1977 Oldsmobile Toronado Reviews

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XS V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership1982
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carLincoln Continental

Summary:

Fine car, wish I had it now

Faults:

No major problems.

General Comments:

Had all emissions gear stripped off engine, removed cat converter. Installed heavy gas shocks on front. Careful maintenance of all systems. Installed Italian air horns for pedestrian safety.

This car was more than seriously quick... it required an easy foot on the accelerator to avoid smoking the tires at almost any speed.

I owned Cadillacs and Lincoln Continentals since 1951, and this Toronado was the most comfortable car, ever.

Reinstalled all emissions equipment before selling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th August, 2009

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado 455 4bbl V8 from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership1983
Engine and transmission 455 4bbl V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carFord Gran Torino

Summary:

A beautiful dinosaur of a car

Faults:

Engine fried and died at only 52000 miles!

Fatal overheating brought about by a stuck thermostat and non-functioning idiot lights.

Non-1977 engine transplant from an earlier year. I believe this to have been a 1970-1974 engine because of the points in the distributor! (My guess is a previous owner had swapped the original 403-cid V8 for a more powerful 455 V8.)

No major problems until the engine died.

General Comments:

This was probably one of the most interesting cars I've owned to date. It was a 1977 Oldsmobile, supposedly with a 403 V8, which was retrofitted with a higher performance 455 V8. An easy swap, so I understand, because the 455 Olds was not a particularly large engine in terms of dimension. Also, there was no trace of the requisite catalytic converter, with dual 2 1/2 inch exhaust pipes installed so professionally that it looked like original equipment!

Performance did not suffer at all, needless to say, and gas mileage was probably in the 14 mpg range. The only reason that I didn't score it a 10 for performance was because of the near-5000-pound weight of that huge Toronado body.

The build quality was generally very good and the front bench seats were like a sofa! Very comfortable, easy-riding car which handled well for its size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th July, 2007

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews