For those who have read previous comments bout 88 Olds cutlasses I will let you know that most of the reviews for them are on the front wheel drive cutlass, but mine isn't. I love my cutlass, it rides nice, handles nicely, but there could be improvements made with it. You look above and see the list and think that I'm crazy. I'm not the things that went out were relatively cheap and easy to repair. I also do have complaints bout it too.
One complaint was the junk Olds 307 that came with the car. The motor was reliable, but also a little more expense, and harder to work on. In order to replace the water pump you basically have to dismantle the front of the block, and while you're at it replace the timing chain also. The intake manifold gasket is wrong for the aluminum intake that came stock on the Olds 307. You get bout 10 to 12 years of driving it, but then you start losing water and can't see were it is exactly coming from. The only way I found that out was when my little brother put an aluminum intake on his Olds 350 rocket block.
The Transmission in the car was a 200 R4, with an aftermarket shift kit that I originally attempted to install myself until I snapped a bolt off. Where we took the car to have the shift kit finished off, the owner, basically called my crazy, claimed that he didn't they made a shift kit for the tranny, and predicted that the tranny would go out in about a year. The transmission is still good, and wouldn't have any doubts to put it into another car to drive.
Otherwise the things that I replaced or went out on me are things expected to go out on a person who drives any car everyday. The car never left me on the side of the road. Looking for someone nice to give me a ride home.
The car had started showing it's age, like any car in Iowa that is driven through a bad winter. It also doesn't help when I wreck the Beast, but I didn't hurt that 300 dollars and 3 days later the car was back on the road, also road worthy. Still was a babe magnet, two different colors even.
I'm not driving the car right now; I pulled the motor and tranny, and dropping a Chevy 5 liter with a 700 R4. I'm going to put headers, a true dual exhaust, and getting rid of the computer. I'm going to put 15 inch wheels and tires. Replace the shocks and springs, paint it black, and call it good to go.