1983 Oldsmobile 98 Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 5.0 Litre 307 4bbl from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 Litre 307 4bbl Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired77314 miles
Most recent distance197887 miles
Previous carOldsmobile 71 Mercury Montego

Summary:

Best Car I've Ever Owned

Faults:

Replaced transmission @ 80k.

Repainted twice in 10 years.

Replaced starter, alternator, water pump.

Minor electrical problems.

Replaced timing chain when the car mysteriously died on the Garden State parkway.

Recharged A/C.

Spring-assisted shocks in front & rear to reduce sagging suspension.

Routine maintenance and upkeep helped keep this car running great.

Only major concern: started to burn oil @ 190k miles & there was blow-by in the crankcase. Mechanic told me it needed piston rings, so I got rid of the car.

General Comments:

The 98 rides like a sofa on wheels!

It is so quiet and comfortable. Big back seat too ;-)

Since the car was from Texas, not 1 spot of rust existed.

It handled nicely for a big car.

For 10 years, I loaded this car with hundreds of pounds of band equipment. It proved reliable as the sun.

I gave this car TLC and it treated me well for 10 years, thank you very much! I cried to see it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 305 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles

Summary:

A beast

Faults:

Just a few fuses needed to be replaced, and the panel lights need to be replaced.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and it is a great one. The only problem is that the vacuum lines had to be replaced due to being stored for upwards of 7 months.

I am the third owner and am not going to sell it for any amount of money. This car is going to become a show car very soon.

The 305 pumps out enough power to smoke the tires with ease. And it also has good pick up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2004

1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 350 V8 Rocket from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350 V8 Rocket Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57800 miles
Most recent distance57951 miles

Summary:

Big, strong, and virtually indestructible. A true classic!

Faults:

A/C doesn't work (not a big issue since I live in Michigan)

Drivers seat fabric worn out.

Sunroof doesn't work.

Clock on dash doesn't work.

Minor front suspension problems, which need to be fixed in near future.

Idles rough until it is warmed up, but runs great after 10 minutes.

General Comments:

I purchased this car about 2 weeks ago as a winter beater to drive while I store my 98 Grand Prix GTP for the winter. The person selling it had saved all the repair receipts for the past 13 years, and stated it had an Olds 350 rocket engine installed in 1993. The guy was not asking a lot for the car, and was desperate to sell it fast because he was moving to California in a week, so I went ahead and purchased it, after I offered him cash that day for it.

Once I got the car home, and took a more thorough look at it, I noticed the rust on the body was only on the surface and hadn't rusted through at all.

I also installed an older CD deck (he removed his stereo from the car before he sold it) and was pleasantly surprised with the sound the speakers put out.

What I want to look for now is a motor for the power moon roof, and get that fixed, and I will have a pretty sweet ride! Some minor body work will vastly improve the value of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2003

4th Oct 2011, 23:01

In my opinion that Olds should be stored and not that GTP...

1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brhm. 307 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 307 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance144000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile 98

Summary:

A great running car

Faults:

Great Engine

Some Rust on Back Fender

Clock doesn't work

Replaced Radiator

Seats a little Worn.

General Comments:

This is One of the Best Cars I ever driven, I plan to keep it for a long time. The dealer told me to hold on to it, because it will be worth more money later.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th September, 2003

1983 Oldsmobile 98 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Summary:

Big, comfortable, and a great first car

Faults:

Driver's side window went down, but not back up.

Automatic locks randomly stopped working.

Burned a little oil.

General Comments:

This was my first car, and I must say, it was a great one. My grandpa gave it to me when I got my driver's license and he had taken good care of it. It had low miles (can't quite remember what though) and the body and interior were in great shape. The car ran great.

In the morning it had some trouble starting and would shake a little while idling for about 10 minutes.

The handling was great, except in the rain.

This was definitely one big car. Nobody got in my way. It was worth the extra money in gas just for that.

The reason I'm giving it such a low performance rating is because for a V8, it didn't have a lot of pick up. It was obviously a heavy car, but it took a while to get it to freeway speeds.

It was also very comfortable. I almost never wanted to leave the car when I reached my destination just because the seat was so comfortable.

Due to the fact that the handling was bad in the rain, I unfortunately lost control and crashed into the center divider and ended up facing traffic in the left lane. But I walked away from it because it was such a big car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 18 reviews