1987 Oldsmobile Calais Supreme 3.0 Liter from North America
This is a great car... but only if you can do the repairs yourself!
Warranty repair - Oil Leak at oil and trans. gasket, rear main seal, timing chain cover.
Replaced alternator 4 times. Always purchase lifetime warranted parts. This saves TONS of money over time!
Replaced radiator, upper/lower hoses, thermostat (4 times).
Installed rebuilt motor in 2000.
Replaced entire exhaust system.
Replaced front struts, rear shocks.
Replaced front/rear brakes half a dozen times.
Basically I have owned this car since day one and have done all maintenance and repairs myself. Almost all engine and drive train components have been replaced or repaired.
This is great commuter car. I get 26-27 mpg still after 147k miles. And this is while driving 70-80 mph for 45 or so miles 5 days a week.
For those of you who have the intermittently working dash gages problem. The fix is to scrape clean the contacts. Yes this means taking apart the dash...
The mysterious interior electrical short. Change the cigarette lighter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2003
I have replaced many valve cover gaskets in just this year.
I have had my '87 Calais from zero also, 34-36 mpg, rebuilt the top end after timing gear broke at 130,000 and now just replaced the fuel pump at 180,000. Still does not burn any oil, leaks just a little at oil pump. All the rubber at the doors, plastic emblems etc are deteriorating. Gone through 3 sets of tires, mostly cross country driving and has been a thoroughly great automobile.