Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews from UK and Ireland

1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme wagon 307

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 307 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired161000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

More than any other car I have owned, this is the one I most wish I had kept

Faults:

Rusted brake lines replaced (cost £9).

Radio failed.

Alternator failed.

Apart from that, nothing at all has gone wrong with the car. I have replaced worn tyres and brakes, and replaced the windshield, which was cracked when I bought the car.

General Comments:

I bought the car for £150 as spares for another G Body car, but kept it, as it turned out to be in better shape.

I liked the bench front seat and found it comfortable, although I would have liked a tilt steering column, as I found the steering wheel a bit too high. I had no complaints from rear seat passengers either.

The dashboard was very plain, a speedometer and fuel gauge, and warning lights for everything else. I would have liked at least a temperature gauge.

The lack of gauges and not quite perfect steering position aside, I have nothing but praise for the car.

The lazy V8 gave effortless and swift, rather than rapid performance, and the transmission was very smooth.

It was a great tow car, pulling a caravan with consummate ease; hills or strong winds seemed to have little effect.

Fuel consumption was a very reasonable 22mpg. A caravan behind it reduced that to more like 15mpg. The best I got was 30 mpg on a long slow cruise on main roads and motorways, where the car was very much at home.

It had surprisingly good handling for its size; it got too uncomfortable to throw round bends long before it ran out of grip.

The ride was very comfortable, unladen or fully loaded.

It would swallow enormous amounts of luggage with the back seat up. With it down, I could put things in that wouldn't fit in most British vans.

Maintenance was easy, cheap, and simple. Spare parts are surprisingly easy and cheap to obtain, and there is plenty of room under the hood to work on the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2011

21st Nov 2011, 11:29

These were wonderful cars, and it is so interesting to hear they made it to the UK, and were even reasonably cheap to maintain there, so far from home.

One question - did this 307 Cutlass have the 'overdrive' transmission - that is the 4-spd auto - or the 3-spd auto?

14th Mar 2012, 12:16

Mine had the 350c transmission, 3 speed with a lockup converter.

16th Mar 2012, 13:10

21st Nov 2011, 11:29 here, thanks for the reply about the transmission. I've never owned a Cutlass, but owned two Delta 88s with the 307; one had the TH-200 3-speed automatic, and the other the TH-200-R4, the 4-speed version. Both were just OK, and I think your TH-350 is a much stronger, more durable transmission.

1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 305 V8 petrol (5.0L)

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 305 V8 petrol (5.0L) Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVolvo 340

Summary:

Last of the old school American cars, and none the worse for it

Faults:

Not much.

The carberettor and inlet were replaced (I bought the car as a project) but due to a bad choice of inlet, the car always had a slight flat spot. Other than that, nothing.

It could have done with a new cam and some big end shells, due to the engine having 250 000+ miles on it, but it still cruised smoothly.

General Comments:

It's a large car, and feels it. This is however, no bad thing, as it means a smooth comfortable ride.

Comfort is superb, a split bench front seat means plenty of room, and it has a great ride, very smooth.

These cars drive great, very light smooth steering (despite this, directional stability is excellent) good brakes (re-built) and superbly smooth transmission.

The back seat is especially comfortable.

My Cutlass was origionally a V6, however this had been swapped for a Chevy 305 V8 (a factory option) before I bought the car.

Despite the engine having over 250 000 miles on it, it was still very smooth and sounded great. the lifters rattled a little, and a rod knocked for a second or so on start up, but never got any worse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews