1985 Buick LeSabre Limited Collectors Edition 307 from North America
Smooth Time Machine
Pretty much my first impressions of this rig.
We just met.
Typical old car issues:
- Electric rear windows don't work.
- Reluctance to open the sunroof for fear of it getting stuck (winter).
- Paint is tired.
- Radio erratic, but very low mileage.
Everything else works great.
For a long time I was addicted to the new car thing, had decent credit and settled into endless car payments and was happy.
I did not respect this era of vehicles, and secretly felt "above" them.
Well now, one bad business year got me out of the "warrantied labor and parts zone" and into the well-used vehicle era that my parents enjoyed. Much to my chagrin.
Long story short: once past the ego stuff, I learned to love this type of car.
My Collector's Edition:
Heavy, but floats muscularly.
Looks sharp and understated. Macho but cushy inside.
I love the overdrive, but mileage is not quite as good as my 82 Park Ave (350 2bbl). I always use high test gas, it brings out the best in the unit.
Like new - everything taut, quiet and straight with a nimble response at all speeds.
The dual mufflers add a wonderfully sweet note and underscore its true potential...
I notice that I'm smiling a lot when driving this pristine peak of Detroit elegance and strength.
This car is unmatched in ride and stability by newer vehicles.
My friends are sick of hearing about all the details of delight in my new infatuation. But they love to ride in it.
Fantasies of having a whole stable of these undervalued units dance through my head sometimes.
Why not? These are great cars, and I'm old enough to really appreciate the value of what a "ride" should be.
Find one. Buy it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th December, 2012
27th Dec 2012, 11:59
Wonderful cars, and this was a good review. It is nice to see these superior old cars are still making converts decades after they were built.
Just one question - did you pay much for it? Those miles are fantastic (low miles).
1st Feb 2013, 00:56
Lucky am I - my buddy felt I deserved it, due to my Park Ave attitude, and sold it to me for $1,200.