I bought the car when it was 5 years old.It had 39,000 miles on it. I liked the car on the first test drive. I am quite attached to my 96 Olds now and take care of it with TLC. I read on another review: QUOTE "I've had to replace the battery several times and the "service engine soon" light stays on all the time." The same for me but it's OK. I will have a hard time to part with this car. It looks like new (had body work done) had a remote starter installed, added Oldsmobile mudflaps and wire wheel covers. It's a sharp looking car. I have spent the most for repairs this year but I knew that was coming and I was willing to make the repair investments. I love my 96 Oldsmobile !
This car came with the standard 3.1 Liter V6 Engine,AC,ABS brakes,and automatic transmission. It is the perfect car for driving around town. I bought the car new and have over 135,000 miles on it. It still drives like a new car with excellent gas mileage.The only thing not working is cruise control, and I don't care because most of my driving is in stop and go city traffic. I've had to replace the battery several times and the "service engine soon" light stays on all the time. A mechanic told me the light is a problem in the car's computer system-nothing is wrong with the car. I really enjoy this car and intend to keep it for many years to come!
Vision is excellent out of all windows and that is a must in city traffic. The seats are very comfortable and there is plenty of leg room for a tall person. And the ride is quiet with the windows closed.
My front license plate got ripped off in a car wash because it was mounted in a large boxy holder. I recommend eliminating the boxy holder and mount the plate directly against the bumper. I did this and the plate stays on the car.This would be an excellent upgrade for any Oldsmobile owner.
Yes, this car is about as much fun as watching molasses run uphill, in January. But it is bullet proof mechanically, and gets me from point A to B without fail. The V-6 never missed a beat, and after 168k miles, still refused to use a drop of oil. HVAC is one of the better features.
HVAC, dependability, comfortable seats and ride.
Gas mileage could be better, never over 25 mpg for me, but never under 20 either.
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.
I love the seats, they are good for long drives.
It's a moot point, Olds fell by the wayside a few years ago.
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.
The angular exterior styling. It serves its utilitarian purpose well.
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.