1978 Oldsmobile 98 Reviews

1978 Oldsmobile 98 4 Door Regency from North America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile 98

Summary:

Totally restored, this is a stately, luxurious car with a smooth silent, powerful ride. I love it

Faults:

Manual Remote Side Mirror Mechanism.

Right Hand Back door Power window motor died at 20,000 km.

Cruise Control Mechanism Failed.

Shocks, Struts Springs - old age failure.

Radiator rusted through from lack of use.

Muffler and exhaust system - old age failure.

General Comments:

Bought new by my Father in 1978 new. Car was seldom used after his death in 1983. Car remained mostly in garage. Old age and lack of use were the real problems.

2005 had car completely restored and new paint job. Original interior in immaculate condition. A really handsome, stately car in very dark metallic green with clear coat. Powerful, smooth ride. Very quiet - Had all doora and hood and boot lids carefully realigned - better than originally installed. New polution-free air conditioning system installed.

While I personally drive BMW Z3, this magnificent classic car is a joy on the highway, with the ride of the big American cars of old. Had suspension replaced with a tighter feeling system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st May, 2005

1978 Oldsmobile 98 LS 6.6L gas from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6.6L gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile 98

Summary:

It may be your father's Oldsmobile, but oh what a feeling

Faults:

Note - These are all the repaired items from 84,000 miles to 210,000 (and still kicking)

At 126,000 - radiator, timing chain set, master cylinder, rear wheel cylinders.

Idler arm and upper ball joints about 160,000.

Transmission re-build at 174,000.

Water pump.

Alternator at 150,000.

Starter at 140,000.

AC clutch at 150,000.

Rear end at 210,000.

General Comments:

I will miss this car when it finally does die, but I am not sure when that will be. I think the body will rust in half first and I like in Tennessee.

At 210,000 miles the engine is just as strong as it was at 84,000. The car was purchased by my father at 84,000 miles. He gave it to me at 126,000 because he had neglected it and did not want to fix it anymore. I gave it the TLC it needed and proceeded to drive the wheels off.

All of the repairs I listed are pretty typical of ANY car and are VERY reasonable when you consider the mileage figures they occurred at.

The thing starts and runs no matter what the conditions are and I have never been afraid to take it on long trips.

The best part - 403 cubes of V8 power. It sucks down the gas, but moves pretty good for a boat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2004

27th Mar 2005, 21:08

The Olds 403 was a destroked version of their 455 which was discontinued in '77 (which is just as well as it was watered down quiet a bit- 400hp in top form in '68, 215hp in '76)

9th Feb 2009, 10:17

You are all wrong, the 403 was made from a 403 block. Plans to use the 350s and 455s were ruled out because of all the problems they had.

1978 Oldsmobile 98 LS 350 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 350 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance85789 miles

Summary:

The best Oldsmobile ever!!

Faults:

Since March of 2000 when I got the car, the brakes twice, one new master cylinder and pads, then the brake line.

No heat or AC, no horn.

Choke holds broke.

All are fixed now.

General Comments:

My uncle owned the car before he gave it to me for free. When I used to see it, I would make fun of it and say what a piece of junk it was. Then my uncle got a Cadillac Fleetwood and said I could have it.

From the minute I got into the driver's seat I was in love. The seats are so comfortable, the gas pedel is so huge, which is nice since I'm tall and have a size 13 foot. It has power windows and power driver's mirror and power front bench seat.

I have an AM/FM radio, I plan on installing a new system in it soon. I'm also planning on restoring it, I took two years of auto body training and can do most of the work myself.

I just refer to the car to friends, family and people on the street, as THE BOAT. It's brown with a light yellow top. I love THE BOAT and plan on keeping it as my car for years to come. I'm 18, most kids my age love Civics, Accords, Integras, etc... I love good 'ol fashioned American V8 machines from the past.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2000

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews