2003 Buick LeSabre Limited (Celebration Edition) 3.8L from North America
Best bang for your buck on the used market!
Very minor paint peel on the rear rockers.
Over the 2014 holidays I used my father's 2004 LeSabre to complete a trip with a total KM of just over 1500km. I had taken his car to save some $$$ on gas, and on this drive I was amazed that I averaged 40MPG or approx 5.8l per 100km. I have owned the 3800 engine, but never had it in a LeSabre with this gearing (MPG was 100 percent highway with low traffic).
What this lead to is when I happened upon a very good condition one (8/10) for very cheap (a few 1000$ below Black Book). I jumped on it. The one I purchased is a 2003 Pearl Red Celebration Edition. I had never heard of the Celebration Edition before, and it adds some cool features (on top of being loaded):
Heads up display.
Two tone leather.
To my dismay it also changes the gearing to a 3:05 vs 2:86. This translates to losing a couple MPG on the highway. It also changes the stabilizer bars and tightens some other stuff up, resulting in a slightly more controlled ride vs the softer base suspension. I personally prefer the standard, as handling on a FWD car is N/A either way.
These cars are very well built, and are a real bargain on the used market for someone looking for a daily driver. I had been thinking about getting a smaller car to commute, however after driving my father's, I learned I could be comfortable and get great MPG. It is a shame GM killed this platform, as it is dead reliable and can get great MPG. Parts for this platform are dirt cheap, and they are about as easy as a FWD unibody gets to work on yourself.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2015