27th Oct 2006, 23:51

I've had my '84 oldsmobile cutlass for a while now. I rebuilt the engine and everything works great. yes gas is horrendous, but it is a tank and safe to drive. I give the car a oil change when needed and any maintanance when needed. The car has been around for 21 years... going for another 21!!

15th Mar 2008, 14:38

It's an OLD car- things do rot out. I drive older vehicles with high mileage all the time and I know that they need to get frequent check ups and maintenance. A few times a year I go under them to check for cracks and rust on key components, then wire brush and paint the under carriage and components where necessary. I also fix seals and leaks when they happen as these things cause other issues such as faulty wiring, etc. I check the hoses--all of them-- regularly as rubber components are the first to fail. You can't own an old vehicle and expect to ignore it as it will go to crap. If you want a drive and forget car, buy a new one. If you are willing to invest the time, old cars can be reliable and cheaper than new ones. They just need a little more love.

28th Apr 2008, 16:53

I'm not praising Volvo because I've seen them get severely damaged by other supposedly lesser American cars, while the American car/truck had little damage. But if you knocked the engine out of the Volvo you hit at 35mph, then you had to be going faster than that. You were probably going 50 and didn't realize it.

28th Mar 2011, 19:20

I know why you had such bad fuel consumption. Your car had the 3.8 V6, that's why. The engine is underpowered for the weight of the car. The V8s had lower fuel consumption because of more power, thus less effort required from the engine.

Whose idea was it to put such an underpowered engine in such a heavy mid-size car anyway?