The Oldsmobile Forum

The Oldsmobile Forum A forum page created for Oldsmobile owners to share pictures, insights, and information about their favorite Oldsmobile vehicle.

Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobiles produced for most of its existence by General Motors. It was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. In its 107-year history, it produced 35.2 million cars, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing, Michigan factory. When it was phased out in 2004, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Daimler, Peugeot and Tatra. The closing of the Oldsmobile division presaged a larger consolidation of GM brands and discontinuation of models during the company's 2009 bankruptcy reorganization. This page is dedicated to the fans of Oldsmobile.

Mission: The mission of this page is to allow people to state what makes their car special to them, and to share that with others. A collection of pictures and the stories behind them should continue awareness in the brand for future generations who may one day own on Olds.

Well it had to happen.  I needed to replace the transmission in the LSS at 375,000 miles.  I noticed that after the car ...
04/21/2019

Well it had to happen. I needed to replace the transmission in the LSS at 375,000 miles. I noticed that after the car was driven for 20-30 minutes the transmission would downshift out of overdrive when going uphill, and then not shift back onto OD unless I stopped and turned off the ignition and restarted it again. When the shop took a look inside they showed me that all the internal components were well worn. They ordered a replacement, which needed to be built up first, then installed it with ease. The Olds is once again on the streets and everything works perfectly as good as new! Special thanks to Todd Ruggles and the techs at Arrow Transmission for their fine work!

Spring is officially in the air.  Time to clean off the winter weathering, get out the tools and service your Olds as ne...
04/05/2019

Spring is officially in the air. Time to clean off the winter weathering, get out the tools and service your Olds as needed, and get it ready for warmer weather and the sunny days ahead! Be sure and check your drive belts, coolant (yes the coolant), and the battery. Those are the three things that should always be checked when going from one temperature extreme to another. In this case cold to hot, and you want your car to be ready for the heat. It's a good idea to check the A/C too, and well as changing the oil (if needed) and the air filter. All basic stuff, but often overlooked. One more item to remember, lube your ignition switch, door cylinder locks, latch assemblies, door hinges, hood latch and trunk lock and latch assembly. Do this every 6 months and never have a problem!

01/10/2019

At 375,000 miles it turns out that it's time for the transmission to be replaced. The original started to drop out of overdrive on occasion, and when it was checked, the shop found that it had a lot of internal wear (imagine that). So, I ordered one that was rebuilt and it's going in now. Can't wait to see how well everything will run again.

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01/10/2019

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Once an 'official pace car, here's a look at Oldsmobile's Alero at the Richmond International Raceway taken nearly 20 ye...
09/30/2018

Once an 'official pace car, here's a look at Oldsmobile's Alero at the Richmond International Raceway taken nearly 20 years ago. What a sharp looking car!

Today I happened to look down at my odometer, and it showed that my LSS to now has 364,760 miles on it. This means not o...
06/22/2018

Today I happened to look down at my odometer, and it showed that my LSS to now has 364,760 miles on it. This means not only have I kept this great car for over 18 years, but when I bought it from Martin Olds-Toyota it only had about 64,760 miles on it - so I've driven this Olds about 300,000 miles to date!

There really IS a special feel . . . in an Oldsmobile.

Popular color, on this very popular '71 Olds!
06/15/2018

Popular color, on this very popular '71 Olds!

The sharp lines on this 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado really set it apart from all vehicles offered by any car manufacture wh...
06/04/2018

The sharp lines on this 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado really set it apart from all vehicles offered by any car manufacture when it was introduced. It also boasted front wheel drive technology - unheard of in a luxury car from that era!

"I don't miss listening to my radio one bit" . . .So, it's been over six months now that I've been using this innovative...
03/29/2018

"I don't miss listening to my radio one bit" . . .

So, it's been over six months now that I've been using this innovative SD card cassette adapter in my stereo, and I have to say - it is incredible! I can put enough music onto each SD card and enjoy listening songs for WEEKS without hearing the same song twice! The player itself was only about $15 on ebay, but it was well worth the money. The music sounds rich and full, with nice bass response and excellent tonal balance coming from all the instruments. Vocals are clean, and harmonies sound sweet. Blues and jazz sound especially nice, and you can adjust the EQ to suit your taste for the best overall sound in your Olds, or other classic vehicle you may own that has a cassette player. Make yours sound its best, and get to enjoy a LOT of the music you own by getting one of these today!

