1978 Buick LeSabre Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1978 Buick LeSabre Limited Landau 5.7 Liter V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.7 Liter V8 Don't Know
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired132000 miles
Most recent distance159261 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Tuff as nails!!!

Faults:

Old age has taken a toll on this car, but mostly regular maintenance items.

The catalytic converter went out, $300.

The rear suspension had to be replaced, $290.

The rear brake line rusted through (at a stoplight!), $300.

The water pump failed, $150.

Transmission went out, $670.

Total repairs are around $1700-2000, but it's much cheaper than a car payment!

General Comments:

The paramount luxury you will feel in riding in a vehicle of this caliber is something intoxicating. On any given night you may find me and my cronies rolling up in this piece -- we drive to survive.

Plenty of room in the interior, front and back seats are plush and roomy, accomodating even the choosiest ladies.

I once hit a tree at about 30 mph when the brake line went out, the small ding in the front bumper is all I have to show for it!

Even after backing into a haul away dumpster and pushing it through the lot, the only evidence is a small pockmark on the trunk.

Indestructible!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2001

2nd Oct 2003, 16:46

Wow! thanks for the info. that is exactly how I feel about my Le sabre. I just bought it a week a go and I can't stay out of it!!! it makes me feel soooo luxurious. like I belong in a 1970's disco fever movie. everything is original and clean inside. it needs a little body work, but nothing that a new paint job can't fix. I wish I had this car when I hit a tree!!! my 93 Pontiac was obliterated. and I was only doing about 30. thanks again Brett.

2nd Mar 2004, 12:12

Hi, I am 18 and I am purchasing a 1978 Buick le sabre as my first car. I learned to drive on a 1986 mercury grand marque, so I don't think driving a big car as the lesabre should be too much difficult. In about 2 weeks I will be getting the vehicle and I am so excited. I love everything about how the car looks. The paint and interior schemes are breathtaking and just makes you think of a time when things were easier, although I wasn't alive around then, but I can imagine. Well that's all for now, I will write back if any one else does, or when I get it to say how much I love it.

1978 Buick LeSabre Custom 4-door 350 V8 (5.7 Liter) from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 350 V8 (5.7 Liter) Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired178000 miles
Most recent distance211900 miles
Previous carFord Fairmont 4-door

Summary:

The Deer Slayer!!!!

Faults:

Tie rod (from hitting and running over a damn deer), A/C seals (dry rotted), fuel gauge, fuel tank (from hitting the damn deer), u-joint, heater fan.

General Comments:

I love this car!!!!! It eats V6 Camaros and Mustangs alive at the stoplight, and gives the V8 versions a good run for their money! Very reliable, doesn't even burn oil. Rides and handles better than many new cars. Hit a deer at 30 mph and escaped uninjured with only slightly bent bumper and the damage mentioned above.

This was "Granny's car", who finally bit the dust three years ago, and I wound up buying it for $1000 at an auction. It was worth every penny!!! Grandpa sure took care of it when he was still alive. The paint is nearly flawless!

The interior is real comfortable. This car was loaded with pretty much every option except sunroof. The original cassette player still worked, but I replaced it with a modern Infinity system. Somehow, God knows how, the original speakers worked quite well with the new stereo without getting damaged. GM made some good stereos even 20 years ago!!

I wish GM still had the common sense to make cars like this, instead of those bubbly, oval looking pieces of CRAP!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2000

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews