The Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser entered the rear-wheel drive full-size station wagon scene in 1971 along with other General Motors vehicles. And after several years in the market, when many other vehicles of its kind succumbed to infamy, the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser became one of the three vehicles of its kind that remained and outlast the tests of time. But all good things would come to an end, and for the Custom Cruiser, the end would be the 1992 model year.
General Motors introduced the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser in the US in 1971 as a rear-wheel drive full-size station wagon. It uses the new G-body platform, which was also used by General Motors for its other vehicles like the Ninety-Eight. Since introduced in 1971 until it was retired in 1992, the vehicle was offered only as a single trim model. It was equipped with an Oldsmobile carbureted V8 engine for most of its lifespan, although a Chevy V8 engine replaced this after the 1991 redesign.
The Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser first received a major redesign in 1977, when the car was downsized and used the new GM B-body platform. The same was true with the other C-body cars that General Motors produced. Later in 1991, the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser again received a major redesign along with the other GM B-body cars. This time, there was only a minor revision on the chassis and a boost in engine performance, as the carbureted V8 engine rated at 140 hp was replaced by a new Chevy V8 fuel injected engine that outputs 170 hp of power.
Many new and front-wheel drive station wagons, or even minivans, perform better and are more practical choices than the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser. But if you are a die-hard supporter of the rear-wheel drive full-size station wagon, then the vehicle is definitely worth a look. As mentioned earlier, the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser is one of the three of the kind that lasted until the early 1990s, which also include the Chevrolet Caprice and the Buick Estate, all of which were under the General Motors Corporation. Among the three, the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser stands in the middle, both in price and features, making it a good choice.
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