1987 Buick Electra Review from North America

1987 Buick Electra 3.8liter V6

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro


Powerful, comfortable, quiet, dependable cruiser.


I don't remember the exact mileage, but the following items have had to be replaced since I bought the car:

Fuel pump (4 times)

Coil packs (1 time, recently)

Mass air-flow sensor (countless times)

Harmonic balancer (1 time)

Crankshaft position sensor (1 time, recently)

Passenger front power window doesn't work anymore.

These cars seem to have a lot of trouble with the electric fuel pumps and mass air-flow sensors.

General Comments:

Just like a true GM product: Powerful, comfortable, and dependable.

The 3800 engine has been around in basic form since the 1960s, and at 220,000 miles, is still working beautifully.

The Hydramatic transmission is still going strong, and we have not had any problems with it.

The seats are comfortable, even on long drives.

Engine noise is hardly noticeable, even at 80mph.

Like a GM, it has enough power for passing on steep grades and hauling a 401CID Jeep engine in the trunk with no complaints.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review