1994 Oldsmobile 88 3.8 from North America
A true American car
Since I've owned it:
- Water pump started leaking.
- Idles rough when cold.
- Idles very high when in park, assuming it's a vacuum leak, but haven't been able to find it.
- Original air box was too restrictive, so that was replaced with a CAI. Made a huge difference.
- Shocks have worn out.
- Battery cables come loose every so often.
Previous owner replaced the transmission, alternator and starter.
As many problems as I've had with this car, I still love it. It's understandable that a car with over 200k miles is going to need work. I'm 18 and I'm not embarrassed by the fact that I drive an Oldsmobile. I love Olds and I was upset to see them go.
Sometimes when I drive my 88, it feels as though its half the size it really is. It doesn't seem as big as it really is. I love the big, roomy cabin. It has plenty of room to haul your friends or large objects, or stretch out and take a nap. If I could, I would live out of this car, its just that big!
After installing the CAI, the acceleration is much quicker. I enjoy wiping the smiles off those ricers faces when they see a big beige Oldsmobile fly past them! The one thing that I don't like about the 88 is the front wheel drive. I would've much preferred it to have rear wheel drive, and possibly a bigger engine in order to compete with other full size cars. (I.E. Crown Victoria, Caprice) If I could find another 88 with fewer miles, I would definitely buy it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2008