1983 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royal Brougham 307 from North America
Excellent value especially if you like your cars big and American
When I bought it both motor mounts were broken. The engine rocked over and broke the oxygen sensor, the air pump and the air conditioner line. Repaired.
Speedometer has never worked. These cars use cruise control with a transducer. If the transducer freezes the end of the speedo cable running into it shears off. When this happens the cable from the transducer to the speedo head doesn't turn.
Fan clutch failed allowing engine to overheat around town. Repaired.
Headliner sagging. Adhesive holding material ages and lets gravity do its thing. Typical.
Tremendous value for $200 bucks.
Very comfortable car with velour bench seats.
Excellent acceleration for such a big beast. Performs and handles nicely.
Uses virtually no oil.
A bit gas thirsty.
I like the computer controlled carburetor. Excellent foul weather and cold start quality.
Very stable on freeways and fends off aggressive suv drivers neatly.
A bit big for city life, but very well mannered.
Excellent visibility with no blind spots. Side mirrors seem small though.
Box on box styling rather dated, but I don't really care what the neighbors say.
Have owned many Oldsmobile and all have been of high quality and reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th April, 2004
15th Apr 2004, 16:33
Wow if those miles are original that thing will be a sweet ride for many years to come.. very reliable and a smooth drive. Wish I still had mine..
20th Jan 2005, 15:09
I had 225,000 miles on my 83 Delta 88 Royale when I finally traded it in 1989. I never had any major problems with the car aside from typical replacements like tires, brake pads, etc. and the car ran as well the day I sold it as the day I bought it. A little TLC, a little Turtle Wax for the body, a little Armor All for the vinyl top... the car never failed to impress me.
11th Mar 2006, 07:16
I know what you mean, If you go to the states of Michigan and Indiana, Olds 88s and 98s go for 1000 dollars and less. I know where there is one for 400 dollars right now loaded (for that day) and has chrome rims on it. Good luck finding one.