At $11,995, Is This 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser A Bargain?

Nice Price or No Dice 1989 Olds Custom Cruiser

We are coming to a time when fewer and fewer people will have grown up around wagons like today’s Good price or no dice Old. Let’s see if this one is priced to bring that experience to a whole new generation.

Some difficult tasks are worth it. Shuck oysters, learn the tango and breathe new life into cars like yesterday that needed a clutch 1978 Porsche 924 all have their rewards. Of course, each of these rewards has a cost. In the case of the Porsche, it was barely $1,500. Bad as it was, 58% of you all felt it was a worthy cause, giving the 924 a Nice Price win.

Let’s say your needs go far beyond what any Porsche sports car can offer. Maybe it needs something with more than a little room as well as a smart air vent that provides floating breezes to the crotch. If these are the details of what is needed, then today 1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser could be just the ticket.

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This big B-body wagon wasn’t the last word in Custom Cruiser history, but it was the last to have the traditional, efficient boxy styling and a cool two-way tailgate that allows for side-opening and folding. You can also drive with the rear window retracted on this one, which is not possible with later (and final) editions.

Missing here are the extra windows in the roof of the model’s older Vista Cruiser sibling, which was emulated in later cars. But that’s no big deal considering how much chrome and woodgrain you get with this model.

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Other notable features of this Custom Cruiser include an incredibly modest total of 71,874 miles on the odometer and an interior that looks as lightly worn as a Sunday meeting suit. On the outside, the car shows some age in the discoloration of the clear coat on the hood and on the roof. The Light Beechwood Metallic paint underneath looks decent in most areas and is complemented by copious amounts of photo-finished vinyl masquerading as wood grain. According to the dealership offering the car, everything is rust-free underneath.. Oddly enough, on such a clean and tidy car, the rubber rub strip on the rear bumper is missing. Equally suspicious, the snood under the bumper is black rather than body color. Both imply that something happened there.

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Inside, there are lovely brocade upholstery and three full rows of bench seats, for a total of seven people. Everything supposedly works, down to the air conditioning, which the seller claims to be ICE COLD. Considering this, perhaps the best feature of the car is the pair of crotch cooler vents in the dash. These send either that frigid air or comforting warmth to the lower regions of the driver and front passenger. Why did GM stop offering such an amazing feature in their cars?

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The mechanics of the Custom Cruiser are quite banal, but who wants exoticism on their family transporter? Power here comes from a 307 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8. That managed 140 horsepower in the wagon, but more importantly, a higher torque of 255 lb-ft. Mated to this is a THM200 four-speed automatic with column shift.

According to the announcement, the transmission has been serviced with a new oil change and a new battery. Oddly, the seller says the car “runs as well as one would expect for a low mileage car”, which seems to doom it with low praise.

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The car is offered on Facebook Marketplace, a frustratingly inconsistent place. As such, the ad doesn’t indicate the status of the title, but let’s assume it’s as clean as the car. The dealership offering the car bills itself as a “classic car dealership” and defends the car’s $11,995 price tag, saying it will be worth “$3-5,000 more” in a few years because wagon prices take off.

We’ll just have to see both that claim and that $11,995 price tag. In fact, why not do it now? What do you think of this clean, crotch-cool Olds and its $11,995 price tag? Sound like a good deal for living the big wagon lifestyle? Or is it too much to sail in this Custom Cruiser?

You decide!

Facebook Marketplace out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Don R. for the connection!

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