GM must have been makings TONS of money, because this would have put any other company under from the warranty claims alone. Not only that, but Mazda is getting ready to drop their 2.2 liter turbo diesel into their 6 midsize sedan, and hopefully CX-5 compact SUV. I thought it was sort of cool. I’ve heard a few of these. V-8. This cost saving approach allowed Oldsmobile to save on initial engine development but it also ensured the 5.7 liter diesel would be plagued with problems since it had an ultra high compression ratio of 22.5:1 which was almost 3 times the compression of Oldsmobile’s late-1970s 5.7 liter gasoline powered V8 engine. During this past summer the new owner, Ed Kelly, dropped me a line via FB. My only guess is that somebody decided it would cost to much to hand the design/manufacture over to the heavy duty divisions. There’s also very few of any of these left. Now comes the cherry on top: the Olds Diesel was unrefined, leaving a cacophony of clatter and rattle in its wake.Â It emitted a foul, tractor-trailer-like smell.Â So, when you weren’t renting a car while Mr. Goodwrench further maimed your engine, you got to drive a loud, stinky and laboriously slow car.Â Mark of Excellence?Â Not so much. Thanks for visiting. In 1978 the average 350 diesel made it not much further than 20,000 miles. These flaws, like Medea’s rage or Oedipus’ quest for truth, inevitably led to a tragic conclusion.Â The head bolts and studs could not cope with the pressure of the diesel’s compression.Â This led to head gasket failures.Â This, in turn, allowed coolant into the combustion chamber.Â While there, it joined water from the fuel system.Â Water doesn’t compress-witness the wonders of hydraulics.Â Thus, the water, plus the weak head bolts, plus the failed gaskets meant the dreaded hyrdralock, which treated your engine’s precious bodily internals like Sherman treated Atlanta.Â Not good. 1981-83, 92-93 1.6I4Turbo. Maybe someday, or with new high strength engine components, keep the original as is. Remember. Damaging diesel’s public image that badly is all the reason we need to name the Oldsmobile 350 diesel…a Great Moment in Crappy Engines. The Olds diesel V-8 displaced 350 ci and was based upon the small-block Oldsmobile 350. These have to be the last domestic diesels) An odd unexpected benefit of the diesel equipped Olds Cutlass is that hot rodders can yank the oil burner out and stuff a hot mouse or rat motor in AND STILL BE STREET LEGAL BECAUSE THE VIN OF THE CAR IS EMISSIONS EXEMPT! Must regroup and decide how much I want to insult GM before I comment. Of course your velour would still be synthetic, but somehow we all understand that you would transform yourself to Mr. Velour. The 350 stood well against the 350-horsepower 400 V-8 that came with the W-32 option. Even a land yacht like the Olds…even I wouldn’t have put up with that. So, off the engine goes to Mr. Goodwrench.Â Who repairs it just like he would a gas engine.Â And reuses the head studs and bolts, just like on a gas engine.Â Thus, the main cause of the problem continued unabated.Â Adding to the carnage, the head bolts and studs were already weakened by the initial failure.Â So they would fail again.Â Only sooner and forever. And now we’ve come full circle. Pontiac T1000 (the termi-not-or 1982. For too long, GM’s size insulated it from poor decisions. Buick LeSabre (5.7V8 1979-85) I know many “old” GM Dogs who would welcome a new domestic entry in the diesel line-up. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I've heard that GM did put a 4 speed manual behind them in the 1/2 ton pickups, but they are pretty rare-and apparently there was a 4.3 liter GM diesel that was even rarer! (The Blazer used the Olds engine for 2 years before they switched to the 6.2 Detroit Diesel). To GM’s credit the 5.7l made as good or better performance as the MB, Toyota, VW, or most manufacturers of the day and with the 4sp auto introduced in 82 the 5.7l’s performance was very acceptable. This meant tooling for the 350 could work for the diesel. The pitiful THM-200C transmission on the other hand was a real disaster. Maybe even nonexistent.) You never know when your customer’s lives might depend on your car’s ability to get from point A to point B. I bought and still own a 1978 Olds SW with the diesel engine. In the light of day, the Oldsmobile said someone’s great grand parents willed them a car. I remember the Lincoln had a BMW 524td engine in it for a short time and maybe GM should have gone that way