1985 Buick LeSabre Limited Collector's Edition 307 ci. gas from North America
The best car overall that I have ever had the privilege of driving
The transmission failed at 260,000 Km.
Windshield wipers were not always reliable. They should have been replaced.
Air conditioning stopped working at about 200,000 Km.
Auto-reverse on tape deck would stick. I replaced the whole stereo because it was annoying.
This car was very reliable considering how old it was and how badly I abused it.
It was above average for winter driving and it would start at temperatures bellow -40 degrees.
The paint was incredible. It had no rust when I had to get rid of it.
The car was reasonable on gas especially compared to other large cars. I could get 27 miles to the gallon on the highway.
My favorite feature of the car was that it was mediocre at accelerating but once over the speed of 65 MPH it was fast. I have surprised a few Honda Civics and the like with it.
The car was very comfortable and spacious for five people.
I was rear-ended four times (bumper was dented), had two fender benders with it and put it in the ditch while driving too fast and it was only dented slightly.
This car did everything at least reasonably well. It had ample power, comfort, fuel economy (if you behaved) and it looked good. It didn't corner well but it was not sloppy in the handling department. I recently drove a 1997 Buick LeSabre and I would not have traded it for the Buick I had.
If the safety inspection where I live were not so oppressive and if I could have afforded to get it inspected at the time I would still have it today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2001
23rd Dec 2008, 09:44
I have a 1985 Buick Lesabre Collector's Edition and I love it!
The fact that this car is nearly 24 years old and still rides like new is very impressive. People tease me and say that I need to get rid of my "old man" car. I tell them I'd rather have this car than any new car. At times parts need to be replaced, but once that's done, the car more than serves its purpose!
19th Jan 2011, 23:27
I bought a 1985 Buick LeSabre 2-door Collectors edition about 8 months ago. It is all original with 100,000 miles on it.
It is very good shape except for the headliner and front bumper filler. Its 307 Olds runs as new and uses no oil. The valve covers have never been off, or anything else under the hood.
I have a 2007 Malibu that I never drive since I bought the Buick. The car is black with red interior and I love it so much I would never sell it. It gets 25 plus MPG highway and rides like you're on a cloud.
I wish they had never stopped making these cars because it makes all newer cars feel so cheap. If you ever find one for sale I would highly recommend buying it.
20th Jan 2011, 14:10
I used to own a 1985 Buick LeSabre as well. Sold it a while back to buy a truck, but missed it so much I bought a 1981 Pontiac Parisienne to replace it.
These cars are the definition of quality and reliability, nothing on the market today compares in ride quality.
I will always drive a V-8 rear wheel drive Chevy; they make driving a very enjoyable experience.
A lot of my friends have newer cars, but everyone always wants to ride in my land yacht; the soft, luxurious interior makes anyone feel like a VIP!