Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Fuel injectors can short-circuit electrically causing a rougher than normal idle and reduced performance.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) can fail causing stalling, and engine and transmission drivability concerns.

This engine may leak oil from the valve cover gasket.

Our technicians highly recommend that the engine coolant be replaced every 30,000 miles.

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

The exhaust manifolds can crack creating an exhaust leak

A door window may move slowly or stop in mid travel due to a failing power window motor. The affected window may start working again after the motor cools off. Replacing the faulty window motor will commonly correct this concern.

The fuel pump may fail causing engine to stall and not restart.

The intake manifold gasket can develop external engine oil leaks. The intake manifold will need to be removed and the gaskets replaced to correct this issue.

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.


The torque converter clutch can stick "on" after extended freeway driving causing the engine to stall when coming to a stop. Our technicians tell us when this occurs, the engine usually will restart and stall when put into gear. After allowing about twenty minutes for the engine and transmission to cool down, the engine will start and the transmission will operate normally. Replacing the torque converter clutch solenoid, transmission filter, and fluid will generally correct this issue.

The inside door handle may break causing the door not to open from the inside.

Timing gears may wear causing a mild to severe knocking noise from the front of the engine. Replacement of the timing gears is necessary.