1987 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.1 from North America
A nice, dependable car with guts and good looks
Transmission weak going into second gear. Once it catches though, it hauls butt!! Also, dropping into overdrive is a bit hesitant.
Power windows are each their own entity. Driver's side goes down, and comes up when it wants. Passenger window is stuck in up position. Rear driver side goes up/down with master controls, not the one on its panel. Rear passenger goes up/down, but not with the master panel.
Had to replace the ignition switch, it locked in the on position. Had to pull the fuel pump fuse to cut it off, and put it back in to crank.
An awesome ride. Comfortable and quiet. Really nice condition to be almost 25 years old. Seats are clean and not worn.
Body is very straight. No dents. Two dings on the driver's door.
Paint is grey. Clearcoat is still good on 80% of the car.
I would not trade this car for anything.
It's gutsy, strong and loves 55-65 mph. A cruiser.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2011
16th Jul 2011, 13:40
I guess it must be the 3.8 rather than the 3.1 liter V6.
18th Jul 2011, 15:16
It's a 3.1 litre. It's just one of those cars that was built right.
21st Jul 2011, 11:56
It is possible that the car had the older 3.0 V6, which was a quite different engine from the 3.1 liter, but the 3.8 was more likely.
The 3.0 was a 'lower deck' version of the 3.8 liter with a shorter stroke, so it was a 90 degree V6 like the 3.8 litre. The 3.0 version hasn't quite the superlative reputation of the 3.8.
The 3.1 liter that was used in many later GM cars only appeared around 1990, and was a 60 degree V6 evolved from the original 2.8 liter V6 (which was developed under the Chevrolet brand line). It was used in post 1993 Centuries, but never in the LeSabre.
I'm sorry to dispute the point - perhaps it isn't important. And I do agree that these cars were excellent, well made cars, and a great value - like most old GM cars. Too bad everything's become so much worse since.