Highway cursing? If I had to drive a 77 Olds 98 I would probably be cursing too. Cursing my lot in life.
That guy probably is content with his little Cavalier and can't handle the size of a vintage Olds. They are good cars, I own an '83 Bonneville and Caprice coupe.
I have a Delta 88 RB LS and she's a beast! None of you little cars can even see what that car could do... I am going to put some time into the sweet thing and we'll see who gets the girl!
These are the most comfortable cars ever made -- especially if they have velour seats.
Y'all can keep your "modern" FWD cars.
I wrote the post just above yours. I also own a Honda Prelude, which is nice and fast, and can dart back and forth like nobody's business.
But I were going to hop into a vehicle with a couple buds to drive across five states to a convention, it'd be a huge 1984 Olds 98 Regency or Delta 88 Royale Brougham land yacht (with '83 bumper assembly, '80 grill) with fuzzy velour Lazy Boy seats you can sink down to China in. It'll float like a cloud over the worst roads imaginable on 225/75R15 balloon tires (washboard gravel? giant chuckholes? water two feet deep? 6" curbs and speedbumps? No effing sweat!) -- and get about the same fuel economy cruising at 90mph as a ricer geared to generate its best numbers at 50mph, and therefore whining like a hair-dryer at the same 90.
If anybody hits you, they'll be totalled, and you'll have a press-in dent that might not even break the paint. If they hit your *bumper*, it'll have a scuff no larger than a quarter. If anything does manage to break, you can pick up the part used for as little as five bucks (halogen headlights, etc) and install it yourself with a screwdriver and a socket-wrench. If you get a flat, you pull the big-ass piston-jack out of the trunk, line it up with the notch under the chrome bumper, and lift the whole car up in ten seconds.
The elsewhere-maligned 307 engine's short-stroke, low RPM, torque-priority design gives it a very long life. You can feed it cheapo brand 99c oil and low-octane crap gas, and it'll run just fine. If an old coolant hose blows up and radiator fluid spews out, you can still chug along at 30mph without wrecking it.
And the stock 20 year-old radio will have giant knobs and buttons you can find and adjust without taking your eyes off the road.
Basically, just keep the surfaces treated to wade off rust, and these old cars are more reliable, more comfortable and more durable than anything made since the mid-90s.
Not to mention more beautiful and more luxurious:
I got an '85 88 in the garage right now; all I can say is that it's a Cadillac in disguise; I've had Cutlasses before, and they all handle the same as the 88; The 307 is a bit underpowered for the car, but if you keep it tuned up, clean, and if you're not a Nascar driver, there's enough power there to get you from point A to B in comfort...
I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I have an '85 Toronado, which is white/white with a blue interior; it's a car I got for $900 which needs a paint job with 40K; and I have a 1968 DELMONT 88in mint condition; I'm an Olds freak...
You front wheel drive guys complaining should quit. Hit a parking stall cement stopper with your front wheel drive tilted at the wrong angle and you're in a lot of trouble. Do it with an Olds 88 (orfor that matter a Mercurcury Grand Marqis, or Ford Crown Vivtoria, etc., etc.) and you hardly notice the impact. Never heard of so many bumblebees trying to sting a wasp. Rear wheel drive RULES!
I own a Olds Delta 88 and it is by far the best car I have ever owned. It has a lot of get up and go for an older car.
I just got a 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and I love it. It needs work, but its worth it. My grandfather gave me the car and he said it drives smooth and one of the best cars he had ever.
I picked up this 1984 Olds Delta 88 Royale Brougham 4 door last year (2006) for the princely sum of $200.00 CDN. To pass the safety I had to install new front shocks, replace wheel bearing seals, somehow the front rims had been damaged and that trashed the front tires as well so new rims and rubber up front. The car had just short of 100,000 kms on it so the engine was good, burned no oil. I ran it to get back and forth to work. No love yet.
This year, after I got back from overseas, I started cleaning it up. The interior is cherry (after a shampoo) The body has some rust spots, but nothing terminal. The engine got a good cleaning as well as a cooling system flush. I've changed the tranny oil and filter, as well as the diff. lube. It's running better all the time, although it has a drinking problem... it will pass everything on the road, except a gas station.
Now it's Love. I'm planning on replacing the vinyl roof, doing a body and paint job and giving it a new windshield. I showed it to the previous owner... he freaked. When I'm finished, it will be mint. It rides like a cloud and I've got some serious metal to protect me in a crash.
If you see a White 88 with a Burgundy roof and front licence plate that says "Das Boot"...wave.
PS...Anyone know of a good Vinyl Roof place near Edmonton, Alberta?
I agree with all you guys. I have an 85 Delta 88 RB, too, and it was given to me for free by my parents when they bought a new front wheel drive car.
The quote I like most is "floats like a cloud." Indeed it does. And get this: mine has 243000 miles on the original engine. Never even had the valve covers off. And the original a/c still works.
Dad was a maintenance guru as far as taking care of a car goes. Replaced normal stuff like timing set, water pump, alt, etc. But the engine is still going strong as well as that awesome ride.
They sure don't make 'em like they used too :)
I have a 1984 Olds LS. It was owned by man that owned a candy company. It is in showroom condition and it always starts. I own a 1987 Caprice Classic. It's a nice car, but I love my Oldsmobile. The company went out of business because the 80s Olds just kept running. I had a 82 Olds. It had 467,000 miles on it. A millionaire construction executive ran into me from behind at 65 miles an hour while I was at a stop light. The impact totaled his Lexus. I was able to drive my Olds home the last 32 miles. I was stopped by two police cars because they thought I was in a hit and run. They could not believe a car could survive this kind of abuse and still drive. They must have never owned a big Oldsmobile. She saved my life,but I had to let her go. I drove her to the junkyard and got $100.00 for her. What a sad end to a great car. With the insurance setttlement, I got my next Olds.