3 sharp Oldsmobiles, from left to right: a '96 Cutlass Supreme S Coupe, '90 Toronado Troféo, and a '98 Eighty-Eight LSS...
03/07/2018

3 sharp Oldsmobiles, from left to right: a '96 Cutlass Supreme S Coupe, '90 Toronado Troféo, and a '98 Eighty-Eight LSS. Special thanks to Ryan D. for sharing this photo!

While driving my Olds over the weekend, and reflecting over the last 18 years of ownership, I realized that my car, and ...
03/06/2018

While driving my Olds over the weekend, and reflecting over the last 18 years of ownership, I realized that my car, and every other Olds still in use, 'makes good' on the engineering promise of so many talented individuals made that brought each particular car to the market so many years ago. "To build a carriage in a most perfect manner" was the goal of Ransom E. Olds. I'm sure that so many people who own an Oldsmobile today can appreciate the workmanship and attention to detail that went into each design, Because of that smart engineering, ownership of an Olds is a rewarding experience. I'm rewarded for making the decision to purchase my LSS each time that I drive it, and it is as pleasurable to own, operate and maintain today as it was years ago when I first got behind the wheel.

Tell us about your Oldsmobile and how long you've owned your favorite car here. Post your stories and share pictures below . . .

Looks like we got some unusual warmer weather already now in February!  With that in mind, remember, it's never too earl...
02/22/2018

Looks like we got some unusual warmer weather already now in February! With that in mind, remember, it's never too early to plan ahead, and put a list together on what's needed to keep YOUR rocket on the road and running well for spring - it's just around the corner!

Snow and inclement weather doesn't slow down an Oldsmobile!  This '94 LSS has gotten me through everything during the 18...
01/18/2018

Snow and inclement weather doesn't slow down an Oldsmobile! This '94 LSS has gotten me through everything during the 18+ years that I've owned it. Its powerful 3.8 liter sequential port fuel injected V6 doesn't miss a beat, and the front wheel drive platform puts the weight of the transverse mounted engine and overdrive transmission over the drive wheels, giving it incredible traction in every kind of snowy conditions. Kudos to the many fine engineers who came up with such a fine design!

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01/02/2018

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Merry Christmas to all our Oldsmobile, and classic car fans, from the Oldsmobile Forum!
12/26/2017

Merry Christmas to all our Oldsmobile, and classic car fans, from the Oldsmobile Forum!

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12/11/2017

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Just installed new LED headlamps in my LSS - WOW!  What a difference.  It was pretty easy to do, the new LED bulbs came ...
12/02/2017

Just installed new LED headlamps in my LSS - WOW! What a difference. It was pretty easy to do, the new LED bulbs came in new headlamp housings. All I needed to do was remove the old headlamp assemblies, plug in the wiring for the new LED lamps, re-use my old hi-beam bulbs, and put everything back together. In order to insure that the new headlamps would be aimed properly, I measured the position of the alignment blocks on the old headlamps 1st, then turned the blocks on the new headlights so that they would be at the same thread count and distance to the end of their mounting screws. The result? Much brighter light, on par with any new car on the market today!

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12/02/2017

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With the fall season upon us, our roadways now have a canopy of spectacular colors to enjoy!  Make sure to get your Olds...
10/14/2017

With the fall season upon us, our roadways now have a canopy of spectacular colors to enjoy! Make sure to get your Olds ready for the change in season as we transition into cooler temperatures, and the winter months ahead. It's never too early to think about the cold weather. Perform a thorough inspection on your vehicle. Check out the operation of all your lights, and the condition of the lenses. Check the wipers, door seals and gaskets, look under your car and check for fluid leaks. Look over the exhaust, and check out your tires. Cooler temperatures usually brings about a change in tire pressures, and you want to be sure that there's enough tread on them to carry you and your family safely through the rain and snow ahead!

09/30/2017

I've worked in the car business for a number of years, first selling cars, then in auto service, and now I'm back in sales again.

It just hurts my ears to hear someone say: VIN number. Why? Well, because VIN is the abbreviation for Vehicle Identification Number.

So, when a person asks for, or refers to the VIN number it would be like saying: vehicle identification number number . . . which is so dumb.

