9th Sep 2007, 21:59
I had a 1987 Delta 88, and it was the most amazing car I've ever driven. It had the most comfortable seats, and ran like new, despite the fact that it was twenty years old and had 120,000 miles on it. Unfortunately I got hit by a teenager who ran a stop sign last February, insurance wouldn't pay, and the cost of repair was higher than the value of the car, so I sold it to a salvage yard. Honestly, I now really regret that decision, and if I had to do it again, I would just shell out the cash to get it repaired. The Delta 88 was one of the greatest cars ever made. It's just too bad they stopped making them.
31st Jan 2009, 11:19
Are you sure it's 150hp? Cause it feels like a lot more if you floor it... that thing goes from quiet to screaming... (engine...) what I don't get is tons of websites say it has a turbo charger and even the owner's manual does, but I can't find it under the hood... but it definitely feels like more than 150hp under the hood.
Note: this IS a 1987 Delta 88 Royal Brougham, and is in great condition except some body damage... like it looks like someone plowed a trailer hitch along the passenger side doors, but that's all.
2nd Jun 2009, 21:27
Hello. Good to hear people still taking care of these wonderful cars! My dad had one when I was very young and I cannot find one like it to save my life. It did have the Digital cluster but it also had the alloy (mesh style) wheels. The "FE3" suspension package, "FE3" badge on the trunk. Also, instead of various chimes for warning messages it actually had a voice that would speak the warning message. Things like, "The Parking brake is not fully released." If you left the Parking Braking On. Or, " *ding* *ding* *ding*...The Headlights are on." If you left the headlights on after turning the car off. I've have scoured the Internet and used car lots for another like this and I cannot find one. If anyone knows of one anywhere that has these options please email me... firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Jul 2009, 21:18
I have owned a 1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham for almost a year now. This car has acquired quite a few thousand miles since I've had it. It has over 190,000 miles on it. I DO like this car, but it needs quite a bit of work, and as I'm already attached to this car, I'm not sure what I want to do with it. It's also my first car (I'm only 16). I'm slighty interested in restoring this car, but I remain unconvinced that it's worth it, even though it's a good car. Tranny needs servicing, and then engine may need an overhaul. If you have any comments, etc., please contact me via e-mail at email@example.com. I will save this car if I can be convinced that it's worth it.
27th Jul 2009, 08:20
It's cool that some people are still interested and even driving this car still. As a matter of fact, my first car was an '86 Olds Delta 88, (before they talked and went electronic). I got it when I was 17, I'm 29 now. I gave it to my brother when I got a newer car. He didn't take care of it and blew a head gasket in the engine. It's been a junk heap at my mom's house ever since, but I always had the desire to fix it up and cruise it again.
It was never in the greatest condition when I got it anyways; the paint was oxidized badly and it had maybe 150,000 miles on it. By the time it broke down it had 181,000. I recently towed it over to my house in another town from my mom's and I am going to restore it! I have the money to do it now. I figure overall it's going to cost me 3-4k to get it looking cool and running great. However, that is only because I'm going to repaint it, put low pro tires and probably 20" rims, plus a new or low mileage engine in it. All that is pretty expensive, but I thinks it's worth it in terms of "sentimental" value. In terms of dollar value, worth, or resale value, it's totally not worth it, but of course that's not what I'm doing it for.
My reasons to rebuild/restore are memory driven, because it was my first car, bought more than 12 years ago. It reminds me of good times when I was just out of high school and had just got my license. Plus, it is a worthy car to be restored. If it was some unpopular car, then who would care, I wouldn't... but it's an Oldsmobile Delta 88! These cars have 80's fame written all over them. It was one of the preferred cars of its time, for teenagers especially, so roomy, affordable, and comfortable, with a crazy smooth ride like a Cadillac. And I experienced all of that when I had her running.
On my Myspace I included a pic of the car model I have, it's not my car though, but I superimposed some cool rims and tires on it and tinted the windows. It is what I hope my car looks like soon. The pic is on www.myspace.com/clayrock. To look at this pic is a great motivator for me. Well, thanks for letting me share my little story of my '86 Olds with you.
Thanks for listening,
9th Jan 2011, 13:41
1987 Delta 88 Brougham.
I have one. I rebuilt it frame up. I love this car. I get 27 mpg. I have recently repainted it.
My first problem when I found this car was the timing chain and gear. I put a steel one in. Very important.
Since it ran so great, I decided to do the complete restoration. It is an Arizona car. Absolutely no rust.
I have replaced, the A/C, alternator, catalytic converter, motor mounts for vibration suppression, tires, battery, all engine gaskets, I don't like leaks, most important was the intake gaskets. New tires, brakes, remodeled the interior, on and on.
I am a fanatic, and I put 7 thousand into it. It's showroom. Guess what? Try to find a new car that gets 27 mpg for 7 thousand with the quality of an Olds. Not to mention what it costs for yearly registration, insurance rates, etc. My registration for this new-used car is 28 dollars a year. Insurance is full coverage at 50 dollars a month, bumper to bumper, with 250 bucks deductible.
One main thing. Oldsmobile Royale totally says it all. It is a Royal ride and comfort. I drive at least 10 thousand miles a year in it, and I use it on my long excursions on the highway. It's a 1987 Delta 88 Royale Brougham. This baby loves 88 miles per hour. Just set the cruise. And I do that speed out here in Arizona, because you can. I have been pulled over in Texas on my way to Florida last year. Speed limit is 80 on Interstate 10. No ticket. The officer just wanted to look at it. So if anyone is interested in building a used car to last, and be high quality ride, this is your best bet. It is a poor man's Cadillac. I am glad I am poor.
26th Dec 2011, 17:21
Yes, I also own 1986 Delta 88 Oldsmobile that was hit by another driver, and the insurance told me the same thing. So the insurance paid me for damage, and I bought the car from them for salvage.
Oldsmobile stopped making them. Also, if it's a 2 door like mine, it's worth 7,000.00 because they only made so many 2 doors.
Can you tell me what salvage yard it's at? I could use some parts.
22nd Jan 2012, 16:18
1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88 2 Door F3 System.
From what we were told by GM, only ~200 of these 1987 2-doors were ever built.
6th Aug 2016, 13:07
It's worth it. Believe me, I own a 1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 4-door with the lucky 3.8 liter V-6 engine, and she is still running strong. Some tender love and care helps.
I had this car with me since I was 11 years old, and at first I hated it. But eventually I loved it, because automotive industries had grown corrupt by the time they stopped making Oldsmobile, and for a good reason.