1998 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 6 cylinder from North America
Very good; should have been improved, not dropped. The LaCrosse is not a replacement.
Front shimmy at 60mph+ caused by the dealer putting on cheap Tiger Paw tires to sell it used. Road Force test finally discovered that I was riding on four "eggs", far enough out of round to cause vibration, but not far enough out to show up on the usual balancing machinery. Changed to good Michelins and the problem was cured.
Small rust spots appearing on left rocker panel. Three body shops have said that is common on old LeSabres; the unit is supposed to be sealed, but some aren't, and salt water seeps in.
Except for the rusting, this car has been a gem. Regular maintenance, changing belts, semi-annual waxing have kept it in top shape.
I have had no major or even minor repairs needed, and with the exception of new struts now at 102,000 miles, none seem to be in the cards for the near future. The engine just keeps on going, and fuel consumption is outstanding on the highway.
The ride is excellent on flat, but... the infamous mushy ride of this and the Park Avenue can be very annoying -- dipping and bobbing on slightly wavy roads that other cars take fine.
With a better suspension, this would be an outstanding almost-full-sized sedan. That one flaw knocks it down to very good, in my opinion.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th May, 2007
19th Sep 2008, 03:22
You're right; the LaCrosse isn't a replacement for the LeSabre. The Lucerne replaced both the LeSabre and Park Avenue. The LaCrosse replaced the Century and Regal. Glad to see that you enjoy your Buick, but be prepared for that rust you mentioned to develop into big ugly holes. They all do it sooner or later where salt is used on the road. It's a common issue on 1992-1999 LeSabres and also shows up on 1991-1996 Park Avenues. I've seen so many that way now that I'm actually surprised when I see one that isn't rusted through.