1970 Oldsmobile Toronado Review

1970 Oldsmobile Toronado (7.5L) 455 V8 4bbl from North America

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission (7.5L) 455 V8 4bbl Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance134763 miles

Summary:

A giant front-wheel-drive car that thinks it's a small car.

Faults:

A gasket on the transmission decided to leak small amounts of fluid.

The three layers of paint became zero layers on the passenger side door and rear fender. It just chipped off because it was too thick and was out in the sun for a few weeks.

The heater flap is stuck on cold. This is a petty problem I will fix soon.

Leaky valve cover gaskets and vacuum pump gasket.

There is some rust showing through, and also some bondo and fiberglass.

General Comments:

I am amazed at how well this vehicle has held up in 34 years of service. Every factory-installed system on the car works flawlessly, mainly due to the fact that this model was built on a slow-moving assembly line.

The vinyl bench seating for six is comfortable, but a bit cold in the winter.

The dashboard has a simple layout and looks great after time. The speedometer is the star of the dashboard; it is a barrel-style one.

The 455 puts out 370+ horsepower and 510lb/ft torque, and it can move the 4500lb behemoth with quite some speed.

The 3 speed automatic shifts very smoothly and always knows which gear to choose. If I accelerate slowly it can shift to top gear at 19mph, if floored at 75-80mph.

Front wheel drive gives it great handling and traction. It also makes for spectacular peel-outs!

The car can supposedly achieve 135+mph, but I am not that insane.

It does 0-60 in about 8 seconds, which is not bad considering the age and weight. Unlike today's cars, the acceleration does not stop at 60...

The big engine guzzles plenty of premium gas, averaging 13-15mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2003

26th Mar 2004, 13:24

I agree with you! I am the proud "new" owner of my 1970 "Toro" and this car was built to last! The 455 will move this beast like nothing else and the looks I get are unbelievable! Some might say that the earlier years ('66-'69) are better, but I love my 1970!!

Thanks,

Mike Burns

San Diego

Cager97@aol.com.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review