1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass SL 3.1 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

This car is a great car, and I am sorry to hear that they will no longer be making them!

Faults:

Front wheel bearing has always had a growl.

I have had problems with the auto down window on the driver's door.

The back passenger door electric window works randomly.

My wipers quit working, but if I put the left turn signal on they work.

The tilt steering has become loose, and the steering wheel wiggles in a certain position.

General Comments:

This car has been an excellent car for me other than the problems listed above. And problems like these should be expected, after all this car is 10 years old.

The car has plenty of power, and it's fuel economy it great.

It rides nicely down the road, but the seats could have been designed a little better for comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2004

1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL 3.1 SFI V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 SFI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance117255 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

American Muscle

Faults:

My father owned the car beofre me and replaced a lot, since I've owned the car here's what I've done.

Rear leaf spring cracked, rear suspension bad, had it replaced.

Transmission went for the second time at 115,000.

Freak rear wheel hub snap at 45 mph. $4100 worth of damage. Fixed now.

Car doesn't always like to start. It's those darn battery terminals.

General Comments:

Car is very quick and agile.

I've got nitrous oxide and a host of other upgrades in my cutlass.

The body is so sexy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2004

1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible 3.4L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired44500 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles

Summary:

Nice mix of comfort, performance, and value

Faults:

Nothing. I just spent money to repair some paint scratches from previous owner. Car runs like new mechancally.

General Comments:

As far as convertibles that the average person can own, the Cutlass Supreme has to be the most underrated car of the 90's. You can actually fit 4 adults comfortably AND this car is quick. Think of it as an older Sebring with some much needed balls in the engine. Make sure this car has the DOHC engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2004

12th Oct 2004, 08:44

I have to admit that I love this car and think it's the best looking American convertible ever made, However it been an expensive toy for me as I drive that hell out of it.

Added up my bills last night and found I've spent over $8K on repairs and routine maintenance since I've owned it. I purchased it in 99 with 40k on the odometer. Around 65k it needed the new timing chain, belts and hoses. The parts didn't likk me it always been the labor costs.

Just turned 100k and and considering restoring the whole thing from the ground up and driving it till I die.

Need a place to find instructions on simple repairs. Anyone know of an internet site that will show the novice mechanic step by step instructions for minor problems and trouble shooting?

11th Jan 2006, 16:47

Haynes Catalog is $15.88 at Auto-zone, I to have the DOHC motor and have to admit they are a pain to work on and much cheaper if you learn to do the work yourself. Timing belt is around five hours and the shops charge over 80 an hour around here. Considering a Honda is only 2 hours that is a huge difference. The frigging alternator requires removal of a drive axle for cripes sake, Oh well you gotta pay to play, and 200+hp in 1994 from a V-6 is pretty good.

1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible 3.1L from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles

Summary:

Don't rely on it to start up everyday

Faults:

First thing that went wrong: Car wouldn't start. Replaced battery.

Same week: Blinkers wouldn't work. Replaced flasher. Still didn't work. Fiddled with steering column until it did work.

2 months later: Car wouldn't start. Replaced ignition switch at the dealer (no one else would do it) $400.

3 weeks later: Car wouldn't start. Security light went on. I figured out if I let it sit for a while than tried it again it would start.

Less than a week later: Driving (not too hard) and the transmission went out. I cried. $2000.

Finally: Car wouldn't start (Security device again. $100 at the dealership and it was o.k. I think they reset the computer or something.

General Comments:

I wouldn't have spent over $3000 in repairs on this car if I didn't absolutely love it's body. This is what GM has been doing for years. They spend all the money on the exterior and leather interior and have nothing left for reliable mechanical and/or functional parts. Nonetheless I felt like a god every time I sat in the drivers seat.

No resale value; at least not in the bay-area. Most people know how unreliable American cars are here.

A few years later I drove a 2002 Camaro SS and I wasn't nearly as impressed with the interior as my Cutlass Coupe. Beautiful car I just wish I could've afforded to keep repairing it every month.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th July, 2004

22nd Aug 2004, 09:13

The reason why it wouldn't start is because the battery terminals were bad. This is a common problem on these.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 35 reviews