9th Generation (1988—1991) Eighty Eight Problems

This generations ranks 7th out of 22 Oldsmobile generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (60%), body (20%), and the electrical (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Can't Open Rear Door 1 complaints at an average of 78,000 miles in the 1991 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight.
  2. Won't Start 1 complaints at an average of 180,000 miles in the 1988 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight.
  3. Engine Quit and Will Not Start 1 complaints at an average of 230,000 miles in the 1988 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight.

What Eighty Eight Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Oldsmobile model years.

Watch out for the 1988 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 1 0 0 0.41
1990 1 0 0 0.12
1989 0 0 0 0.0
1988 3 0 0 0.59

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