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Old July 3rd, 2008
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Oldsmobile 442?

Looking to buy one and i was wondering what is a good year and gas mileage. I personally like the 1970's. I am wondering if they have mechanical problems or anything like that?

Pretty much any info will be greatly appreciated.
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Old July 3rd, 2008
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The earlier ones had 7.2 Liter engines, or 442 Cubic inches. None of them will get great gas mileage. Don't expect anything from older cars.
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The earlier ones had 7.2 Liter engines, or 442 Cubic inches. None of them will get great gas mileage. Don't expect anything from older cars.
Sorry, No 442 had 442 Cubic inches (not from the factory anyway). In 1964 they had the 330. From 65-69 they had the 400 CI. From 70-71 they had the 7.5 Ltr or 455. A 455 was available up to 1976, in 77 the largest engine was a 403. In the 80's it was a 307. But there was never one with 442 CI.

I would buy a 442 from 73 and up. They are relitively cheaper than the 68-72's and they are starting to gain in popularity and you could still get a big block up to the mid 70's. No one ever bought a 442 for gas economy.

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The earlier ones had 7.2 Liter engines, or 442 Cubic inches. None of them will get great gas mileage. Don't expect anything from older cars.
lol.
442 stands for
4 speed
4 barrel
2 exhaust

not CI

just noticed 442much beat me by a mere month. foiled again.

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Sorry, No 442 had 442 Cubic inches (not from the factory anyway). In 1964 they had the 330. From 65-69 they had the 400 CI. From 70-71 they had the 7.5 Ltr or 455. A 455 was available up to 1976, in 77 the largest engine was a 403. In the 80's it was a 307. But there was never one with 442 CI.

I would buy a 442 from 73 and up. They are relitively cheaper than the 68-72's and they are starting to gain in popularity and you could still get a big block up to the mid 70's. No one ever bought a 442 for gas economy.
Well buyers may have thought "gas economy" when ordering a turnpike cruiser optioned 442.
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lol.
442 stands for
4 speed
4 barrel
2 exhaust

not CI

just noticed 442much beat me by a mere month. foiled again.
in fact, the 442 stood for 4 barrel, 4 speed dual, exhaust only in 1964. Starting in 65 with the inception of the 400 CI and automatics, it stood for 4-400ci, 4-4 barrel, 2-dual exhaust and has changed several times since.
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In FACT, it never did change after 1965. '65 was the last year that Oldsmobile offically defined what 442 meant. So make up whatever you think it stands for after '65, but there was never more from Oldsmobile.
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Well buyers may have thought "gas economy" when ordering a turnpike cruiser optioned 442.
This was not a best choice for gas economy. Smallest engine on the 442 model was 400 CID.
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In FACT, it never did change after 1965. '65 was the last year that Oldsmobile offically defined what 442 meant. So make up whatever you think it stands for after '65, but there was never more from Oldsmobile.
that may not be totally correct with changes in the 80's and 90's.
442 was redefined in the mid 80's 442 as 4 =4bbl carb, 4=200R4 trans and 2=dual exhaust. In the 90's it was redefined as 4=4cylinder quad 4 motor 4=valves per cylinder 2=camshafts. Granted I do not see any official GM documentation to this effect either way, only info seen over the years but if you have an official document from GM Olds division noting that after 65 the definition was never changed than if you could provide this it would put to rest others I have spoken to who have had this discussion. thanks in advance as this is the most recent info I came across which I have seen from others over the years.
http://www.outrightolds.com/oldsmobile442.shtml as you will note, they state the definitions came from Oldsmobile Factory Literature. I guess though they could be wrong.

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Talking VW Bus Kid

The decision all varies on what you are looking for in an older car. Are you seeking a collector, daily driver or a beater to fix up over time? If I had to do it all over again I would have purchased a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30.

The W-30 is pricey and getting difficult to find one that is a real (W-30) or one that is worth even restoring. Although, I like the body style of the 68, 69, 70 442's. If you are looking to buy one soon, you should consult one of us that can steer you in the right direction and also give you the proper advice on what to look for in a TRUE 442.

Remember! Anyone can slap some 442 emblems on a car and call it a 442, but look at the VIN and COWL Tag to verify the data is correct for what year and model you are considering to buy....

Any other question please feel free to ask.... Have a great day!!

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FYI! Do not take advice from Dirty Hairy - 442 stands for 442 Cubic inches...That is plain out silly!!!
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