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1993 Oldsmobile Ciera S 3.3 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72100 miles
Most recent distance80800 miles

Summary:

A lot of car for a little price

Faults:

The starter had to be replaced when I first got it. It was making an annoying sound and I thought it was serious, but it only was the crankshaft pulley which cost me $400.

General Comments:

I cannot tell you how satisfied I am with this car. I have customized it with some chrome wiper blades and fog lights, and that really brought it out. I also have a custom sound system. When it comes to power my ciera is no corvette, but damn!! Accelerate quickly and you're already going 55mph! The engine power is the best thing about this car. The only thing I wish it had is the 4-speed automatic OD trans, other than that I love this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2005

22nd May 2006, 01:21

Re the crankshaft pulley:

I assume you're referring to the 3300 V6. On this engine, the pulley is the "harmonic balancer" type, which is a composite of steel and fairly dense rubber. The idea is that the rubber between the forward end of the crankshaft and the serpentine belt will help minimize vibration and allow the engine to run more smoothly.

Unsure what the standard life expectancy is on one of these. Mine was about 13 years old when it started to disintegrate in Chicago rush hour traffic. The engine clattered noisier than heck, and I assumed I was about to throw a connecting rod. Parts and labor in the city ran just over $400, but with that replaced the car runs nearly perfectly.

Anyone have any idea what (if any) kind of preventative maintenance can be done to keep the harmonic balancer from drying out/separating/blowing up the engine?

1993 Oldsmobile Ciera 3.3L from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Bargain Price, So-Far Reasonably Reliable

Faults:

Hesitant at take-off.

Normal replacement of brake pads & rotor's.

Sun roof leaks badly.

Has a distinct vibration driving on any road at any speed (espesially in over-drive)

Engine runs roughly.

Have to keep a half tank of gas in it or it will stall & sputter.

Burns an excessive amount of gas.

A part of the driver seat that's attached to the rails cracked.

General Comments:

Good car for the money spent. It gets me back and forth to work and it hasn't stranded me yet.

Motor and transmission hasn't let me down so far. It has a very powerful engine and runs well only for the fact it runs rough.

We have very cold winters and I haven't had to plug in the block heater yet, it always starts perfectly with no cold knocking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2005

1993 Oldsmobile Ciera S 3.3 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Faults:

The brake rotors and brakes wore out once.

The car needed new rear shocks.

The muffler was replaced.

The ash tray light burned out.

General Comments:

This car is unbelievably reliable. For a 12 year old car, I feel like it will never let me down. Nothing really "broke" on it. The only time it left me stranded was when the battery died.

This car, with the V6, is very quick in accelerating for its class due to its relatively high torque.

This car will cruise down the highway perfectly straight, and is super easy to drive.

There is very little rust.

This car is worth so much more than the bluebook value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2005

1993 Oldsmobile Ciera S 3.3 Liter 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Liter 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles

Summary:

A boring but decent sedan.

Faults:

Needed new battery right after I bought it.

Tune-Up was done and minor parts were replaced.

The paint is white so it easily rusts in spots.

General Comments:

This is my first car at age 16. I've had the car for only about 2000 miles and 4 months. It has been reliable, so far, driving it to school and work.

The engine is noisy and it feels like it runs rough. The 6 cylinder engine provides adequate power. However, it seems to hesitate too much when prompted to accelerate.

Don't bother to race or try to impress anyone with this car.

The transmission works fine and is acceptable, however there is no overdrive.

I haven't measured gas mileage, but it is probably uses about 20-25 miles per gallon. The ride is moderately comfortable.

The car looks great when shined up. I actually think the white looks sharp. Nice looking hubcaps and fake chrome strips accent the paint.

I would rather have an older, more powerful luxury car (Delta 88, LeSabre, Caprice, ect.), but the reason my parents and I bought this car was the low mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2003

1993 Oldsmobile Ciera S 3.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Overall a great deal for what I paid!

Faults:

Harmonic Balancer needs replaced.

Front driver-side inside door handle is broken.

Needs front brakes and rotors replaced.

General Comments:

I have only had the car two months. I feel that once I replace the harmonic balancer this will be a very reliable car. Does need front brakes and rotors, but the person who had the car before me drove it very hard. Car rode smooth before the harmonic balancer started going, now it has a distinct rattle and vibration while driving. For 350 dollars and unmatched deal!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2003

1993 Oldsmobile Ciera S 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance192000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

A quick, comfortable car

Faults:

Front brakes have gone out at 190,000 miles.

A seat rail on the driver's side broke.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable, it has never left me stranded.

This car has some real get-up-and-go power.

The front seats have a lot of leg room, however the back seats have very little.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews