1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royal Brougham 307 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 307 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Hope to have her for another 20 years!

Faults:

A lot has gone wrong with the car. However they have been minor problems, the interior clock has never worked, there are some problems with oil leaks, transmission slips in second gear. Cruise control never worked, and the headliner is in need of replacement.

General Comments:

The car starts all the time. It rides extremely comfortably. I love driving it on the highway, and where I live everyone else owns BMW's, Benz, Porsche, and Lexus's, so everyone stays far away from me. I plan on having the tranny rebuilt, can't decide if I want to just rebuild or go high performance. As far as the engine I think I'll have the oil leaks fixed and plan on rebuilding engine in the future. Maybe a 350 or go all out and put in a 442. Have to think about it gas is expensive and this is my daily driver. I would like to do a crazy black/purple paint job too, just to much to list. As long as the car drives I'll just keep adding to it, she deserves all she can get. Hell she has been around for over 20 years and I just plain love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2004

1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Brougham Royale 307 cu. in 5.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 307 cu. in 5.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance149000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A high performance bargain

Faults:

The dash lights don't come on very often. The interior light only comes on when the passenger door is opened.

General Comments:

The car is amazing! I love it. An old lady owned it before me and it's been babied all it's life. The engine is really strong and the transmission is in beautiful shape considering it's age. It has tons of power and hits 140 km/h (82 mph) in no time, and just keeps on pulling! And it rides like a dream. I'm seriously going to keep this car for some time to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2004

1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 307 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 307 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Cheap, reliable comfort - and safe!

Faults:

Nothing every went wrong with the car while I owned it. It always had a very slight smell of gasoline, which was annoying. I have heard that this is common with the carburetor on the 307s.

General Comments:

This car was great. My mom has an '84 Delta 88 that she bought a few years ago with 19,000 miles. It has been a great car, so I bought this one for $1,500. I over payed a lot, but even so it was worth it for about two and a half years of trouble free driving. The car used a lot of gas, but was very comfortable. The air conditioning was colder than on any of my family's newer cars. Amazing condition and reliability for a car with so many miles. I love big cars, and these Olds/Buick/Cadillac-brougham types are the best of the lot. I've had a lot of Caprices, but these are better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2004

1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 royale V8 307 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V8 307 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired191000 miles
Most recent distance191400 miles

Summary:

A cheap car to cruise with

Faults:

I haven't had any problems with my car yet all that is wrong is the speedometer cluster light went out.

General Comments:

This car is my first, but from all of the ones I test drove they sucked. then I got it for 275 so that was cheap with its high mileage it still runs good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2004

1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 307 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 307 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance168300 miles

Summary:

If a car could be a ballplayer, it would be Cal Ripken Jr

Faults:

Head gasket blew in 107-degree weather around 130,000 miles.

Cloth seats wear quickly, and the headliner will need replacement after 150,000 miles.

Transmission needs overhaul after 165,000 miles.

Radio is weak, the AM/FM radio craps out after a little usage.

General Comments:

I bought this car as my first car in 1999 off an old lady that had kept the car garaged for five years, and I had to fix the radiator, compressor, and drive train, among other small things associated with repairing a car that had not run in several years.

After getting the car up, it has only gone down one time when the head gasket blew in 107-degree weather after a freeway commute. Other than that, the car has been flawless. It starts up whenever you need it, will go forever on the highway with its 22-gallon tank, and what it lacks in the safety features of today's small boxes, it more than makes up for in Detroit steel. Costs are incredibly low, the car can be diagnosed and fixed in a backyard, and all parts can be found at any ol' parts store for under fifty bucks. And unless your engine is over 160,000, it should only need oil changes, fluids, and new tires.

However, the car is by no means fast, in fact, I'm almost a danger on the highway. The engine, though a 5-liter, trades some performance for a little fuel economy. It can get around 22 if you drive conservatively, maybe 12 if you go fast. Its practical max speed is 85, after that you can literally watch the gas gauge drop. You'll spend tons on gas if you go far. But you'll be comfortable where you're going, the seats are couches and big enough to fit even the biggest people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2003

20th Nov 2013, 08:57

I too own a 1984 88 Brougham LS, all original, no rust, never winter driven, "a survivor". Now it has new brakes, tires and exhaust. Will definitely keep this beauty for a long time. Needs nothing now.

JS Ont., Can

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 39 reviews