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    has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    Looking for something for a school kid and a local guy has a 94 cutlass convertable for sale. Something is wrong with the engine, owner says he thinks it is a timing belt. Has anyone had one of these and what kind of luck did you have with relability? Any problems?



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCloned View Post
    Looking for something for a school kid and a local guy has a 94 cutlass convertable for sale. Something is wrong with the engine, owner says he thinks it is a timing belt. Has anyone had one of these and what kind of luck did you have with relability? Any problems?
    I haven't owned any type of cutlass. Even so I'd probably run, not walk, away from a situation like you described. If a previous owner didn't care enough about the vehicle to maintain the timing belt, I wouldn't trust the reliability of any other major mechanical items. You almost never have a timing belt issue if you follow the recommended maintenance schedule. If you don't, you are taking a major risk of crapping out the entire engine. Do you really want to buy something from somebody who makes decisions like that.

    Chances are he is trying to dump it because he either knows that something is already seriously wrong or he doesn't want to spring for the high cost of a timing belt replacement. If you can't live without this particular car, at least deduct the estimated repair cost from what would otherwise be a fair offer.



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    I wouldnt buy a car you know has problems. Cars you think are good used cars have enough problems.


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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    Does it have a digital speedometer? Every Cutlass with one of those I've been around doesn't work right.


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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    I am thinking those cars had 2.8L V6 engines that are pretty dependable. That being said, if the guy is selling the car and letting you know up front that something is wrong and that might be a timing belt tells me he knows more but is trying to unload it so he don't have to shell out a bunch of cash to fix the car and couldn't get it back by selling it in good shape.

    My vote is he is ditching a lemon......



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    I'd also vote for a lemon. If fixing this car were really as simple as replacing the timing belt, this guy would've done it already. For how much this guy is probably asking, you can find a car that doesn't have anything obviously wrong with it. Plus, I wouldn't buy a convertible for a kid for safety reasons in case he rolls it.



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    Best car for a school kid IMHO: Early-Mid 90's Buick LeSabre or Park Avenue!

    Awesome cars. Most come with a boat-load of options, they are safe, the 3.8L is a solid engine with a nice amount of power, and they are cheap!



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    If a previous owner didn't care enough about the vehicle to maintain the timing belt, I wouldn't trust the reliability of any other major mechanical items. You almost never have a timing belt issue if you follow the recommended maintenance schedule. If you don't, you are taking a major risk of crapping out the entire engine.
    FALSE. timing belts/chains crap out. my car was taken complete care of by my father who is a mechanic, and mine snapped. everything was fine on my car and still is. its got 300,000 on it and still going strong.

    My dad bought a car off of my cousin which had a timing belt problem and it ended up being a steal (for 300 bucks). we replaced it, and everything else works fine.
    The problem with the timing belt being messed up is that the valves could be bent because the pistons hit them when they were closed. if that isnt the case, the car could be fine. problem is, bout the only way to test this is by fixin the timing belt, which in most cars is no small task. also, on the car that we bought the timing belt snapped because of a bad tensioner pulley, so it snapped again when we didnt change it. so if anyone ever changes their timing belt, check the pulleys.



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    I'd run away from that fast.

    Nothing good can come from a 14 year old convertible made by GM and used in Iowa for any amount of time with pre-existing engine problems.



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    i owned a 1995 cutlass supreme sl. got rid of it in 2005. was a very good car. only traded it in because it was a 2 door.


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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    I've had a '92 and currently have a '96. Both purchased from the same dealer and haven't had many problems with either. However, if this one already has issues, chances are there are more important issues the seller doesn't want you to know.



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    Re: has anyone here owned a cutlass 94-96?

    I'm pretty sure that engine wouldn't even have a timing belt. If it is a 3.1L, I'm pretty sure it has a chain.

    Now chains do break, but it is pretty rare. If one did though, the motor is pretty much toast.

    Either way, like others have said, you don't want anything to do with this car.



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