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1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 4 Dr S Sedan Review
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A Love Letter To The Family Olds That My Children Call "goldilocks". — This car was already past it's prime with 260K on the clock when purchased. It now has 282K and pulling strong. Engine runs pretty much like the day it was built save for an intake manifold leak and a slightly rough idle. So far it's only cost basic maintenance save for a couple of sensors in the very resilient and easy to work on 3300 series V-6. It's running straight pipes right now with a cold air intake and is ballsy, especially midrange cruising. Suspension is a bit messed up but that is more due to age than any flaw with the car. It starts without fail every morning, Hot or cold, ride is relatively smooth but a bit soft. This is easily repaired with perfomance struts and load-adjusting rear shocks. Front suspension setup is fantastic and simple witht he McPherson strut system, however it could greatly benefit with an independent rear. Braking is average for a car this size, could use larger rotors and rear discs as opposed to drums. Build quality is typical American car- tank-like and strong exterior with panel gaps just slightly off, Interior is absolutely awful with the dash rattling, ceiling liner falling, and general poor-fitting components. Seats are comfy and vehicle is very well equipped with power everything. It does suffer from a lack of leg room for both the front and back seat passengers. Maintenance is dirt cheap and most parts are off-the-shelf and carried in your local parts store, which is quite rare for a 20 year old car. Any parts you are unable to buy new can easily be found in your local boneyard as there were so many of these built and sold that you're likely to find at least one. The body is perhaps the most boring thing on the road. It's not ugly, and it is proportioned well, but it is basic. Don't expect any beauty contest wins with it. Mechanically, the engine is a work of art. With simplicity in design, and tough materials (Cast Iron block & heads, pushrod design) this motor with last longer than the car itself. It's got a great power to weight ratio, and more than keeps up with today's more powerful cars. The only downside is the engine is a bit weighty which lends itself to some pretty bad understeer. Wider tires help counteract this. Torque steer is pretty bad as this engine is a bit powerful for the suspension. The front end weight does have a huge benefit in the snow and wet in terms of traction, this vehicle will outdrive a lot of 4wd vehicles in the snow. Sadly there is not much available to do to the vehicle in terms of performance parts, if this is your goal, either buy a different car or get really friendly with your local machinist, as pretty much any performance parts will need to be custom made or machined out of the existing parts. Engine sounds wonderfully peppy and spirited in the mid to high range, but a bit dreary and droning at low rpm and light acceleration. Trunk space is awesome for a midsize. Long distance travel is comfortable although you will cramp up a little from the just short of comfy front leg room. It's an easy car to throw around a bit once you get used to the understeer and you have a remarkable sense of control with it, although a floor mount shifter would improve this immensely. Braking is solid albeit a tad weak for the weight in the front. Overall, there is very little that can go wrong with this car so long as it is maintained properly. The engine is very forgiving in terms of overheating, forgetting an oil change or other various mistakes, but be warned that if the vehicle overheats badly enough, you will almost certainly warp the intake manifold as it is aluminum. Gas mileage is fair to good, there are better cars out there similar sized, but this particular car is a 3 speed auto, find one with the 4spd overdrive and the gas mileage improves greatly. There is a certain fun to owning this car now, as they are so plentiful and cheap to buy/run/fix that you don't care too much if it gets dinged up or used for such chicanery as towing an isuzu rodeo 20 miles home, loading a 350 lb TV in the back, towing a uhaul trailer from NJ to SC, using it to move house by tying a bunch of stuff to the roof, the car will just happily continue to putter along as if nothing has changed. It is a car that you despise at first because it seems boring, but within the first month, you will fall head over heels for it and refuse to give it up until it's absolutely time for it to go. It's a car that grows on you and you will end up naming it, glancing at it occasionally and smiling, because you will know something that people who have never driven it don't know... it is perhaps one of the greatest cars ever built. It has something that all car fanatics love to find in a car... a personality. An x-factor. Something that makes it special, but you just can not put your finger on it. You will discover this at some random point. Either loading it up with 300 bucks worth of groceries, or cruising down the highway at 65, jamming the pedal down and 2 seconds later you're doing 85, and that smile will creep onto your face and never leave. You will cry when it finally has to go. This is a car that your children will tell their children about. It stops being a car and starts being a legend, a member of the family, like that drunk uncle who punches bears for fun. It will feel like an old, trusted friend, uncomplaining, friendly, and reliable. Let it take you places. Let it get dinged up a bit and call them battle scars. Race ricers with it at the stop light for kicks and giggles. I have driven many different cars in my life, some would be considered desirable, some would be considered odd, some even more expensive, nice, better quality, but not a single car I've owned or driven ever made me feel this happy to be behind the wheel of it. Every time I drive any of the Olds Cutlass Ciera/Buick Century/Chevy Celebrity A-body GMs, I always end up asking myself why we, as Americans, drive any other midsize car. That's just my 2 cents. It hasn't been without it's frustrations or breakdowns, but any car this age and mileage will have them. But not all of them will leave you this satisfied to own it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Unkillable, decent power, tough, and absolutely special.

