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Old November 12th, 2017
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My '94 was stolen today

I wrote this earlier this evening and somehow it disappeared when I just now went looking for it. Are posts disappearing from this forum?

I'll try again. Maybe I did something wrong. It certainly doesn't seem to be my day.

I live in a safe neighborhood . . . or at least it used to be safe. A place where you can leave your car windows down and not worry about somebody grabbing a camera or whatever. For the 17 years I've owned this property it's been a place I could even leave my keys in the car without worrying, but the times they are a'changing.

My '94 was in (to my eyes anyway) showroom condition when I bought it in Ft. Gibson, OK back in 2009 or so. I meant to keep it the way I got it but somehow things didn't work out that way. I can't remember the last time I waxed it. I even stopped being as diligent as I used to be in changing transmission fluid & filter. Heck, it's probably been a year since I even did an oil change. I didn't lose respect for the car . . . it's been wonderfully reliable. I'm just at an age (72) where I seem to be letting a lot of things go. Lots of old friends are dead and I've just not got much enthusiasm anymore.

Re my trusty 98 that is now MIA, other than the AC compressor I haven't had any major expenses in the 8 years I've had it . . . cheezzzzeee . . . has it been 8 years? Yep. It's friggin' amazing how time evaporates once we get into our 60's and beyond.

As I was saying, the AC compressor was about the most expensive maintenance that this car presented me with. Until recently when I had three fuel pumps go out one after the other. The one that came with the car lasted from 112K to 189K. When it failed I took it to a shop I haven't been to for a long time (since my main trustworthy shop retired) and they put in an O'Reilly pump. Within three months it failed. The shop honored their warranty and put another one in, same quality. Unfortunately the second O'Reilly pump failed out in the Mojave Desert on my way from San Diego to Las Vegas. The shop warranty had expired by then but I was too far away in any event. The shop in Barstow put in a Delphi which is what the first shop should have used to start with - Delphi or AC Delco. They charged me enough for the job - they should have put a good pump in for that kind of money. Between five and six hundred. Certain things that are really hard to get to you just don't go with cheapo parts. Needless to say I won't be going back to Van's Automotive in El Cajon, CA.

So . . . my trusty '94 was stolen from in front of my house last night. I went out about three this afternoon to use the car and there was a big empty space where my car should have been. Boy . . . what a feeling.

The Sheriff said stolen cars are found in about 50% of the cases so I have some small hope it'll turn up.

I've already started shopping however, just in case. Amazingly, I found a '95 with 149K miles that looks like it just came off the line in Detroit - or whatever town (I forget) it was where they built them. Various places I imagine. This car, at least in the pictures and reading the Carfax is NICE. It's had the plenum gasket job done quite a while back. I'm reading the engine is 205 HP instead of the 170 I had with my '94. Is there anyone reading this forum that can comment on any other differences between the 94 and 95? Book values on these old cars don't mean much when they get this old but can anyone suggest a figure that would be a a fair price? I paid $2750 for my '94 back in 2008. The dealer is asking that same figure for this '95, 8 years later! It looks like a new car but so did my '94 at the time.

Hope somebody reading this has some experience with the 95 98's and can guide me a bit on things I ought to know.

Thanks,

Mike
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I am sorry about your loss. I really am. I hope it turns up in full condition, but if not... I am sorry because it hurts because you cared for your car. I hope you get another Ninety Eight. The body style ran from 1991-1996. The upgrades came in 1994 with the styling. There were improvements made in 1995 and 1996. I own a 1995. I owned a 1994 years ago. Some things that changed were the seats went up to 8 way power seats up from six way power. The engine went up in horsepower as a Series II 3800 V6. There have been other changes too. Look at those two years too. I have been there with the fuel pump issue. Only use AC Delco parts on your car. GM used to own Delphi back in the day. The best place to find AC Delco parts online is Rock Auto and Amazon. Sometimes Ebay depending on what it is. The plant was Orion Township in Michigan where it was built.
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Mike this is terrible!

I had a car stolen once, it was my '90 "88". They found it on a side street in Detroit sitting on the brakes. It was ransacked, and the thief had spit out a half eaten granola bar on the dash that I left in the car.

