1995 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8 V6 from North America
Very reliable and safe family sedan
Nothing serous yet. A small problem with the fuel gauge and no A/C.
I bought this car used from a girl who inherited it from her late Grandmother, who bought it new and took good care of it. The girl never drove it and only registered it, then sold it to me, so even though I am the 3rd owner, it's like I am the 2nd owner that has driven it.
I bought it in February of 2014. I guess I have not had it long enough to make a legitimate comment, as I have driven it only 3000 miles so far, but here it is anyway.
So far the car is running well. It has the 3.8 V6 engine, which at times refuses to start. It will turn over, but no start. I was told by my mechanic that it was an air intake that was sticking on it, as when I open the hood and slam it, it will start after that. I guess the slamming knocks something loose.
The gas gauge does work and shows actual fuel levels, but when I turn the ignition to start the car, the needle will shoot all the way over counter clockwise past the F (Full) mark, and then rest back where it should. I don't know if this is a common problem with this car, I haven't read anything about it online.
The A/C doesn't seem to be working. I don't think the pump is coming on.
But other than that, it does run very well and has new tires and brakes on it. OH, and the greatest thing is, I paid only $800.00 for it. It is a clean car inside and out, and although these cars don't hold much resale value, I still think I got a heck of a deal for $800.00.
I have found that with many cars, be it American or foreign, as I have owned many of both, a car will serve you better if you don't beat the hell out of it and do the maintenance on time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2014