1985 Buick Skylark Reviews from North America

1985 Buick Skylark Custom 2.8L V6

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance500000 miles


Best car I ever owned!!!


Normal maintenance was required.

General Comments:

I was very impressed with the performance of this car. The 6 cylinder was great in acceleration, but at the same time, gave reasonable mileage and excellent reliability. Even with over 500000 kms on it, it would start like the day it was new. I have yet to find another car I enjoyed as much as this one. Best car I ever owned!

My father bought it new from the dealer in 1985, and I inherited it after that. That thing was damn near bullet proof!!! The only drawback was the rust. These cars in 1985 had a real problem with the paint peeling off and causing the steel to rust.

As for reliability, they were A1 and easy to fix! Even when my father bought a new Oldsmobile in 1995, this beauty started better than his brand new Olds when it was -25 plus windchill outdoors!...

I sure miss her, and if I could, would buy another in a second!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2011

19th Dec 2011, 16:24

An old lady gave me one of these (or it may have been an '84, can't remember) back in the late 1990s, and yes, what a wonderful car! The 2.8 was a fantastic little motor (mine had around 90,000 miles or so when I got it), the car was a very nice size, and drove great with reasonable fuel economy. Never had a moments trouble with it, started in the coldest weather, and everything worked perfectly. I eventually sold it to a teenager for $500.

Funny thing is, as in so many things, this car was consider a dog by the automotive press and cognoscenti, but in reality for the man on the ground, it was great.

23rd Dec 2011, 22:47

The VariJet carburetor on the 2.8 V6 was the precursor of fuel injection that provided (almost) fuel injection levels of throttle response, if not acceleration when young. The fun begins as it ages, when the carb starts wearing out, and/or getting dirty. When you put a dwell meter (remember those?) on the mixture control solenoid, and it gives readings in the single-digit range, the MC solenoid/Engine Control Module is trying to compensate for the lack of fuel flow - it is holding the metering rods up for extended periods of time, but can drive the air/fuel mixture stoichiometric - exactly enough air is provided to completely burn all of the fuel.

Other than that, short life of MacPherson struts, alternators, and A/C compressors are the only other reliability issues.

Should you get a 2.8 Multiport fuel injection engine, the cylinder heads are aluminum - head gasket can be a problem, and driveability can be an issue.

Redeeming features are generally well-appointed interiors, a smooth ride, and good packaging.

1985 Buick Skylark Custom 2.5

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7200 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger


Wonderful little car!


Nothing really, when I got the car it had sat in a towing company's impound yard, or more like a field for 8 years and had the front pasanger A-frame broken off. I bought it for $50 and they gave me a parts car to fix it with. I've only had to change the oil and put tires on it since I got it.

General Comments:

I love the gas mileage this car gets, right around 45mpg on the highway.

It handles like a sports car.

It still has a lot of miles to go and its get up and go hasn't got up and left yet so I'll more than likely keep it for a very long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2008

31st May 2013, 07:31

I got one about 3 years ago for $200 bucks. Still running, and has well over 100,000 miles on it. Doesn't use any oil.

Would I buy another one? YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT.

31st May 2013, 09:47

Does it get 45 MPG on the highway, like the reviewer's car doesn't?

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews