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1996 Oldsmobile Ciera

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 194 Ratings for the 1990 - 1996 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    7.2/10
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The darn thing just runs...

By on Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,400

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Affordable, Reliable runner!!!1"

Cons: "Its a very boxy, plain older car looks wise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"If you are in the market for a car that for less than or right at $1500 Dollars.....This is the best car for you. I have owned 3. 3 Ciera's that I paid between $900 and $1500. They all started everyday. They all were reasonable to maintain. Never seen this car on the side of the road because it broke down. The style is boxy and very plain but those old GM engines? They will run 250,000 miles. So in other words....everything else will fall apart, but the car will still start."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Purchased New and driven by my 92yr. old mother

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "clean and drives like like new"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Car has been serviced every 3000 miles or less"

Comfortable and reliable

By on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, comfortable, excellent gas mileage"

Cons: "Hard seats, interior cheapened, ext. prone to rust"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My late grandfather owned a 1996 Ciera SL and he loved it. I drove it for him when he was unable to drive anymore and I also fell in love with the quietness and handling. Typical of these car bodies though, they are very prone to rust, especially around the wheel wells. When my grandfather passed away, my mother restored the vehicle but it sure did not need much work. Having only 50,000 miles, it was garaged and only needed minor body work. Still runs as smooth as the day my grandfather bought it in 1996. With the proper maintenance and care it continues to get, it should continue to run for a very very long time."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This is a very reliable car.

By on Thursday, February 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 159,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cool looking body,great engine, affordable price"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car brand new from the dealer lot in 1996. If GM was still selling the mid size Oldsmobile today, I would not hesitate to trade in mine on a new one. Not only is it very comfortable to ride in but the engine is very reliable. My car has a V-6 with fuel injection giving the car V-8 performance. The power steering makes the car easy to handle in all types of traffic. The ABS braking system is extremely reliable preventing the car from swerving when hard braking is necessary. There is plenty of leg room and the tilt steering wheel is a real joy. There is also plenty of room in the back seat for three people and plenty of trunk space. After all these years,my 1996 Oldsmobile still runs great. I always recommend regular maintenance to fix any small problems before they become major ones."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best vehicle i have ever owned

By on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive it floats like a boat"

Cons: "not enough cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"its my favorite car ive ever owned and very easy to repair when it needs it"

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