1985 Buick LeSabre Collector's Edition 307 Olds, Quadrajet 4bbl from North America
If you're looking for V8 mileage, comfort, and reliability, the '77-'85 LeSabres are the ticket
Electronic Climate Control light is always blinking, but A/C and heater still work fine.
Lockup on torque converter for overdrive is fudged up... Need to fix that soon. Trans is 2004-R.
Quadrajet carb needs a rebuild soon, and it's current state is really hurting my fuel mileage.
Wiper switch is finicky. All these electric or electronic parts like to go for a dump at least once in a lifetime. They are also very expensive and hard to find.
Like all other GM Mid '80's RWD's, the rear frame rails will eventually rot out. They're toast on my dad's '81 LeSabre. Oil sprays and car-washes are mandatory if you live in the rust belt.
This car is totally comfy! If you position the power seats correctly, it feels like you're in a recliner! Lots of room, and did I mention comfy?
Electronic Climate Control (ECC) and all the power options make you feel like you own a car newer than what it is. ECC is a neat feature when it works properly.
The 307 Olds is a total dog. No horsepower and even less torque. That's why I'm contemplating the Buick 455 swap. It's fairly cheap to do and will make a nice sleeper. Plus, if you locate a Monte Carlo SS or Grand National 2004-R, it will bolt up to the 455! Big block and overdrive! Otherwise, the 307 is great for mileage and reliability when tuned correctly (a 2bbl carb will help mileage greatly).
Try and find a set of the 5 spoke road wheels. They really set the car off nicely. Also find a set of winter wheels/tires to keep the others clean.
Personally, I prefer the 4 door over the 2 door cars. They have a cleaner look, easier back seat accessibility, and don't have 3 ton doors.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2003
A wiper switch is not worth fixing? Until recently they cost less than $80 (for the ones with cruise on the stalk to), and less than an hour's worth of labor to install.
Also to get the wipers to stop, you can simply pull the fuse too.
I've had several 307 V8 equipped cars, mostly Olds Delta 88s, and while it is true it is perhaps slightly slower than a 305 or even a 302, it is not a 'total dog' in my experience. Acceleration was quite adequate, and off-the-line torque response was quite good.
If the original poster has been swapping around carburetors (he mentioned a two barrel instead of the original four barrel) this might explain slower than normal performance.
There was no 2 bbl version of the 307 Olds ever.
The 1980-1984 307's were not too bad. The 1985-1990 ones were much worse. They have different heads. Do some research.
A 2-bbl carburetor wouldn't even work on this car, as everything is computer controlled, including the carb.