‘The Ninety-Eight Is One Of The Most Distinctive Oldsmobiles In Years’

Doug DeMuro is right — what the hell are old people supposed to buy these days? They don't have sweet rides like this 1991 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight that they can use to drive to Bingo or through storefront windows anymore.


In this classic clip from MotorWeek 91, John Davis notes that GM realized no one wanted their badge-engineered "cookie cutter" cars, and decided to make Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Pontiacs and Cadillacs look somewhat different from each other. Like this Ninety-Eight! Why, look at that grille and wide, smooth tail. It's distinctive!

It's also got a neat feature that keeps the radio and other functions to work after the key is switched off, but a "computer glitch" on MotorWeek's car kept this from happening. See? Quality like that is the reason Oldsmobile is still around and Lexus went out of business years ago.

Oh, wait.

MotorWeek Theater is our showcase of some of our favorite classic reviews from public television's finest motoring program. How does this video only have 5,621 views? It's an Oldsmobonanza!

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