1986 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 4.3 V6


Surprisingly economical car with US-movie appeal, yet reasonably modest in appearance


In twenty-one years:

Starter motors died repeatedly.

Fuel pump deceased twice, once after touring Mexico, and once after being parked for years.

Eats light bulbs on an ongoing basis.

Catalytic converter went twice.

... and that's it. This car has been a jiffy to own.

General Comments:

My friends call it the "FBI Car", and it turns all the heads at home in Sweden. Flashy modern cars stand no chance against it when cruising through the village. It makes me the fairy tale prince of southern Lapland.

I have owned this car for 21 years now, and it is now so old that I was able to get vintage plates and vintage insurance for it. That makes it very cheap to run. Add to this its mindbogglingly primitive technology, and it is a recipe for economical car ownership. Yes, even the fuel consumption is very modest - it does on average 10L / 100 km in any driving situation. With the big fuel tank, that gives me an outrageous range of almost 900 km.

It is a very appealing car in many ways, with which I have toured all of North America and Europe, as well as Scandinavia in the past 21 years, and always felt happy in doing so.

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

Review Date: 2nd July, 2015