1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera LS 2.8 V6 from North America
Well made, well finished and very reliable
Nothing went wrong with this car, during the 5 years we owned it.
We bought the car new in 1983. It was a 4-door with the base LS interior, and had few options: V6 engine, air conditioning, firm handling suspension and console with floor shift.
Even being a base model it was quite luxurious, quiet and comfortable. The car had excellent quality paint and interior materials. There were no flaws in fit, finish or assembly. Perfectly made. Fuel economy was excellent, and it was very roomy, given its compact size. On several occasions, 4 adults went on extended road trips, and we never felt cramped or overloaded.
Handling was good with nice steering feel, good road-holding, decent brakes and a well-controlled ride, with minimal sway and bouncing. The firm handling suspension makes a HUGE improvement over the very soft and mushy base suspension that I've seen on other Cieras. It's the most worthwhile option these cars have.
The V6 engine was smooth, but was not particularly powerful. Normal driving was fine, and it keeps up with the fastest of normal traffic. But it does not encourage sporty performance driving simply because there's no excess power.
We only had the 3 speed automatic, no overdrive, but it was smooth and reliable, and always produced flawless gear changes. We did not miss the overdrive.
It was extremely reliable. Nothing went wrong in 60,000 km. Everything worked as it should. We didn't even need to change the brakes or the battery, not even a light bulb or belt, although we replaced the tires shortly before selling it.
The car had the base -model tires, 13 inch rims with small 185/80-series tires. They made the handling feel a bit mushy. A wider, lower profile tire improved the handling.
Overall this was an excellent car, with decent all-around function and tremendous reliability. It was well made and well finished, and the only car I've ever had that was perfectly reliable in every way.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th October, 2018
25th Oct 2018, 18:26
Nice review, the 2.8 was a better performer in later years when it switched to multi port fuel injection.
26th Oct 2018, 02:56
That is an old car. Any rust?
27th Oct 2018, 06:21
Cars really don’t get rust unless you drive through a bunch of salt which is used to de-ice roads and don’t wash it off your vehicle or you go off roading through wet terrain. I’ve owned about 12 vehicles and never had rust issues.
27th Oct 2018, 13:00
If you had read the review more closely, you would have noted that the reviewer sold or traded the car 30 years ago, just five years after buying it.