1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Reviews from North America

1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 3.8

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76688 miles
Most recent distance78254 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 300E

Summary:

With mileage and condition, it equals a $15k 3 year old car

Faults:

Replaced electric trunk release motor.

Replaced shocks, struts and brakes.

Replaced many gaskets, belts and hoses due to the car being stored for 10 years.

Replaced exhaust pipes.

Factory mag wheels are corroded.

General Comments:

This car is a beauty (except the wheels) with only 78k miles, and looks and drives as good as my 1990 Mercedes 300E!

Passed smog at 100%.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2013

1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Sedan 3.8

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Distance when acquired274000 miles
Most recent distance303000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

Great value in an Oldsmobile

Faults:

Power windows are slow.

Leaked oil, transmission fluid, coolant.

No heat or air.

Cassette player never worked.

Door panels were falling off.

Headliner was falling down.

Replaced starter at 282,000 miles, 195.00.

Front ball joints were about to fall out; had to replace at a cost of around 285.00.

Front and rear brakes at 280,000 miles.

Leaked brake fluid.

Body was a little rough, because the car was wrecked at some point in time, and poorly repaired.

Windshield leaked as well as the door seals.

Replaced coil pack; 45.00.

One wheel hub 50.00, and rear ball joint 10.00.

General Comments:

I paid $550 for this car, and drove it for over a year. It would always run and drive anywhere I wanted it to. Wish I had another one.

Very comfortable ride.

Roomy.

Reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2011

1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 3.8L

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance201600 miles

Summary:

They don't make them as reliable as this any more, sigh

Faults:

Cracked windshield (twice).

Broken grille.

Paint worn off top.

Trim falling off.

Alternator.

Water pump.

ECM.

Brake line failure.

CV boot.

Relay (for motor blower).

Hubcap fell off.

Starter motor.

Battery (twice).

Seat belt (driver's) failed.

Lights on dash out.

Cupholder broke (twice).

Power window motors dying.

Tripmeter runs backwards.

Service engine soon light.

Rear brake cylinder (twice).

Radio speakers failed (two of four).

Power antenna rusted out.

Rear door lock failure, hood lifts, and a few more items I can't remember off the top of my head.

General Comments:

Very reliable and comfortable car. Drives well. Lots of power.

Did I say reliable? Yes, dependable. And great mileage.

Body ages poorly over time. But mechanically sound. Easy to fix and cheap to fix when a failure does occur.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2008

1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royal 3.8

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired161000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

I virtually destroyed the car and it ran like a champ… LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! this car

Faults:

Transmission slipped some at the end (only slightly noticeable)

Replaced alternator.

Replaced water pump.

Air-conditioner gave up around 215,000 miles.

The only real problem that I had with this car is that it rusted to the point that it was undriveable... because I lived in Northern Iowa where Salt is on the roads and ate away at the car including I had three car accidents...

1. A deer that dented in the hood and broke the emblem out on the front... still worked so I drove it like it was.

2. I was rear-ended... huge dent in the bummer... car still had no 'real' structural damage... still drove it.

3. Side-swiped... major damaged from front quarter-panel to rear-quarter panel on the passenger side... it made it harder to open the doors, but it was still drive-able.

I drove it at least 40,000 miles with all this damage and the car ran great with little to no problems and it still had a great ride.

General Comments:

I bought the car for $500 dollars from a couple who had it sitting in their yard for about 2 years not moved. I did a quick tune-up and drove it about 500 miles a week from city to interstate to dirt/gravel roads.

It had a fantastic ride, roomy car, good power, great fuel efficiency, kept up on regular maintenance and had few issues.

Even in car accidents the car held up really well.

I virtually destroyed the car and it ran like a champ… LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! this car and would buy another if they were still making them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2008

Average review marks: 9.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews