1977 Buick Electra 225 2dr 403 V8
A truly amazing stalwart classic with a history
Distributor cap around 200,000 miles.
Car frequently overheated.
A/C compressor replaced twice in 33 years.
Automatic choke repair around 200,000 miles.
Gaskets (transmission and valve covers).
I bought this '77 brand new in November 1976 from a dealer in Los Angeles, and I believe I paid around $9500 for it... yes, under 10 grand for a new, top of the line Buick. It's a gold two door with a white padded landau roof. I bought this car because at the time, my son was 11, and I wanted a semi-sporty looking car with plenty of room and comfort to replace my '71 Riviera (which was not exactly a child friendly car).
I owned the car from 1976 to 1982, and as I recall, I only replaced the brakes, and had overheating issues (which was a common problem with the Olds 403 V8 because of its block design). I gave the car to my sister in Pennsylvania as a gift in mid-'82. She passed away in 1988, but her husband, to this very day, still owns and drives the car on a daily basis.
As I was talking to him recently, he was telling me that since 1982, he replaced the distributor cap, A/C compressor, tires, brakes, belts. He reports no problems with it, and intends to keep the car indefinitely (he and I are both 72 now, so probably will be his last car). He also drives it in the snow and salt without trouble.
The car, when I owned it at least, was very plush and very stunning in appearance at the time. It had the chrome plated road wheels, glossy gold paint, 8 track AM/FM stereo, automatic climate control, power windows/locks/seats, and tilt, cruise, you name it. And the power that V8 had was phenomenal... according to my brother-in-law, it still is. It's not burning any oil either; original rings, valve seals.
There are just no cars like this anymore. Buick is like a security blanket that makes you feel great, not just because it's plush, but because you know you can count on your Buick, even as a daily driver, for decades at a time rather than just a few years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2010
Great review on a great car. At one time the Buick name meant quality, you were getting a damn good vehicle for that 9 grand... not like some of these (disposable) Opel garbage cars they've got now, that cost upwards of 25 grand and are engineered to be traded in at a loss (DEPRECIATION) every few years, before your warranty runs out or it blows up at 120,000 miles. No value for your money any more. Maybe that's why so many people lease their cars nowadays... sign a lease back in the day & you'd be regarded as a fool throwing your money away for something you'd never own (that was actually WORTH owning).