Retro-Tech:  I drive an older car, I get that.  But it also has so many of today's modern comfort and convenience featur...
09/30/2017

Retro-Tech: I drive an older car, I get that. But it also has so many of today's modern comfort and convenience features, plus DA (driver's assistance) as well. Here's a look at my 'blind spot' monitoring system. It might be 'old school' but it works! All I have to do is glance into the smaller mirror before changing lanes and - hey!, I can see who's beside me! My car has intelligent cruise control also. It works by me getting behind the wheel and paying attention to the traffic around me, especially when the cruise is set. I might also mention that my Olds features turn-by-turn navigation with a lovely female voice - every time my wife rides along with me. But, that's a special feature with added benefits . . .

SD Card Magic!  This product is AMAZING . . . So for those of you who can remember, there used to be car cassette adapte...
09/30/2017

SD Card Magic! This product is AMAZING . . .

So for those of you who can remember, there used to be car cassette adapters manufactured for 8-track players, and CD to cassette players, etc. I've been using a 12 disc CD changer mounted in the trunk of my LSS to spin CD's for years. Not a bad way to listen to all my tunes, but I've been wanting to find a more modern way to go digital. So I saw this device online and purchased it. WOW. It can't be any easier to record what I want to hear and play it all back in near CD quality sound. The mp3 format is way better than the tape that it replaces, and here's the best part: you can fit so much material onto a single SD card that you won't be bored on the drive. This item comes with a remote, charger and wall plug, earbuds, instructions, plus it's a stand alone player with button controls for playback, tone FF and Rewind. There's a power indicator light and plug-in ports as well. It truly is incredible how this re-packaged compact cassette shell has been re-engineered to provide so much music!

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09/30/2017

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This is the car that should have made the current list of the '10 BEST Automobiles To Own'.  Built in 1994, this Oldsmob...
09/02/2017

This is the car that should have made the current list of the '10 BEST Automobiles To Own'. Built in 1994, this Oldsmobile LSS still looks great today, with styling inside and out that fits with what is 'new' in the world. Besides having classic good looks, this Olds is ultra reliable, delivers consistent performance, and provides fuel economy that's good for 30+ mpg highway and 28 mpg city. For me, this is a car that never gets old. As my daily driver, I look forward to driving the LSS as much today as when I first purchased it 17 years ago. This is an important car that should have gotten more press. With styling that was not 'over the top' like the Bonneville, and not overly plush like the Buick, Olds hit the mark with restrained styling and innovative features that keep it in the big leagues. Dual zone climate control with auto temperature control? This car has that. Steering wheel controls for the fan, interior temperature adjustment, stereo selection and volume? It has that too, nicely integrated into the wheel. Dual front airbags? You bet, plus seat belt height adjustment at the 'B' pillar for comfort, zone body construction for additional safety, and of course anti-lock brakes - traction control was available also! The control switch for each power front bucket seat is an outline of the seat itself and mounted on the inside of each door. Mercedes uses this type of interior switch also, but Oldsmobile had it 1st. There are so many other 'step-ahead' features that make the LSS a real standout. I'm sure glad to have owned this one for so long. Now, at 350,000 miles, this rocket is still ready for any road, and I will always look forward to the drive. My thanks to the many engineers at Oldsmobile, who made this fine car possible.

There is a special feel, in an Oldsmobile . . .
08/08/2017

There is a special feel, in an Oldsmobile . . .

People ask why I've driven one particular car for so very long.  To which I reply: "Once you own something that's been b...
08/02/2017

People ask why I've driven one particular car for so very long. To which I reply: "Once you own something that's been built so perfect and is so satisfying to own, why ever trade it away?"

05/29/2017
690 TPA 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

This 1970 Old 442 has the original 455 V8, luxury A/C interior, and stunning blue paint. So when you find out this is one family owned, the colors are correct and a number's matching 455, you realize that this Olds is a true cut-above.

Old or new, the cars of Oldsmobile were always out front in styling and 'step ahead' in technology.  So much of what is ...
05/13/2017

Old or new, the cars of Oldsmobile were always out front in styling and 'step ahead' in technology. So much of what is being used today, such as front wheel drive, the fully automatic transmission, OHV engine design, the 1st American turbocharged engine in the early '60's (yep, it's true), even the high mounted tail light, or third brake light, debuted on an Olds first (in the '70's). Other car manufactures have also pioneered many 'firsts', but Oldsmobile should always be well remembered for its contributions to the fundamental design of what we all drive today.

