1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL 3.4 Liter DOHC V6 from North America
Poor quality and design
Had an idle problem - engine idled at 35 MPH and was unable to repair it.
Had two alternators put in right after I bought it.
Transmission began to leak at about 159,000, note that it had just been rebuilt when I bought it.
At 162,000 the starter went out of it.
At 163,000 the timing belt broke.
At 164,000 it blew a head gasket.
Radiator sprung a leak also at 164,000.
This car was a very attractive car with many features.
The main problem that I had was with the engine, The 3.4 V-6 was a nightmare to own and to repair. As an example the labor to change the alternator was extremely expensive and difficult. You had to remove the coolant return container, the passenger side wheel, separate the ball joint and remove the axle from the transmission to get at it.
I found it rather dangerous however because the brakes required a lot of effort to stop the veichle and because of the fact that there was a blind spot just over the driver's shoulder.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th February, 2002
1st Jul 2002, 12:07
As a general observation one would not expect to acquire a car that has over 150,000 Miles on it and expect it not to have issues, especially when it comes to the engine, you just do not know if it has been maintained properly over all those miles.
12th Jun 2009, 15:30
I bought my cutlass with 222000 miles. That was 6 months ago. I drive everyday for work. In the last six months I have put 12000 miles on my Cutlass.
The only thing that I have had to fix was the brakes.
I think whoever owned the car before you lied to you. They just did not take care of it.
And a timing belt is no big deal. They cost $12 at the most and take 10 min to put on.