1985 Buick Electra Review

1985 Buick Electra Limited 4 door 3.8 Liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance251000 miles


Will last forever with reasonable TLC


Transmission went to pot at 187,000 miles.

Engine has a tick- tick- tick noise while warming up.

Power windows are deathly slow.

Water pump at 145,000.

Oxygen sensor a few months ago.

General Comments:

Besides normal maintenance, I've had very few problems with this car. First year of GM's front wheel drive full-size.

Avoid the 85-87 models that haven't had the tranny replaced. It usually took GM a few years to get things right.

Fairly quick and nimble for a full-size, especially considering the age and miles.

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

Review Date: 3rd April, 2001

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review