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About Oldsmobile 88

Being Oldsmobile's top-selling line, Oldsmobile 88 was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's brand Oldsmobile between 1949 and 1999 as a full-size car. Originally introduced to complement the already-existing 76 and 98, and took place of the Oldsmobile 78 in the model lineup, 88 was also known from 1989 onwards as the Eighty-Eight. It has a large number of variants such as Futuramic, Super, Golden Rocket, Dynamic, Jetstar, Delta, Delmont, Starfire, Holiday, L/S, LSS, Celebrity, and Royale. Still, after being manufactured for ten generations, the production of Eighty-Eight was ended in 1999 and it was replaced by Oldsmobile Aurora in 2001.
Since most people now only own the tenth-generation Oldsmobile 88, then we will focus on the most recent one. The last-generation Eighty-Eight was produced from 1992 to 1999 and received a redesign for the 1992 model year. It was offered in only one body style: 4-door sedan. Built based on the H-body platform, Eighty-Eight came in three trim levels: Base, LS, and LSS (Luxury Sports Sedan), these three was renamed from Eighty Eight Royale as well as an Eighty Eight 50th Anniversary Edition. Back then, it was powered by a 3.8 L V8 rated at 170 hp, which was increased to 205 hp in 1995; a 3.8 L supercharged V8 cranking out 225 hp, which was uplifted to 240 horsepower in 1996. And these engines sent power through the 4-speed automatic transmissions to the front wheels.

Oldsmobile 88 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

As the top-selling entry-level model in Oldsmobile lineup, one of the best performing automobiles thanks to its relatively small size, light weight and advanced V8 engine, Oldsmobile 88 is truly a good option for a family sedan. But considering its age, if you have an Eighty-Eight, you are advised to be known about all these common problems on it:
First, engine failure is what Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight drivers complained most during driving, normally, they said when the vehicle reaches about 78,000, the engine may blow and as short as 63,500 miles, it suffers from hard starting. I believe no driver will ignore the engine failure since it has a close relation with the lifespan of a vehicle. Lucky for you is that some experienced 88 drivers provide some signs for you. For example, at first, a loud knocking noise comes from the engine, coolant leaks on the ground; then engine runs roughly, hesitates to accelerate or stumbles during acceleration, stalls, misfires and suffers from starting issues. Finally, this issue will activate the Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light to warn you to inspect the Eighty-Eight crankshaft pulley, fuel pump, fan shroud, throttle body, EGR valve, EGR filter, coolant reservoir, EGR valve gasket, throttle cable and intake manifold immediately.
Second, issues on braking, suspension and transmission failures are also troublesome for Oldsmobile 88 drivers since they all could result in serious consequences. No driver will want the brake system operates badly and the Eighty-Eight brake booster and brake backing plate are often the culprits. As for suspension failure, the reasons always lie on the Eighty leaf spring insulator, steering knuckle, coil springs, sway bar bushing, leaf spring plate, sway bar link, control arm bushing and trailing arm bushing. And then you should also pay more attention to the working condition of Eighty-Eight shift cable and shift linkage boot in the transmission system.
However, you need to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts of your Oldsmobile 88 in order to have a safe and comfortable driving experience at any time. Electrical parts of your Eighty-Eight such as speedometer cable, door jamb switch, wiper motor, power window switch, MAP sensor, headlight switch, oil pressure switch, coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor need routine maintenance. Other parts such as door handle, door lock, washer reservoir, wiper arm, hood latch, seat belt, emblem and wiper pivot also need to be on your routine maintenance list.
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