1986 Pontiac Parisienne Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1986 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 305 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired164594 miles
Most recent distance169351 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

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

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance228000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

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.

1986 Pontiac Parisienne from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired235000 miles
Most recent distance245000 miles

Summary:

A very well built car, meant to last!

Faults:

Brakes failed. Brake lines had to be replaced.

Starting to rust on right side in the back.

Starting to smoke from Engine. Mechanic says engine needs to be replaced or consider junking the car.

Starter replaced twice, last rebuilt starter put in still going strong!

Paper (wood) siding has almost all completely peeled off.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable, seats are wide, It can seat 9 people.

Old as it is the car still runs great, except for smoke from the engine.

Car drives well. Gears work fine, lights, systems monitor all still working.

Lights, brake lights, hazard lights all work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2003

16th Mar 2007, 12:12

Do you have a 5.0L V8? and if you do what is the top speed you got in it?

Thanks, Phil.

20th Mar 2007, 08:42

I have a Pontiac parisienne brougham 86.. you really don't want to drive this car past 100mph..

13th Mar 2008, 21:57

How much horse power does the 1986 parisenne 5.0 V8 put out?

Thanks, Phil.

1986 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham 305 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 305 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevrolet

Summary:

Totally wonderful

Faults:

Automatic locks

Automatic driver's window

Water pump

Valve covers

None of these under 100,000 miles

I broke the passenger outer mirror off pulling into the garage.

General Comments:

Finest running car I've ever had.

Beautifully comfortable riding.

Wonderfully quick pick up.

Gives a feeling of safety because of all the metal rather than plastic.

Uses very little oil, even with its age.

I just love this car and never want to give it up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 20 reviews