1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS 3.1 SFI from North America


It's OK, I love it, though we been through a lot


Water in oil.

A/C heater fan switch.

Water pump.

Always ticked when cold, and still does until warm.

General Comments:

Hi wanted to add my comments about the 97 Malibu. I have actually a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS, which is the same car, but just has the name Oldsmobile on it.

She has the 3100 SFI motor, which was optional on the Malibu, but the base motor in the Cutlass, but the most common motor in the Malibu. She is a good looking car, has plenty of power, but most of the same problems, which started at around the end of 90,000 miles, and she has 102,000 on her now.

Her air did not want to work on 1, 2 or 3, but worked on 4 and 5. All I had to do was replace the fan switch; problem solved.

She still ticks on cold starts, but did since she was new.

I have recently had problems with water getting in the oil; I was told it's due to a faulty intake design, which a lot of 3100 sfi owners have suffered.

I do all my car repairs myself, and have not had time to fix this problem of my water getting in the oil, due to my time consuming job, so I keep Bars Stop Leak in it, and so far it keeps the water out of the oil. So the internal leak must not be too bad. I will correct this motor problem when I get time to do so.

Other than that, I love the car and drive it everyday everywhere, and it has never left me stranded unless I run out of gas. I think she will run another 11 years; if not I will yell at it and make it do it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2008

1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS from North America


Should be recalled


A/C Condenser bad.

ABS system always grinding. Brakes went bad before 20000 miles/ brakes & calipers. Now calipers are bad.

Wheel cylinders went out.

Master cylinder went out.

General Comments:

When I bought the car, it had low miles. I thought it was a great deal, boy was I wrong. So far since I have had the car, I have had to put 1400 into the brakes, and 700 into the A/C repairs.

They should have recalled the cars and fixed these issues before closing their doors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2006

1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS 3.1 V6 from North America


It's a Glorified Malibu, nuff said


Where to start?

The head gaskets blew at 92,000 miles.

The ABS light on the dash, para-normal happenings there.

The A/C switch, if your over 40 and female you might not want to get one of these cars. HOT-FLASHES ALL AROUND.

The leather seating surfaces. Joan Rivers has less wrinkles and cracks!

General Comments:

It appears to be a nice automobile, until you own it for a day or two. I now understand why this car was traded-in for a different car. It has gotten me by for the time being but, i would never purchase another Cutlass again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2006

1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS V6 from North America


Looks good, but not necessarily reliable


I have been experiencing all the common things that everybody else has experienced with this car. However, I may also have a not so common problem. When I try to accekerate too quickly, the car won't go, it just sorta chugs along. I can fix it by taking my foot off the gas pedal and slowly pressing it back down. Then one time, I was flying down the highway at 75 mph and I pulled in front of a semi truck after passing him, and I couldn't excel... I had to pull off the highway so I didn't get run over. This could have been a serious accident including my two small children in the back seat.

General Comments:

I could use some advice to save money on diagnostic testing. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th May, 2005

20th May 2005, 08:51

I have a 1997 Oldsmobile cutlass supreme.

And my car has been having the same problem. So I told my brother about how when I push on the gas it takes the car awhile to go. so he suggest I need transmission fluid so I got that and the car ran fine. but every now and then it will be fine and then it chugs a little also.

How can this problem be fixed. since I'm not the only one it happens to.

20th Mar 2006, 09:36

Who doesn't exceed the speed limit? It is almost impossible to pass someone without exceeding the speed limit even if the person you are passing is going a couple mph under the limit. Not everyone can afford to drive "grandma" speed. I would advise having your fuel injectors cleaned and maybe a good tune up..ie. plugs, wires, etc. Good luck.

5th Jan 2007, 21:10

Yes, a good tune-up could be in order as I cannot believe that these cars were complete lemons all the time. I hope I don't get behind the goody two-shoes who states that they, and they only it seems follow the speed limits. People who drive under the speed limit are actually more likely to cause an accident because the people who pile up behind them will then have to pass, putting them in the other lane where other cars may materialize.

12th Dec 2007, 10:47

I agree, who actually drives the speed limit ALL the time? However who passes a semi when they're already going 75 mph with 2 small kids in the car?