1987 Oldsmobile 98 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1987 Oldsmobile 98 Royale brougham 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance104500 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Cheap reliable transportation

Faults:

The power antenna has stopped working.

General Comments:

This is the second Olds that I have owned, the first being 1989 delta 88. This car compared to the 88 is pretty much one sided. I bought my car off ebay with 94k. I've put on 10k on it in three months. Every other weekend I make a 1000 mile round trip. That's what I bought this car for. It runs great and always starts. I average 28 mpg running 80 mph, and about 21 in the city.

Power is not so great, nothing compared to the 1988 and newer. pre-1988 model is rated at 150 hp, and post 1988 is 165 hp. It is very noticable, this car just does not have the torque to it. Off the line its not that fast, then it pulls pretty hard, then dies out at higher rpm. My only requirement for power is that it gets up to interstate speed on the onramp, its proven itself it can do that.

This car is an electrical nightmare. I have the all digital dash with is that tackiest gauges I have ever seen. This car also talks to you, at first I thought it was somewhat funny, now I absolute hate it. My computer has sensed that I have low brake pressure, so the guy talks and tells me I have low brake press and it goes on and on, about a 30 second message. At first I thought it was really funny, now I have my front left speaker unplugged so I don't have to listen to it. I tried to solve the problem by removing the fuse for the dash warning lights, but that resulted in the alternator not charging a bit, If you are having alternator troubles in these cars I would advise you of doing a fuse check, I take out one fuse and my car will start to surge, the stereo will die, you push the gas it does nothing, then the car eventually dies, all because one fuse is out. The alternators are very heavy duty, 108 amps works well to run my stereo.

All in all these cars are really great, I bought it just to put a lot of miles on. If you are thinking of buying one I would recommend buying a 1988 or newer, since they have much more power, and I would advise to stay away from the electronic dash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2003

1987 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance155555 miles
Previous carFord Ford escort

Summary:

A great performance car

Faults:

Alternator, spark plugs/wires, PVC valve, the serpentine belt, brake pad and passenger-side brake line, exhaust oxygen sensor, mass air flow sensor has been changed in chronological order.

The cassette player does not work. The power passenger seat does not work on one out of 3 axes of movement. There is an oil leak that I have to add a pint every 3-4 weeks.

The gas mileage in city is about 20 mpg.

General Comments:

It is a very reliable car and the engine still runs extremely smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2003

17th Sep 2007, 14:05

I also have problems with the power passenger side seat, and cassette player does not work in my Oldsmobile either.

4th Sep 2009, 22:07

Hey, in the interior fuse panel, can you tell me what fuse #15 IS, THANX.

6th Sep 2009, 20:57

It's for the power passenger side seat.

And the cassette player.

1987 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham 3.8 liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired219000 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

I am very satisfied with this car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I am from Hungary where having a car is luxury or if you have one, it is small with a smaller engine. Before I came over to the US I decided to buy here a big and really American car. I was looking for a car to go to work every day, for a reasonable price. This is how I ended up with my Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham.

It has memory seats, automatic air conditioning, power windows and everything that a car manufacturer could put into a car in 1987 as an extra. And inside it is just simply huge. When I bought this car it had 219 000 miles already, but despite this the transmission is almost perfect, as is the engine.

In December 2001 I spent 3 weeks in Hungary and my Oldsmobile was in the parking lot through the whole time. After 3 weeks in the winter weather the engine started immediately as I turned the ignition key.

The only thing I need to do with it, is to fill up the tank every week. It goes 22 miles with a gallon in city which is very good. On the highway it can go up to 25-27.

I can talk about my Oldsmobile 98 only in a positive way. But here I need to make one thing clear: I am taking at least as good care of this Oldsmobile as its previous owner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2002

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews