Large car; Built in USA
  • 4-door sedan
  • transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $1,100 – $3,200*

1994 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight Royale

1992 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight Royale LS

1996 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight LSS

1992 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight dashboard

1994 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight LSS dashboard

  • Acceleration
  • Antilock brakes (optional)
  • Automatic-transmission performance
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Fuel economy
  • Steering feel

If you are searching for a big sedan, capable of holding lots of people and cargo, put the Eighty Eight at the top of your shopping list.


GM’s trio of front-drive full-size sedans–Buick LeSabre, Pontiac Bonneville, and Olds Eighty Eight–all dropped their boxy look for new aerodynamic styling in 1992. While the wheelbase was unchanged (at 110.8 inches), the new car was 4.1 inches longer. With the extra room, Oldsmobile was able to increase the interior dimensions and add 1.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Under the hood sits the same overhead-valve 3.8-liter V6 paired with an electronic 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. However, GM upped horsepower to 170. A driver-side airbag was standard and antilock brakes optional.

Yearly Updates

1993 Eighty Eight/Regency
Antilock brakes become standard on all versions of the 1993 Eighty Eight. The 3.8-liter V6 remains the only engine, but torque rises slightly to 225 pound-feet at 3200 rpm. Traction control, introduced last year on the sporty LSS, becomes an available option for the LS model as well.
1994 Eighty Eight/Regency
A redesigned dashboard, complete with a passenger-side airbag, is the primary highlight for 1994. The new dash has a more compact control layout and far fewer buttons than the previous unit. Exterior changes include a new body-color grille, plus new headlamps and cornering lamps.
1995 Eighty Eight/Regency
To spur interest in its new Eighty Eight, a revised standard engine is added, along with a supercharged V6 as an option. The new engine is a reengineered version of the previous 3.8-liter V6, now called the Series II 3800 V6. It delivers 205 horsepower–35 more than before–and 230 pound-feet torque, up 5 from last year’s version. Also, a new 225-horsepower supercharged version is an available option for the sporty LSS model.
1996 Eighty Eight/Regency
Changes to the 1996 Eighty Eight include a mild facelift and a more-powerful optional engine. Now available for the LSS is a more-powerful supercharged engine, now providing 240 horsepower, 15 more than before. This year’s revised look features a twin-nostril grille, new front fenders, taillight, and headlights.
1997 Eighty Eight/Regency
Oldsmobile added a new deluxe Regency model to the Eight Eight model line for 1997 to help compensate for the loss of the Ninety Eight model, which was dropped. The Regency comes fully loaded and wears the same front fenders, chrome grille, and whitewall tires as the departed Ninety Eight.
1998 Eighty Eight/Regency
No changes are made to the Eighty Eight for ’98.
1999 Eighty Eight/Regency
Eighty Eight celebrated its 50th and last birthday in 1999. Changes were limited to an Anniversary edition and the addition of GM’s OnStar satellite/cell phone communication system.


transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive

Under the hood sits the same overhead-valve 3.8-liter V6 that has powered full-size GM cars since they first switched to front-wheel drive in 1986. However, GM added a bit more horsepower, with 1992 models featuring 170 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 220 pound-feet of torque at 3200 rpm. The V6 unit comes paired with an electronic 4-speed overdrive transmission. For 1993, torque rises slightly to 225 pound-feet at 3200 rpm, with a new engine arriving in 1995. The new unit is a reengineered version of the previous 3.8-liter V6, called the Series II 3800 V6. In its new form it delivers 205 horsepower–35 more than before–and 230 pound-feet of torque, up 5 from the previous version. Also, a new 225-horsepower turbocharged edition of the V6 is an available option for the sporty LSS model. It provides 275 pound-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. Both engines remain teamed with an electronic 4-speed automatic transmission. For 1996, power for the supercharged engine jumps to 240 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 3200 rpm.

ohv V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.8/231
Engine HP 170
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 200-225
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic



ohv V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.8/231
Engine HP 205
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 230
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic



Supercharged ohv V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.8/231
Engine HP 225-240
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 275-280
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic


Road Test

The Eighty Eight’s base engine has ample energy for strong takeoffs and sufficient power for safe passing. Expect to realize 0-60 times around 9.0 seconds, which is very quick for a full-size family car. Fuel economy in our tests has been about 17 to 21 mpg. The optional supercharged engine available on the LSS has even stronger acceleration, but is just as refined. Fuel economy is slightly lower, and premium unleaded is required. Automatic-transmission performance is wonderfully smooth, especially on full-throttle shifts. It’s eager to kick down for passing.

