I bought my 1985 Parisienne with 126,00 miles on it. At 142,000 the transmission refused to go into reverse and I did U-turns through my yard..in lieu of backing up... Had a collision with a deer that dented a fender and smashed the header. The huge sturdy body of the car spared me of receiving any injuries. Winter came and I could no longer take the car out through my yard. I keep the thing in my driveway... start it once a month.
My '85 Parisienne Brougham has been the best car ever. E-Z to fix and great on fuel. Also, had reverse go out on the tranny, but as a tranny Tech., this was an easy fix for under a hundred bucks. I work for Chrysler, but there are reasons I only drive my Pontiac!
I own an 85 Brougham and bought in 2001 for $900 (cdn) I just love it, the 305 worked great, but it didn't last. Since I've put in a used 307 engine, got it painted, put loud duals on it, and some tires. I have more plans for the car and would love to find another in mint condition. These cars drive like a dream are easy to maintain and are just cool. It is my first car and probably my last.
I bought mine about a year and a half ago. Best car I could have bought. It was owned by an elderly lady who babied it; the interior is still mint. Since then I've added some after-market Edelbrock Performance under the hood, and re-worked the exhaust. It looks like a tank, sounds like a tank, and drives like a Bentley.
I didn't know anyone else drove one of these! It is a lovely car. I took mine and gutted it (it was a junker) and have completely customized it. I'd love to show some pics, but I have none online now. Needless to say it's a great car, and now mine is black with blue flames down the side and a patriotic/dark blue interior. Pontiac forever!!!
I just bought a 1985 Pontiac Parisienne, also from an elderly woman who babied it, and am extremely impressed with it. I bought it with only 53,000 miles and completely mint interior and exterior, for a whopping $1,000. I have owned it for just about a year now and have had absolutely no problems with it thus far. The car is big enough to feel safe in and still feels like you're driving on pillows. Best car I have EVER owned.
I just thought I would add mine in here too. My grandparents bought their 1985 Parisienne safari edition wagon new in '85. About 12 years ago they got new cars each year through my uncles dealership and parked the wagon in a field. My entire family asked them for this car (it had 128,000 miles on it). I went over there to visit one day, and they asked me if I wanted it. I told them that if they were trying to get rid of it, then yes, to keep it in the family (and to get it restored). This thing was green about 1/2 inch thick (originally white), had corn growing inside the back floorboards, and even a dead critter that we had to peel out in 3 pieces! It started, but we were looking at a 200 mile trip to get it home, so we had a shop do a basic get it running to make it home deal. It is in it's first car show this weekend. I have had 4 people now ask me how much I wanted for it, and I will always tell them no... I love my car, and it's going to stay with me. It is still strong, dependable, and a cruiser with good gas mileage for its size. Also, my grandparents still had the original paperwork in copies in the glove box. P.S. my mom and sister are still mad at me for getting that car (2 years later)
I still have my 1985 Pontiac Parisienne Station Wagon. I'm the second owner. I just had everything done under the hood. Remanufactured, engine, transmission, carburetor, starter, power steering pump, fuel pump. new radiator, the float in the gasoline tank has been replaced, distributor, hoses and wires, catalytic converter... I still have the original upholstery, needs paint still has the original paint (olive green). Little dings and dents... I change oil every 3,000 miles... Drives great! I spent almost US$6,000. How much is this car worth as it is?
You probably need to replace the fuel filter. If everything else is okay, the problem could be the in-line fuel filter, which is where the gas line bolts into the side of the carburetor. You'll need a line wrench (flare wrench) to put the new filter in. They're very small.
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