1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme wagon 307 from UK and Ireland
More than any other car I have owned, this is the one I most wish I had kept
Rusted brake lines replaced (cost £9).
Apart from that, nothing at all has gone wrong with the car. I have replaced worn tyres and brakes, and replaced the windshield, which was cracked when I bought the car.
I bought the car for £150 as spares for another G Body car, but kept it, as it turned out to be in better shape.
I liked the bench front seat and found it comfortable, although I would have liked a tilt steering column, as I found the steering wheel a bit too high. I had no complaints from rear seat passengers either.
The dashboard was very plain, a speedometer and fuel gauge, and warning lights for everything else. I would have liked at least a temperature gauge.
The lack of gauges and not quite perfect steering position aside, I have nothing but praise for the car.
The lazy V8 gave effortless and swift, rather than rapid performance, and the transmission was very smooth.
It was a great tow car, pulling a caravan with consummate ease; hills or strong winds seemed to have little effect.
Fuel consumption was a very reasonable 22mpg. A caravan behind it reduced that to more like 15mpg. The best I got was 30 mpg on a long slow cruise on main roads and motorways, where the car was very much at home.
It had surprisingly good handling for its size; it got too uncomfortable to throw round bends long before it ran out of grip.
The ride was very comfortable, unladen or fully loaded.
It would swallow enormous amounts of luggage with the back seat up. With it down, I could put things in that wouldn't fit in most British vans.
Maintenance was easy, cheap, and simple. Spare parts are surprisingly easy and cheap to obtain, and there is plenty of room under the hood to work on the engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th November, 2011
These were wonderful cars, and it is so interesting to hear they made it to the UK, and were even reasonably cheap to maintain there, so far from home.
One question - did this 307 Cutlass have the 'overdrive' transmission - that is the 4-spd auto - or the 3-spd auto?
Mine had the 350c transmission, 3 speed with a lockup converter.
21st Nov 2011, 11:29 here, thanks for the reply about the transmission. I've never owned a Cutlass, but owned two Delta 88s with the 307; one had the TH-200 3-speed automatic, and the other the TH-200-R4, the 4-speed version. Both were just OK, and I think your TH-350 is a much stronger, more durable transmission.