The 1998 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency marks one of the aging designs in the Oldsmobile lineup heading towards discontinuation. Unlike the Achieva and Cutlass, the Eighty-Eight Regency seems less noticeably hampered by this. The Eighty-Eight Regency competes heavily against the Crown Victoria, which stems from older Americana sedans. The old-fashioned body design is not unusual for large, powerful sedans, and might even appeal to some of the buyers in this area.
Overall, the Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Regency marks a better loaded version of the normal Eighty-Eight offering. Outside internal features, the Eighty-Eight Regency essentially functions like the Eighty-Eight but with more luxury. It costs more than the normal Eighty-Eight, even with optional features, but some drivers find the extra money well spent. Despite the extra features, the Eighty-Eight Regency does not draw attention as well as some of the more modern designs do, but it gets its passengers from point A to point B quite well. Drivers who find a deal on an Eighty-Eight Regency encounter a very appealing option. At its normal price, the Eighty-Eight Regency still offers a good value, but it faces tighter competition in the process.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency
The 1998 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency upgrades the airbags to a newer design that has been introduced to all Oldsmobile vehicles this year.
The Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency classifies as a large sedan, which measures 200.4 inches in length. The design looks very conservative and somewhat old-fashioned. The 1998 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency has a blocky, angular design that looks a little out of place alongside the more modernized models in the Oldsmobile lineup. Alloy wheels are a standard feature on the Eighty-Eight LS model and an optional feature on the base model. Other standard equipment includes power mirrors and electrochromic mirrors .
The 1998 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency offers a wide variety of standard features. The Delta Eighty-Eight Regency includes keyless entry, power windows, power locks, cruise control, air-conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power seats, leather seating, an AM/FM radio, and a CD player as standard equipment. The Delta Eighty-Eight Regency comes better equipped than the normal Eighty-Eight fully loaded with all optional equipment.
Performance & Handling
The Delta Eighty-Eight Regency delivers good performance for a sedan of its size. The 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine provides an impressive 205 horsepower of output. For a vehicle this large, the Eighty-Eight accelerates very quickly. The turning and handling seems average for a vehicle this length. Smaller sedans turn a little better, but maneuvering the 1998 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency should never feel like a struggle. The extra length makes negotiating tighter areas a bit more difficult, but this gets better after some experience behind the wheel.
The 1998 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency comes equipped with dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard safety equipment on both models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Regency: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Good amount of standard equipment
- Powerful engine
You Won't Like
- Already replaced by better Oldsmobile sedans
A full-size sedan for the full-size family.
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