1986 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 4.3L V6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

An economical, likable, and trusty road-yacht for peanuts

Faults:

Starter had to be replaced three times. My theory is that this car likes them and eats them constantly, requiring new ones every 50.000 kms.

An ominous warning light, "Service Engine Soon", comes on erratically, stays for a while, and goes off again. No reason has been found yet, but it has been happening for 10 years now.

The fuel pump has broken down at about 220.000 kms.

The GM cassette deck gobbles tapes.

The little link between the gear lever and the transmission mode indicator has broken after 240.000 kms.

The fuel gouge had to be replaced after 190.000 kms.

General Comments:

Great compromise-car: It manages to look incredibly cool on European roads whilst being utterly economical to own.

The 4.3L V6 has one hell of a time lugging the car's weight around. Better get a 5.0 or 5.7 V8.

Fuel economy is good and can even get great: I average 9L/ 100kms, but have had 8 while driving in Sweden (35 mpg).

Don't do any wild, Alpine driving: Chassis and brakes just can't handle ambitious driving, and the car wallows and lurches in curves, basically feeling inclined to ignore them altogether.

Fantastic long-distance cruiser: The car is a dream on open roads at speeds between 100 and 140 km/h, where it just glides effortlessly and quietly, eating up miles like nothing I've owned before (and I've owned Lincolns, Mercedes, and Cadillacs).

The seats are terribly low-tech, but great just the same. Still look like new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2004

1986 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 305 V8 from North America

Summary:

With a little money and some elbow grease, a fine used car to own

Faults:

Ignition coil.

Carburetor

Passenger side window.

Door Locks.

Passenger side rear window control at drivers seat.

Glove box trunk release.

All controls for drivers seat, is current stuck in a reclined position.

Exhaust pipe cracked (have repair tape purchased).

General Comments:

Did an entire tune-up which wasn't to expensive, until I had to buy the Coil as well.

Have purchased a rebuild kit for the Carburetor, but need a breaker bar and a strong man to break the fuel line loose before that gets fixed.

Interior is not in bad shape, and all in all a great bargain for the $300 I paid for it.

She rides very smooth, and the seats are very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2004

1986 Pontiac Parisienne 4.3 V6 from North America

Summary:

A great durable bargain

Faults:

The air conditioning needed to be completely replaced.

The transmission required repair to fix a faulty reverse gear.

Rear drums and shoes required replacement.

General Comments:

I remember driving this car with friends in high school and loving every moment. When the time came to buy a winter car, I managed to find one in a rural community. It was in perfect condition and owned by a former GM factory employee. This car looks like it is brand new and runs especially well considering its age and mileage.

It easily passed a government inspection and emissions test.

After some repairs due to age, the car is back on the road and running well.

It has a lot of room, is extremely durable and very cheap to repair.

Don't use the dealer as any good mechanic can keep it in tip top shape for a very low price.

While most of these cars have the V8, mine is equipped with the base V6. The V6 would not be my first choice as it lacks the power of the big V8s. It's advantage, though, lies in the electronic fuel injection instead of an old carburator.

If you can find one of these cars in good condition, buy it. They are fun to drive, very practical, cheap to run and amazingly durable.

Only major downside is the poor fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

6th Jan 2005, 10:41

I also own a 86 Parisienne. A friend of mine found it sitting on the side of the highway, sat for a while. The only problem I've found so far is the power seat chord fell off but, other than that the car is top-notch.

18th Jan 2005, 12:45

Some of the best cars I ever owned were found abandoned on the side of the highway.