with their diesels. Doesn’t stop head gasket problems.) I guess we should be happy Toyota tackled the first production gas electric hybrid and not GM. The heater failed on a trip to Florida (from Illinois in winter time) and it was a hazard to drive with no defroster or heat because of visibility problems. I have read mixed feelings on this motor. This entails swapping a an Olds big block (400, 425, 455) or small block (260, 307, 330, 350, 403) in place of the existing Olds 260 or 350 diesel … 1986-87 3.0I6Turbo) Simple maintenance: They either start or don't. I have had 6.2, 6.5 in suburbans and vans, and presently have an 06 Duramax in a 1 ton van. Mazda B2200d (1982-84 2.2I4) The diesel option cost $740 in a 98 Olds where the base engine was the 350 gas V8. They could have been leaders in the auto diesel field offering much needed hard industry employment rather than goats of the diesel movement. Toyota Corolla (1984-86 1.8I4) A unique-to-Oldsmobile small V8) Rarer than hen’s teeth. google_ad_client: "ca-pub-2856021546132619", Soon the owner had enough and got rid of a really nice car that no body knew how to service. Never as strong a design as the Cummins or the International that Dodge and Ford used (IDI engines, that is).) I would consider it a coup if they bring it over in their Mazda 3 hatchback. i have seen a few of them……. I replaced all tires, all new brakes. The 1.3, 1.9 and 2.0 diesels are FIAT designed and made, the 1.7 is a ISUZU diesel, the one in the Antara is by Daewoo (and NOT good), the commercial van diesels are Renault ones…. And neither GM nor dealerships apparently ponied up for diesel training. Also allow to warm up for 10 min before driving!”. In terms of rebuilding, try a competent diesel truck mechanic. He sold them as fast as I could find them. Anyways its all fuel out the pipe now , one would think that one would learn but no GM had more blunders, Cadillac V-864 (yes I owned one), Cadillac HT4100, the turbo 200 hydra-matic, I think of the diesel and these three the most. Incidently, Jeeps initial entry with their German diesel in the early ’80s wasn’t much either, not very fast & not very refined. Parts interchange for a reason, because its the same design. It was my grandfather’s car, and it’s original engine blew up at 13,000 miles. It made quite an impression on me. I actually liked it; I felt it compared favorably with the power of a 6. It sound- ed incredible. I read this some where, im going quote it “it takes months to gain a customer and seconds to loose one.” I don’t think gm paid out enough in law suits or class action law suits, they burned the trust of millions of American’s pulse completely killed the potential of another American auto manufacture to introduce a diesel engine into is platform. If you dare.) Which is why they were quite common in trucks and 4x4s…..but in a car? So they serviced and repaired the Olds Diesel like they would a gas engine. The public also didn’t have a clue on how to treat a diesel. GM had already addressed many of the 350’s problems, and by the time the V-6 came along in 1982, it benefited from the General’s hard-won experience. MPG, not surprisingly, was astronomic–41 city, 55 highway (although in older, inflated EPA numbers). I tried to buy American, but I could afford only a small, basic car, and the American offerings – Chevette, Pinto, Omni/Horizon, and whatever AMC was selling – were all crap. The Dual Battery system was another problem, one of them was bad, and we could not jump start it with any normal technique, took a while to figure this out, no one knew how to diagnose even the Start system. Runs great. Pinion seal in rear end, new hoses & belts.”, “Replaced two injectors, then I compounded and waxed the entire car. 1986 2.5I4) The only way to fix that was to replace it with a THM-350 (which I finally did after it blew up on me my senior year of high school). I even got to pick out the color (well, at least he let me THINK that I did). He said if it was him, he’d get the tried-and-true gas engined V-8, and predicted I’d have few if any problems with it. This car had only terrible engines, with 1 exception, the not 8-6-4 368cid V8. The first Oldsmobile diesels arrived for the 1978 model year, and they carried a modified version of the brand's 5.7-liter (350-cu.in.) The first time I lost a deal because of that policy, the sales manager showed me the NADA book after the dejected customer skulked off the lot.
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