I live in central NY. This is a GREAT car for any one, Its quick with a V6 3100 engine, goes thrugh snow great with snow tires, and will start when its -20F degrees(It starts slow at -20 but it starts) it has some minor rocker nois from the valve train and thats it. Soon after i purchased the car the EGR valve went but it was under warenty. it has minor rust in usual spots, nothing major. The man that owned the car befor me was about 80 years old and i am 18 and i love the car as much as he did!
I got this car from my older sister when she bought a new car. Positive features include good low end torque which makes for surprising acceleration from a stop. Not as good at high speeds however. Lots of trunk room and front seat legroom. Good AC and heating. Negatives include engine head repairs and bad brakes at 120K, malfunctioning locks and a fried window motor, leaky wheel cylinders, and a battery that you can't replace without reprogramming the computer (?!). Also handling is poor and it corners like a vehicle twice its size.
I bought this car when I was forced to travel between NY and New Hampshire, having little or no money. Many people bash these cars. Mine is very reliable, is not a jewel, but I did more than nine trips between NY and New Hampshire during a four month period. After that I put more miles driving from NY to CT several times. My girlfriend has been driving it from Maine to NY twice during this winter, plus more trips to CT. Many people think that the Olds Cutlass is a piece of junk. This one for me is an ugly jewel, a true blessing for me, because it never let me down while driving from NH to NY during a period in which I had no money to pay mechanics or towing services. It is a shame GM decided to kill Oldsmobile
I am approaching 92000 miles, and age is taking its toll more then miles. Besides basic maintenance, I have had to fix a leaky power steering hose, ac compressor, have fuel injectors cleaned, but that is about it. The car always starts. When you first start it in the morning the engine is sort of noisy. It sounds like the valve train. Who cares. The 3.1V6 has decent power. The car doesn't handle all that well. It feels like the car corners like a car twice its size. The turning radius is rather large for a car this size too. It is noticeable when parking in a lot.