Buick Electra Review from Australia and New Zealand

1969 Buick Electra 225 Custom Hardtop Sedan 430 cube

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission 430 cube Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carChrysler Valiant


A whopping, throbbing time capsule


Fuel gauge stopped working.

The steering drag link suffered problems as a result of the Right Hand Drive conversion many years ago.

The vacuum operated front door locks never worked for me.

General Comments:

They just don't make cars like this anymore, and are unlikely to ever again. Two ton of Flint Michigan steel stands out here in Australia, and these days probably anywhere.

Considering the wheelbase, you would think that the cabin would be huge. Sure, it is wide, but the legroom could have been a bit better for us 6-footers.

The pillarless body and electric front bench seat never failed to impress visitors.

This is "old-school" luxury from another era. Neil Armstrong was probably kicking moondust when this car's Fisher body was being lowered onto the massive separate chassis.

Cars back then were designed to be fixed. You don't need a PhD in electronics to get things working again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review