1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews

1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham 5.0 305 V8 Regular from North America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.0 305 V8 Regular Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous car1978 Chevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Great reliable car and a sleeper on the speed

Faults:

The car has had very few problems.

I preformed the basic maintenance which included belts and filters.

The interior is staring to wear a bit.

The master cylinder went out at 110000.

General Comments:

The car itself is great.

It looks good and it turns heads on the road with people telling me nice car and I love the notch-back window.

The car is very peppy for being the 305 v8 it gets up and goes.

Its very reliable and gets great gas mileage for a v8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th March, 2006

7th Sep 2006, 07:03

The 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass is certainly way, way, too small to be considered a land yacht, and it is not even big enough to be considered large by todays standards now that they are making cars larger again. It is a handsome car and back in 1987, I was only seventeen at the time and had the opportunity to buy one. I was seven years old and the transmission indicator no longer worked, looking back it looked a bit grubby, but still handsome and I wish I had purchased it. However, I eventually purchased a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass which was wine-colored it was so beautiful and I miss my baby. I had to move to England and even though I could have taken it over, I did not and I do regret it.

This type of car is a good car to have because it is big enough to look stylish, but is certainly not a large car, I would say it is medium sized instead of large to medium or large.

Anyway it is interesting to see how the Cutlasses were downsized progressively over the years. The pre-1978 Cutlasses were much larger than these with their 112 inch wheelbase, whereas these had a 108 inch wheelbase.

1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass supreme Brougham 4.3 Liter, 260 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3 Liter, 260 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance350000 miles
Previous carFord Courier

Summary:

I own two much newer vehicles, but I prefer my Olds

Faults:

My first mishap was the intake manifold gasket at 35,000 miles. It was replaced under warranty. I did not incur any expensive problems until after 100,000 miles. I replaced the transmission, alternator, water pump, and the power window lifts. The original engine lasted well over 200,000 miles. I had it replaced with a similar re-manufactured engine which now has exceeded 100,000 miles. I replaced the transmission again at 250,000 miles. I replaced the starter and the radiator after its 21st birthday. I had to replace the aluminum intake manifold at 330,000 miles.

General Comments:

I really love this car. I has been very dependable and the repairs are cheap. The gas mileage is good. The ride is comfortable. It can cruise at higher speeds with no problem with the small V8. The only major damage my car has sustained is a hit by a street sweeper. The rear quarter was dented and the rear tire was flattened. I am very sorry that Oldsmobile is going out of business. I think GM is making a big mistake. GM should have put forth more effort into building a modern high performance Cutlass with rear drive like the upcoming Pontiac (GTO), and used some of that technology in the higher and lower end vehicles. The Aurora and Intrigues are good cars, but don't quite hit the mark. The Aurora went down with the demise of the Riviera twin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2002

20th May 2005, 10:10

I agree, GM is making a big mistake Oldsmobile truly is their best brand. They (GM) made some very bad decisions, Olds had so many great motors, but since the were all V-8s they weren't efficient enough right? than how come Chevy has been allowed to keep some of there V-8s? that's my big question.

Unfortunately as the 80s wore on GM kept make Olds cars smaller and smaller and making them use Buick V-6s and Chevy I-4.

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews