1984 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 350 gasoline from North America
A very good clean riding car
Oil Leak- I had to tighten my valve covers when I first got it.
Seats are original as is every thing else on the car, but they are starting to dry rot.
The rag-top roof needs replaced (not enough money yet) and the paint needs re-done.
Break Booster- like $80.00 used from junkyard installed self. (very expensive if bought brand new like $160)
Transmission seems to slip it's at 87,000 original miles.
Windows come of track sometimes.
I have mainly had to maintain normal wear and tear. Best car I have ever had!
My only complaint is it eats through gas like a rat through wood.
I have never had a single problem getting it so start.
Doesn't have the pick up and go from the start, but once it hits 30 m.p.h it takes off.
And it has lots, and lots of room for us big people.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st October, 2003
14th Oct 2004, 05:29
I haven't had a problem with mine taking off from the start. He must be just plan fat dude.
3rd Aug 2011, 08:04
I purchased a used forest green, 1984 Oldsmobile 98RB with 70K miles on it. I ran it for another 200K miles, then me and a friend changed the timing belt. Ran it for another 50K, and gave it to another friend when it had well over 300k miles, and to my knowledge it is still running.
I changed the oil every 3000 miles; one time I brought it to a mechanic to change the valve cover seals, and they did such a bad job I had to replace the seals/gaskets myself. The point being, you could work on this vehicle yourself with a little common sense and time.
Great, great, great vehicle... they really don't make them like this anymore. What a shame. Chris.
29th Dec 2015, 23:09
I own a 1984 Olds 98 Regency sedan with the 307 motor, and I really have to say that performance is really not all that bad. Sure it won't keep up with the modern cars or its older, more powerful predecessors, but I found the car's performance to be adequate nonetheless, especially on the highway.
31st Dec 2015, 13:34
Timing chain - it's a timing chain in this car, like all American cars in the good old days. Timing chains last a long time. In fact it's common for them to outlast the car. It's these terrible newer cars which had a timing belt, thus needing replacement or breaking every 50,000 miles or so, & sometimes destroying the delicate, poorly designed engines.
12th Jan 2016, 23:13
That's because the timing belts weren't all that reliable and people started complaining about it.