1979 Buick Electra Reviews

1979 Buick Electra Limited Sedan Olds 403 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission Olds 403 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles

Summary:

Best car I ever owned, should have kept it!

Faults:

Cruise control went out because the clip that keeps the cruise engaged broke. Was a very easy and inexpensive fix.

General Comments:

Great power.

Very comfortable.

AC could freeze you if you wanted.

Extremely comfortable to drive long distance.

Got decent mileage, if you didn't step into it when accelerating.

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

Review Date: 31st May, 2011

26th Jan 2012, 14:10

My 1979 Buick Electra cruises nice in all seasons, and is very reliable.

1979 Buick Electra Limited Sedan 6.6 litre 403 V8 from North America

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 6.6 litre 403 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles

Summary:

Nicest driving and riding car I've known and I regret selling it to this day.

Faults:

Cruise control went out. Was a minor fix as the only thing wrong was that the clip that keeps the throttle engaged snapped.

Other than above, NOTHING and I mean NOTHING, ever went wrong with this car!

General Comments:

Huge, heavy and very safe car.

Has classy looks and lots of room inside for adults and the trunk is huge!

The car is so quiet and drives so nice.

The 6.6 litre 403 V8 moves this car very well. If you drive it sensibly, i.e., no rapid starts and keep the speed at 65 mph, you can get 22 miles to the gallon on the interstate with the cruise set and the air conditioner on.

I love the expansive wood dash and the huge clock on the passenger side. All of the dashboard controls work very well and are easy to use.

The six way power seat is very comfortable.

The car is actually easy to judge when parking. I can park parallel park the Buick Electra more easily than I can a lot of smaller cars.

I love looking out over the hood and seeing the huge Buick tri-shield hood ornament.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2006

1979 Buick Electra Limited Buick 350, V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Buick 350, V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Comfortable but thirsty cruiser

Faults:

Engine was rebuilt soon after purchase due to compression loss in one cylinder (it would have cost almost the same amount of money to tear into the motor to find out exactly what went wrong).

Charcoal canister which collects evaporated gas from the gas tank imploded, and released tiny carbon particles into the carburetor (90,000 miles).

Carburetor was rebuilt at 90,000 miles.

AC leaks some fluid, but with the low cost of replacement fluid (non-freon type) it is not a major problem.

Gas tank had rust holes. Was repaired with JB Weld. I recommend a new tank for safety reasons, though.

Alternator was replaced at 100,000 miles.

Starter was replaced at 120,000 miles.

Lower ball joints, shocks, worn steering parts were replaced at 125,000 miles.

Exhaust system (catalytic converter and muffler) were replaced at 125,000 miles.

General Comments:

Engine rebuilding was something I was not prepared for, but with a new engine the car is much more reliable than other examples, I think.

Gas mileage is not good (15 mpg on highway), but I've heard of much worse cases. Correct carburetor adjustment should improve gas mileage. Before I rebuilt the carburetor myself, the car got almost 20 mpg on highway.

A 6-ft-tall adult can lie down across the front seat if he doesn't mind putting his feet up in the corner between the dashboard and the door. I can comfortably sleep in the car.

The car is reliable and I took many road trips when gas was less than 80 cents a gallon.

Original stereo works well. Speakers are not too bad either.

It's an old car, so of course there are problems, but parts labor are cheap. It is so much easier to work on than most newer cars. Considering the lack of depreciation over time, you can spend $1000 a year on repairs (I never have), and still come out ahead.

I would recommend any GM full-size car from the same era. You can find a reliable car for $1000. If you get one made before '76 or '77, your car may be exempt from emissions test. Basic designs are very similar to mine, I think. A typical example is equipped with a V8 engine between 300 and 400 cubic inches and a very common and reliable 3-speed transmission called TH350 or TH400. You can easily find a $100 used TH350 transmission in a junk yard, if you ever need one. Pick a car that's been well-maintained to avoid spending money on repairs after you get it. Since I don't have to drive long distances anymore, I intend to keep this car for a few more years despite the high gas prices.

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

Review Date: 11th July, 2001

12th Jul 2001, 09:28

I agree with the owner of the 1979 Buick Electra Limited.

I owned a 1980 Buick Electra Limited sedan and it has given me years of reliable performance and comfort. I love all the wood inside. It is just a luxurious, comfortable GM car, rides as smooth as a cloud. Ooowe!

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews