1980 Oldsmobile 98 5.7L diesel from North America
General Motors crap!
What didn't go wrong with this car is a better question.
Well... the ash tray never broke.
Where do I start?
1. Transmission at 13k miles failed. The transmission that was installed in the car was a turbo 200 model. This transmission was designed for a small, lightweight car, about the size of a Vega. What moron from General Motors decided to install this transmission into a vehicle the size of Cadillac and expected it to function? Can we say DUMB ASS?
2. Engine: The same moron's that selected the trasmission must have been smoking dope while designing the 5.7L diesel. This motor had more problems than I could list. Head-gaskets, rocker assemblies, injector pump, broken head bolts, multiple starters, and the finally a broken crankshaft.
3. Differential and Axles: This car left me stranded 2 times with damaged rear wheel bearings. Again the same dope smoking moron's from above decided to redesign the rear end. Take a perfectly good working axle and wheel bearing, then remove the inner race of the bearing, and have the wheel bearing ride directly on the axle without a hardened steel race. (gotta save a few cents). Unfortunately they never grasped the concept that the bearing was harder than the axle, and as wear occurs that the axle would become damaged. This problem occurred 2 times, and of course the axles had to be special ordered each time (about 3 weeks of downtime).
I will never even consider another General Motors product after this car.
GM... GO TO HELL!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th January, 2002
25th Jan 2002, 09:56
I had a turbo 200-r4 in my '81 Buick Electra with a 307 Gas V8 (more power and toque than the diesel) and went 187,000 miles with the car and no transmission problems. If you were crazy enough to buy a 350 diesel then you deserve all those problems!
25th Jan 2002, 12:55
Anyone who would buy a diesel in the first place is foolish. The person who wrote this article condemning GM for one car has a definite problem with reality. Every car I have owned from GM has been extremely reliable. I am currently driving a 1990 Olds Cutlass Supreme International Series and have never been stranded. I bought the car and it had 70,000 miles on it. It currently has 145,000 miles on the odometer, it has been the best car I have owned, no problems. I have never done any major repairs on this car and it consistently gets 20-25 miles per gallon in the city. I have gotten up to 40 miles to the gallon on the highway.
So if you want to condemn GM go ahead, most of us won't listen to you anyway. As we base our opinions in reality.