1996 Buick Roadmaster Reviews from North America

1996 Buick Roadmaster

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles

Summary:

Final classic car update

Faults:

Heater core had been sitting too much, and the red anti-freeze plugged things up. So a new heater core and many flushes, and it's fine, and changed to the good anti-freeze. And that's it... runs like a champion.

General Comments:

This is an almost perfect 96 with the trailer package on it also. That means HD everything. And has the Mach fan instead of electric fans, and has the top on it, which doesn't help the looks at all. White/blue, and perfect and all stock, except I took the home plate off the engine, and used the chrome Buick plug to seal it off.

Use it only in winter with posi and all. Run a 1996 Caddy FWB, not even close to stock, for summer. The Roadmaster is a better car (with the HD stock), but not in the looks department, and all the cheap plastic interior rattles are bad. The caddy doesn't have this issue. The Caddy has 112,000, so both are in great running condition, and are going to stay that way.

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

Review Date: 13th December, 2012

14th Dec 2012, 16:16

I wish GM still built real cars.

1996 Buick Roadmaster Collectors Edition 5.7 LT1

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.7 LT1 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance111500 miles
Previous carBuick Riviera

Summary:

What a rear wheel drive car should be

Faults:

Replaced the water pump, all four shocks and charged the A/C system.

General Comments:

I bought this Roadmaster because I have always driven large Buicks of the 60's and 70's. I finally realized that my 72 Riviera was not suitable for a daily driver anymore having served me since I bought it in 1996.

After much research I decided on one of GM's last rear wheel drive sedans, the 1996 Roadmaster. I have been nothing but impressed with this car, as the comfort and performance are outstanding. Gas mileage is also great for a car this large. I can average 20 MPG with four adults and the A/C running on a 90 plus degree day.

The only rough spot on these cars is the poor quality and design of the door panels. The fake wood strips tend to break where they fasten to the door. The front and rear bumpers may also start to peel where the chrome tape is. I can find no other fault with these cars.

They are usually much sought after, and low mileage examples can fetch impressive money. One of the reasons these cars were discontinued along with the Chevy Caprices and Cadillac Fleetwoods was that the average buyer for these models is in their late 60's, so they weren't moving too many. That's a real shame because there is one thing the General builds very well and that is big rear wheel drive automobiles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2010

15th Sep 2011, 20:20

I agree with this comment very much so, I have a 96 Buick Roadmaster Limited Collector's Edition, and it rides terrific. Curious how a 2011/2012 would look, if it could be brought back into production.

16th Sep 2011, 17:47

My guess would be that it would be a much less desirable car. Just look at the Buick LaCrosse. That car is now considered the flagship of the Buick line. I had one as a rental car with a four cylinder, and it felt very cheap. The interior had a few nice details, but by and large this car is much too small and cheap feeling to be a flagship for the Buick line-up.

1996 Buick Roadmaster Collectors Edition LT-1 350ci

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission LT-1 350ci Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 miles
Most recent distance154999 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

What a machine!!!

Faults:

Nothing but Buick's grand curse of the molding falling off.

General Comments:

My son calls me up and says, "Dad, the car lot here gave me a car you might be interested in, I want your old truck". Right... so I go and visit my son, lo and behold, it's the Roadmaster.

I now have this AWESOME 1996 Deep Burgundy, you name it, it's powered, LOL, Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon, Collectors Edition, So, needless to say, my son now drives a one owner 92' Ford Super Cab, and dad has a Cruiser.

It's so hard to believe that the car lot was gonna send it to the metal recyclers, the ash tray had never even been used in this LAND YACHT!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2009

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 11 reviews