1985 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser from North America
Nothing was wrong with the car when I first purchased it. I have owned the car for one year. Since I have had the car I have had the transmission rebuilt, the gas tank replaced (it was leaking), and I have replaced the power steering return hose.
The car is roomy enough to carry the kids, their belongings, and me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th December, 2005
My experience with these cars is that they are very very reliable. It should last you for years to come with the only operating costs being gas and routine maintenance. They're a smooth ride too. Enjoy!
Had one of these in the family growing up. With the plastic 'wood trim' stickers on the side and a chrome roof rack. It looked like the wagon out of National Lampoon's Family Vacation.
Like most of the GM cars of the time, the steering was totally numb and felt 'loose'. That's about the only knock on the car.
It was built up to Taxi standards. All the major parts on it were totally over engineered. Nothing major went out on the car for the entire 10 years we owned it.
I can still remember jumping the thing at like 60mph over railroad tracks. The car would get major air. The thing didn't mind at all. You could drive it over the most terrible potholed roads all day and it didn't mind, you'd get to where you were going and would get out relaxed. Try that in an Accord.
The Olds 98/88/Custom Cruiser and their other GM cousins were the last of the great American cars IMO.
I bought one of these from a family friend in Charlottesville, VA just the other week- a maroon 1985 Custom Cruiser with maroon velour interior. 258,602 miles on the odometer at present, but the 307 V8 was replaced, not rebuilt but *replaced* two or three years back, effectively renewing the heart of the car. She's more than 20 years old and she looks and feels more reliable than my father's 2004 Grand Cherokee by a long shot. I love this car so much I'm happy just sitting behind the wheel. Truly, a car completely worthy of having "GM/Mark of Excellence" on the keys. The Custom Cruiser is a credit to the Oldsmobile name and legacy.
Note- I'm the 17, now 18-year old who left the comment asking about running costs a while ago.