After I got the car back I nearly sold it because I just couldn't stomach it. It passed after a few months.

I think the worst feeling is that you have zero recourse. Best of luck with finding and buying a "new" Oldsmobile!
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Thanks for the responses guys. Three days after it was stolen I got a call at 2 A.M. from an officer who had found my car. Actually a security guard had noticed it in the corner of a parking lot and called it in to the cops. Thankfully I heard the call since had I waited, the car would have been towed to a tow lot and it would have cost about three hundred bucks to retrieve it. Very nice police woman and her sidekick. She also went over it for DNA and fingerprints. How nice it would be to hear that justice has caught up with the lowlife.

Everything of any value was taken from inside the car and trunk. Two jacks, spare tire, tools, two cameras, GPS . . . nothing that I can't replace for abouty four hundred or five hundred bucks. The cop lady said these stolen cars are often driven off into a canyon or set on fire but mine was undamaged. It has new tires and the wheels I would think are desirable since they're really a beautiful design - but they were OK, so I got off lucky.

The thief kept the keys however, so they can take it again at any time. I could have the whole thing re-keyed but that's several hundred bucks. I'm feeling a bit like the car has been bespoiled. Been in the hands of a cockroach.

The 95 I found as a replacement (thinking I would never get the car back . . . that it had been taken to Mexico (I live in San Diego), was amazing. It had 145K or so and was the next grade up from the Regency. It had the higher trim level called Regency Elite. It had the factory recall plenum gasket replacement and honestly was driven by one old man who eventually got too old to drive. I visited the shop where all maintenance had been done - owner was a long time customer and the service fellow knew the history.

One thing that is of concern is I think I've heard on this forum that the eletronic speedo & gauge unit is more problematical than the regular analog gauges I've got in the 94. Can anyone comment on any differences between the two? Do the all digital dashboard displays fail more often?

Other differences between this 95 and my 94 is the engine puts out more power - which my 94 totally does not need. The specs say mileage is the same but since it's putting out 30 or more horsepower I would think it's perhaps not as reliable or economical as my current one with 170.

My 94 was showroom condition when I got it - I flew all the way back to a little town in Oklahoma to get it eight years ago. I haven't mistreated it by any means, but some driver's window switches have fallen off, headliner has started sagging. Paint needs some reconditioning (waxing & buffing). Nothing a couple hundred bucks won't fix. at 189K it's still smooth & trouble free. Recently went through four fuel pumps in a row. The one it came with, then two replacements that failed within two months of each other. The fourth one failed on a trip to Vegas and the Barstow shop put in a Delphi instead of the previous O'Reilley parts. Somebody referred to a "fuel pump problem" with these cars. Is this a common failure?

So . . . that 95 is one nice car. Nicer and fancier than mine when I got it. I checked with the dealer who had it today. He's stopped advertising it for the time being, but he still has it, parked off in a corner, Hard to get to. Nobody is interested around here in that era of GM cars it seems. The kids aren't interested in "old mans cars" and the old men can afford something newer. So it's in a niche position and not surprising that the dealer hasn't sold it. Asking price (firm, last time I talked with them) is 2900. Since it's been sitting I may get it for 25.

However, If I put just half that in my 94 to get it back to where it was when I got it, I'd have just as nice a car so I'm undecided. The fact the thief still has the keys bothers me. Having a new one would wash the bad taste of having had my car stolen away, and I won't have to worry about re-keying the entire car.

The only thing, other than the perhaps silliness of buying a new and unnecessary car, is the electronic dash. Is this something to be wary of?

Mike
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I prefer the digital gauges. I had analog on my 1994 Ninety Eight, and it went out. An Oldsmobile tech told me there was not much difference between the two clusters as they ran on the system and the the analog had more moving parts because of the needles and dials. The mileage was a gallon better on the city cycle at 19. The highway was 30. The window switches are on Ebay and Amazon. I replaced my fuel pump this year. I went through two of them just as you did. The original plus a failed replacement and a third one. I hope this helps.
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