I purchased this second hand when I needed a car and didn't have a lot of money. It was originally a retired couple's second car, and had very low mileage as a result. I never had any major problems with the car and when I did, the problems were cheap to fix. (How many "boxes" did GM make in the 1980's"?) The best money I've ever spent on a car.
8 passenger seating. Frame-on-body RWD construction. Plush interior. Plenty of room to haul stuff or people.
The Olds 307 just doesn't cut it, and the carburetor makes it feel even older than it is. This car should have had a fuel injected 350.
My grandparents purchased this car brand new in 1990 and when my grandmother died in 2000, the car was passed down to my father. When I turned 16 in 2003, this wagon became my first car. I absolutely love it. It has all the features of a new car but the old school styling. It has given me hardly any issues in the past 4 years i've been driving it. It is on it's last legs though because the Ohio winters have taken their toll on the body. The car has 117,600 miles on it and is still running strong though. I will miss it when it's gone but I always have my 1973 Dodge Polara Custom to keep me company.
Solid-steel body, V8 reliability, two way rear door/gate, a/c, cc, pw, pd, power driver seat, seating for 9, rear defrost
More powerful V8 (350ci), improved gas mileage, leather interior option
Bought new, got a better deal on this
fully loaded car than on Chevy or a
Ford in the same model year. High
quality suspension, no major repair
problems throughout the whole time
I owned it. Have owned several full
size American cars, they usually
wore out after 5 years. This Olds
Custom Cruiser wagon keeps
running and running! After 13 years, I
decided that I needed a van because
both my spouse and I are
handicapped and in our late 70's &
early 80's. I was so satisfied with my
experience with Olds that we bought
a new Olds van out of loyalty to the
brand that treated us so well! The
trade-in allowance was nil, so we
donated the car to charity.
Cruise control, power windows &
seats, load leveler, extra seats, 4 ft.
wide for plywood, paneling, and
drywall sheets, tilt wheel, two way
It has been very reliable, and held up
far better than most cars its age and
mileage. It really only ever needing
replacement parts due to wear and
The Olds 307 engine is reliable, but is
underpowered for a car this size. It
does have good torque, and if you know
how to use it, the car has adequate
performance. The transmission is the
weak point in the driveline (TH 200-
4R), but good maintenance habits have
kept mine alive and trouble free.
The ride is great, and the suspension
can handle a large loads.
The versatility, long term durability,
and ease of maintenance are the reasons
I am going to keep this car for many
Olds V8 reliability, very easy to
maintain, reliability, classic styling
More powerful engine (an Olds 350 would
be nice), stronger transmission