My third Olds ('74 Cutlass, '66 Vista Cruiser, 1977 Delta 88). Every one a winner, baby!
What went wrong with this car? Let me count the ways.
Transmission (rebuilt twice).
Brakes (approx every 20K).
Tires (about every 35K).
Starter motor (100K).
Freeze plugs (90K).
Alternator (every 45K or so).
Water-pump (100k) and so on and so forth... you get the general idea.
Did I love this car?
It cost me $1500 in 1989 with 60K on the engine.
I drove it for 100K and scrapped it for $500 under a California State buyback program for pre-1978 heavily polluting vehicles.
Damn, I loved that car. It was like driving your living-room couch down the freeway. It had some serious power under the hood too. Total respect driving that 20-year old jalopy round the hood.
Every-day was an adventure just driving that thing. Basically a reliable workhorse, but then-again, you just never knew what might go wrong with it. Always kept you on your toes. Drove a hard bargain, you might say.
Now I drive a 4-cylinder Toyota Camry with 100K trouble-free driving miles on it. Guess what? I'm totally miserable driving in this car, but that old Delta 88, now that was a car that had some serious personality!
C'est la vie! C'est la guerre!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th June, 2003