Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Review

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Rocket 350 from North America

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership1988
Engine and transmission Rocket 350 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired181000 miles
Most recent distance202930 miles
Previous carDodge Polara


That 70's Show car, great auto


Head gasket killed the car at 203,000 miles.

A/C didn't work.

Seat wear.

Leaky skylight in the roof (typical for that model).

Rust over the rear wheels.

General Comments:

Very reliable car.

Seated 8 in nearly total comfort.

Smooth ride.

Large cargo area.

Would cruise at 100mph all day.

Loose handling typical of a late 1960's station wagon.

Distinctive-looking with roof glass.

Excellent in snow or other slippery conditions due to all the heavy glass in the rear - could go where 4x4's fear to tread.

Horrible gas mileage typical of cars of that era.

This review is of my 2nd 1969 Vista Cruiser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2003

28th May 2003, 13:50

Wish I still had my dad's 1971 Vista. 350 V8 2bbl. Great car, but it swilled leaded fuel.

We traded it for a rice burned that rusted out in 4 winters.

2nd Oct 2004, 17:55

I bought the best car I have ever owned, 1969 Olds Vista Cruiser, which I traded for the worst car I have ever had, a 1975 Cutlass Supreme.

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