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Like a Timex, It Keeps on Ticking
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By it's paif for
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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Yes, this car is boring. But it is reliable, and no matter how I treat it, she just won't give up the ghost. The wife won't let me get something else until this thing dies, so it might be a while. I've got 167,000 miles on her and it still doesn't burn a drop of oil. It has some rust, but for a work car it is perfect. We even take this thing and leave the van at home to keep the miles off the good vehicle. I don't get the gas mileage that others claim though.


Best Features

I love the seats, they are good for long drives.


Worst Features

It's a moot point, Olds fell by the wayside a few years ago.


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Great First Car
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Bamboo
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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This is simply an A to B car and nothing more. The car's quality is sub par compared to other vehicles of the era. It does offer a great first vehicle platform. It's large, cheap, handles the winter well, but gets mediocre gas mileage. There is also plenty of cargo space.


Best Features

The angular exterior styling. It serves its utilitarian purpose well.


Worst Features

Both door handles fell apart. The brakes and front struts seem to wear abnormally. The 3.1L engine is still plagued by bad performance and a bad valve train. Parts are pricey and proprietary. I have had no luck preventing these mechanical issues even with preventative maintenance.


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Comfortable and Quiet
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Matt
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car brand new in '96 with the 4-cyl. engine. It has never stranded us though it has had some major problems. They include eating three head gaskets and bad rusting near the trunk/rear end. There are two baseball sized holes at each rear wheel well into the trunk. and while it has not been a real problem, the fuel pump whirrs loudly, enough for the passengers to always ask "whats that sound?". Otherwise it has a great ride and comfortable seats, which makes up for the lackluster acceleration and performance. This car has developed more and more rattles and squeaks from the dash. I guess it's not TOO bad for an American car with high mileage and not garaged for its whole life.


Best Features

The HVAC system is strong, it has a smooth ride, comfortable seats, and it is quiet.


Worst Features

Give it more horepower, the 4-cyl. engine is SERIOUSLY underpowered. Also, it needs better rust protection for the long run.


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Great Care
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By vsochaquiroz
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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Great Car to get around in. Great on fuel consumption.


Best Features

Quick Pick up and go.


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Value and comfort
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By Buy American
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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Original owner with 97,000 miles. No mechanical problems except for transmission which was fixed at 7,000 miles under warranty. Have only changed the belts, front brakes done twice and rear brakes once. Original battery almost eight years old! Gets 31 MPG on highway, about 19 around town. At almost 8 years old the finish is holding up very well except for some discoloration of the plastic side trim. Although it was never fashionable this car has proved to be a great value so far!


Best Features

I find the large flat front seats to be extemely comfortable and can ride virtually all day without getting that fidgety feeling or a sore but or back. Try that with one of the newer cars that all seem to have the sculpted seats.


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