1997 Buick LeSabre Custom V6 3800 from North America
One of the best cars you can buy used
This was a time when the Dex-Cool so called 150 mile coolant was first introduced and not completely proven until later years. Therefore the thick muddy sludge water was always forming. The car never overheated, but the system had to be flushed religiously. After 3 years of this I decided to rebuild the whole cooling system including radiator, water pump, upper intake, lower intake gaskets, overfill bottle and all hoses. Flushed the block until all the Dex-Cool was gone and refilled the system with regular green. Never had to add coolant again.
Replaced the motor mount on the front of the engine cradle.
Oil pan and valve cover gaskets replaced.
Replaced one ignition coil with a random misfire.
Air conditioning evaporator started to leak shortly before the car was sold.
Very easy car to work on.
This was more or less a second car, especially towards the end of ownership.
Always driven long distances with comfort and reliability.
Good power and MPG for a V6 pulling a rather heavy car. Smooth shifting transmission and a very soft and gentle ride found on all your older Buick’s. When driving, the soft ride made the car feel bigger than it actually was.
Lots of head and legroom inside. Well laid out instrument cluster with full gauges.
This car served every purpose it was needed for in 7 years. Just keep the cooling system maintained and you’re good to go.
Still a quite few of these daily driven on the road today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th July, 2021