27th Jan 2009, 00:21

FINALLY getting another Trofeo.

It has taken several years -- but I am FINALLY getting another Trofeo. I have found a nice '89 'Tro with VIC -- which I consider the ULTIMATE trofeo option, with only a bit over 100k. miles on it. I will soon be picking up this car -- and driving it from Florida to Cinci Ohio where I live.

WHY would I fly to FL just to go and get an "old, used car", some might ask" -- and some have. Well -- the Oldsmobile Trofeo is NOT just another "old, used car". It was VERY advanced for its time, and still pretty advanced for today. If looks nice and handles nice -- and has competent power, and fairly decent fuel economy. And -- it is NOT a car one "sees around every corner".

When I get this Trofeo -- unless it just "totally dies on me", it will NOT be leaving my possession for a LONG time -- if EVER!! I plan to do some things to it -- to make it "nicer", such as HID headlights, remote start system, K&N filter and upgraded PROM for better power,looking into modifying the VIC to accept a DVD input, and having a nice detailing job done on the body.

I wrote a review a bit over 2 years ago, commenting on my '92 I had -- and wished for another like it. Soon -- that wish will be coming true. And THIS time -- my Trofeo will have BOTH the VIC AND digital dash -- which my '92 did NOT have.

What a shame that Olds did not keep making this car. (or.. for that matter... ANY cars..) They had a keeper.. but they did NOT know it at the time. And now -- the Trofeo is FINALLY getting some of the credit it deserved.

Jack in Cincy.

6th Feb 2009, 14:56

I have myself a 1990 Trofeo with VIC and it is absolutely the best car ever!

I have been driving it since I got my permit (and even a little before shhh don't tell anyone :) )

I got it from my Grandma down on the farm.

It was a "grove car", but my uncle fixed it up nice and now it runs perfect.

I have too had the capacitor go out on the speedometer, the fuel pump needed to be replaced, and the drivers side window now needs a new interior guide rail, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

The engine runs like new despite its 179,000 some miles with power to spare. The VIC is the best option ever conceived for a vehicle, it is still futuristic by todays standards, so much so that me and my friends have lovingly named him K.I.T.T.

I took some precautions and re-covered all of the wires under the hood with new flexible computer wire covers, and I removed the tape deck because an old tape got lodged in it a while back that prevented me from listening to the radio. But now all seems fine for the moment.

Future fixes might be in order to return the blower to full capacity, but I might have to wait for spring.

21st Mar 2009, 15:57

I have owned a 1992 Trofeo for about 9 years. It has 212,000 miles with almost no problems. The only expensive fix was a new fuel pump at 200,000 miles. The car still drives extremely well and really gets the looks, maybe the bright red paint with custom silver flames and custom 18" wheels add some flash! I love this car and don't see many around in any condition. It is kinda hard to find parts for it but being super reliable that isn't much of a problem.

24th Apr 2011, 19:49

Yes the Toronado is a great car. I've owned 2 of them now.

I have the problem with the gauge cluster not working, something about a capacitor? Where can I get it fixed? Please let me know.

Thank you very much.

My email is walt_h81@yahoo.com.

7th Jul 2011, 15:23

Have you replaced the coil?

13th Sep 2012, 15:47

Hi, my name is Bob and I own a 1992 Olds Toronado Trofeo with the touch screen. The screen works very well for all functions, but the stereo and tape deck are 'toast'. I would be your friend forever, if I knew how to get things working again, as the car only has 98K and is in very nice shape.

My e-mail address is relowey@shaw.ca.

14th Sep 2012, 12:29

I've always liked these, along with the Buick Riviera of the same era, and I've owned many cars with the 3.8 liter. I must've looked at a dozen of them for sale, though, and I've never found one that didn't have a leather interior - something I can't stomach in Missouri, either summer or winter; it's horribly uncomfortable.