This car is used when I spend the winter in Florida, and I don't drive it very much. It is a great car for my needs, very comfortable, and it gets over 20 mpg. The AC works very well. The only negatives are the lack of power windows, and the windows don't go down far enough to make my dog happy. I love the car. There are some scratches in the paint, but it IS 26 years old.
by Sharon Beres Rosen
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Founded in 1897, Oldsmobile was one of the longest-running American automakers with most of its history being as part of the General Motors production brands. Oldsmobile was phased out by GM in 2004 during restructuring and was one of the oldest automobile marques in the world at that time; only Daimler, Peugeot and Tatra were older. Oldsmobiles were one of the first American-made series production cars on the road. Its production of 425 cars in 1901 made it the first high-volume gasoline-powered automobile manufacturer in the world with the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, which was made until 1907. GM purchased the company a year later.
The Oldsmobile name comes from the company's early reference to Olds automobiles after its founder, Ransom Olds. This became "Oldsmobile" colloquially and eventually, officially, thanks to a popular song in 1905 titled In My Merry Oldsmobile. For most of its life, Oldsmobile was an entry-level luxury marque for GM, fitting between the Chevrolet with an eye towards innovation. Throughout its history with GM, Oldsmobile was the brand most likely to release new technology in its cars.
Today, nearly all Oldsmobile vehicles made before 1980 are considered collectibles and classics. Models made in the 1990s to the company's closing in 2004 are common in the used car market and are still service, in terms of remaining warranties and recalls, by General Motors.
Popular models on the used car market include the Oldsmobile Alero, Aurora, Bravada, Custom Cruiser, Cutlass, Eighty Eight, Intrigue, Ninety-Eight, and Silhouette. The Alero is a popular, relatively low-priced compact sport sedan coupe and the Bravada is a well-received sport utility vehicle (SUV). Most Oldsmobiles to be found on today's market, outside of those two models, are full-size sedans and station wagons. Although the Silhouette minivan and Intrigue and Cutlass midsize sedans are popular, it's the full-sized sedans that made the Oldsmobile name in its later years.
Those cars enjoy a reputation for being comfortable, easy to drive, and well-powered. With plentiful parts for repair and a lot of owners who love their Oldsmobiles, it's not difficult to find one in good condition even a decade after they ceased production as a company.