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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera

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A Great Car From GM!
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By Fantastic Doug
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Cheap and dependable
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By it's paid for
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

HVAC, dependability, comfortable seats and ride.


Worst Features

Gas mileage could be better, never over 25 mpg for me, but never under 20 either.


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Like a Timex, It Keeps on Ticking
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By it's paif for
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

I love the seats, they are good for long drives.


Worst Features

It's a moot point, Olds fell by the wayside a few years ago.


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Great First Car
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Bamboo
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

The angular exterior styling. It serves its utilitarian purpose well.


Worst Features

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.


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Comfortable and Quiet
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By Matt
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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car brand new in '96 with the 4-cyl. engine. It has never stranded us though it has had some major problems. They include eating three head gaskets and bad rusting near the trunk/rear end. There are two baseball sized holes at each rear wheel well into the trunk. and while it has not been a real problem, the fuel pump whirrs loudly, enough for the passengers to always ask "whats that sound?". Otherwise it has a great ride and comfortable seats, which makes up for the lackluster acceleration and performance. This car has developed more and more rattles and squeaks from the dash. I guess it's not TOO bad for an American car with high mileage and not garaged for its whole life.


Best Features

The HVAC system is strong, it has a smooth ride, comfortable seats, and it is quiet.


Worst Features

Give it more horepower, the 4-cyl. engine is SERIOUSLY underpowered. Also, it needs better rust protection for the long run.


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