1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL 3.1L V6 from North America
A good 'bang for the buck' sporty coupe
Rear dome light on passenger side works only half the time. Short?
Also the right hand directional indicator light, in the instrument cluster, comes on and off intermittently when I drive with the headlights on. To my knowledge, it is only the indicator light on the dash that does this, not the actual directional outside the car. Directional lights work when I am signalling to turn right, but dash light indicator appears to have a mind of its own. Anybody else have this problem? I have replaced all bulbs inside and outside of car for this directional.
The stereo, factory original with CD and tape and AM / FM capabilities, notes a popping noise in the speakers at low volume? Anyone have any ideas?
Changed the original battery at 74,000 miles. Not an easy task. Requires the removal of the top left uni-strut, washer bottle, and air box just to gain access to the tie bar removal which holds the battery in place.
Impressive power from this 3.1L V6, strong enough to stave off an aggressive 1988 IROC-Z. The only addition / modification made to the original engine and components was a K&N filter charger kit installed by myself. Notable increase in power, especially when passing and initial take off.
Nice tight ride when it is needed in the corners. Smooth comfortable ride on those long interstate drives. With all the extras included, like power seats, locks and windows, and tape/CD AM/FM stereo, and dual climate control, leather, this car is truly a luxurious head turner.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2001
1st Apr 2003, 12:32
I am a 16 year old junior in High School. I have been looking for a reliable yet fun car to purchase for about a year now, and this is the only car that I was able to find. This car was not my first choice, but now that I own it, I do enjoy this car.
Mine is a 1996, bright red, SL coupe, and it is a very nice ride. It has the 3.1L V6, which for the money, delivers some serious power. I have been able to beat GT Mustangs with my OLDS.
The car has a few problems that need to be taken care of, most of which are not under the hood. For example, the rear dome lights are not of the greatest quality and need to be changed. The stereo system is very nice, but every now and then there are very slight popping noises coming from the speakers. There are a few knobs missing from the stereo unit and the seek button tends to turn the stereo on or off, rather than seek for stations. The gas gauge needle moves up and down all of the time, when I press on the gas and when I press on the brake, which does not give me a very accurate reading of the level of gas in my car.
I bought it on March 13th, 2003, and have since put 680 miles on the engine, which came with 95,000 original miles.
Other than these minor things, I have not had any major problems with the car.
It does however, deliver a very smooth and comfortable ride which all of my passengers enjoy. The braking is excellent and the power delivery is great.
I will own this car forever.
It is an over all great vehicle and I recommend that you find one and purchase it.