1979 Oldsmobile 88 from North America


If you can find one in good shape, buy it


Cosmetic issues addressed from time to time.

A/C compressor has been the weakest component, having been replaced three or four times.

Otherwise, routine maintenance.

General Comments:

I review this car on this site about every five to seven years, just to let anyone interested know that I still own it, drive it daily, and it performs as well as it did the day it rolled off the assembly line.

It is very comfortable, has plenty of power (with no compression loss despite having over 100K miles on it), and keeps pace in either city traffic or on the highway.

It is a pleasure to drive on long trips (except for the gasoline costs, since the 350 engine likes gas, and it gets about 17 MPG on the highway, and less in town). Fortunately I now only drive about two to three thousand miles a year, so this car will take me to the end of the line (unless they outlaw internal combustion engines, or stop selling gasoline.)

Someone is always offering to buy it, and I politely refuse. I still love the style of the car, and its sturdy construction, and keep a fresh coat of wax on it to protect it, and fresh oil in the crankcase. It has served me faithfully for almost thirty years, and I intend to keep it for the rest of my life.

I remember an old friend, a car collector, who had a Pierce Arrow, and used to drive it up and down the Eastern seaboard, because he loved to drive it, and he loved talking to people about it when they approached him and asked him what it was.

Of course, Oldsmobile is no longer made, more's the pity, and the newer cars, while slick looking and filled with gadgets, are costly to buy, and expensive to maintain. And not as durable as those built in the 60's and 70's. It has lots of room for passengers and cargo, and a good radio. What more do you need?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2011

16th May 2011, 19:03

Sounds like a great car, and I am glad you are taking good care of it. They will never make comfortable, classy, elegant and reliable cars like this ever.

I have a pristine white on blue 1990 Caprice Brougham that I drive in the summer, it stays in dry storage all year.

I get offers to sell it wherever I go, but this car cannot be replaced and I will never sell it.

My daily driver is a 1986 Crown Victoria with a 351, lots of fun to drive as well. My work pays for gasoline, so gas mileage is not an issue either!

Keep enjoying your beautiful classic. It will outlast many of the newer cars on the road that are disposable and planned to be obsolete quickly.