1985 Pontiac Parisienne Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1985 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 5.0L 305 C.I from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.0L 305 C.I Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac GTA

Summary:

Great bang for the buck

Faults:

Tires and Brakes, usual wear and tear. I hardly drive the car in the winter, so spring time requires a new battery, same with any car.

General Comments:

Lots of space, decent power for the size of the car, second one I have owned, they don't make em like they used to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2008

1985 Pontiac Parisienne Bourgham 5.3 V8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.3 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65732 miles
Most recent distance66051 miles
Previous carDodge Power Ram

Summary:

By far the best car ever made

Faults:

For only $200.00 I was able to purchase a car that I thought would never last me over a year. But boy was I ever wrong.

It had absolutely nothing wrong with it except that the battery was dead, some rust here and there but none really noticeable. One of the little windows right behind the rear passengers window was broken and cats had taken up residence over the winter. Lots of cat hair...

General Comments:

I quickly found out that this car had some impressive power considering how heavy the thing was, it could even posi for a second or two.

I had actually thought of using as our grad car, but after a few weeks of driving it I knew I would never be able to subject it to being painted and defaced.

Some of the best donuts have been pulled in this beauty on the odd night especially on gravel where I could get anywhere from one to five rotations no problem.

Even the spare tire for this car is tough. One night I was unfortunate enough to have my rear tire slashed, I put the spare on and soon realised it was probably one of the better tires on my car at the time. It even went through a few burnouts and was still going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2007

1985 Pontiac Parisienne from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles

Faults:

There is a small oil leak from the transmission.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a dude down in Florida. His mom bought it new and as she was getting up in age, just drove it to the store and back, basically.

The "Big Boat" as my wife calls it has always been garaged and has only 50,000 original miles. It is "clean". It is really the nicest car I have ever owned, and it's twenty years old! As of now I'm getting 20 miles to the gallon. It has a powerfull air conditioner which I need out here in the desert. This car looks as if it just came off of the showroom floor. I hope to be driving this one for another twenty years.

David Ott

El Paso, Texas.

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

Review Date: 19th May, 2005

1985 Pontiac Parisienne Safari 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired191000 miles
Most recent distance192500 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Pontiac kid for life!!!

Faults:

I bought the car for $450.00. Things are going to be needing replaced.

The day after I bought it the Alternator went out. Which explains why the battery was unhooked when I bought it.

I had to replace the Power window switch cause the window was all the way down and wasn't rolling up anytime soon. And its too cold to drive with out a window.

The headliner was sagging really bad. $125.00 and that was fixed.

I had to replace various lights.

The interior is nice the carpet needs cleaned.

Power windows and locks work.

The heater works wonders in the winter!

The windshield wipers have a mind of their own so I have to replace the circuit board. I would have not known that if my dad wasn't a mechanic.

I changed Spark plugs and one of the spark plugs were completely rusted in the cylinder. The sad thing is they were champion spark plugs! Wjy I don't know. I put AC-Delco back in.

I've always wanted a station wagon. I wasn't too keen on having anything other than a Pontiac. I'm glad that I waited. They seem to be a bit tough to find.

I beat a Grand Am on the high way the other day. It was a GT with a 3.1 it made my day! I wouldn't give up the Parisienne for anything.

General Comments:

Would buy it again in a heartbeat!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2005

10th Oct 2006, 09:25

I had a 1984 Parisienne Wagon a few years ago. It was a tough car. I bought it from a used car dealer in '96. I'm sure it came with a phony safety though. But none the less, it was a solid cruiser. I replaced it a few years later with a clean 88 Chevy Caprice Wagon. The Pontiac was getting quite tired. Sold it for a $100.00 to a lady who got another year or so out of it. She had a mechanic friend do the "safety". All those old GM full size rear wheel drive cars are die hard vehicles. Too bad they don't make then any more, eh?

With the wagons, though, the woodgrain side panelling looked great when new, but became problematic in later years with rust propagating under it. It's better to find a good wagon that did not have the woodgrain. Another nice wagon was the Olds Custom Cruiser.

11th Feb 2008, 12:55

I have a Parisienne and I love it. I replaced the gas tank radiator and alternator in it. Those were the only problems I had with it.

It leaks oil a little, but other than that it's awesome.

I snagged some Trans Am turbo rims and BF Goodrich tires and threw them on. It looks sweet.

I also hacked the exhaust off and put a glass pack on her. She sounds mean.

I'm thinking about putting a better carb and new heads on it.

I took a light bar and put two KC daylighters on it, and attached it to my roof; it lights up pretty good and I hope to use it to spot deer. It looks awesome.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 19 reviews