1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 3.1liter from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.1liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Very good family car with sport

Faults:

There is an oil leak on the lower intake gasket (about to be fixed). The struts are bad in the rear.

General Comments:

I bought the car from the second owner. The first owner was his father-in-law. The car is in very good shape for an 11 year old car. This is the seventh Cutlass that I have owned from year models 1969 on up. I think they are the best cars for me, a good combination of sport handling and power along with comfort and a lot of room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2002

1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Coupe 2.3 Liter I-4 DOHC (Quad 4) from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 Liter I-4 DOHC (Quad 4) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

An example of reliability being sacrificed for performance..

Faults:

Car started to randomly cut off for no apparent reason after the first 1,000 miles into ownership.

Engine also began to hesitate on acceleration.

Spark plugs and wires were replaced twice.

O2 sensor was replaced.

Electronic Control Module (brain) was replaced twice.

Front brake pads were replaced.

Ignition module was replaced two times.

The ignitions coils were replaced.

Power steering system had some work done on it.

Torque lock-up solenoid was replaced on transmission.

Front left fender and driver's door got bent in an accident.

Battery went dead in about 4,500 miles.

Coolant began to leak quite a bit after about six months.

Some cosmetics in the interior began to fall apart.

Belts started squealing a few months into ownership.

Catalytic converter was replaced because it got plugged.

Paint had already started peeling pretty badly.

General Comments:

This 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was my second car to replace the previous car that I had wrecked. I gave about $1200 for the car, and the previous owner said that the engine and transmission were both rebuilt with low miles on the rebuilt engine and transmission. The previous owners got the car from an auction.

The performance in this car was great. This vehicle was pretty quick for the most part with the Quad 4 engine, and the handling was good as well. Grade: B +

However, this car was plagued by multiple reliability problems. The car was alright during the first thousand miles or so, but after that, it was consistently stalling when slowing down, stopping, just sitting there, or even when pushing the accelerator (as if it was an "OFF" button). It wouldn't start back up half of the time, so I had to walk some distances to telephones and call AAA. None of the mechanics we took the car to could figure out the problem. Most of these things mentioned above that were done to the car were an attempt to solve the problem, but they failed to do so. Also, the car hesitated a lot while driving. Overall, this car, or any other car with the Quad 4 motor for that matter, has a bad reputation when it comes to reliability. Grade: F

This car was pretty comfortable on long drives, though. It was pretty roomy, and I never felt sore after driving for a while. Grade: B

To fix the stalling problem, we only took the car to the dealership twice. They couldn't figure out the problem, either. They replaced some parts that they thought might have been causing it, but the problem still wasn't fixed. However, they didn't really try to clean our wallets, so the dealers were just pretty much average. Grade: C -

This Cutlass hurt us financially. My grandfather, my mother, and I spent over $2,100 trying to replace parts to fix the simple problem with the excessive stalling. This put us into a "car saga". We finally got rid of the car and junked it. Grade: F

Taken as a whole, this car was really bad and is one that I would definitely not suggest driving or owning. However, there were a few saving graces about it such as the performance, acceleration, and comfort, but those are not enough to save the car.

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

Review Date: 30th September, 2001

18th Sep 2002, 22:12

You have been an owner of a very good car with one of the worst engines that were ever produced. GM even admitted that 2.3 DOHC was one of the worst engines and that's why they stopped producing them after a year or two. The main problem with them was that those engines were too powerful for the transmission and they liked to blow a head gaskets even at 30k miles. It is almost impossible to see a 2.3 DOHC from those years on the road because they didn't make it that far, unlike Oldsmobiles with FI 2.8, 3.1, 3.4 DOHC, and 3100 engines are very good and reliable except for the 3.4 DOHC that has some problems, but over all it's a pretty good engine. It's a shame that you junked the car, but that's the way of life even for a car.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 25 reviews