2nd Mar 2009, 14:19
I picked up a 1984 Delta 88 Royale Brougham LS with two minute spots of rust, seeing little to none winters ever til now, and only 64k miles.. I got her completely stock and everything looked and working like new with absolutely no restoration whatsoever.. I replaced the tires because they WERE the original and added little things like a K&N filter and carb spacer.. Top of the line of the model, looks like none of these square patched seats, but the full brougham LS velvet seats.. I will never sell for fear that it will get 26s slapped on it and a jackass ignorant driver... PS gas is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE in stop and go traffic, I average 5mpg, but it's worth it...
4th Mar 2009, 09:43
Wow...there is whole lot of love for these cars.
I got my grandfather's 84' Black 2dr Royal B. with red velour interior & pretty low miles. It can use some paint and the 307 could probably use a tune up.
I drove her for a year, & it's been sitting for a couple now. I was thinking of restoring it, as I did LOVE driving the thing. I think all these comments & reviews just inspired me.
8th Sep 2009, 14:47
I bought an '85 88 Royale Brougham from a friend for $200. Best 200 bucks I ever spent. I drive it to work every day, 100 mile round trip. We've put 180K miles on it since I bought it 3 years ago. I drive it to central Missouri from the Gulf Coast every year for Christmas. Oil changes at the end of each month, trans filters every 9 months (strain and reuse the old oil, son!) What a car! It's been hit by three morons in the shipyard parking lot - the only damage was one of the bumper guards got shifted 1/8 inch. Should have seen the other cars. Smooth as glass, quiet, and 25mpg combined city/highway! Beat that with your dadburned new rice-grinder!
30th Nov 2009, 00:10
Well... I have an 85 Delta 88 RB LS and I'm very happy with it, no problems ever. It'll do 140mph plus, it's quiet, a beauty also, and I've got to say I like this forum. Haha I thought I was the only one who liked these boats.
30th Nov 2009, 22:31
To the poster of 30th Nov 2009, 00:10:
If "It'll do 140mph plus" as you say, I can only assume that you tore out the V-6 and dropped in an Aurora V8 with no speed limiting software.
1st Dec 2009, 23:48
O.K. Here's my story... bought my 85 Delta 88 two years ago in the middle of winter in Minnesota from a car dealership. They had it sitting inside their showroom amongst the brand new cars and it struck me right away...WOW!!! It's light/sky blue with a white half-vinyl roof, sleek-white pin-stripes, sharp mag-wheels, immaculate dark blue-plush interior. HAD to replace the stock cassette/radio with a nice CD player because the original system sucked so bad. Car had 93K on it, exterior has a couple of very small rust/bubble spots that I've since touched-up. I paid $3,500 for it. It's in great shape, owner before was a non-smoker, so the inside is like new and it really does feel like I'm sitting at home in my recliner as I drive down the freeway doing 65 mph... how sweet.
Now, I did have a few mechanical issues to deal with these past two years... tranny went at 100K (cost me $1200 to replace), carb had to be rebuilt ($800), full brake replacement ($1000), new tires ($800), so I've now got over $7,000 into it and don't plan to get rid of it too soon... besides, based on what I'm reading from others, it should be good for another 100-150,000 MORE miles. I store it during the winters and during the summer I drive it to work daily and around our many lakes on weekends.
I truly enjoy my 85 Olds, and it's cool to read comments of other Olds owners out there.
20th Jan 2010, 14:07
Wow... I did not think there was still that many Olds 88's kicking around, that is so awesome to hear!!
I also own a Delta 88 Royale, a 1984. Her name is Betsy, I've had her for 4 yrs. now, paid two hundred bucks for her and she hasn't let me down yet!! Don't get me wrong, I've had to fix n replace a couple things, but I love 'er and definitely don't wanna let go yet!! :)
25th Mar 2010, 15:30
I bought my '85 Delta 88 Royale Brougham from a friend for $200. He needed the money, and he couldn't get the thing to run.
One weekend of work, $50 in tune-up parts, and I've driven that car to work (100 mile round trip) for the last three years! Floats like a butterfly, rolls like a freight train. Best $200 I ever spent!
I work at a major Naval shipyard, and the parking lot is a madhouse. I've been hit 3 times, the other vehicles were towed away, but mine only got minor damage (the right front bumper guard has been shifted a full 1/8").
It's a hog in stop and go traffic, but once on the highway, it gets 25mpg! Do _that_ in your little FWD no-style econobox.
7th Oct 2010, 00:52
I've had my 84 Olds Royale for 8 years.
After my FWD Chevy died, I got out my old boat and took her to the car wash, got some estimates for the tranny and exhaust. It's cheaper than buying one of those ugly looking newer cars. I can put 4 tires and my spare tire and the kitchen sink in the trunk.
It's nice to read that other people have the same great taste in cars.