1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 307 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 307 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15500 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles
Previous carDatsun 260Z

Summary:

Wonderful car!!!

Faults:

Normal wear items, except for headlight bulbs, which seem to need changing frequently.

General Comments:

I had an 85 Olds Supreme for 19 years, and it never left me stranded once. It had 235,000 miles on it, and still ran great except with the expected lessening in compression, which reduced power somewhat and increased gas consumption.

Before the wear, it had great power and got very good gas mileage for a car of its size. It also had a wonderful ride.

I only changed oil every 5K miles. And it had the best car seats I ever sat in.

Best car I ever owned!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th August, 2007

1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham 3.8L V6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62345 miles
Most recent distance108900 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Safe and built like a tank, but TERRIBLE fuel economy, breaks down a lot

Faults:

1.) Air Conditioner died after 2nd year of ownership.

2.) Radiator Core rotted out - Needed replacement to the tune of ~$490.

3.) Carb needed to be cleaned every summer, rebuilt every 2 years.

4.) A couple Steering Column parts needed replacement.

5.) After year 20 (2005) the front-right brake line nut rusted, snapped, and the brakes went out (lost pressure) on the freeway and almost killed me. The front-right brake line was repaired the system re-pressurized, and all was good... Until the front-left one went out on me during rush-hour traffic. Once again, almost got into a major accident.

6.) Valve Cover gasket started leaking oil after 85,000 miles.

7.) Transmission started dying after 106,000 miles. First reverse quit working. Then the forward gears started to slip/die.

8.) 19-year-old exhaust system finally rusted out, and needed replacement in 2004. The ENTIRE exhaust system. Thankfully I had the tools & shop to do it myself for only a couple hundred bucks.

9.) Interior trim items started falling apart.

... Too many things to write here...

My previous vehicle was also a GM vehicle. I think after these two I have had enough of American Made cars!

General Comments:

EXPENSIVE gas & oil consumption! 12 mpg City / 17 mpg Highway (on a GOOD day)...

On the positive side, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham was a TANK! It saved my LIFE! I don't think there's a SAFER, more SOLIDLY BUILT passenger car in the world.

On a highway, an old man in a Volvo V70 pulled in front of me (he was running a stop light) and I plowed into the side of his car. $2000 damage to the olds, but it was fixable; $24,000 damage to the Volvo -> Totalled.

The olds cut through the Station wagon like a knife through butter. Forget the "Passenger Safety Cage" that Volvo raves about in their ads. My olds sheered straight thru it (Impact at only 35 MPH), the engine was smashed off its mounts and shot out the other side of the car and slid 10 ft across the intersection. The car was obliterated and I was thankful (and lucky) that nobody was injured. The passenger was almost hurt, as their dash board was about 2 inches from pinning them to their seats. They tilted the seats back and crawled out the back hatch door to safety. Otherwise they'd have been stuck.

The car slipped & fishtailed on slick roads or snow, but once you get used to rear-wheel drive it's not a problem, and can be a bit of fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2006

24th Oct 2006, 14:34

"Forget the "Passenger Safety Cage" that Volvo raves about in their ads."

- Volvo talks too much.

24th Oct 2006, 20:48

It appears to me that the owner did not take the vehicle in for maintenance very much. A regular mechanical maintenance schedule would have prevented the brakes from rusting or perhaps the transmission failing. Any car will last a long time if cared for correctly.

1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Brougham from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired327000 kilometres
Most recent distance390000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Stock and still eats Japanese for breakfast (HONDA, ACURA, ETC...)

Faults:

I have an 1985 Cutlass Brougham, and in the beginning, the transmission went, and the alternator died a few days later.

General Comments:

I love the feeling when it drives, it's an amazing car and I had to replace the transmission and the alternator because the person it was bought off, just let it sit for two years and slowly die.

Now it runs great, and will still eat a stock Honda for breakfast. Just another testament to good ol american muscle.

The interior is amazingly comfortable, and yes it's the crushed velour interior, for those who want to know.

I have one question - does anybody have a wiring schematic for the power window assembly, my girlfriend's dad took them out and forgot to write down the wiring order. If you can help please, email me at NightHawk20009@Hotmail.com

Oh yeah, the OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS BROUGHAM STILL ROCKS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st July, 2006

2nd Jul 2006, 19:51

It eats oil for breakfast and a lot of gas would be a better thing to say, because many other Oldsmobiles have been eaten alive by Japanese cars.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews