1996 Oldsmobile Ciera Consumer Review: The free car

1996 Oldsmobile Ciera - Consumer Review

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By Dave Elsberry on


1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Wagon


This car was a gift, new by my in- laws. It's never been an attractive car, and didn't ride very well. Massive oversteer, and a floating feeling never made the car comfortable for any length of time. Over the life of the car (110K miles as of now). I've rebuilt the top end of the motor twice due to head gasket failures, which cracked one head, and warped the intake both times. The transmission lost a $20.00 sensor, cost $1500.00 in labor to replace (the engine has to come out). It's now blown it's third head gasket. the AC died two times due to the placement of the AC hoses, and all four power window motors failed.

Best Features

It gets decent gas mileage, and will carry a reasonable amount of cargo in the trunk.

Worst Features

Mechanical reliability of this car is less than what I would like, but it was free. I have however put over $15,000 in the car over it's life to fix unexpected failures. It has no character either. Boring to an extreme.
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