Make a DATE with Oldsmobile's ROCKET 88!!
05/13/2017

Make a DATE with Oldsmobile's ROCKET 88!!

If you like THIS page, check out what I'm featuring on my other fb page: Retro-Audio Man.  Cool Stereo and Hi-Hi compone...
05/13/2017
Retro-Audio Man

If you like THIS page, check out what I'm featuring on my other fb page: Retro-Audio Man. Cool Stereo and Hi-Hi components from the past, which still look and sound so good today . . .

This page is about everything old that's new again in HI-FI audio, in short, all things retro-audio. I'll share what I know about great hi-fidelity gear.

Here's a look at the 1951 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible restyled by Barris Kustoms in late 1958 for Don Hurley of Ohio. The ...
05/13/2017

Here's a look at the 1951 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible restyled by Barris Kustoms in late 1958 for Don Hurley of Ohio. The body was nosed, decked and shaved for handles. The upper trim on the rear fenders were removed and the holes were filled to give it a cleaner appearance. Air scoops were made in the bottom edges of the rear fenders in front of the handmade cruiser skirts which were added. The windshield was chopped 4 inches and a white top was added. The bumpers were shaved for bumper and license guards. The car featured a handmade grille bar with flushed parking lights. The original side trims were swapped for a pair of 1957 Cadillac units. Quad headlights were installed and fitted with Lucas units. The license plate was recessed in the deck lid. Inside, a 1958 Pontiac dashboard was installed along with a 1958 Oldsmobile steering wheel. The rear fenders were modified to accept the 1956 Packard taillights.

Thanks to TheOldsMoBill for sharing this post.
04/07/2017

Thanks to TheOldsMoBill for sharing this post.

My 4 year custom build came home today!

04/03/2017

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We hear 'ya!
04/03/2017

We hear 'ya!

"Can we build one for you?"  (So cute we had'ta post it twice!)
04/03/2017

"Can we build one for you?" (So cute we had'ta post it twice!)

Oldsmobile announces it's new retro-chic ultra compact sports car for the masses, er, make that the minions . . .

Oldsmobile announces it's new retro-chic ultra compact sports car for the masses, er, make that the minions . . .
04/03/2017

Oldsmobile announces it's new retro-chic ultra compact sports car for the masses, er, make that the minions . . .

Thanks to Frank Stipa for sharing this post.  How many other Olds owners have hit 200K?  Let's hear from you!!
04/03/2017

Thanks to Frank Stipa for sharing this post. How many other Olds owners have hit 200K? Let's hear from you!!

Finally hit 200,000 the other night.

Looking for pictures of Oldsmobile vehicles on the internet??  Click on the link and check out these great looking cars ...
04/03/2017
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Looking for pictures of Oldsmobile vehicles on the internet?? Click on the link and check out these great looking cars and trucks . . .

04/01/2017

In a wild, and unexpected move, General Motors announced today that they will bring back Oldsmobile division as their new ultra-chic 'world car' line. No word yet on what the cars will look like, but rumor has it that all design & engineering work will be outsourced, and the cars will be Imported from Yad Sloof, Lira which is located just off the coast of Ahctog!

Doing a little 'spring cleaning', but can't seem to find the time to wash your car?  Don't fret, there's always gals aro...
03/23/2017

Doing a little 'spring cleaning', but can't seem to find the time to wash your car? Don't fret, there's always gals around who like to get things wet . . .

Alright - spring is in the air!  Time to uncover your favorite Olds that's been winterized, or sitting parked, and - if ...
03/23/2017

Alright - spring is in the air! Time to uncover your favorite Olds that's been winterized, or sitting parked, and - if it's a daily driver, it's time for all the 'little things' to get remembered and taken care of. You know, all those things you may have noticed about your car over the winter but put off repairing because it was just too 'dang cold outside. Well it's warmer now. Time to oil up the hinges and locks, including the trunk lock and hood latch. Clean out and freshen the interior, and don't forget to clean out leaves out from under the hood along the top of the firewall, plus clean out the trunk! Get started early, then your car will work well for you long into the summer!

1994 Oldsmobile LSS owner by Peter J. Peter Martens At Pearson
03/23/2017

1994 Oldsmobile LSS owner by Peter J. Peter Martens At Pearson

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