1985 Pontiac Parisienne Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1985 Pontiac Parisienne 5.0 V8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevrolet S-10

Summary:

Pretty darn dependable, great gas mileage, and cheap transportation

Faults:

Dash has Cracked.

Paint is Faded.

Rust has come Thru.

General Comments:

Nothing has gone WRONG with the car, except some minor replacing of parts. Broke down once, found out it was a clogged fuel filter. Great gas mileage, my friend just bought a new ford focus, and I get better gas mileage than he does!

The car has some minor cosmetic damage. Paint has faded on hood, and there is rust on the car. The original top has no tears in it, or scratches.

Had to recently had to do a carb overhaul, new tires, and new exhaust.

Interior is extremely roomy, and comfortable, I am 6'5 and 230lbs, and there isn't too many cars I fit comfortably in.

Anyways, the car is a good old car, Its built well, even after 20yrs of abuse. Don't plan on selling it anytime soon. I would like to finish restoring the car as much as I can.

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

Review Date: 24th November, 2004

30th May 2008, 20:44

John: I have a stationwagon that just goes and goes and goes. After twenty two years it's becoming a conversation piece whenever I pull into a gas station. It is great on gas. The overdrive transmission with lockup torque converter has to be one of GM's great mechanical innovations. As soon as the speed reaches 70 clicks, the overdrive kicks in and the engine rpm drops dramatically. Shortly after that the lock up torque converter clicks in to and the gas gauge hardly moves.

I rarely open up the second set of barrels on the carb, because I only accelerate hard when it shifts to second gear.

The only headache is finding the right tire widths anymore. 225 is rare now.

1985 Pontiac Parisienne Eureka Limousine 305 4V from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 4V Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired214000 kilometres
Most recent distance216000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

Really a fun driver!

Faults:

So far I've had to flush and replace the transmission filter.

The choke needs adjusting, but have parked it in storage for the winter - minus 30C is a little hard on it!

Previous owner had people dropping hot cigarette ashes and the seats have several small holes as a result.

The carpets have faded badly from a lot of cleaning with harsh chemicals from the looks.

Vandalism damage on the vinyl top needs immediate attention as it leaks.

General Comments:

A really rare six-door limousine built by Eureka Body Works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that stuns most people who see it.

It handles really well with the heavy suspension and gets around 20mpg on the highway (I live in rural Alberta, Canada).

Not really built for a large tall owner/driver, but what the hey!

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

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

1985 Pontiac Parisienne from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Previous carMercedes-Benz 500 SEL

Summary:

Hope to have it forever!

Faults:

The only things "wrong" with the car are the upholstery could use some love on the driver's side, one spark plug fouls every couple of weeks and needs replacing, and one of the power seat features doesn't work on both sides.

Having listed those petty little issues, I can't imagine not replacing whatever it may need in it's lifetime!

General Comments:

My previous cars have included 2 Dodge Darts (both were loved), a Dodge Caravan (worst mistake ever), a Toyota Cressida (very nice little car), Mercedes Benz 500SEL, and now this Parisienne.

We are the 3rd owners of the Parisienne, and after having it now for a few weeks, I can honestly say it is the best car I've ever owned, and I can't imagine not having it. It's an "old lady" car, and I'm a mother of 3, and even my children love riding in it, and begged us to buy it! Their friends love it too, and they're all in upper elementary grades.

There isn't one thing I don't really like about this car. It's perfect, economical for it's age, reliable, not fiberglass, large, comfy, smooth, and just about perfect for us.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2003

1985 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 5.0L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance241000 miles

Summary:

This car has served me extremely well

Faults:

Alternator had to be replaced.

Starter had to be replaced.

Steering linkage wore out.

Power steering pump and hose had to be replaced.

The engine is leaking oil, and I will need to find the source soon to avoid such frequent top-offs.

Water pump developed a leak, and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This has really been an amazing car. I bought it when I started college just to get me there and back. I would have preferred another vehicle; one a little smaller. But the price ($2000.00) was not bad, and the car ran well. Little did I know it would last this long.

I never had any experience fixing cars in the past, but have been able to figure things out on this one. With a manual in hand, it is an easy car to work on.

While it has become more sluggish in its old age, it is still a quick and powerful machine. It glides down the road.

Gas mileage started at about 20 mpg, and has dropped to around 18, which I still consider good.

The car is still on its original engine and transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2003

13th Jul 2007, 23:38

If you replace the rear main seal in the engine, you will quit loosing oil. I own a 87 and it had the same problem. these are amazing, bulletproof cars. Imports make good "airbags"! Good luck, and happy motoring.

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