1985 Buick Skylark from North America


Low maintenance, fantastic car



General Comments:

My first car, brown & very rusty with no floor. I only put oil in it once & it hardly needed gas. Never needed anything, super low maintenance car, loved it! Bought it for $400, sold it for &500. Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2016

1985 Buick Skylark Custom 2.8L V6 from North America


Best car I ever owned!!!


Normal maintenance was required.

General Comments:

I was very impressed with the performance of this car. The 6 cylinder was great in acceleration, but at the same time, gave reasonable mileage and excellent reliability. Even with over 500000 kms on it, it would start like the day it was new. I have yet to find another car I enjoyed as much as this one. Best car I ever owned!

My father bought it new from the dealer in 1985, and I inherited it after that. That thing was damn near bullet proof!!! The only drawback was the rust. These cars in 1985 had a real problem with the paint peeling off and causing the steel to rust.

As for reliability, they were A1 and easy to fix! Even when my father bought a new Oldsmobile in 1995, this beauty started better than his brand new Olds when it was -25 plus windchill outdoors!...

I sure miss her, and if I could, would buy another in a second!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2011

19th Dec 2011, 16:24

An old lady gave me one of these (or it may have been an '84, can't remember) back in the late 1990s, and yes, what a wonderful car! The 2.8 was a fantastic little motor (mine had around 90,000 miles or so when I got it), the car was a very nice size, and drove great with reasonable fuel economy. Never had a moments trouble with it, started in the coldest weather, and everything worked perfectly. I eventually sold it to a teenager for $500.

Funny thing is, as in so many things, this car was consider a dog by the automotive press and cognoscenti, but in reality for the man on the ground, it was great.

1985 Buick Skylark Custom 2.5 from North America


Wonderful little car!


Nothing really, when I got the car it had sat in a towing company's impound yard, or more like a field for 8 years and had the front pasanger A-frame broken off. I bought it for $50 and they gave me a parts car to fix it with. I've only had to change the oil and put tires on it since I got it.

General Comments:

I love the gas mileage this car gets, right around 45mpg on the highway.

It handles like a sports car.

It still has a lot of miles to go and its get up and go hasn't got up and left yet so I'll more than likely keep it for a very long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2008

31st May 2013, 07:31

I got one about 3 years ago for $200 bucks. Still running, and has well over 100,000 miles on it. Doesn't use any oil.

Would I buy another one? YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT.

31st May 2013, 09:47

Does it get 45 MPG on the highway, like the reviewer's car doesn't?

28th Jul 2014, 20:47

I agree. I have a 1985 with 42,000 miles that I just bought; it is mint. I remember this car when I was a kid, and I loved it then. I hope to have it for many, many years.

1985 Buick Skylark Custom 2.8V6 from North America


A cute and pretty powerful little car with room inside for a small family


During the 3 years that we had it, the starter went on us, and so did the exhaust system. Other than that, no other problems.

General Comments:

We got it at a local used car lot back in January of 1990. We had paid $3800 at the time. The car had 38000 miles, and was owned by an elderly couple who drove it to the casinos and shopping all the time. What scared us was that the roof had some rust like spots and some tree sap on it. The car was gray with a red interior.

Man could that little car move with its V6 motor! And it was roomy inside for 5 people with a trunk that was a very nice size for a small car. Plus, it was great in the snow. We really liked the car until we got into a serious accident with it.

The car hit a high center median strip with full force. The end result? The front undercarriage was cracked, and the frame was bent a bit. Nobody in the car was seriously hurt. However, we had to get rid of the car.

To this day, that car is still fresh in our minds! We miss it a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

28th Jul 2010, 14:21

I have one now that just needs a new carburetor. It's the same kind you had, the 2.8 liter V-6 with 116 hp and loads of trunk space and family room. I love the car to death; it's amazing.