1979 Oldsmobile 98 Reviews

1979 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 403 Olds from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 403 Olds Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Very reliable and cheap to fix

Faults:

Drivers seat power drive fell apart.

Heater core went.

Starter.

HEI module needed replacement.

Ignition switch went, wired in remote start switch.

General Comments:

I bought this car for its huge trunk as I do constuction, and it has lots of room.

Other than the faults I have listed, it has been a great car. The 403 had lots of power.

Great in the snow once I added actual snow tires for the winters in B.C.

A very solid car; I feel very safe in it as other new cars are made out of mostly plastic.

It now is leaking massive oil and smoking clouds; time to take it off road.

Pu.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2007

28th Jul 2007, 14:34

"Lots of power. great in the snow once I added actual."

- Actual what? What on Earth are you talking about?

1979 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 403 cui V8 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 403 cui V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

Luxurious and reliable battleship

Faults:

Note: all breakdowns are the result of poor maintenance by previous owner...

Rear breaks were gone.

Help steering arm was loose.

All four shock absorbers were gone.

Airconditioner malfunction.

General Comments:

Reliable, comfortable and safe cruiser.

What a great engine! Smooth, but strong.

In comparison with a modern European car this full size American navigates something like a boat on freeways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2003

26th Jan 2006, 06:29

The 1979 Olds 98 Regency is not top of the line car from GM, but it was very nice luxury car. Rides like a cadillac.

3rd Feb 2011, 12:24

An Olds 98 with 100k is VERY far from worn out. With modern oils and maintenance they go three times that distance.

I live in Sweden and drove a 22 year old 79 for two years as a daily driver. It had well over 200k and cruised at 100 MPH effortlessly and apart from some spots, it looked great too!

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews