1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 3.1L from North America
Reliable, but not pretty
Right front wheel bearing went out and camber bolts needed replaced at 200,000.
Alternator replaced at 200,000.
Battery connection cable went bad and had to be replaced.
Both passenger power window motors were bad when I bought it. Replaced front passenger door. Still need to replace rear. Driver's side had been replaced.
Inner and outer tie rod ends replaced at 200,000.
Bought for $500 as a cheap car to get to and from work. I knew that both passenger windows did not work, and the windshield was cracked when I bought it.
Started having power issues, and I had the alternator replaced, ($125 for part new) and a new battery connection because it was not getting a good connection. When I had that done, I had the spark plugs and wires changed (did not have trouble getting them in or out like others), new valve gasket covers put on and an oil change.
I began hearing a grinding noise, and my mechanic said the tie rod ends were bad, so we replaced those. Put new tires on, and was informed that it needed the camber bolts replaced and the front wheel bearing was loose. Went to junk yard and got a new wheel bearing for $15. (new is around 90), but the bolts were seized on so we replaced the whole part at the control arm. Had to order camber bolts, and hope to put them in tomorrow and then get it realigned.
Also replacing driver's door panel with the Century one to match the passenger door (and it's nicer) along with a new steering wheel with airbag, working horn and windshield. Parts cost at junk yard, steering wheel $15, door panel $5 and windshield $25. It's pull it yourself. Have a place here that will put a windshield in for $40 if you pull it yourself.
The car runs good. Strong engine and tranny. Have had it at 80 with no problems. She has at least another 50000 miles left on here if not much much more. Had a friend put over 400,000 on one and still going. Great value for money as long as it's maintained.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2009