1987 Buick Somerset Custom 3.0 V6
The car has served me well so far and I pray it'll stay that way!!!
Nothing has gone wrong with the car in the 4 months I've had it, although there have been some regular maintenance issues:
The brakes had never been changed, and the muffler had so many holes in it the car sounded kind of sporty!! (in a cheap kind of way).
I need to do a tranny flush, a power steering flush, and maybe a coolant flush: I'm not sure if they've been done.
So far I've only spent about $350 on upkeep and maintenance!
I bought this car from an older couple that had owned it since new. It never gave them much trouble in the 20 years they had it, so I'm hoping the same will go for me!
The only complaints I have at this point are that the car has a number of rust spots, but I think I can fix them, and it only has a 3 speed automatic. It could get much nicer acceleration and gas mileage on the highway... Although as it stands with 3 speeds it still gets to 140 pretty easily and doesn't seem to have trouble staying there!
The car is pretty comfortable, and it handles well enough for its age and the fact I bought it for a grand. I only wish the brake pedal had a bit less travel, I'm not sure if it's a serious issue, or if I just don't like it...
What annoys me a lot is the squeaking accessory belt, but when I lube it it falls off, so I'll stick with the noise!
One more thing, this car seems to be a better off-road car than many others... Nothing has fallen off on the occasions I've been on severely rutted dirt roads... maybe I'm too cautious of a driver? (lol ya right)
Overall the car has been great so far, but I'm always scared it's going to blow up in my face one day when I start it... It just seems to good to be true!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th August, 2007
13th Sep 2007, 21:33
I got one too. Your accessory belt probably needs changed, check if your water pump and timing belt have been changed along with it. That's the only things that I had to fix on mine. My brake is the same way, it might just be how it was built because I checked it out and there's nothing wrong. Its not hard to check the coolant or power steering. If the car is running hotter than about 7 or 8 bars on the screen and the power steering would be squeaky if it needs flushed. I heard that the alternators tend to go on the Somerset too.