1988 Oldsmobile Toronado FE3 3.8 turbo from North America
I bought the car on Ebay, in mint shape. The only thing I really had to do is replace the thermostat (heater wasn't working) and a tune up, as these require special spark plugs only.
This car is a Toronado FE3, a very rare model, which has the Buick 3800 with TSI turbo engine instead of the GM 3800. I put few more chips in it, and now it rates around 380 horses. It's nice to go from 0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds.
The car drives perfect, and handles very well. Some of the upholstery is starting to wear off due to the age, but since I only have 53k miles on it, I will fully restore it.
I took out the tape player/radio, and put a CD player in. Also it has a back up camera, which comes on when you put it in reverse (another extreme rarity).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th April, 2013
28th Apr 2013, 15:28
The FE3 package was just a suspension package.
Also find it hard to believe that putting "a few more chips in it" would increase the HP of your Buick "TSI" turbo from stock 240 to 380.
28th Apr 2013, 15:49
A backup camera? In a 1988? Is it an aftermarket item? There were no factory backup cameras then. And as for the turbo, unless somebody did that mod before you bought this car, no Toronado was ever available with one.
28th Apr 2013, 18:18
If your Toronado really had that much power, it would burn the front tires off before it ever hit 60, or break.
These never had turbos in them either, someone must've swapped the engine.
3rd May 2013, 14:51
A Toronado with 380 HP? Sure! The 1968, '69 & '70 with 455s!