1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass 3.1 V6 from North America
Avoid this car
The horn had to be replaced three times. The current horn usually functions normally, but sometimes it does not work in extremely cold weather.
The tires do not wear evenly. They have to be replaced much sooner than the rated tread life.
The brake rotors and pads have to be replaced once a year. They constantly squeak and squeal.
The fan does not work unless you put the dial on "3" or higher. "1" and "2" do not work at all.
The driver's seat is loose and lurches forward when the car comes to an abrupt stop.
The paint on the front bumper is peeling off.
FM radio reception is terrible. FM stations can only be received if the car is within 5-10 miles of the station's transmitter.
The ABS warning light occasionally comes on for no apparent reason.
The radiator intake gasket failed at 80,000 miles.
The 3.1 V6 should have better power and acceleration, considering how much fuel it uses.
The headlight assemblies are loose and do not aim at the road.
The power mirror on the passenger's side of the car does not work.
This car seemed like an excellent value when I first purchased it. However, it has had way too many problems for such a new vehicle. I often wish that I kept my old Nissan Sentra instead of trading it in toward the Cutlass.
The Cutlass does have some nice features:
It is very comfortable and has attractive styling.
The CD player and cassette deck work well and sound great.
The trunk is huge, and has a pass-through to the back seat.
The guages are easy to read, and the controls are ergonomic and comfortable to use.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st July, 2003
I own a 98 cutlass with 35,000 miles, other than a few electrical problems, no mechanical. The car runs smoothly with a very nice 33-35 miles per gallon. The electrical problems I have are similar, a small FM stereo radius. I have the vent problem with 1 and 2 not working, however it happened during my ownership, so 1 and 2 DO work to begin with. One suggestion could be fuses, one for each setting, I tried looking at them, but they are pretty complicated, or tough to get out. One other electrical problem is my theft system light comes on once in a while. That has just started also. Other than that, no complaints, unless maybe brakes are starting to pulsate, but sometimes brakes can be the drivers driving.