1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 305 V8 petrol (5.0L) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 305 V8 petrol (5.0L) Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVolvo 340

Summary:

Last of the old school American cars, and none the worse for it

Faults:

Not much.

The carberettor and inlet were replaced (I bought the car as a project) but due to a bad choice of inlet, the car always had a slight flat spot. Other than that, nothing.

It could have done with a new cam and some big end shells, due to the engine having 250 000+ miles on it, but it still cruised smoothly.

General Comments:

It's a large car, and feels it. This is however, no bad thing, as it means a smooth comfortable ride.

Comfort is superb, a split bench front seat means plenty of room, and it has a great ride, very smooth.

These cars drive great, very light smooth steering (despite this, directional stability is excellent) good brakes (re-built) and superbly smooth transmission.

The back seat is especially comfortable.

My Cutlass was origionally a V6, however this had been swapped for a Chevy 305 V8 (a factory option) before I bought the car.

Despite the engine having over 250 000 miles on it, it was still very smooth and sounded great. the lifters rattled a little, and a rod knocked for a second or so on start up, but never got any worse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass supreme 350 V8 single barrel from North America

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 350 V8 single barrel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance242000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A comfy ride that gets me there without having to worry about the fact that I'm driving an old car

Faults:

The usual stuff, it has had to withstand Canadian winters, but rust has not been a problem.

Mufflers, shocks, belts.

Electrical system seems to have a mind of its own sometimes.

The ceiling fabric fell down, had to be replaced.

The radio doesn't work anymore, but they don't play anything good on radio anymore anyways.

General Comments:

I'm surprised by how many 82's I see on the road in Toronto. They seem to be able to take a real beating, and my mechanic says that it's a breeze to work on, and that if I maintain it properly I should be able to put 500,000 Kms on it. I was really fortunate in that this really was a "little old lady's car" when I bought it, and she gave me a fantastic deal (ie I have cowboy boots that cost me more than this car)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

5th May 2006, 00:39

They never put a 350 into a 1982 cutlass. The biggest engine available was a 307. You must have added the 350 or somewhere along the way someone did.

1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Bougham Sedan 3.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1982
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

A/C compresser froze long before I bought it.

Very reliable car; engine went to 100,850mi. and trans. started to get a little slugish, stalled occasionally (in other words, it needed a tune-up).

General Comments:

The most solid car of that size that I have ever driven. Got into an accident with a drunk guy running a red light. He was driving a Pontiac 1000 hatchback, and I was going 63mph before I slammed the brakes and hit him, I walked away with a light bruise on my shin where it hit the bottom of the dash. Loved that car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 1999

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews