsmobile in a heart beat, as this car is extremely reliable and has a great personality of it's own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2008

1987 Oldsmobile Ciera International Sedan 2.8L

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles

Summary:

Best Car in the 80's by far!!!

Faults:

Well this was my mom's car from 1989-1999. I got the car with 78,000 miles.

Headliner was already falling down at 70,000.

I replace the heater core around 85,000.

The brakes I did once front and back.

My Mom never broke down with it. But in 2003 I was late to work cause ignition module went on it.

General Comments:

I loved this car the second my Dad came home with it from the dealer. It was only 2 years old, it looked mint.

This car has been all over. It went to Vermont for camping once. Also went to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.

In 2002 (15 years old) I drove it to Baltimore, no problem. I live in Connecticut.

This car maybe Grand-mom's wheels, but don't tell that to the Civic's I take all time at stop lights. The car just goes its only a 3 speed, so it dose 75mph in 2nd, one shift that's it gone!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2006

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 12 reviews