1st Generation (1985—1991) Cutlass Calais Problems

This generations ranks 2nd out of 22 Oldsmobile generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (60%), cooling system (20%), and the wheels (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Overheats 1 complaints at an average of 166,000 miles in the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais.
  2. No Spark 1 complaints at an average of 85,000 miles in the 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais.
  3. Sweet Smell, Liquid in Floorboard 1 complaints at an average of 166,000 miles in the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais.

What Cutlass Calais Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Oldsmobile model years.

Watch out for the 1988 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 2 0 0 0.36
1990 0 1 0 0.0
1989 1 1 0 0.08
1988 2 1 0 0.48
1987 0 0 0 0.0
1986 0 0 0 0.0
1985 0 0 0 0.0

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