1991 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 liter
Smooth, comfortable, reliable, low maintenance land yacht
The car has never failed to start, super reliable.
Small cracks/chips in the windshield from winter driving.
Power windows are slow (my 89 Park Avenue was the same).
Some surface rust on the outside.
Front brake pads (they only cost $40).
Wipers detached from wiper motor, put it back on myself.
Oil changes, etc.
Super awesome, low maintenance, extremely reliable car. Has never left me stranded, starts everytime, even in -35 northern Canadian winters without a block heater plugged in.
Bought it for under $1000 and it's paid for itself. Very low ownership costs. The 3800 engine is very smooth, capable of over 160km/hr on the highway at low RPM. Amazing fuel mileage on the highway for a big older car, about 30 MPG or better; a 2500 km road trip cost me less than $200 in fuel. People don't believe me when I tell them how efficient the car is.
Power windows, locks, electronic climate control, everything still works great. The heater is super warm; better than lots of newer cars I've driven. Front wheel drive and heavy engine make it handle great in snow and winter too. The 3800 engine is very good in the cold too; you see tons of Grand Prixs, LeSabres, and Park Avenues in northern Canada as they have a great reputation as a good winter car.
The interior is super comfortable with plush velour seats, driver and passenger power seats. Everyone loves to ride in it. They don't make cars this comfortable anymore. Especially great for long road trips; you stay comfortable after long hours of driving.
All and all it's an awesome car and a pleasure to drive. Extremely low ownership costs, just buy it in cash, no car payments, cheap insurance, gas and oil changes and that's it. My girlfriend has a much newer VW Jetta and it's in the shop a lot, averages over $300/month for maintenance and repairs only. One would think that the older, domestic car would be the unreliable one, but it's her that has to borrow the Buick when the Jetta won't start. But then again, that's a common misconception that foreign cars are more reliable; other than some Toyotas I've owned which have been great, my domestic cars have been more reliable and cheaper to own in the long run.
If you find any car with the 3.8/3800 engine I'd totally recommend it. I've owned 2 and they have been amazing. Also 2 of my friends have well over 350k on their 3.8 Grand Prixs and they still drive them daily!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2017