I have owned my Cutlass for over ten years. Mileage to date is just over 207,000. I have had to do the regular maintenance repairs--intake manifold gasket (which I discovered has been replaced by a higher quality gasket); various sensors; injectors cleaned. Head gasket began leaking around 140,000 miles; catalytic converter replaced at 180,000 just to be preventive; tranny was replaced right at 200,000 miles. All in all, this car has been very reliable--even predictable in its repairs. More than one mechanic has asked me to buy it. My response? "NO WAY!" She still looks and sounds like new!
Design of the interior is perfect, everything just in reach without the dash being in your face. Good use of space on GM's part.
More room for engine access, about 4 inches would be great! (That middle back spark plug is a bear!!)
This car has been unbelievable since I've owned it, six years. Get this, the EGR valve went out about a year ago. Since then, the gas mileage has gone up three MPG in town (from 19 to 22) and on the road (27 MPG to 32)! Who needs an EGR valve? Nobody. The car is still classy looking (so far) with the 16" wheels and fine factory paint job, which is still shinny. The wheels are neat. The fine sound system still sounds good. Upkeep has included a new alternator and a new sensor, not bad at all. Of course, I have only put 60,000 miles on it in ten years, but they have been and still are good ones.
The cast aluminum 16" wheels, sound system, reliability, paint, and overall looks.
No need to consider any at age ten, but I wouldn't change a thing on this car.
Love this car! The 3.4 DOHC engine is the only way to go except for the $$$ to change the timing belt. Had a '95 3.1 version and this is MUCH quicker. Have had some repairs on it (AC compressor, cruise control module) but nothing you wouldn't expect for the mileage. The 5 spoke Olds wheels really set it off from the std Cutlass. Make sure of maintenance on timing belt if buying the 3.4 version. Nice leg & head room for driver & passenger (even w/moonroof and 6'1") - little cramped in rear but I don't ride there! Tranny is original but I do keep it serviced regularly. Engine uses 1 Qt oil/1,000 miles but not bad for mileage.
Radio controls on steering wheel, pass thru opening for rear seats to trunk, POWER, gas mileage, climate control system
After 8 years and 90K miles, my Cutlass
series III does not warrant me to buy
another new car yet. It runs super and
the Black finish still has its show
room shine. I had to replace the
radiator at 66 months because I failed
to read the fine print of replacing
your coolant at 100K (or 60 months
which ever comes first - fluid sludged
on me after 66 months). I just replaced
the ignition switch and realized that
the cost of these 2 "minor" repairs
over 8 years was Value.
Premium sound rocks (from stock).
Still looks modern. Stock Paint job.
Comfortable cruising speed.
Reliability. Still get 26 mpg with no
infamous GM "knocks and pings" in the
engine (always used higher octane).
I cannot get anyone to tint the back
Window for less than $200 because of
its "L" shape. Oh well, at least it
still looks great.