1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4-door 4.3-V8 (206 c.i.) from North America
Best car ever made
Alternator bearing started making noise at 180,000 miles, but still works.
Heater core went out at 160,000, but just by-passed it.
Speedometer is making noise, but still works.
Look, if you buy any 78-87 Cutlass with the V8 motor, you will have a reliable, durable, safe, & comfortable car. I've owned several of these for under $1,000, and drove the wheels off of each one. The ones I had were cheap northern beaters that were just rusted out. In those cases, the engine/trans outlasted the body.
Now, I am finding solid southern examples for cheap, and they are great. They are not the fastest cars in the world, but could be pretty quick with the right bolt-on parts.
I have a 1981 Cutlass (260 V8) for daily use, and a nice 1987 Cutlass Supreme sedan (307 V8) for weekends.
I've had many cars, but the rear wheel drive, V8 GM cars between 78-87 were always the best, and I can't say enough about them.
I would avoid the V6, and power windows, otherwise they are tanks, and can handle major abuse and keep on going. It's the only car I will ever buy. See pictures of mine; RAY FIALA@my space.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2008
"Best car ever made"
- First let me tell you that I am an Olds fan, but how can you say that? The 260 & 307 V-8s were good only as boat anchors!
I'm an Olds fan as well, and I have only owned 307s. They seemed more than adequate to me. Presumably the original poster, like me, is no speed demon, and so doesn't mind a reliable, easy-going 'boat anchor'.