The free car
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.
It gets decent gas mileage, and will
carry a reasonable amount of cargo in
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.