1983 Buick LeSabre Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1983 Buick LeSabre Limited 307 V8 Automatic from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 307 V8 Automatic 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 acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles

Summary:

Couldn't get any better!!!

Faults:

The Carbourator ran rich, but when I replaced it my car went from 7MPG to 16-20MPG.

I had a MAJOR vacuum hose leak. Well actually it looked like someone slit one of the hoses. It cause me to loose A LOT of power, but once I fixed it (which only cost me about $7) I had the power I knew this baby had.

The paint on the top of the car and the trunk was beginning to chip, but nothing I couldn't deal with.

General Comments:

This car was awesome. If I didn't crash it and total it, which let me say took a really bad accident to break this bad boy, I would still have her.

I personally fell that you cannot get any better than this car. I loved mine so much I named her "Big Bertha".

I currently drive a '98 Pontiac Sun-fire and everytime I hit a bump or dip I feel like I'm gonna break my car, but in my Buick I could take anything and feel like I was floating. Best ride around!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2003

1983 Buick LeSabre Ltd. 307 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 307 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles
Previous carVolga GAZ-21

Summary:

I take off my hat

Faults:

Nothing special on the first day for this $400 purchase: the inside mirror stayed in my hand after I touched it for the first time to adjust. I glued it back as soon as learned that there exists mirror glue.

New battery was put the first business for goodness' sake in this sub-polar city of Buffalo, NY, and stayed with the car into the eternity.

The car passed inspection question-free, thanks to a kind mechanic.

(In fact, deterioration was profound due to, my guess, a rollover back in the unknown history of this college-goers' limousine. The brown vinyl top was playing in-out hinting the above, and the tubular parts of the body frame became semi-tubular, losing their bottom half as rust, again, probably due to the deformations they experienced once, plus Buffalo itself.)

Another heritage from, probably, the first owner was a fishhook found in the depths of the trunk, and a tow hitch, suggesting a boat trailer and long trips. This innocent hobby left deep scars on the semi axles and their bearings, making me shiver with the vibration coming from the rear. One nice day this ended after something cracked while cornering at an intersection. Then came smoke, and a AAA tow truck thereafter. The Buick took its long-earned one-week vacation, paid by owner in the amount of $500, and was back refreshed with a brand-new junkyard axle (and God bless that mechanic). And that was basically it between me and mechanics, besides a few fix-while-you-wait appointments. Yes, the water pump leaked its share down the drain, and so did the radiator on its modest pace, the cracks in the gas tank got sealed with a hundred-dollar banknote, and a falling-off exhaust pipe magically re-connected by the wizards of K-mart for a price barely greater than that of a wholehearted thankyou, but this cream-and-chocolate-colored machine seemed to be determined to be "still going" just like that rabbit on your screen. Out of 30-so kilo miles spent with me far from what I was supposed to regard as home, she chose NONE for a standstill.

General Comments:

I sometimes wonder - was it the second, or the third round on the odometer.

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

Review Date: 13th February, 2003

1983 Buick LeSabre Limited 307 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 307 V8 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 acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance225000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A smooth ride for a great price!

Faults:

Oil sensor was bad for years, until I realized it cost a whole $2.00 to fix.

Vacuum booster, fuel pump, starter, heater core, thermostat, rear defrost, panel clock, transmission started slipping (but only when the car was cold, no one knew why), air conditioning, muffler, driver's side window handle broke off, cruise control, headliner and power steering pump all either broke or had to be replaced during the time I drove the car.

All of these things were just wore out.

I drove it for 4 years with the "check engine" light on, and it never bothered the engine.

The vinyl top dry rotted to the point where rain got between the vinyl top and the metal. This resulted in the top rusting. So each time it rained, I got a little drip.

Somehow through all this, the car never once left me stranded.

General Comments:

This car was the ugliest car ever made! People at work likened it to the car in the movie "Uncle Buck". But it just wouldn't die! As a matter of fact, it is still being driven to this day by the guy I sold it to.

Over the course of 4 years, I NEVER spent more than $200 in a year for repairs. I changed the oil twice (yes, I'm a bad car owner), and never had anything serviced. We did all the repairs ourselves and never put the car in the shop. Somehow the car kept going.

On top of all this, it got close to 20 miles to the gallon around town! I thought nothing of driving it to Florida and Virginia (from North Georgia).

It was a great car, and I would buy another in an instant! I sold the car only because my father pressured me into it. He said it can't possibly have many more miles in it. Boy was he wrong! I bought the car originally for $570 and I sold it for $400. Amazing!

The seats were so comfortable and they still looked new even after I sold it. I bought a '92 Thunderbird after I sold the Buick, but I missed my Buick so much I sold the T-bird and bought a car close to the Buick; a Cadillac. In all honesty, the Cadillac is no where NEAR as wonderful as my Buick. The Buick rode like you were floating on a cloud... even if it did bounce for a few minutes after each bump.

I would recommend this car to anyone. Especially someone who likes large cars. It is truly a great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2002

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