1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL 2.8 from North America


An often underestimated automobile


I had to replace a coil pack at 150,000 miles. Now I'm going to have to replace the struts with no complaints do to all the miles I have put on her.

General Comments:

Though not a hotrod like the old 442's what my car lacks in performance it made up in over all durability compared to the legends.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme S International 2.8 liter V6 from North America


If you can find one, buy it


The alternator went due to a poor design by GM between 1987 and 1991.

Seats have started to wear a little.

The dashboard bowed at the de-fog outlet along the windshield. This happens frequently with the Cutlass line, but it was an easy fix.

Replaced the factory fog lights with OEM-style ones which fit perfectly into the brackets.

General Comments:

I was looking for a Chevy Cavalier Z24 when I ran into one of these. With all the performance and the creature comforts this wraps up into one tight package, I wouldn't look for a Z24 ever again.

This car has top-flight acceleration when equipped with a 2.8 liter V6 coupled with the 5-speed (manual) transmission.

The FE3 sports suspension handles the car flat-as-a-table around accelerated turns. Absolute Zero body roll. I've driven Chevy Camaros that handle much worse.

The International Series came equipped in 1989 with four bucket seats, two in front (with power lumbar adjustment) and two in back. Nice novelty, very comfortable.

I recently bought a new Maxima and found myself lost without my steering wheel controls, power seats, digital climate control, driver information system, rocket-powered power windows, low-end torque, and aggressive styling and sound. I miss my baby already, but I'll never sell her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2002

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1.8L from North America


Very mechanically reliable


From the day I purchased this used vehicle, the inside dash started to buckle.

The glove compartment has been broken since I first bought the car.

All of the inside material lost its glue and started coming apart years ago.

General Comments:

The motor on this car still works like a jewel. It is one of the most mechanically sound cars I have driven. I think the day the insides of the car was put together was a bad day for the workers. Very shoddy workmanship on the inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2002

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass SL 3.1 from North America


A huge waste of money and a disappointment


Two weeks after I bought it the back break calipers went out and that is a very costly repair. Next the digital dashboard cracked. The dash board then bowed up from the sun. Now at 142,000 miles it has to idle 15 minutes before moving or else it will stall every 10 seconds. It also has a massive oil leak that nobody can find. The transmission is almost gone. The Air Conditioning no longer works. At 140,000 miles the water pump is gone. This car has been a money hole for me, I should have never bought it.

General Comments:

The 3.1 liter engine has excellent acceleration and has taken out many other cars on the street. The car is also very comfortable. This car would only be a wise choice if you know what your doing under the hood. Many parts on the engine are hard to get to.

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

Review Date: 24th April, 2002

22nd Nov 2003, 08:02

This is such a horrible car if you really don't know what your your doing under the hood. You shouldn't have to take your car into a costly service center every time something breaks. Everybody wonders why these cars are so expensive. The reason is because nobody knows how to work on them and they have a service center work on it. The service center charges an arm and a leg to work on it because the engine compartment is very compact and hard to get at a lot of things. If you have a Cutlass Convertible or Cutlass Supreme, DO NOT HAVE YOUR CAR SERVICED do it yourself or have a friend do it.