1991 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 5.0 from North America
This car is a pleasure, and will have collectors value in the future
The usual with a high mileage car. The alternator, battery, brake pads.
I also replaced the transmission after pulling a boat for two years. If you tow with these vehicles, I highly recommend a transmission cooler first. It was an expensive and, well, dirty and painful lesson.
Right now the car has been sitting in my garage for three years. I think it has a blown head gasket, but I was so sad when it happened that I'm just now looking into repairing it.
The head gasket was also my fault. It was -25F (MN haha) and the heater control valve cracked. I was five miles from home, it was cold out, so I pushed it. The car made it, but after I replaced the heater control it was blowing white smoke.
I LOVE this car, but hate being seen in it if you know what I mean. Station wagons are making a comeback, but they are still viewed as an out of date mommy-mobile (and I'm a guy).
The comfort level is outstanding. The seats are a little worn by now, but still a pleasure. Its roomy as heck, the kids love it, and you cannot beat this car for a road trip. It absolutely glides down the highway.
Power/acceleration/economy is just the right balance with the miserly tuned 5 litre engine. The aerodynamics are good, so 23-26 on the highway is easily obtained with a well tuned engine. In town it drops to 18 or so.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th September, 2006
The nicest thing about these is you can buy them dirt cheap right now, usually for well under two grand for a good one.
The 1991 and newer Chevy Caprice wagons, which are basically the same thing, are more sought out, especially the 1994-96 models with the LT1 engine as standard equipment, but their prices are correspondingly higher.
With all due respect, satisfied Oldsmobile owner, if you love your wagon, say you own a wagon and are proud to. The folks who still think big wagons are mom-cars, if they ever were, are the ones who are actually behind the times.
These big, rear-drive wagons are on their way to becoming timeless classics if they aren't already. There is no need to hide your love for the Custom Cruiser you own; one day soon the folks who criticize you for driving it will be wishing they'd got one, too.
Best cars ever to come out of Detroit. Currently own 5 of them, and wish I had more parking at my house...