1986 Buick Electra Reviews from North America

1986 Buick Electra T-Type 3.8 PFI

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 PFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van


GM messed up when they quit making these things!


When I got the car the starter was bad.

I have had to clean out the insides of the power window and mirror switches.

I recently had to replace the alternator.

Most recently the radio died, but I used it as an excuse to enter "the CD age".

General Comments:

This vehicle is really comfortable, with wide seats, killer A/C, good quality sound from the speakers, and power everything.

The combination of new tech (overdrive, fuel injection, DIS) with the old (no annoying airbags, 4 glass headlights) is perfect as far as I'm concerned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th September, 2004

1986 Buick Electra 3.8 Liter V6

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville


Comfort and reliability from a long running quality car manufacturer


When I aquired this car from the original owners teenage son for free in 1995, this kid had obviously beat on this cars drivetrain. The transmission was burned out in it, but the rest of the car was very clean and it ran very nice. I had the transmission rebuilt for about 300.00 and it never failed again.

The alternator bearing seized in 1999 and I easily replaced that myself for about 30.00.

General Comments:

This was one of the most reliable cars I have ever owned. It had lots of power from the 3.8 liter V6 engine and was always reliable. Gas mileage was great at about 23 mpg using 87 unleaded. Very affordable car for teenagers with some styling and lots of space and comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2004

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews