1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 3.8L V6 from North America
Lasts a long time, and will run hard and dependable for that long time
Transmittion started to slip about 200 miles ago, door panels are falling apart, "service engine soon" light constantly stays on, rust in the normal spots, muffler bit the dust 2000 miles ago, and today, the engine was making REALLY weird noises on the way to school, then on my way home, something blew. I abandoned it and got a ride home, and later tonight I'm having someone look at it.
I've read all the other posts, and it seems that everyone has their own thoughts, I agree for the most part with them all in general, good car with good performance, but just doesn't look that great. The guy who said everything goes out around 120,000 was right. I think with my car that was due to the oil not being changed for 20,000 miles. (moron who had the car before my family) I was hard on the car, really hard, and it held up really well, I took it mudding, down gravel roads that people said only a huge truck would make it down, I made it just find through mudding and the gravel road. When you get to know how to handle the car, in an empty parking lot, you can get it to spin around and do half shitties and be able to really move the car. I did illegal street racing with it, I beat a 99 grand prix, a 98 grand am, a 2001 Chevy s-10 and a 94 Ford Taurus SHO, so when I say the cars got some power, take my word for it, it does.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd May, 2002
6th Nov 2002, 22:41
I also own an 88 it is the best car I have ever had.
9th Feb 2003, 00:04
I am the guy who wrote the original post about this car. I have since determined the main factors as to why the engine gave way. When my family acquired the car, there was always a loud ticking in the engine. And to say ticking is even an understatement. First oil change that I had Penzoil give it, I think they put the wrong oil in. The Penzoil in my city has a great reputation of putting the wrong fluids in the wrong holes. The engine gave way 2 weeks after having it serviced there.
3rd Aug 2003, 19:59
1988 Delta 88.
We bought this car new in 11/87. There was one recall the steering would get stiff. We had that fixed. It was a silent recall and we ended up having to pay for it. Other than that the car has been a dream. It has it's original muffler and the engine has never given us a problem. I think we just lost the transmission at 296,000. miles, but after 17 years of service, with only minor repairs, I cannot complain at all. It has been a wonderful car. I will truly miss it. If you have an opportunity to purchase a 1988 delta 88 do it.