20th Jun 2002, 11:01
I own a 1989 Buick LeSabre T-type. I have taken care of it since it had 24 miles. Its original battery lasted from 1989 until 1999 (I even tried to save the battery, but that is hard to do!) This car was driven for 9 years in WI and it was given a salt spray about 5000 times. At 228,000 miles the original drivetrain is still going strong. The parts replaced have been alternator (165,000 miles), battery (203,000 miles), waterpump (205,000 miles), radiator recore (177,000 miles) and a few other misc. items. The car has never stranded me anywhere and all the above parts were replaced prior to failure. Both the waterpump and radiator had small leaks and were still functional. The alternator made some unusual noise and was the first item to be replaced on the entire car at 165,000 miles (excluding normal wear items.) The last 70,000 miles have been "taxicab" miles. I see these as harsh city driving with a mild combination of highway driving. The first 158,000 miles were 80% highway driving. I have this car at my work today. You can visit the car here in Santa Fe NM, 6/20/02. The only complaint I have is the power window design. It is poor, but still functions slowly. One window needs repair, but I raised it into a closed position several months ago. The total cost for this car over 228,000 miles has been (with oil/tires/brakes) under $2900 dollars in maintenance and repairs. No tows have ever been required. The A/C under r134a still works adequately, but no thanks to the Montreal Protocol and the EPA. R12 is $80 a pound in Santa Fe! A replacement product like Freezone is my next project. -Joel.
16th Jul 2002, 15:16
Well my parents have owned a 1989 Buick LeSabre T Type Maroon since new. I have always loved that car and swore I would get it one day. Never did which is understandable cause my parents love it to much to get rid of it. Its in mint condition and it drives and handles beautifully. What car did I go out and purchase?? You got it...1988 Buick LeSabre T Type Maroon. Doesn't have as many options-manual door locks, seats, no leather or whatnot. I love it. Its fast, so AMAZINGLY comfortable and it's a beautifully designed car by GM which they should be proud. It's an amazing Front Wheel Drive sports car. It handles amazing, accelerates amazing and brakes amazing. It's an amazing car. The normal things you have to watch out for is the rear spoiler warping, front spoiler falling off and getting messed up cause its low, windows aren't best design. You can have all that taken care of easily though. It's an amazing wonderful car. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Its perfect. Its my dream car and I finally found it. These cars are rare and should be treasured. If anyone's interested in talking about these cars or whatnot, e-mail me at BUICKLESABRET88@AOL.COM or I'm me at BuickLeSabreT88. Its such a great car!!! Planning to get faster and faster as times go on!!!
16th Jul 2002, 18:19
I own a 1989 Lesabre T-type and have not experienced any problems with it yet. I have repedetly raced and beaten many Japanese rice cars and almost as many mustangs and Camaros I haven't been up against a cobra or cobra are yet, but it can take almost any other car on the road from a roll. this was my first car and I will keep it as long as I can. I am currently saving for some upgrades that will put it in the 12s in the quarter and it will still be my daily driver! Before getting this car I was a dedicated Ford fanatic after just one week owning this car I had forgotten about Fords and started dreaming of future modifications for this car. Someone at Buick had the right idea when designing this car and given the choice I would take my car over any other except other T-types.
18th Jul 2002, 12:24
I have the pleasure of owning a 89 T type. I purchased in 1998 with 89,000 miles on it. It now has 120,000 miles on it, and it is still going strong. So far I have replaced the rear main oil seal, water pump, intake manifold gasket and alternator. I change oil and filter every 2500 miles using Valvoline 10w-40.
The car is driven 1000 miles each week; 75% highway, 25% mixed. I live in the Mojave Desert in California, and the air conditioning works perfect, even in 110 degree heat.
This is such a fun car to drive; acceleration, handling and top speed are awesome! I would rather have this car than most newer and more expensive cars.
My 89 is Silver with black trim and no spoiler (the spoiler was really warped and I had to remove it). I hope to continue to drive and enjoy this car for many years to come. Who knows, it may become very collectable like 57 Chevys.
4th Apr 2003, 14:16
When I was 16 my dad brought home a car to show my sister; she was planning on buying a fairly new car to drive. She didn't like the black 1989 Buick LeSabre T-Type that was sitting in the driveway, but as soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and knew it had to be mine.
It's a beautiful car, and it runs how it looks. I bought it at 132,000 miles, and it currently has a little over 154,000 miles, and I can still whoop up on some brand new rice burners out there.
The only problems I've had are the driver's side window popping off track, the fuel pump, and the shifter light going out. For a 150,000 plus mile car, that's pretty darn good if you ask me.
When I get new paint on it, I'm going to post the pic on automotiveforums.com to show off my beauty.
The sound system is great and it will soon be bumping a new 12" Rockford Fosgate HE2 sub woofer in the trunk, with two R/F Punch Forty Amps linked to it.
I love my car, and wouldn't trade it off for the world. It's a car enthusiast's dream.
25th Oct 2003, 19:26
Hello, Me and my dad own a Buick 89 Le Sabre and we had been having problems with the staring wheel... we don't know what is wrong with it. Any suggestions?
26th Jan 2004, 13:06
Hello, me and my dog own an 1989 LeSabre and we are having problems with the rear defrogger, anyone have any ideas?
28th Aug 2005, 12:07
I'm going to be purchasing a 1989 LeSabre T-Type. It's going to be my first project car. I didn't know if anyone had any suggestions as far as a good parts car for it. I don't know if there was another H body car that might have a better suspension. If someone could email me back that would be great. Email me at DormBuddy18@yahoo.com.
24th Jun 2006, 00:43
The awesome Regal T-type, adding a legendary turbocharged V6 to the midsize coupe, creating one of the fastest cars of the 80's. One car to use this designation that isn't as well known is the Lesabre. Built from '87 to '89, the Lesabre T-type represents the highest performing H-body. Although not as outstanding as its Regal sibling, it was a notch above other Lesabres. Original plans called for a turbo, but transmission durability problems limited engine output. Instead Buick turned to overall improvement. First, acceleration was improved by using a performance axle, geared lower than most Lesabres. Styling was greatly improved by Grand National inspired black out trim, aluminum wheels and front and rear spoilers. The interior was improved by installing a console with shift lever, and front bucket seats. A Pontiac-style red-orange dash cluster was used to accent the t-type badges and other interior changes. Finally, the handling was greatly improved by installing a huge 1.25-inch sway bar in front and a.75-inch bar in the rear.
12th Sep 2006, 20:41
Hi I'm getting ready to trade in a 1974 nova for a 1988 Buick leSabra t-type I was just wondering if this is a good idea. Also the Buick has lots modifications and is in great condition.
25th Jan 2007, 12:13
Just got my 89 t-type yesterday. never thought I would get so excited about a car from the 80's. great to drive. 228,000 miles. still drives strong. I love it.
6th Sep 2014, 01:50
As the 68-72 Nova was my preferred model over later ones, I would definitely trade for an 89 Buick LeSabre T-type (better than 88). I owned one for 4 years, and would have loved to have kept it longer. My daughter also purchased one from Arizona in 2004 and drove it for 5 more years (over 100,000 miles, and 2 trips from AZ to MI and back without any problems). The car is roomy inside and sporty outside. The best engine, the 3800, runs and lasts!!