Wish I had bought a 95 LeSabre
The car belonged to little old lady who kept it garaged. Showroom condition and mileage was only 41K. Paid $2500, which was a bargain, so I thought.
Coolant leak. A couple of months after getting the car, found a puddle under the car of antifreeze. Pressure test found leaks in the intake, water pump, and radiator. Cost to repair, about $1200. Sitting around apparently is not good for cars.
Engine started missing badly, but would smooth out when it got warm. Had to replace the ECM. Cost $140.
Oil consumption. The car has 50 PSI of oil pressure, no leaks, does not smoke, runs perfect, gets 30 mpg on highway, but you have to add a quart of oil about every 1000 miles. I can live with this, but wonder if it will get worse. Family has owned several LeSabres and a 91 Park Ave. All had a different version of the 3.8 V6. All were great cars, and nothing major ever when wrong. Appears GM spoiled a good thing.
The car now has little over 50K miles, and is doing great except for having to keep an eye on the oil level. I hope to drive this car another 150K.
I love this car. Large, safe, good gas mileage, even the paint is still perfect. But GM, why did you have to mess with this engine? The type one 3.8 was a much better engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th November, 2010