Oldsmobile 88 Review from UK and Ireland

1987 Oldsmobile 88 Royale Brougham 3.8

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Custom Cruiser


The best all round American car I've owned


When I bought the car, the speedometer didn't work and it ran a bit rough. When I got it home (a 150 mile trip), it hardly ran at all. I replaced the plugs & plug wires, which completely cured the running problems. I also gave the car a complete service, & replaced the blown cruise control fuse, which fixed the speedometer!.

Since then the muffler blew on the way to a car show (embarrassing), but that is all that has failed since I bought the car.

There are some faults I still have to fix; the A/C doesn't work (not a big deal in the UK), the central locking and power windows are both slow, and the hood needs a new strut.

General Comments:

This car has both the best performance & gas mileage of any American car I have ever owned. The engine & transmission are wonderfully smooth, returning 30 mpg in normal use, and 22 mpg towing a caravan, which it does with no stability worries, & deals effortlessly with hills.

My girlfriend loves both driving & riding in it, loving the smooth ride & comfortable seats; the only car I've owned that beat it for ride & seat comfort was a 1982 Lincoln Mark 6.

The only gripe I have with the car, is that being a 2 door, parking it in typical tight English supermarket car parks, opening the doors wide enough to get in and out easily, can be a problem. But what the heck; I bought it to go to car shows (there is a thriving American car scene over here), and although it doesn't compare with the fins'n'chrome of the fifties or '60s muscle cars, I am very happy with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2010

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review