1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 3.1L V6 from North America
A lemon in sheep's clothing
Transmission wouldn't downshift. Put new transmission fluid in and problem seemed to be solved.
Car stalls at stop signs or intersections. Took it to the dealer several times, and have had spark plugs and ignition wires so far, to no avail.
Front right brake pad fell off, and jammed in the wheel rim. Fortunately, the rim was curved in such a way that the tire did not stop spinning. Easily fixed by replacing brake pad.
Digital dashboard display flickers or turns off completely. We then have no idea of our speed, mileage, or fuel level. Unable to fix yet, due to anticipation of high costs.
Transmission often will shift into neutral when stopped, forcing driver to manually shift into neutral, then back into drive.
Front windshield spontaneously cracked across its length during normal highway driving.
Seats are horribly uncomfortable, especially driver's seat. Took me a month to get it in a decent position.
Car is slow - only has a 140hp V6 that gets poor gas mileage.
All radio and climate controls difficult for driver to reach. I must lean forward and stretch in order to change the radio station, or interior temperature. However, steering wheel mounted volume and fan controls are a plus... when they work.
On the good side, it has seating for 6, which is a plus.
Also, its handling is half decent - nothing amazing, but decently adequate.
Lots of trunk space. I think this car has more space than a Ford Crown Vic, and the trunk is not nearly as deep, but very long. What a large-ish family needs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th November, 2003
2nd Feb 2004, 21:47
My car had a bad EGR value and the thing stalled everywhere - only when stopped. The thing just couldn't idle without dying just before fixing it. Afterwards the car got significantly better gas mileage, and drove without stalling.
I'd investigate that if you haven't.
Best of luck.
25th Aug 2004, 12:35
OK, I've had the car for about a month and it has exactly 84592 miles on it. And yet it still runs fine.
18th Apr 2008, 12:16
Your problems that you explain with having to reach for this or having to reach for that... Yeah any car has that! Seat are very comfortable... And your mechanical problems... Sounds like vehicle owner neglect!!
20th Jul 2010, 11:26
Just bought 1993 Cutlass 3.1 with only 72,000. The car runs great, I have the same stall issues, have replaced O2 sensors, fuel filter and had the car tuned for my altitude (mile high city). After that the car ran great.