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Old 01-30-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default Problematic 168K L67.......2.97 rebuild worth it?

So I see this L67 1995 Olds 88 royale parts car for sale on some oldsmobile forum last night..and it happens to be located in my town..and an identical body to mine...yeah go figure.
BUT it has 160K and quite a few issues I found the seller wrote several months ago. It is for sale at best offer because the tranny is dead and shops around here are crazy.

Here are the slightly disturbing posts I read:

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Last summer I experienced some really loud knocking under the hood and my car developed a horrible death rattle. I took it to several mechanics and the diagnosis was that the supercharger needed to be replaced. I shopped for a used one and had it put in my car, but the rattle did not go away. Turns out it was the crankshaft dampner pulley that needed to be replaced. Got that fixed, and no more rattle.
My car is an 1995 Olds 88 with about 160k miles on it. I know the supercharger works fine because that wasn't the problem, and I can't return the one I bought because I got it used (that'* the one in my car now).
I nearly laughed to death when I read that though. IT is so true about the GM stealership mechanics here. "hey fellow [email protected] coworker, it sounds like the sound is coming from the bottom of the motor.....It must be that wierd looking turbo charger thing on top of the engine"

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shortly after the seller wrote this:

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My 95 Olds 88 had a minor oil leak when I bought it last summer. The leak has progressed and now I am going through about 2-3 quarts per week. I've had it looked at while getting my oil changed, but they say there is so much oil on the underside the car, they can't possibly tell where it'* coming from. What are the chances that it is one of the seals? And is it unsafe to drive like this? I need my car and am short on cash to get it fixed right now.
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My 95 Olds 88 has been running fine except for an oil leak, until recently. It started hesitating while idling or starting from a stop, also when I'm turning sometimes. I press the gas and it acts like it isn't getting fuel. One time the car started chiming while I was driving, and the engine light came on, then it froze. It wouldn't go forward or reverse, and the steering wheel locked up. I had to restart the car. Now the engine light comes on whenever I start the car, although it only acts up sometimes. What might this be?
Another thing it does...it won't start sometimes, acts like the battery is dead...but it'* a new battery.
The car has about 160k miles on it and has only had one owner before me. It looks well maintained, from what I can tell.
hmm....

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My transmission just went out in my 1995 Olds 88. I can't afford to have it rebuilt, so I have to scrap the car. She always ran well except for a rear seal oil leak and some engine hesitation. I'm sure she'* got a lot of parts that are worth something to someone...
So yeah not the best record there for reliablity...but if the price is right..

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So based on those posts does it sound like the engine is trash....since it was loosing "2-3 quarts of oil a week"????possible easy fix or no?

Assuming this car used the 2.97 which item fails on these most often? Besides the Torque Converter....What sort of questions do I ask the seller if it is an easier fix than expected?

Do the rebuilds of the 2.97'* usually work out or do you have to get working pull and build that?

What is a used M-90 worth on ebay or the BC black market? Anything else worth anything significant on a car like that?

How rare was the L67 option in '95 for the delta 88s?????

What should I look for when I go look at it?



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That isn't a Olds 88 -it'* a LSS. VERY RARE. 1995 LSS'* are fairly rare compared to the 1996+, but the Supercharged 1995 LSS is even rarer than the 1996+ L67 LSS'*.
If you want to get the car and replace the trans you can get at the rear seal while you have the trans out.
Try www.car-part.com to see what used transmissions are going for in your area. I'd think you should be able to get a transmission and have it installed for under $700 ($2-350 for the trans and about the same for the installation).
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there is no such thing as a 95 delta 88, so im assuming u are talking about an eighty-eight
u might want to ask him if he has used a vacumm gauge or backpressure guage on his car.
u can buy a ported m90 from zzperformance look at the bottom of the page it will cost u about $500
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u can buy a ported m90 from zzperformance look at the bottom of the page it will cost u about $500
Won't work. The 1995 L67'* have the M62 supercharger, and from what it looks like the car he'* looking at doesn't need a new supercharger.
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doesnt the 95 LSS have a series 2 L67?
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doesnt the 95 LSS have a series 2 L67?
If I remember correctly.....95 has the Series II L36, the N/A motor, but the L67 like my car is still the series I until 96. I'd ****** that thing up as a good project car....Have some fun with it, could be a good money maker if the price is right.
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somewhere i heard olds was 1 year ahead in against all other GM
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I test drove a 1995 L67 LSS in May of last year. Great car, bad coupler. That scared everyone off because it was still listed as of October.
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doesnt the 95 LSS have a series 2 L67?
If I remember correctly.....95 has the Series II L36, the N/A motor, but the L67 like my car is still the series I until 96. I'd ****** that thing up as a good project car....Have some fun with it, could be a good money maker if the price is right.
u might want to check into this... make sure its a series II
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doesnt the 95 LSS have a series 2 L67?
If I remember correctly.....95 has the Series II L36, the N/A motor, but the L67 like my car is still the series I until 96. I'd ****** that thing up as a good project car....Have some fun with it, could be a good money maker if the price is right.
u might want to check into this... make sure its a series II
Where'* will when you need him?? LOL Anyways...UI'm pretty sure that I heard it from will like a week or so ago in another thread that 95 L36 was a Series II and the 95 L67 was still Series I
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