1988 Buick LeSabre Custom V-6 from North America

Summary:

A great bargain for the money I paid!

Faults:

Replaced rotors.

Replaced alternator.

Replaced disc pads.

Replaced battery.

General Comments:

Considering the high mileage the car had when I bought it, the car has been the best all around used car I have ever owned and better than some new cars I have owned. I only paid $2,300 for it when purchased in May of 1997. I certainly think I have gotten my money's worth. I am still driving it. Car looks good and drives well. Good car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2000

1988 Buick LeSabre V6 from North America

Summary:

Comfortable, but not reliable

Faults:

Starter and tranny.

General Comments:

We made a mistake buying this car because it had so many miles. Whenever you went over 50 mph, the car would vibrate like you wouldn't believe.

It left us stranded once due to the starter and the transmission went at 151,000 miles. We decided that since it had so many miles, it wasn't worth fixing. We would probably get another LeSabre but with a lot less miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd August, 2000

1st Jul 2003, 19:20

Well, for starters, I just bought a 1988 Buick LeSabre Custom from a 90 year old neighbor. It had 118,000 miles in March of 2003 when I bought it from him. It now has 119,000 miles and still running strong. The car was garage kept and serviced every 2,500 miles (have garage papers). The only thing, so far, that I have had to do to it was put new front brakes on and new wiper blades.

Not to sound like a know it all or anything, but when buying a car with 100,000+ miles you have to consider that some of the parts are starting to get worn out. When you bought your car with 147,000 miles on it, you should have thought more about the age of the car, what kind of miles was put on it, and the life it has had.

Also, I believe that if a car is taken car of properly and serviced regularly, that it will probably last a little longer than a car that has been mistreated. Not saying that yours was or anything, just a point to ponder.

Truth is, some of the problems with car can happen to anyones, whether it be new or old. Buying a car that is around 12-15 years old can be a big mistake, than again, it could be the best money ever spent. WHO KNOWS???

In closing, every car I have had so far (4) has all had over 100,000 miles. Some have been bad investments (2) but when buying older cars with high miles, it's a gamble and one has to face that fact when buying a car that is old or has a lot of miles. Just remember to take car of your cars properly and service them regularly. Eventually it might make some school student a good beginner car some day.

Thanks for reading my comment, and just remember, it's a gamble so try to find out as much about the car as you can before purchasing it.

S.R.T.

Car Buff.

1988 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 from North America

Summary:

Very reliable car

Faults:

Starter failed at 305,000km.

Mass air intake reguired replacment at 197,000.

General Comments:

Very reliable car has only been towed once in its life and that's when the starter died.

Almost 400,000k not burning oil, runs great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2000

1988 Buick LeSabre Limited 3800 V6 from North America

Faults:

Got the car from my brother-in-law with 96K on it (now have 110K on it). Trans had been replaced at around 70K. Digital dash has never worked 100% right (gas gauge currently dead). As usual with Buicks, power windows either deathly slow or don't work at all. Door armrests have disintegrated and fallen off front doors. Heater core replaced at 100k miles.

General Comments:

Engine pretty reliable. Trans is suspect. Comfortable, roomy interior. Suspension kind of soft.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1988 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8l from North America

Faults:

Transmission blew up at 84,000 miles.

Ongoing problem with stalling - dealer unable to diagnose.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, great for road trips, but scores very low for reliability and peace of mind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd February, 1998