1983 Buick LeSabre Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1983 Buick LeSabre Limited 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Big Red

Faults:

Just wear and tear. The coolant system was the main reason we got rid of the car. It would cost too much to replace the system.

The emissions system was very loud; pretty typical of this car and engine.

Speedometer needle broke off.

General Comments:

Comfortable interior and good looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2006

1983 Buick LeSabre Custom 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

The Buick that was an indestructible party on wheels

Faults:

I had to replace the alternator shortly before I sold it. Otherwise, it was extremely dependable, needing only a tune up and routine maintenance.

General Comments:

It was very comfortable, classy, and solid. I reenacted some scenes from the Dukes of Hazzard many times in this car, until I finally broke the frame above the right rear wheel, which is my reason for selling it. However, the buyer somehow welded it and still drives it to this day. That Buick had the greatest atmosphere for going on road trips/ road parties...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2006

1983 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L V6 (231ci) from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 (231ci) Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired81500 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

A cruiser of style and comfort

Faults:

The motor was bad when I bought the car.

The battery was dead.

A/C needs a recharge.

The Headliner needed to be replaced.

The weather stripping around the doors is bad, thus there is wind noise.

The gas tank leaks if you over fill it.

The paint on the roof, hood, and trunk is bad.

General Comments:

This is a nice comfortable car.

You sink right into the seats.

There is lots of leg room, front and back.

I love the interior styling.

It still handles well even though it's 21 years old.

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

Review Date: 15th July, 2004

1983 Buick LeSabre Limited 5.0. 307 V8 4BBL from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.0. 307 V8 4BBL Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance255977 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

The Buick LeSabre, a car made to drive!

Faults:

At 180,000 miles I replaced the calipers, complete brake job.

At 200,000 miles I changed the rear differential oil.

At 210,000 miles I replaced the original radiator. And all belts.

At 235,000 miles I replaced the original water pump and it's second alternator.

At 240,000 miles I replaced the valve cover gaskets.

At 250,000 miles I replaced the original carburetor.

In addition, i have of course performed regular intervals of service, (i.e;spark plugs, ignition wires and oil changes.

I should also mention, the transmission was rebuilt at 171,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is by far the best, most reliable car I have ever owned. And there has been a few over the years.

The engine is original, never has been rebuilt.

My LeSabre is extremely comfortable. I have never been in a car more comfortable, except for it's cousin line of cars that are just as nice.

The LeSabre bounces and sails over the open road, it laughs at "Rough road ahead" signs and eats railroad crossings for dessert!

The LeSabre or"Vanessa"by name, came with a complete history of repairs since 1983.Which is why I know exactly what has been done on it.

Everyone, including my self are impressed with the fact, everything works on the car including the unique big round clock in it's woodgrain dash that people find to be so intersting.

The cloth seats have withstood twenty-years of use very nicely.

The exterior of this solid silver classic, is almost ready for a paint job.

The LeSabre has carried me on many long road trips with peace of mind.

And always fires up on the first turn of its ignition.

It is by far an economy or "gas saver"vehicle.But the lesabre is quick to make up for it in all other ways.

For safety, comfort and reliability this is the car.

It will give you many years and hundreds of thousands of miles of reliable service.

The Buick LeSabre was made for something that even luxury car makers forget. The LeSabre was made to drive and drive it does!!!

And I plan to drive it from now and years to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

20th Jul 2007, 03:23

Hey this is Bud from Hibbing MN.

When I was 10 years old I bought a 83 Buick LeSabre for 20. It didn't run, but with some duct tape on a vacuum hose, it ran like a top. My Buick, just like yours, has that big ugly clock on the dash, and all of my friends are always giving me crap about it, but I will always know what time it is.

I would have to say though, for being such a big car, it HAULED, and the seats...4 way suede electric; more comfortable than my bed.

Once it hit 340,000 miles, I decided to change the plugs, but that's about it. I am 16 now and can finally legally drive it, and there is NO doubt in my mind I'd feel safer in anything else. Now I am on my 3rd deer and it just started to crack the grill.

I have gone places with this car people wouldn't dream of going, and have hauled more wood with it than a skidder. Yeah, I'm a little rough on it, but it just keeps taking it.

One thing I do advise to any new driver or new drivers parents is get one. Also make sure you have a spare and a jack, because if you get on it, it has PLENTY of go to burn a set of tires and then some. Also she cruises real nice at a buck 30. Oh yeah... and that wasn't topped out.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 17 reviews