1993 Buick LeSabre Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1993 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8 V6 Fuel Injected from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Fuel Injected Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

This car even with over 150,000 miles gets high gas mileage, comfy seats, and powerful motor

Faults:

The water cooler started leaking at 139,000 miles.

The transmission broke at 156,000 miles. It cost 2000 dollars.

The driver side, right window sometimes gets jammed.

It does not have a tachometer.

The paint has chipped off extensively.

General Comments:

This car has great performance for its size.

It gets great mileage in the city and even better mileage on the highway.

The interior is very plush and very roomy.

The stereo system is very strong and the speakers have great range.

It handles splendidly and carves up mountain roads with ease.

The brakes work very well. The anti-lock brakes help a lot in the rain and have proved to be very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2004

1993 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 litre TPI 170 HP from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 litre TPI 170 HP Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance83000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

Cushy Ride, very reliable

Faults:

Climate control module packed it in at 80,000 kilometres ($175 fix parts and labor).

Battery Replaced twice in total.

Tires replaced once.

Key-less entry no longer works on drivers door to unlock (minor inconvenience).

Alternator replaced once.

General Comments:

Car has mechanically been rock solid with little or no problems with the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes etc.

Although as with all mid to high level GM's there are a few electrical problems now that the car is older. That said I think GM built a good car in the LeSabre. Wish it had a little more power and handled better though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

1993 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance147759 miles

Summary:

A really great car that deserves some TLC

Faults:

The paint job started to go on the hood and trunk when the car was around 5. It was cheaply repainted by company (not allowed to be stated) with no clear coat. There is no hope for the current paint job.

The gear shaft handle has started to come apart.

The second visor on passenger side broke off.

The bottom half of the dashboard has started to crack at the corners.

The cassette player plays slower then it is supposed to. I'll just face it the receiver in general is going.

The retractable antenna and motor had to be replaced.

The carpet came up under the back seat and can be peals forward.

The drivers side front door automatic lock only unlocks and needs to be locked by hand.

There were little cigarette burns in between the arm rest and the passenger front seat from the previous owner.

The climate controls work fine, but the lights that illuminate them are burnt out under certain buttons and can't be replaced without removing the entire front of the dashboard.

The dry cleaning hood on the drivers side is cracked in half and falls of occasionally.

The to cloth wall panels on either side of the back window are worn and have little holes from sun damage.

The LeSabre sign in between the back drivers side door and the tail light is falling off.

All of the crome in the LeSabre decorative symbols are rusting.

The center cap of the back passenger side tire fell off although we found it on the road later that day (cracked in half) there another $100.

The exterior under the front bumper was cracked after hitting an unmarked and un-visible dip in the road.

The insulation in the back passenger side door was breached after the door was dented. So you can hear the out side more and more as the insulation slowly rots away.

The vent near the ratio on the driver side is stuck for some reason.

The armrest utility compartment is stuck closed and has not been opened in at least 3 years.

The vent in the door jam of the back passenger side door is cracked in many placed and needs to be replaced.

There is a gap in between the upper and lower back bumper because the car was tapped by another driver at an intersection.

All of the rims are scratched and dented because Mom can't parallel park a Buick. I'm not saying women can't drive, I'm just saying a 5'2" woman would have trouble after not driving anything that big before. My dad had trouble also.

That's it!!!

General Comments:

Although I pointed out so many problems with the car, it isn't that bad. The car actually looks pretty good (from a distance).

My family bought this car in 1995 when I was 9. At the time it was beautiful and even though it has a reputation for being an old persons car, but the car we owned always seemed to command my attention.

Now that I'm 17 I am driving the car now and probably will have it until 2008 when I'm finished college. I don't want to get rid of the car because it has a lot of sentimental value and I couldn't get anything else, but a junker for what its worth.

The car is dependable, the engine quiet, it has lots of power, all the exterior lights work and it has one of the most comfortable cabin areas.

I know I'm financially not able to fix the car up because I'm 17 can't afford it, and that would not be smart anyway since it's an 11 year old Buick so I'm applying the the new MTV show "Pimp My Ride" to restore the car to its former glory. And if I don't get picked I'll be no worse off.

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

Review Date: 8th April, 2004

8th Apr 2004, 21:45

I know how you feel, I felt the same way when I had my Buick. When you are an adult and can afford something nicer, you'll get over it quickly.

8th Apr 2004, 22:00

Interesting review. Your car sounds thoroughly horrible.

What is a "dry cleaning hood"?

13th Sep 2009, 16:49

You can't go wrong buying a Buick with the 3.8 v6. When maintained properly, mechanically these cars will just go and go. The most likely thing to go out is the body but the engine and tranny are solid :)

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 15 reviews