Rocketship meets Lazy-Boy
I have been a Buick owner since our '93 LeSabre Presidential, and have been satisfied with the overall value and quality for the past ten years.
I tried out several Park Aves while shopping around, but as soon as I tried a new 2003 Ultra, I was amazed at the difference in performance that the combination of the supercharger/GT suspension provides (and they are standard with the Ultra package).
I looked around for a 2-3 year old Ultra and found a 2000 in brand-new condition. No Onstar, power roof, or ultrasonic back-up assist, but the price was right-on for a pristine Ultra.
Bottom line is that this car is the most comfortable, feature-rich, practical sleeper on the market today. It definately is a step in the right direction for Buick. Time will tell how reliable the electrical system is, and I hope it is improved over the 1993 models.
The only thing I have a problem with is the horrible center console assembly, which is so bad it must have came as an afterthought when this car was designed. Just try to balance a cup of coffee in the cup holders and you'll see what I mean. I noticed that they have corrected this for the 2003's.
Just got back from a 700 mile round trip, and checked in at around 27 MPG. Very impressive for a two-ton car with 240+ horses under the hood.
I paid 17K for a car that, for all intents and purposes, now sells for around 40 thousand dollars new.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th May, 2003