1988 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 V6 from North America

Summary:

Roomy and powerful

Faults:

EGR valve around 130K.

Coil packs at 118k.

ECM around 135K.

Catalytic converter around 125K.

C/V axles around 120k, then around 150k.

Front struts around 130k.

A/C needed recharge at 120K.

Power antenna broke at 125k.

Headliner has fallen.

Driver's seatbelt clip broke at 140k.

Camshaft position sensor (common issue on these) went at 125k.

Alternator gave out around 140k.

Fuel pump at 158k.

Strange situation where power locks don't work while using the rear defroster.

General Comments:

GREAT highway cruiser. Seats and ride are as comfortable as can be. GM's 3800 gives plenty of power in reserve for passing and surprising takeoffs. It also makes it capable of 30mpg highway (though only about 20mpg/city).

The most reliable car I've ever owned. Even with those issues listed above, the car kept running through all of them. Just kept trying.

The car is also VERY spacious inside, with ample room for real people in front AND back. Comfort for 4 easy in a long trip. HUGE trunk. Stock stereo sounds quite good, and is easy to replace.

Styling is pretty conservative, not much to show off.

Handling however, is quite good for such a large car. Fully independent suspension and dynamic steering make it feel like driving a midsize.

Overall, very pleased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2011

7th May 2011, 20:32

Excellent review.

You pretty much have the full list of what goes wrong with this vintage GM H-Body (LeSabre/Bonneville/88). The one thing I didn't see was mention of the suction-discharge hoses on the back of the A/C compressor - the hoses held up fine, but the aluminum block that went between the compressor, and the hoses would crack, allowing freon to leak.

The 88-and-up H-body was a definite improvement over the 86 & 87 models - more power & better reliability.

1988 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 fuel injection from Norway

Summary:

Cheap and comfortable

Faults:

Nothing so far, but I have only owned it for some months. But if the car has the same good quality as my former Buicks, I think it will be very reliable.

General Comments:

It's comfortable and economic to drive. The 3.8 litre V6 engine is a great motor.

It's not as quiet as my former 1977 Riviera, but it's quiet enough. I think it has a little bit more noise from the wheels and wind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2009

1988 Buick LeSabre Custom from North America

Summary:

Poor

Faults:

The car was nearly totaled in an accident when a drunk driver crashed into me late at night.

The car is barely drivable.

The seat cloth has worn thin.

The paint is peeling.

Rust is apparent

The head gasket blew at 87,000 miles.

The car has a crack in the windshield.

The front safety belts had to be replaced due to extreme forces put on the belts in the accident.

The car has scratches, dents and dings from rocks, weather, and shopping carts.

The car has a poor electrical system, in which the lights do not work and the battery is easily drained.

General Comments:

None.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2007

1988 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 MPFI V6 from North America

Summary:

Comfy, Able, and Reliable

Faults:

Coil packs replaced by dealer before purchase

EGR Valve needed replacement early on ($250)

Wheel studs replaced ($1 a piece)

CV Joints (both) Replaced at 123k (<$200)

Camshaft position sensor replaced also at 123k ($50)

EGR valve replaced again along with Catalytic ($300) converter (exhaust was blocked by stopped-up cat and vented through EGR valve)

Power Antenna Failed at 120k.

Rear defroster is weak, but works. 1 Window needs assistance to go up, 2 are slow. Headliner fallen. Rust starting.

General Comments:

Bought the car as a second choice (first car wouldn't start when I went to buy it). Had 118k on it and also wouldn't start, but was fixed pronto by dealer (coil packs) and I was off.

Was a good performer from the start, but didn't quite live up to my previous Regal. Found out why, later on.

VERY comfy ride. Great highway car. Better 30-70 accel. than 0-60. Digital Climate control is a GODSEND for someone sensitive to heat.

Gets approx 23mpg (city/no AC), 18 (city/AC), and 30-35 hwy.

Keep it maintained and it will last you a lifetime. The MPFI 3800 engine in these things are tanks. They'll outlast the energizer bunny.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2007