1988 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham 3.8 V6 from North America
There's no finer car for the money
I have owned this car since it was new, and the first significant "failure" came when I had over 387,000 miles on it. The transmission was replaced.
Other than that, this car is all original, as far as the drive train is concerned. Virtually everything else is original too. Very, very few problems, and when something does wear out, I have it replaced.
Electric door locks have been "sticky" from time to time; serviced several times.
This 3800 V-6 engine is the one Superman would have in his car, if he needed one. In 2003 I celebrated the 500,000 mile achievement with a trip around the country... well over 10,000 miles. Great mileage (30-35 on the highway). Made it to over 600,000 miles in 20 years of ownership. I still enjoy driving this car. It is extremely efficient and reliable. These days, however, I try to avoid salt, snow, and ice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th April, 2010
15th Apr 2010, 11:07
Hmmm. If GM had kept building cars like these, they might not have went bankrupt? These were some great cars, better than contemporary Hondas and Toyotas.
15th Apr 2010, 12:16
Wow! Any tips you can give us to making OUR cars last this long??
15th Apr 2010, 23:19
Amazing. When I was 17 I owned an '88 Delta 88 Royale with the 3800 motor & I loved it. My friend busted a window out in a fight and the harmonic balancer went out, (made the car loud as hell!) which I tried to fix, but screwed up the timing. I let the car get scrapped at about 165k, which is a shame.. all because I wanted my dad to buy me a big-body Olds.
Picked up an '85 Delta Royal Brougham, which is a whole nother story, but damn I had some good times in that first one!
I'd recommend ANY 1980's Oldsmobile, except those with the Quad 4 (Cutlass Calais to be exact).
21st Apr 2010, 20:21
If properly maintained, the original 3800 Buick V6 from 1988-1991 was and still is easily capable of 32 MPG highway. Same goes for the first fuel injected 3.8 liter Buick V6's from 1984-1986. These engines were available under the hood of a very wide range of GM cars at some point.
Today we have Toyotas with uncontrolled acceleration.
And Honda thinks it's big news that the Fit, a tiny, underpowered lightweight 4-cyl can achieve 33 MPG highway. I'd much rather ride in the reviewer's Olds any day.