"I have a Bright White 88 with 168000 miles and it runs like new. I bought this car used in 2000 and the only thing I had to change was the radiator and some cylinder head gaskets. Great Car. Love the mileage and engine. This car's a BOSS."
"Think twice about buying this vehicle with the 3800 engine in it. There is a problem with the upper intake manifold at the EGR valve "burning" through. This causes coolant to leak into the engine. It has happened 3 times on the one we own -@ 42K miles and again at 90K & 125K. Dealer could not explain this. Repair will cost $500+."
"This full-size sedan matches many compacts for mileage at 26 MPG mixed (city / hwy). 138,000 miles with minimal maintenance surprises. GM got the 4-speed auto trans right on this model - no issues. Good power to pass on highways, acceptable handling with a comfortable ride, quiet and comfortable on long trips. Six seatbelts and yes, you can carry six people (as long as they get along real well!) Huge trunk. Unexciting styling."
"Thanks to the Oldsmobile 88, I can always got where I was supposed to go. I parked outside in the below zero weather and it always started. There was a little mishap with the battery cable, but it was never a huge deal, since it was fixable on the spot when it came loose. It had some cosmetic issues such as no AC or radio, but I think that comes with age. Unfortunately, it sucks a lot of gas due to age and the fact that the engine is a V6. But, it is a reliable car for a teenager and is safe. Highly recommend!"
"With all cars of this year, you do have to beware of the fuel line leak that develops near the drivers-side door. This is because all of the lines converge at this point and rot out over time. This is a big job and an expensive repair. However, once you or over that hump, you have a very solid car. The ride is very smooth. This particular engine is known to be very reliable. The bench seating allow for the car to be very roomy. All in all, you will get a few good years out of it."