1988 Buick LeSabre T-Type 3.8 from North America


The best car in the world


The door windows being so large required frequent maintenance/lubrication in order to work properly.

General Comments:

This has been one of the best cars I have ever owned. The Buick LeSabre t-type 2 door is one of Buick's best looking, best driving cars ever built! I have had no problems with this car ever! With good normal maintenance, these cars last over 300,000 miles easily, and I still wouldn't hesitate to take it on all our long vacations and drives! It is just an incredible performing, super reliable car. Probably the best car in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2002

24th May 2004, 20:04

I love this car!!! I have done some small mods to it that game it a bit more kick. I have added a supercharger and a new intake manifold. It's just how I want it now.

1988 Buick LeSabre T-Type 3.8 from North America


Well-Worth the investment!!!


The first thing to go wrong was the lines were rotted. So ALL metal lines (Power steering, Brake, Transmission Cooling, oil) were replaced EXCEPT for the fuel lines which were replaced with entire fuel system March 2002.

Engine Mounts and Tranny Mounts were next to be replaced. Not much details there, pretty self-explanatory.

New headliner installed at 148,000 due to drying out of factory glue.

Transmission rebuild at 154,000 miles. Cost was $900 in parts with free labor through dealership. Vehicle sits for approximately 2 years.

At 156,000 miles, the accumulator valve on the brake resevoir fails, fooling the entire system into thinking the anti-lock is engaged all the time. The remedy is to feather the brake pedal to counter-act and fool the system that you are NOT sliding, so there is no need for the system to engage. (Sounds complicated, but I am currently still driving it like this. New accumulator is $115 (My Cost) ).

At 160,000 the drivers front hub assembly disintergrates. ALL Wheel studs snap sending the tire off the vehicle while travelling at 70 MPH. $1200 damage. New front fender installed.

161,000: Power-steering Rack and Pinion Unit is replaced after suffering a leaking seal where the column meets the unit. $70-Part.

162,000: Time for a new suspension. Ball joints have all been replaced and new struts front and rear are installed.

Since the day of purchase, the sun slowly destroys my car. A slightly shrunken dashboard and faded seatbelts.

Arm rests clips are broken and discontinued by GM. (They still hold shape nicely)

Front Lower facia (airdam) is broken on drivers front corner. (Doesn't droop)

General Comments:

After rebuilding the tranny, I've lost acceleration. However, this car's engine STILL runs smoothly as if it came from the dealer yesterday. Car rides like a dream with new suspension.

I replaced muffler with Flowmaster 40 series for rumble ONLY on acceleration at approx. 2000 RPM's.

A K&N airfilter has replaced the factory AC Delco one.

A complete Kenwood Soundsystem has been installed. System includes Mask feature, Electronic crossover, 3 amplifiers, 1 5 1/4+1" dome tweeter component kit, 170 watt 6x9's and Tornado series 12 inch Subwoofers mounted in a custom enclosure in the trunk.

Visually, the interior is in semi-mint condition.

Mechanically, the vehicle is in almost 100% running condition.

Body wise, she is in dire need of a paint job, and rust has surfaced in the areas of the rear wheel wells and under the rear side windows near the rocker panels.

Front driver's plastic fender has been replaced with an aftermarket metal fender.

Rear wing still in good condition, just needs to be sanded and repainted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2002

1988 Buick LeSabre 3.8L from North America


A great car for an 18-year-old's budget


Transmission needed replacing after roughly 13400 miles.

General Comments:

This car is surprisingly fast, and it handles quite well.

The seats are very comfortable, and the cabin is easily roomy enough for a man of 6' 4".

The only problem I ever had with this car was its transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2002