1989 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham 3.8 from North America


With great cars like this, why must Olds go?


The Electronic Climate Control and factory CD player displays flicker inadvertently together, but not all the time. The car runs hot in the summer, cold in the winter. This car has gone through 3 computers.

General Comments:

I love this car. It was handed down to me from my parents. I remember when we brought it home new. It has been reliable and has always had great gas mileage. Ricers beware when I am on the prowl in this car!

Wish I could figure out why the displays on the climate control and the CD player flicker...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

23rd Apr 2004, 14:18

I am hearing impaired. I love my 1989 olds 98 regency brougham. I am still driving and it runs very smooth. there is one problem with yellow light on for a long time, "engine service soon" people tells me not to worry about it.

Is it safe to drive on a long trip.

I had my car check everything like oil, transmission, etc. all are good.

25th Jun 2010, 16:13

If the lights flicker together like that, I would look for a faulty ground. Since the lights work and it is intermittent, it sounds like what they call a floating ground. Meaning the ground makes connection and loses connection. Not knowing when it happens, it's hard to guess. If it only happens while driving, that would be my guess; try tapping the dash when sitting still to see if it flickers; if it does, that's it.

1989 Oldsmobile 98 Royale 3.8 V6 from North America


A low cost reliable car


The alternator went out at about 150000 miles.

The AC compressor had to be replaced at 150000 miles and the blower was replaced at 162000 miles.

General Comments:

The car is in excellent condition for being 13 years old. It still rides as smooth as the day I got it, even up to 85 MPH.

I still get 27-28 MPG on the highway and 24 MPG overall combined city/highway. This is an excellent car. I've put little money into it and gotten so much out of it. With normal oil changes and maintenance, this car will run for over 250,000 miles easily! Excellent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2002

17th Jun 2003, 10:36

I got 370k out of my 89 Olds 98, before I traded it in. The car still runs today. Hold on to yours, it is a very good car.

13th Dec 2003, 18:32

My 89 Touring Sedan gave me 289,000 miles of flawless driving. The only reason I don't have the car any longer is I, not my car, had a senior moment and I demolished it while backing into my garage. The car won, the kitchen lost.

1989 Oldsmobile 98 regency 3.8 V6 from North America


The car is a steal of a deal the chicks dig it and love the back seat


The air conditioner on the car went out and the brake cable broke causing the brakes to fail. The window go up very slow. The back seat is wearing quickly if you know what I mean.

General Comments:

I love the panel information system.

I love how comfortable the back seat is.

However the seats are still wore badly in the back seat.

Has a lot of trunk space for you know those special things in life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2002

1989 Oldsmobile 98 Touring Sedan 3.8 V6 from North America


Superb comfort, sufficient power, cheap luxury!


The thermostat was stuck open so the engine would not heat up properly.

The alternator died about two months after I bought it.

General Comments:

This is a fine example of what Oldsmobile should have done with their automobiles.

The seats are the most comfortable I have ever been in.

My wife was in a car accident and this is the only car that she can ride in and drive comfortably. And it doesn't make us look like we're terribly old, as a typical Oldsmobile does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2002

28th Jul 2004, 12:03

I completely agree. And I believe that this version of the ninety eight was a high point in Olds engineering. It had luxury, reliability, was big without being too big (Roughly the size of a Chevy Lumina) plus great fuel economy and excellent performance. All of this without sacrificing style and prestige. Dropping the Ninety Eight model in 1996 (after 55 years), and going for a more "import" type flavor, in my opinion was a part of what led to the unfortunate demise of Oldsmobile.

5th Oct 2005, 20:22

I agree that the 1989 Touring Sedan is one of the best luxury cars ever produced by GM. I still have mine and love it. It is a special black executive model (with blacked out chrome) and gets more looks than any Cadillac. The entire layout is one of the best I've ever seen and I only wish GM had taken this car to new heights, instead of terminating the brand. My '89 will be a collector's car soon as there were not many made and few survive. I am amazed that all the electronics still work great! I finally bought a new 2001 Cadillac Deville Touring Sedan, which was the closest model available (to my 1989 Touring Sedan). It is nice, but still lacks in comparison.

2nd Mar 2006, 12:46

I'm 17 I have had this car for 3 years and it is a awsome car. if it had a little more power it would be nice. the only other thing is it understears at high speeds.

23rd May 2007, 20:59

Our family owns one and it's been great. 190,000 miles and still running. Two transmissions, but otherwise been great.

1989 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham 231ci. 3800 V-6 from North America


A great luxury performance oriented reliable car


The only thing is the blower motor which I replaced by myself for only $40.00 a week after I bought the car.

General Comments:

The air shocks make for a very smooth gliding airy ride. It's so smooth you feel as if your car is floating. It feels like driving a luxury Cadillac.

This car also has some serious power and is very reliable. It's my favorite car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2001

12th Jul 2001, 19:21

I agree. I had a 90 Olds Regency for 4 years. The 3.8 V6 is pretty fast. I sold it just because I was moving. It was running great with 199,900 miles. The only problem I can think of is the blower motor module got stuck in the ON position. It was a $90 part. I never fixed it. But, the engine and tranny were giving me absolutely no signs of getting old. Very reliable car.

9th Jun 2006, 23:29

I have a 1989 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham, that has 2 problems:

1, the trans won't stop leaking

2. The a/c doesn't work.

Not bad for 333,400 miles I would say.

30th Jun 2015, 11:35

I also have a 1989 Olds Regency with 264,xxx miles on it. It needs a transmission, shocks, and tune up. It's just parked in the garage. The 3800 runs strong, don't want to mess it up, all the lights work except for the ones outside the car. The light under the hood works, heat works, no A/C so far, haven't tried. I really would like some help, though I like the vehicle.