41k Genuine Miles: 1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

The original couple who owned this ’89 Custom Cruiser used it for hunting around estate sales, and in that time, they managed to accrue 26,000 miles. When the husband passed away, the car was stored in a climate-controlled garage until the wife also passed away. The current owner purchased the car from the estate 5-years-ago, and in that time, he has covered a further 15,000 miles. He has now decided to part with the car, so has listed it for sale here on eBay. This really smart looking wagon is located in Oceanside, California.

While the condition of the car is not perfect, it is very impressive. The paint has a nice shine to it, and the only real defect in the body is damage to the wood panel on the front passenger door. Some charming individual took it upon themselves to “key” the paneling. The damage hasn’t extended through the paint, but if you are seeking perfection, then this will need to be addressed. The owner appears to be a perfectionist and was very keen to address the only other obvious fault with the exterior of the car, which is the fact that the power antenna is now stuck in the up position. Replacement of the antenna would necessitate the removal of the fender, so he has chosen to leave it as it is.

The interior presentation of the Oldsmobile is also pretty good. The seats look to be in good condition, as does the rest of the interior trim. The wagon also features a third-row, and this also looks good. The owner has replaced the headliner and has also had the original radio modified to accept Bluetooth. The air conditioning has also been completely rebuilt to accept freon. The car comes with a few nice creature comforts, including power windows, power locks, tilt wheel, cruise control, a power driver’s seat, power tailgate, and a rear defogger.

There are no engine photos, but the engine is the 5.0-liter 4-BBL V8, backed by an automatic transmission. In his ongoing quest for perfection, the owner has had the carburetor rebuilt, and it will pass the California smog check. The brake booster has also been replaced. The owner doesn’t reveal how well the car runs or drives, but he does say that he has enjoyed owning the car for the last 5 years.

There is no denying that this Custom Cruiser is a nice original car that is in above average condition. The presentation of the car is very impressive, and it appears that there only a couple of minor faults that prevent the car from being perfect. The owner has set the opening bid for the Oldsmobile at $8,500, but at the time of writing, there have been no bids. What’s a car like this worth? Finding a good one for sale with similar equipment is difficult at present, but prices of around $6,000 seem to be quite indicative of the real value. Will someone pay the asking price for this particular car? I honestly don’t know, but these days there isn’t much that surprises me.

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  1. NotSure

    The asking price does seem optimistic but you can always reduce if the I-gotta-have-it-guy doesn’t come through for you. Good looking wagon!

  2. Jorge

    It’s worth whatever someone is willing to pay or what the seller feels is fair. This car should be in a GM museum. I would totally drive this with a more modern gm engine.

  3. Kenneth Carney

    Oh baby here’s what I like!! I’ve always liked wagons and this one is fabulous!!
    As always, I’m tapped out this month,
    and the next month, and everything
    thereafter as well. It would make a
    great daily driver the way it is. Just fix
    the Di-noc on the right front door and enjoy your almost-new ’89 Oldsmobile

  4. Gay Car Nut

    Nice looking car. I remember when cars like this were on the market. My parents never drove these, they preferred Toyotas and Nissans. But I knew parents at the time who did.

  5. Brian Weyeneth

    Tried and true Olds fan. This is a great wagon. Considering shipping costs, I might go $6500

  6. Bill Owens Bill Owens Staff

    I had a 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 LS. I went to church one Sunday, and when I turned the car off, the power antenna tried to lower and it just kept running. I disconnected the battery while in church. I took it to the Oldsmobile dealer to get repaired and it was going to be pricey, as you say, had to take the fender off. I got it in the up position and disconnected it. I think that is why some manufacturers put power antennas in the rear, so they will be easier to get to. I replaced one in my son’s 1995 Maxima once, it was very easy to get to in the trunk.

  7. jw454

    On this car, if I’m not mistaken, dropping the inner fender down is the proper way to get to the antenna motor. It doesn’t even need to come all the way out. Just remove the bolts at the firewall and a few at the wheel opening and go up behind it to reach the antenna motor. I’ve changed several in this manner.

  8. Mark

    Had the 1977 version of this wagon in the early 90’s. Smooth as silk and the kids loved it. From then on the wife’s vehicles were either an Astro, Safari or Odyssey……I would rather have a wagon like this over most of the SUV’S of today.

  9. Superdessucke

    Ha! They hosed the original purchaser (literally and figuratively) with rustproofing at $275 ($553 in adjusted dollars). People are wise to that now but for many years, that was a common low value added profit generator for dealers. That and pinstriping.

    • PatrickM

      I think undercoating is a must. But, years ago, my next door neighbor undercoated (rattle can) one of his vehicles, in his driveway. He got that stuff all over himself. LOL. Sure costs are high. Either at the dealer, shop or our own driveways. BTW, put down some ground cover, get a set of overalls and a sealed face mask. You’re gonna need it.

  10. RITON

    Very nice! Wonder what it will sell for…

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