We feel the power steering on the base and LS models is too light and fails to provide adequate feedback. Also, the standard softly sprung suspension allows too much body roll, causing the Eighty Eight to lean excessively in turns. The LSS provides improved steering and a firmer, more-controlled ride.

The 6-passenger Eighty Eight provides easy entry/exit to all seats and ample cargo space. The dashboard is modern, with simple and logical controls for the stereo and climate control, making for more convenient operation of vehicle systems and amenities.


Model Tested: 1995 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight LS

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.


Acceleration - 6
Fuel Economy - 3
Ride Quality - 6
Steering/Handling - 5
Quietness - 6


Controls/Materials - 6
Room/Comfort Front - 6
Room/Comfort Rear - 5
Cargo Room - 4


Value - 6

Total: 53


4-door sedan
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
110.8 201.6 74.7 55.7
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
17.5 18.0 6
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
38.7 38.3 42.5 38.7
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 1999 Eighty Eight 4-door sedan


(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 5
Front Passenger Injury - 3

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A


(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision 83
Injury 63
Theft 17

Trouble Spots

Automatic transmission
Description: If the cruise control doesn’t stay engaged, or drops out of cruise, the brake switch can usually be adjusted to fix the problem. (1992-95)
Automatic transmission
Description: 4T60E transmissions may drop out of drive while cruising, shift erratically, have no third or fourth gear, or no second and third gear because of a bad ground connection for the shift solenoids. (1992-94)
Automatic transmission
Description: TH-440-T4 automatic transmissions may shift late or not upshift at all. The problem is a stuck throttle valve inside the transmission. (1991)
Automatic transmission
Description: The 4T60-E automatic transmission can suddenly go into neutral at highway speeds due to a problem with internal shift valves. (1995-97)
Coolant leak
Description: The 3.8-liter V6 may leak coolant into the engine from the intake manifold. A new gasket kit, revised throttle body nuts, and sealing compound is available. Redesigned manifolds are also available in the aftermarket. (1993-99)
Coolant leak
Description: Coolant loss via plastic intake manifold is corrected by installing upgraded manifold and gaskets plus new PCV kit. (1995-99)
Dashboard lights
Description: If the low-fuel warning light comes on, but the fuel tank is still one-quarter full, the instrument-panel cluster must be replaced. (1996)
Engine knock and oil leak
Description: 3.8-liter engines are prone to excessive oil consumption often accompanied by spark knock due to failure of the valve-stem seals. (1993-95)
Engine noise
Description: Bearing knock was common on many 3.3- and 3.8-liter engines due to too much clearance on the number-one main bearing. (1992-94)
Engine noise
Description: A rattling noise from the engine that lasts less than a minute when the car is started after sitting is often caused by automatic-transmission pump starvation or a sticking pressure-regulator valve. According to GM, no damage occurs and it does not have a fix for the problem. (1992-95)
Engine temperature
Description: Overheating and coolant loss may be due to rough surface on radiator filler neck. Neck should be sanded smooth and cap replaced. (1999)
Steering noise
Description: The upper-bearing mount in the steering column can get loose and cause a clicking, requiring a new bearing spring and turn-signal cancel cam. (1994-96)
Transaxle leak
Description: The right front-axle seal at the automatic transaxle is prone to leak. GM issued a revised seal to correct the problem. (1992-94)

Recall History

Description: Transmission-cooler line in cars with certain powertrains, sold in specified states, can separate at low temperature.
Description: On some cars, spring in headlight switch can fail and lights would not remain illuminated.
Description: Damaged capacitor may cause failure of “Key in the Ignition” warning chime and driver seatbelt-unbuckled warning chime and indicator lamp; other functions also may be impaired.
1996 w/3.8-liter V6
Description: Backfire during engine starting can cause breakage of upper intake manifold, resulting in nonstart condition and possible fire.
Description: A faulty fuel-pressure regulator may allow a fuel leak to enter the intake manifold, resulting in possible fire. Dealers will inspect and replace affected parts.
Description: Clip that secures linkage of transmission-detent lever can loosen and disconnect; indicated gear would then differ from actual state of the transmission.

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