1979 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 403 Olds from North America


Very reliable and cheap to fix


Drivers seat power drive fell apart.

Heater core went.


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.


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


Luxurious and reliable battleship


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!