Smokey Bandit: 1978 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency
I hate to sound like yet another hater in the audience…but I’m just gonna say that I REALLY find it incredible to believe that a 1978 Oldsmobile with the original Diesel 350 cubic inch V8 is still on the road…particularly given the fact that the owner seems to think the car is called a “Recency?” Find this 1978 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency offered for $4,975 in Louisville, KY via craigslist.
From the seller:
I have a 100% original, and gorgeous Oldsmobile 98 Recency for sale. It has the super rare, factory V8 diesel engine and runs and drives like a dream! Loaded with power options and all books and records in the glove box since new. Possible trades. If you have any questions, CALL
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Short of the diesel, my Dad had this identical car in '78… int/ext color and all. I remember he actually had a car phone mounted on the center hump too, under the dash. That blew me away. It would burn a single tire down to boot, LOL
LOL, maybe this is the only one GM got right.
I know zero about old GM diesels. Run away or run-to-buy? Arrr, was me sent this in while on the lookout for a scow for my henchman J from last week's matchup.
Top Automotive Engineering Failures: Oldsmobile Diesels
Oh. Eww. What if he's already bought it, do I have to buy it off him?
Drop an LS1 in it when the diesel dies.
GM had the brilliant idea of using the same head bolt pattern in the diesel as was in the gasoline engine, so they had a slew of head gasket failures. Along with that were many total engine failures as a result of the head gasket allowing coolant into the cylinders; hydrolocking the engine; and bending/breaking rods. It was a disaster.
A 350 diesel that runs like a dream? My bet is that it wouldn't take more than a short drive for that dream to become a nightmare….
even when working properly you could hear them coming a mile away.. clatter, clatter, clatter