1989 Buick LeSabre Limited 3800 V6 from North America


Best of the FWD Buicks


In order of six years ownership:

Turn signal flasher.



Cam sensor.



Cosmetic stuff, headliner, trunk lid needed a repaint.

General Comments:

Despite being a uni-body-FWD, these LeSabres were nice, solid built, smooth riding, reliable cars. As far as this body style, I recommend to stick with years '88-91 when the 3800 was in its prime (no plastic intake along with a belt tensioner and plastic coolant bypass flaw on the series II). '86-'87 were OK, but the 3.8 V6 was a little shaky because of no balance shaft and had a couple other kinks to be worked out.

The Limited trim interior was very comfortable with a well laid out handsome dash and quiet cabin.

The ride quality is traditional full size Buick, but not as good as the rear drive predecessors, but for sure better than any of today's Buicks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2018

1989 Buick LeSabre from North America


Comfortable, reliable, durable, great "first car"

General Comments:

I love my LeSabre! I got it as my first car and it is perfect! Sure, it's not the flashiest car in the high school parking lot, but it is SO comfortable, trustworthy, and easy to drive. It has power and comfort... it's a classic.

My grandpa had it before me, so yeah it's old, but it's doing great!

I love it! Great car, runs nice.

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

Review Date: 14th May, 2008

1989 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8 V6 from North America


An Incredible car, one that I'll keep forever


Minor oil pan gasket leak.

Hood latch cable loose.

General Comments:

This car is a hidden gem, comfort and power behind a relatively plain exterior.

Gobs of power and surprisingly nimble for a car of its size.

I Inherited this car from my grandfather, it sat in storage for several years, yet started right up when it was brought out of storage... unbelievably reliable.

This is absolutely THE most comfortable car I've ever sat in, other manufacturers ought to take some design tips from Buick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2007

7th Dec 2007, 20:28

I see all kinds of LeSabres and Centuries from this time period. These cars are going on 20 years old and still going strong! I think I see more older Buicks on the road than any other make. I am a real Buick fan so I guess I am inclined to notice them. Once in a while I will see one that is over 30 years old! It is hard to beat Buick for comfort and value. I wonder if all of the new Toyotas and Hondas will still be on the road in 20 years. I hope not.

1989 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 V6 from North America


The best car I've ever owned for $1,200


At 157000 the water pump went bad

At 160000 the crank shaft sensor went out

At 165000 had all new struts put on

At 177000 the fuel pump went bad

Passenger side arm rest is trying to fall off

The two front windows go slower than crap up.

General Comments:

The car has tons of power. I've never been afraid of passing anyone or pulling out in front of someone.

I drive the car as a Mail Carrier, so it sees a lot of miles. I put about 270 miles on a day, and it has never left me sitting. Even when the water pump went out or the fuel pump, I still got it home. And I'm not afraid of driving across country. It passes everyone on the interstate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2006

1989 Buick LeSabre 3.8L from North America


Super reliable, good economy, cheap to insure, a great car for the non-pretentious.. A chick magnet!


The rear wheels "toe" out differently - problem prevails.

Alternator left me stranded in Kansas.

Ran into a couple small trees four-wheeling in Colorado - wrecked "perfect" condition of car exterior.

General Comments:

Guys -- the Buick Le Sabre is a great car. I have driven my car 150000 miles so far and LOVE every inch of it! You can drive with your pinky! The suspension is impeccable. This past month, I drove 2,000 r/t from TX to AZ and got 26.3 mph with the 2.8 L engine! And the car has 170,000 miles on it!

Of course, I have taken very good care of the INSIDE of the car… I change the oil every 4,000 miles religiously. The tires are so great – I use the Michelin Arctic/Alpine tires. The make a lot of noise in water, but in the snow and ice, they rock (used to live at 9,000 ft. in Colorado). I have about 20 bumper stickers on her and a Yakima rack with 3 bike slots and a top box! It is all good!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2006