1976 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 350 from North America

Summary:

Best 50 dollar car ever

Faults:

Needed spark plugs and a water pump!

Battery cables needed replacing from sitting!

Ignition switch needed replacing!

Power steering hose replaced due to dry rotting.

General Comments:

I bought this car for 50 dollars! A little work and she was road ready! Drove this car all over Florida! Handled well and drove like a dream. Drove from Tampa to Fort Meyers without any trouble. Daily driver; drove to work every day for a year

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2010

1976 Oldsmobile 88 Delta Royale Crown roof 350 V8 4BBL from North America

Summary:

It's part of the family - and we're not really car people!

Faults:

Virtually nothing other than things that you'd expect from a 32 year old car.

General Comments:

This car was old when I got it, and needed cosmetic work, but mechanically was A-1. So, I had the paint and bodywork done (original Metallic Lime with White padded half roof) and set off on a journey of eleven THOUSAND miles across the USA, all on two lane highways so I got to meet the locals and see what this country is really all about! The car performed flawlessly, except for some brake work in San Diego and a water pump in Jacksonville, Florida. Although it got only 9 mpg average (ugh!) it was comfortable and reliable. After leaving Cape Cod for a short side trip, I picked up my dad in Baltimore and we headed for Chicago to do Route 66. On 66, as we drove through Clinton, Oklahoma, we saw a dog playing on the road. She had no collar or tags, and after 4 attempts to find out who she belonged to, we put her in the car, and she has now been with me going on six years. Me, my dad, the dog, and the '76 Olds - the four musketeers! The car's now considered a family heirloom and is the star of every reunion. BEST CAR EVER!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2008

4th Apr 2008, 11:24

That's a really good story, cruising the US and State highways in an old car. I do the same thing with my '73 Dodge. I wonder why you only got 9 mpg. I would have expected low teens at the very minimum, even with hilly, curvy, inconsistent speeds on those old roads. Maybe you had some tune-up needs (spark plugs, air filter), or maybe a leaking or unhooked vacuum hose. Has the mileage improved?

4th Apr 2008, 19:01

9 MPG on the highway! That is 40 cents a mile for fuel alone! crazy!

10th Apr 2013, 09:13

Something's wrong for him to be getting that bad of mileage on the highway out of a Olds 350. These cars aren't good on gas, but 9 MPG on the highway for an engines that's not all that large is an indicator of a problem.

11th Apr 2013, 20:27

Something's wrong with that 350. Even a 455 can do better than 9 MPG on the road.