1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 3.1 litre from North America
They were asleep at the wheel when they put this one together
This car goes through warped rotors and calipers like crazy. The right rear caliper froze up and ended up costing me an entire 4-wheel brake job. A mechanic said that rear brakes shouldn't be replaced every single year. Well, I'm replacing that right rear one about every 6 months now so it doesn't foul up the rest of them.
While I have no proof, I believe the sticking caliper has caused transmission problems at least 3 times since 2001, including replacing the transmission twice. Presently, first gear is all but shot, and I refuse to replace the transmission a third time.
Currently, the car will start and then die when shifting to drive or reverse gear. The fuel pump has been replaced, and it still does the same thing.
It also chews up headlamps too. I replace headlamps twice a year.
I've always kept the engine oil changed regularly, did the tuneups when needed, changed fuel filters, PCV valves, air filters, etc. at least once per year.
The car has been very problematic. Now I know why someone else dumped it off with 96,000, only 5 years old. If I could afford a new one, I would have gotten rid of this one years ago.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th April, 2010
29th Apr 2010, 17:17
Sad thing is, '96 was the last year of that particular model, so GM had plenty of time to get it right, just sloppy typical mid-90's craftsmanship. If you can find one in good shape, you should try out the early to mid-80's models Cutlass Supreme like I have; whole different animal (and that's exactly the point).