1990 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale Consumer Review: Bulletproof 'Granny'

1990 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale - Consumer Review

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Brougham Sedan (3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Bulletproof 'Granny'
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1990 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale Brougham 4dr Sedan


We've had "Old Girl" since 1996 when my wife's grandparents stopped driving. She received it w/ 19,0000 miles. Today we have 186,000 miles on her w/ no signs of slowing down. She's never left us on the side of the road and always starts in the morning (unless the aftermarket alarm power lock relay sticks and drains the battery). The clearcoat on the roof is now gone and the driver rear door won't open (worn out lock mechanism) but she keeps rolling down the road w/ the original exhaust (except catalytic converter), shocks, struts, and complete powertrain. She's spent her entire life in IA, WI, and CO--so that is saying a lot about her durability. She's not "cool" but she's well loved.

Best Features

Realibility & durability; 3800 V6 engine, fuel economy (23mpg lifetime average), low ownership costs, smooth highway ride, huge usuable trunk.

Worst Features

Needs tachometer, battery voltage, and oil pressure gauges as part of base gauge package, floaty ride/poor handling in town w/ base (FE1) suspension, center console w/ 2 more cupholders, 60/40 split folding rear seats.
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