1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham 307 small block from North America
Great car if you take care of her
Power antenna broke at 108,440.
Front bumper shock absorber leaked at 109,000.
Power steering fluid leak at 109,000.
Failed emissions test for NOx at 109,100.
The thm200 transmission started slipping at 109,200. Fixed myself - broken downshift/upshift cable.
Exhaust manifold developed a hole at 109,400.
Starter motor went at 109,440.
I bought the car in April on 2008 for 550. It's great first starter car.
I finally put the car on the road on 9/6/08, and only 20 days and it's getting all these problems.
The car's very reliable when there are no problems. I can tell that the car wasn't always maintained when it was supposed to. Someone let the car get up to 6,000 miles before an oil change from 102,000 to 108,000. As soon as I got it I changed the oil.
Before the starter and manifold and other problems arose, the car was amazing, and still is.
She's in the shop right now getting a new starter, and the new exhaust comes next week.
It's a great car if you take care of maintenance and keep her clean. She has plenty of power and only has 148 hp stock and 255 ft. torque. She'll still pick up and go. Brakes stop on a dime.
If you have one, I suggest replacing the stock thm200 transmission. It goes real quick behind this V8. Get a thm350 or 200-4r. You can tell the difference; on the 200 and 200-4r the trans oil pan has the words metric and something else stamped on it.
Overall a great car; if you tune her up and keep up with oil changes, she'll last forever.
I know she can go past 85. I beat a newer VW Jetta with this boat. If you're lucky to have the velour seats, you're living in luxury city.
Very safe in accidents. I was rear ended by a mid 90's Oldsmobile and I didn't even feel it. Her front end was almost totaled - my car had not a scratch, except the bumper got pushed in an inch or so
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2008
3rd Oct 2008, 16:34
Fantastic cars. Great advice about the replacing the transmission with a 'turbo 350'. I wonder if anyone who has done so can mention what it cost? I have heard it could be just a few hundred dollars with a junkyard transmission.
22nd Dec 2016, 11:56
Sounds like you know your Olds'. You know where I can get a power driver's seat transmission? I found one about a year ago, but it was $350!!
84 Royale Brougham.