1985 Buick LeSabre Reviews - Page 7 of 12

1985 Buick LeSabre Limited V.8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V.8 Automatic
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance100100 miles

Summary:

A competitive beast with a smooth, acceleration dominance

Faults:

What I see as minor issues are, the ceiling fabric liner drooped so low it obscured driving view and had to be removed.

Driver's side door lock is stubborn, meaning key has to be forced, jammed, and pushed into it.

I had to remove the exterior wide trim for the roof vinyl, after one of the loose sections had fallen off and was entirely lost somewhere on the highway. (I am in a hunt for its replacement.)

Water pump recently had to be replaced.

Rear view mirror fell off and had to be reattached.

In winter weather, I soon found out, if I neglected to add a gas treatment with each refuel, the car gurgled and choked on the gas.

Regardless of weather conditions, I found it will idle wacko if it wasn't fueled with the gas grade; super.

General Comments:

The car is a beast; it has maintained its immensely strong, quick jump into acceleration and it purrs with a smooth engine hum.

The ten-minute morning idle time, typical for most, older cars, is really not necessary with this babe; pump the gas, turn the key and it's fully awake, ready to go.

The drive is like a floating cloud and it hugs the turns as easily as a new car.

It never falters to accelerate quickly, regardless if it's from a stand still, from 65 mph to 85+ and there is no struggle to keep up on a steep hill.

I occasional drive this car very fast; entirely off the speed dial, there is no shake, no rattle just pure, smooth dominance.

All electrical elements; driver's three tilt power seat, windows, door locks, radio and mirror still work perfectly.

Passenger manual seat glides into position with no hesitation.

All seat belts work smoothly.

Cruise control and its panel indicator works perfectly.

Heater blasts, air conditioning is ok.

The interior velvety seats are still lush, comfortable and have retained a perfect form.

The paint is original and is still brilliantly shiny as if new.

The chrome of the front grille and bumper, front and back quarter bases, door bases, inner foot boards, and mostly all exterior/ interior trim are all nearly like new if not entirely like new.

The exterior vinyl trim is smooth, un-cracked and has adhered tightly and boasts a wonderful condition.

As a bonus, because I purchased it from the original owner, I also have the LeSabre's limited edition's portfolio, the encased manual, two sets of the limited edition keys, and the limited edition key chain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2004

8th Dec 2005, 23:18

This LeSabre must have been finished on a Friday. You know what they say about cars that are finished on Fridays. No, really, that's terrible!

I'm sorry that you've had so many problems with your Buick. I've only had to replace the radiator (with all new belts and hoses) and the rear drums when I got new brakes. I would rather replace parts than have a $500 car payment, full coverage insurance and high registration.

These cars are great and nothing beats their comfort. Hope you have better luck from now on.

1985 Buick LeSabre Limited 307 gasoline V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 307 gasoline V8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 miles
Most recent distance165400 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Comfortable with timeless style!

Faults:

Drivers side window switch replaced, antenna replaced, various fuses and bulbs. Cruise control/wiper switch non functional at this time.

General Comments:

I have been shocked by how pleasant this car has been to own. I originally bought it for $400 bucks as a cheap project car, but it has turned out to be a real pleasure. It has really cleaned up well and with a few replaced pieces of trim and some half-assed paint and body work it looks really, really good! The big Buick is also extremely comfortable and pleasant to drive with a great ride and lots of luxury accessories. These GM B bodies are built like fortresses, and are meant to last forever... and often do. The Olds 307 V8 pulls strong and only smokes on start up and acceleration, but is grossly underpowered for a 4200 lb car like this. The car performs well around town and cruising on level ground at speed... but as soon as you hit hills you have to settle for 55mph. Stabbing the gas only yields second gear at the max and 55 mph is all you can expect at freeway speeds up a steep incline. Once the road levels out it cruises like the Titanic, long, low and comfortable. All the repairs I have performed have been cheap and easy. Nothing serious, just minor fixes and parts are easy to find and cheap. I love these big GM boats, I will keep one around always either for a work car, economical project car or old school image!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

15th Nov 2007, 12:48

Sounds like this car is worn out and about to die. Top speed in 2nd gear of Old GM Turbo Hydramatic Transmissions is 75MPH. The 1982 Le Sabre I sold was also undewrpowered, but in good shape. It plenty of power to climb hills. Sounds like the beginning of the end for the review writer's car.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 35 reviews