1985 Buick Park Avenue Reviews

1985 Buick Park Avenue sedan 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance355876 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Great car in all aspects

Faults:

Armrests on the front doors have come loose. However I later found out that this was a common problem on the GM C bodies of this generation. Power window motors eventually went south, but were all replaced. Other than that, routine maintenance.

General Comments:

This Park Avenue has been a great car. When I went to look at these in the fall of 84, I was a little leary of a front wheel drive car. Almost 20 years and almost 360000 miles later, I'm glad I changed my mind.

The dealer kept trying to push the then fairly new digital dash feature, but I did not get that, figuring it would be just a fad (For the most part, it ended up being just that). They were also trying to sell me a model with a 3.0 carbureted V6 (Which was odd, because that was the less expensive motor on that car. It was dropped in the park ave. line after 85). I ended up with a gray metallic sedan with a light gray leather interior, which has worn incredibly well over the years. It has every option with the exception of the digital dash. the ride is positively beautiful considering that it's a smaller front wheel drive version of what was once a large rear drive car. I can't believe the gas mileage this car gets as well. When the motor and trans go, I'll probably just have them rebuilt, instead of buying a new car. I've come this far with my park avenue, and plan on having it for a while to come. Great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

1985 Buick Park Avenue 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles

Summary:

This is truly a classic style

Faults:

Computer chip - still under warranty went at 60,000 miles.

A/c compressor went twice at 80,000 miles.

General Comments:

This was my father's car. He bought it new and it was given to me in 1999 three years after he died in 1996. I had stored the car at Mom's house, but one day she came barrelling into the driveway at a hgh rate of speed with her own car and she smashed into it. The car was a total and had to go to salvage. The car was a beauty. It was all Navy blue with every option imaginable for 1985. It has a smart classy European look, kind of boxy. I would have kept this forever because it would have made a nice classic to drive around in. But I guess it wasn't meant to be. It got excellent gas mileage from what I remember and was relatively easy to work on. I would definitely buy a Buick with the 3.8 v-6 engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2003

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews