1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera FE-3 2.5 Liter - Tech 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Liter - Tech 4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

They don't make 'em like THIS anymore!

Faults:

One of the ignition coils went out at 110,000 miles. I had them both replaced.

The fuel pump was replaced right before I bought it at 107,000 miles.

The headliner has started to fall in the rear corners.

A couple of flat tires, but that's not really GM's fault.

General Comments:

This car was bought from my Grandparents who drove it once a week and kept it in a garage.

The car is in almost-mint condition. It's black with a white pinstripe along the sides. There is no rust whatsoever.

Due to being equipped with the 2.5 Tech 4, the car isn't exactly a speed demon. I've made some "modifications" however and she'll pick up a little better these days. She's a VERY nice ride on the freeway at around 70 MPH.

Enormous trunk that could swallow three of four dead bodies.

Responsive steering.

EVERYTHING WORKS! I paid $500 for this car and I feel like a con-man. This is a beautiful car and in the time I've had it, she hasn't let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2001

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 2.5 L4 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.5 L4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 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)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles

Summary:

Wish they still made them this good

Faults:

Alternator.

Brake pads.

Thermostat.

Power Steering.

General Comments:

Great car; never left me stranded anywhere. Drove 200 miles round trip every weekend, held up great.

No problems with the original engine or transmission. I loved the distinguished sound of the 2.5L 4 cylinder engine.

Premium comfort and a great stereo system too considering it was a factory unit. I'll never find another car like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2001

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera GT (4 door) 3.8 HO from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 3.8 HO Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

Best car GM ever made!

Faults:

AC hose.

Timing chain.

Tranny slipped a little.

Cruise failed after a while.

Engine and transmission problems could be attributed to my own rough driving.

General Comments:

Limited production (3200 4-Dr GTs made).

The 3.8 motor was full of low end power and it often begged for quick starts off the line and I obliged with a terrific whoosh. Of course I mostly stayed at the speed limit, just enjoyed getting to it quickly in that car. I surprised many V8 muscle cars in my old 87 Ciera GT. Plus it had a heavy duty suspension, brakes and cooling.

With a gauge package, center console, sun roof and full power options it was a world class machine, a real sleeper. The GT's only came in Black, Grey or Burgundy with silver rocker panel flares that were GT only and alloy wire like wheels and the Ciera model with composite headlights and fog lights.

I am always looking for another one, my first one was traded in at my wife's request!

PS. If you get a Ciera GT - don't do what I did: I replaced the stock steering wheel with a Grant Custom GT wheel in black that resembled a GT wheel of a factory type but the grip was thicker and the diameter a little smaller- I just started driving even faster!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2000

19th Jan 2001, 06:45

I live in Newfoundland Canada, and I own a 87 Cutlass Ciera with 296,000 kms. In my opion it is the best car ever made, it has a 2.8 V6 engine, 4 doors and there is no rust to be found anywhere on the car despite all the road salt that is used in Newfoundland.

It runs like a new car and rides even better, it has lots of power and is very fun to drive. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a second hand car, if they're looked after properly they will last forever.

I have never had any major problems except for the rack steering went last month and that's the biggest problem to date I have ever had with this car.

Oldsmobile in my opinion made the best cars ever put on the road, and I am very sad to see their name being removed from General motors list of fine automobiles, but who knows maybe 20 years down the road they'll suprise us all and return to making quality automobiles.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 14 reviews