1979 Pontiac Parisienne Review

1979 Pontiac Parisienne 305 ci from North America

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1979
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 305 ci Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired189000 kilometres
Most recent distance224000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet 3104 Pickup


Classic living room on wheels!


Brake line.

Rear springs.

Cheap plastic.

Leaky trunk.



Driver's side door lock wearing out.

Driver's side seat belt latch broken.


General Comments:

Although I did list some faults, it must be noted that the car was bought used in 1979 by my Father and has been in the family since.

I wasn't too taken with the looks when he first bought it, as I saw it as this square thing with lots of tubes and hoses under the hood. I now find the boxy look "classic" as it looks different, and it's easy to work on.

VERY comfortable, but I do find entrance and egress a little challenging, (I'm 6'2", 270lbs).

When Dad bought the car, I remember thinking to myself, "This fake chrome is going to look like hell when it starts peeling off". Sure enough, I was right. The UV rays have got to the plastic inside too, making it very faded and brittle.

I do like the car though, it feels like I'm driving around a living room!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th April, 2007

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review