My 1996 Cutlass Supreme SL is the reason Oldsmobile went under. The stereo quit after 6 months - was replaced under warranty with what turned out to be a "refurbished" unit - tape deck quit right after the warranty ran out. Head gasket blew at 49,000 miles. Intake gasket went at 56,000 miles - found out the intake was cracked when I was replacing the gasket. Tranny died at 100,000 miles. I'm honestly afraid to drive this car more than walking distance from my house - and don't. I drove a 1975 Cutlass I inherited from Virginia last summer - I'm restoring it to replace my 1996...I felt safer driving the 1975 than I do my '96.
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 I have had to do the regular maintenance repairs--intake manifold gasket (which I discovered has been replaced by a higher quality gasket); various sensors; injectors cleaned.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!
I have owned MANY used cars, and by far this one is my favorite. Driven almost daily, used also for long road trips. I am amazed with the comfort, handling, response, and over all feel of this auto. Like I said, I have owned many cars, including Cutlasses, but this one is different. When I bought it used ( 48,000 mi), the first test spin I took, I told my wife, " this car feels good, real good, its right", and I bought it. I haven't had a single problem with it at 82,000 miles. I get @32 mpg on a road trip averaging 70mph. AWESOME! I recommend this car over my wife's Accord anyday. Way to go GM. I wish you weren't going to discontinue the Old's line.
I absolutely love my cutlass it handles like my uncles nice new sporty RSX but its alot more comfy. It gets great milage and aslo has alot of getup'n go off the line. Shes a great daily driver and i love every minute in the car.