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Old 2013-12-08, 18:37 PM   #1
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1980 diesel Oldsmobile

http://maine.craigslist.org/cto/4230293940.html

Are these any good?

Would this be first generation or 2nd generation diesel?
I've seen posts saying that Gen 1 were no good.
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Old 2013-12-08, 20:05 PM   #2
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Back on the day we pulled the diesel out and replaced with gas they worked really well with the gears in the trans and rear suited for diesel

Great place for a LS swap.
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For that money, grab it, maintain it, and ENJOY it. When the diesel dies, put in a nice V-8 gas engine.
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Old 2013-12-08, 21:01 PM   #4
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I guess the question is, how long would the diesel be expected to last?
With only 31 k , id expect it to run for awhile.

Any idea on what kind of mpg?

Also, it looks like a full size wagon, right?

One more thing, what's the deal with the split window on the back door? Does that little sliver open?

Thanks
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Old 2013-12-08, 21:13 PM   #5
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The Cutlass Cruiser is mid-size.

The rear window opens upwards manually from the tailgate on struts.
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I guess the question is, how long would the diesel be expected to last?
With only 31 k , id expect it to run for awhile.

Any idea on what kind of mpg?

Also, it looks like a full size wagon, right?

One more thing, what's the deal with the split window on the back door? Does that little sliver open?

Thanks

It's a mid size Olds, just like the two I have. Yes the split/vent window opens and that's it. The rear door windows because of some stupid idea GN had at the time do not roll down in any of the mid size wagons. If I "Had" been looking for a new wagon back in the day the lack of this feature would have been a "No Sale" (very uncomfortable ride inside because of this, lack of air flow) There are many rumors as to why GM did not do it....more seat room in the rear BS has been the best running one but the Fox body fords, the rear door windows rolled down, so did the Aspen/Volaries windows and there was more than enouph room, I've owned them all....... IMO it was a bean counter desition to save a buck.




But as for MPG....... they were so slow it would take you weeks to get there!...... unless you upgraded the muffler bearings
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THanks for the info - better stay away from this one.

Probably the reason he's having trouble selling it.

Looks to be in good shape otherwise
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GREAT LINK!...... I did not even see your post when I was referring to 'bean counters"

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In this era before electronic engine controls, the measures automakers took to follow the rules meant that even the brawniest V8 produced barely enough power to pull a big-body car up a hill. The solution, at least to GM bean counters at the time, was to rush a series of diesels to market.

(That proved to be boat anchors)
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Old 2013-12-08, 22:14 PM   #10
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I remember looking into these wagons a while ago and my research did come up with the head bolt issue as above. If I recall there was a fix that GM used to repair these motors and it may have been to go with head studs.....I'm not quite sure if the details anymore, but recall reading that the fix largely fixed the main motor issues, allowing for a fairly reliable diesel.

Do a little research and you may find this motor may have been fixed by a dealer recall sometime in the past and actually be a good reliable purchase. I can't remember all the specifics but I remember thinking I'd be comfortable with the V8 had it had the fix that GM came up for it.

As for the water separator issues, not sure on that one, but diesel fuel quality is much better now. I run two diesels presently and never see any water issues which impresses me. As for any pump / fuel corrosion that previously happened to this car though?...... Who knows.
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