A truly amazing stalwart classic with a history
Distributor cap around 200,000 miles.
Car frequently overheated.
A/C compressor replaced twice in 33 years.
Automatic choke repair around 200,000 miles.
Gaskets (transmission and valve covers).
I bought this '77 brand new in November 1976 from a dealer in Los Angeles, and I believe I paid around $9500 for it... yes, under 10 grand for a new, top of the line Buick. It's a gold two door with a white padded landau roof. I bought this car because at the time, my son was 11, and I wanted a semi-sporty looking car with plenty of room and comfort to replace my '71 Riviera (which was not exactly a child friendly car).
I owned the car from 1976 to 1982, and as I recall, I only replaced the brakes, and had overheating issues (which was a common problem with the Olds 403 V8 because of its block design). I gave the car to my sister in Pennsylvania as a gift in mid-'82. She passed away in 1988, but her husband, to this very day, still owns and drives the car on a daily basis.
As I was talking to him recently, he was telling me that since 1982, he replaced the distributor cap, A/C compressor, tires, brakes, belts. He reports no problems with it, and intends to keep the car indefinitely (he and I are both 72 now, so probably will be his last car). He also drives it in the snow and salt without trouble.
The car, when I owned it at least, was very plush and very stunning in appearance at the time. It had the chrome plated road wheels, glossy gold paint, 8 track AM/FM stereo, automatic climate control, power windows/locks/seats, and tilt, cruise, you name it. And the power that V8 had was phenomenal... according to my brother-in-law, it still is. It's not burning any oil either; original rings, valve seals.
There are just no cars like this anymore. Buick is like a security blanket that makes you feel great, not just because it's plush, but because you know you can count on your Buick, even as a daily driver, for decades at a time rather than just a few years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2010