8th Jul 2001, 23:15

I recently purchased as my first car a vehicle of this type. A monster that I call the 'Land Yacht'. In cherry condition I am looking to recondition it to its stock form if I can within the next few years, but its been a good car in the time I've had it, and I absolutely love the sound of it starting. Even in lower Michigan the sound of that engine grasping out the 350 V8 brings out enough power that my dad's new GMC Jimmy can't match, not to mention the size and stock radio which gets more power through it. I only hope mine lasts as long as my Grandmother's old Cutlass Supreme had. Otherwise, rock on!

13th Oct 2001, 14:30

I am 17 and I want one so bad. I have researching them and I think they are great. And American V-8's are the best.

21st Nov 2002, 10:46

I just picked up an '82 Olds 98 4 door. The car was sitting in an impound yard. It has some problems, mainly the starter seems shot, it needs an alignment/front end work, according to the temp light it runs a bit hot sometimes, and the impound yard only had an ignition key for it. But all in all, not bad for only $225. The motor and trans are fine, the interior is in good shape, and the car is straight and has only minimal surface rust. It has potential.

6th Feb 2003, 21:23

Hi, this is Mike. I currently own 2 Oldsmobile 98's. One 1982 which I am driving now and another 1983 Olds 98 Regency Brougham that I received from my older sister on my 16th Birthday. It was a gift to her after my Great-grandparents passed and my grandmother inherited it. It is currently sitting under a tarp until this summer when I push the roof up an inch after it was rolled in an unfortunate tire blow-out. I replaced the factory 307 and 200R4 tranny with an Olds 350 and Turbo 350 tranny (the best GM transmission ever built other than the Turbo 400.) It will be back on the road again soon and I plan to keep my '82 as a spare.

22nd Jul 2003, 07:31

I own a 1978 Oldsmobile 98. Her name is Rosie and she is the greatest car I have ever owned. We replaced the quadrajet with an edelbrock and there are not many cars on the road who can keep up with us! Big, safe and comfortable, I wouldn't trade her for any of the new cars on the road today.

7th Sep 2004, 08:32

Hello to all.

My name is Todd and I live in Western N.Y. I own (2) 98-Regencys. My first one is a 1979 4-door. It only has 59,866 original miles with a 350 running this machine. I have owned it for about a month and I already love it. I was at the right place at the right time. I purchased it from the original owners for only $1,200 and EVERYTHING in this fine automobile works including A/C. It is dark blue with the powder blue vinyl top and matching pillowed cloth interior. Absolutely No-Rust.

My other Regency is an 1994. This cream puff NEVER saw a winter. I have the 17-series, Tru-spoke rims. Each rim has 50-spokes so it doesn't look like too many spokes on the rim. I also just mounted a set of Vogue tires on the rims. The color of this car is Black Cherry with matching leather seats. This car has EVERY option available in 1994 including a factory power roof. I have only 61,434 original miles on this one.

I drive a 1992 Olds 88 for my winter car. This has 192,000 miles and runs like a bear. Also pretty clean itself.

Any comments, please respond.

27th May 2005, 20:29

Nice to see that others own and appreciate the fine older Olds 98s. I have a 1966 98 LS 4-dr that is in good condition, and a great runner with 132,000 miles. It's a big heavy car, but gets up and goes!

Two years ago I was very fortunate to find and purchase a 1978 Olds 98 LS coupe from the original owner. The car had been garaged since new, with seatcovers since new, and had only 58,000 miles. The asking price was $1600, and I didn't even make a lower offer or hesitate! This car too is a nice performer, but due to the lower compression and smog equipment, it wouldn't stay with the '66. After replacing a few things with NOS parts, I'm ready for some serious detailing in July, to attend the Olds club national show in Seattle July 13-16.

Any Olds fans that can make it, should not miss that get together!

29th Sep 2014, 21:04


I'm considering purchasing a 1978 Oldsmobile 98 Regency with the 403 engine in it! I'm concerned about any potential problems that may occur, since I am not as familiar with this engine over the 350! Is there any reason why I shouldn't buy this model? Or is it just as reliable as any other Oldsmobile product?

30th Sep 2014, 21:28

A very reliable engine, though there was a concern that it tended to sometimes run hot due to the fact that there were no water jackets because of the larger cylinder bore. A quick fix for this is to take the guts out of the thermostat, or replace the radiator with a three core.