1976 Buick Electra Limited PK Ave Edition 455 V8 from North America


This is GM's longest sedan built, and for the money it's a good vehicle


Replaced entire brake system, applied rust converter to frame and underside of the car, regular tune up, fuel pump, rebuilt quadrajet carb, replaced vacuum ports on the engine, replaced fuel lines and removed catalytic converter on exhaust system.

General Comments:

Very comfortable riding and driving car. Not a high performance car, even though it has a large V8 engine, but adequate for the weight of the car (close to 5,000 lb).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2019

23rd Jun 2019, 20:00

Interestingly, the massive Buicks and Olds of the 70s were really nice cars that stood out, unlike the Buick of today. They also had their own unique engines that made them special.

I really miss these old school giants; they all were so overbuilt and solid. The interior space was never ending it seemed. To think what is made today compared to back then is shockingly bad. The new cars might be safer, get way better gas mileage, and are more reliable, but they’re full of overly cheap plastic parts, everything from the door handles to the gear selector, to stalk controls, to many dash components; they all feel weak and flimsy.

Also with that big 455, those things were buttery smooth and had lots of torque. The Turbo400 trans was the best tranny GM ever made, as it was stout and reliable too.

Long live the these beautiful giants as they had class, style and in your face presence.

1976 Buick Electra Limited 455 c.i. from North America


This is a graceful, smooth-running, comfortable, reliable car


The electric window control system shorts at times, requiring the driver to reach under the dash and touch the main wire from the fuse box.

The landau roof was ruined by a protective car cover one winter by a previous owner, causing the material to crack and draw moisture. The landau roof has been replaced twice due to this moisture/corrosion issue.

Rubber body mouldings at the rear of the car failed after 10 to 15 years (according to 2nd owner), and were replaced with fiberglass upgrades in 2000.

The starter and alternators failed at around 84k miles due to lack of use before I purchased the car.

The radiator failed at 92k miles due to age.

The fuel tank failed at 103k miles due to age.

At 100k miles, the car's engine received new seals and the valves were ground. Two mechanics raved at how little wear the engine showed and how well the compression was with so many years and miles.

General Comments:

With many years for General Motors to perfect the full-size Buicks, there were only minor things that could have been made better for 1976 Electras. Although these had large, 455 cubic inch engines, exhaust emission reducers were thrown onto the design in the early '70s, which cut the horsepower back by about a third of its original design. When it came to passing other cars on the highway, these still had plenty of respectable get-up-and-go, jumping from 45 miles per hour to over 80 in less than three car lengths. While these were never meant to be race cars, they could get onto or off highways or pass with grace and ease.

General steering and driving is much easier than most imagine. Turning into most perpendicular parking places in the 1976 Electra can usually be done in one attempt, even though the car is over 19 feet long. Parallel parking is relatively easy, as the driver can see the front and rear corners of the car from the driver's seat, and the power steering works well. The optional passenger-side mirror made it easy to see curbs.

Riding and driving a 1976 Buick Electra makes for enjoyable and comfortable trips. It is like sitting in one's favorite chair or sofa while traveling. After a 90-minute trip, passengers would not struggle to exit nor would they have to stretch and yawn when exiting. The interiors were detailed with interesting simulated wood trim and chrome edging. The upholstery held up well to wear and normal sunlight. The 4-speaker stereo system has a decent sound, even over after 30 years.

There were some short-cuts used with the Fisher Body design that could have been done better. The rubber body moldings in the rear (below taillights and licence plate, between fenders and rear bumper) did not hold up well. Door pins were not strong enough, causing the doors to sag and not close well. Armrests on the 60/40 front seats rattled from inside. The electric clocks were notorious for not lasting more than a couple of years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2008

26th Jun 2008, 18:03

The car was designed over 30 years ago when gas cost about 80 cents per gallon, who cares what kind of gas mileage it gets. People don't buy cars like this to use as daily drivers.

27th Jun 2008, 15:24

"25th Jun 2008, 18:06.

Notice the review makes no reference to gas mileage, hmmm..."

Notice this commenter just doesn't get it. All he knows is that this car is "big" and "old" and therefore must be no good.