Beautiful Time Capsule
It's a 33 year old car with 163,000 miles, so it's had its share of normal wear and tear items replaced, but since I bought it 11 years ago, it has been as reliable as one could ask for a car its age.
It still has its original un-rebuilt 231 Buick engine and automatic tranny. It still runs great, and only uses a little oil. I have replaced the rear main oil seal, and the valve stem seals and the radiator. Nothing major other than that, but normal wear items.
I had it repainted once, it still looks great, and the inside only shows a little bit of usual wear.
The car has been well maintained and cared for its entire life - yet has always been kept outside.
I'll keep this car for as long as I can, and just continue to replace things as they wear out. It is not driven in the winter, so it will probably last another three decades.
They simply don't build cars with personality like this anymore. It doesn't have the 10 year lifespan plastic disposable feel that new cars have today, being made before there was so much concern to make cars with "crumple zones" or German "ergonomic" seats that force your body to stay in the exact same position the entire time you are driving the car. This is like sitting on your favorite sofa and driving! It is not fast or nimble handling. But it is very comfortable, reliable, easy and cheap to work on. In other words, cool and a lot of fun to own, a time capsule that makes you smile when you drive it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2011