This car has been ultra reliable.
I'd say nothing has ever really gone wrong with the car. The transmission was rebuilt by AAMCO after a 120,000 miles. There is minor rust around frame of one back door. And minor rust around the driver's side lock. But the rust is primarily surface rust.
Another reviewer described the 1984 Olds 98 like a traveling living room, and that is a great description. The seats in this car are velour and feel like you're sitting in a Laz-E-Boy recliner.
I've been told by more than one mechanic that all I have to do is change the oil every 3,000 miles and the this car will run indefinitely. One mechanic told me the body may rust and fall off, but the engine will run forever.
The car starts with a couple of pumps on the accelerator and a turn of the key. Yes, it costs a lot to fill the tank, especially now (1994), but gas mileage is about 17 mph city and 24 highway. It runs smooth, even after 197,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st October, 2004