Cons: Could handle a bit better, interior build quality is awful

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1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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Ok For A Daily Driver. — I like the general look of the car, but have several dislikes. I dislike the fact that it lacks cup holders, has the original radio, has no rear ac vents on the floor or ceiling. However, do like the fact that I can do most mechanical work myself.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Rides smooth for its age

Cons: Lack of cup holders

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Awesome For An Affordable Car — power locks, power steering, power windows, easy to fix problems, easy to handle, good milage, cheap to fill up with gasoline, good control, but the lights always are on which suchs and thats about all i have to say so

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: good mileage

Cons: lights stay on

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Olds — best car i owned, went threw hell and still running to this day. 3 accidents, stolen and still going...how can it be...cause it's Oldsmobile tough! who know that v6 had the get up it had too. Wanna question it?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: best car ever

Cons: no longer made

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Nice Car To Own Overall. — I like that it handles very well for an older car. Love to drive it in the winter. It still has a lot of pep for its age. I enjoy driving it. The bad side is that it is getting older and as with any car age has its downpoints.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Small and easy to drive.

Cons: Its old.....

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Decent Car To Start With But One You Have It For Awhile It Sucks — Comfy seats doors are to heavy to big to fit into spots. overall decent starter car. Everything is in good condition for how old it is. The gas millage could be better but is good for driving in town and some on highway.

Pros: Its a BEAST

Cons: Its old. Not best on gas.

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Its A 93 Olds Cutlas With 123000 — its a good car that has held up under my types of drivign and gets 30ish mpg's i have not had to do much to it and i love driving it. i would recommend it to anyoen looking for a first car

Pros: good on gas

Cons: it aint a truck

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My Rambo — First off its a boat, Old, Thumps <- only when the windows are down. New deck and speakers. Body is in great shape for now being old enough to drive itself (16). Surprisingly quick when slamming the pedal down <--- after 40

Pros: great shape & I own it

Cons: very old and high mileage

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1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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Not A Bad Little Car — Not the prettiest car out there, but it's dependable and easy to drive. The one I own has been taken care of, but still has some small electrical problems--which are to be expected with an early 90's car. Nothing that gets in the way of how it drives, though.

Pros: reliable

Cons: eyesore

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The Life Of And Olds Owner — The car was slow, wobbly, not built too well. Couldn't beat a dump truck of the line it was so slow. Didnt like to be seen driving it, Windows quite after about 150,000 miles. Handle busted over the winter. Just no fun to drive, but it did get me from A to B with out many problems. But that was until the car blew up.

Pros: Reliable

Cons: Not fun, slow, scary to drive

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1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Reviews

Overall Great By Benjamin

great car really isnt to bad to drive ride quality is great shocks are so soft i dont feel bumps cost of ownership for an 18 year old = not bad appearance is plain and needed some zip but overall go... Read More

Although It's Definitely Not A Head Turner, But It Well Worth The Money I Spend ($8700 In 97) By Courtroom74

This car is not bad after all... who would think an 90s American car can go the distance, currently @ 183K miles. original engine, transmission, radiator,... only issue I had so far was water pump... Read More

1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Reviews

A Great Vehicle. By oneangrypeople

Tough to beat for a first car. Very reliable and great in the snow. Super visibility. I wish they still made cars liker this. Engine is easy to get around while working on it. Decent power and mpg for... Read More

Fell In Love With It, Bought It On The Spot. By Pat_Los_Gatos

Really enjoy road trips in this car. Bought it in July 2013 in Florida and drove it to St Paul in late July. AC worked great, cruised at 72mph the whole way, smooth ride, good sound, lots of space to... Read More

1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Reviews

Frusterated By jjuels

this car is costing too much money too fix all the time ....I have had many problems with this ..its v-6 3300 has 140,000 miles anything from the computor to fuel injector. also injector regulator he... Read More

The Lard Wagon By Nowell3

Seating - seats eight adults! not bad for a car from the 90's. SUPER gutless... the 3,3l V6 engine has 281,000km's on it, and it shows every one. Deadly reliable, but NO power. Just did the intake ga... Read More

1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Reviews

I Love My Car. By rosi59

My car is beautifully ugly. As we say in Spanish she is "La Fea mas Bella" works like a horse and tries to maintain her status as a fallen diva of Auto World. She has power windows which still work,... Read More

A Well Built American Eurosport Style Sedan - That Was Well Ahead Of Its Time. By robs71redriv

A low production special edition of the very popular Ciera line - Less than 2000 produced so you dont see one every block or county for that matter. The International Series is like the ads used sa... Read More

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera Reviews

Rides Like A Cadillac And Solid As A Tank By Souldaddy145

My 2nd car. Got if free, so that was a bonus. Engine sucks fuel pretty bad, but solid engine. Muffler was missing so had to get a new one. Otherwise, very reliable. Only problems were the door handle ... Read More

For The $200 I Paid For It It Is A Good Car. By Scott

I like how the parts for this car are usually readily available and their cost is fair. I do like the ride and comfort of it. The only serious detriment is that when something electrical goes south it... Read More

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