1999 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.9 from North America
A good car that keeps me humble!
Was trouble free till I blew a head gasket on a long climb, and then cooked the block. That was at about 125000 K's.
Replaced with another 3.9 with only 18000 K's. New one is a Vortec, and get fantastic mileage. On a recent trip to Seattle, I got 37 MPG all freeway. On the way home, in not so much hurry, I got 39mpg. (ltrs/100 mean nothing to me) Around town, we are getting 27mpg.
Brakes needed to be done at 75000 K's and at 125000K's. More because it was getting close than actually needing it. The "traction control" is crap. I shut it off whenever I drive it, or it will hammer away.
We inherited this car from Grandpa. My Father-in-law. He babied it, and took good care of it from new. It has been very trouble free.
Decent ride up front, but not too good in back seat. Suspension is soft and comfy, but has no road feel.
This car will cruise all day at 120 KPH, and get better mileage than your Honda or Toyota. It has been an excellent car for us and our 3 kids!! My daughter still calls it our gramppa car!!
Not sure why the head gasket went south, but that is what cooked (cracked) the block. The new motor though, is better than the last!! Better mileage, and about 25% more power.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2009
22nd Jun 2009, 16:28
Probably matter/antimatter with dilithium, or maybe cold fusion drive, possibly impulse power, or maybe he got the car from Fantasy Motors where you too can drive the car of you Fantasies. Gandalf was his salesman and Frodo was the porter but Solomon was the sales manger so you know he got screwed on that deal... lololol.