: Anyone own(ed) a bonneville,88, or lesabre?



misfit6794
12-20-07, 07:42 AM
I'm looking at buying a 94 olds 88, 108,000 miles, 1800. I've owned a couple of 3800 series powered cars, and loved the engine, never any problems. Has anyone owned one of these? Hows the maintainence? Would have found a forum on these cars but, there's little to no info on them.

malcolm
12-20-07, 01:34 PM
am I the only one who sees

Anyone own(ed) a bonneville,88, or lesbian?

when looking at the title of this thread. I need to see the eye doctor soon.

LS1Mike
12-20-07, 02:55 PM
I had a 98 bonneville. It ran for many years, finally sold it with 230,000 miles on it.
Never gave me any troubles, save for the intake manifold gasket leak.

Night Wolf
12-20-07, 03:16 PM
great cars, great engines. cheap to maintain, reliable and awesome gas mileage.... what more to say?

creeker
12-20-07, 03:29 PM
I'm looking at buying a 94 olds 88, 108,000 miles, 1800. I've owned a couple of 3800 series powered cars, and loved the engine, never any problems. Has anyone owned one of these? Hows the maintainence? Would have found a forum on these cars but, there's little to no info on them.

A good forum I use for feedback from actual owners is carsurvey.org.

Jesda
12-20-07, 05:22 PM
If you get an 88, get an LSS. They're a lot of fun to drive.

Cadillacboy
12-20-07, 05:24 PM
I heard good comments on Le Sabres too .It should be good for daily driving

misfit6794
12-20-07, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the replies, definetly what I wanted to hear about the car. I can't drive a bronco everyday anymore, I will go insane and broke from the gas.

hueterm
12-20-07, 07:17 PM
Any of those cars are probably one of the very best used car buys out there.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-20-07, 07:49 PM
1991-96 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. Don't ask me why, but I like 'em

The 91-96 Park Avenue is good too. They're basically the same underneath as the 88/Lesabre/Bonnie, but they've just got more options and goodies.

77CDV
12-20-07, 09:26 PM
1991-96 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. Don't ask me why, but I like 'em

The 91-96 Park Avenue is good too. They're basically the same underneath as the 88/Lesabre/Bonnie, but they've just got more options and goodies.

I think the Olds 88 or 98 are the best of the bunch. Clean interior and understated exterior. I always found the Park Avenue too fussy on the inside, though the exterior is pleasant. And best of all, parts for any of these cars are in generous supply and cheap as air.

hueterm
12-20-07, 09:30 PM
The Ninety Eight Touring Sedans were cool. I think the 1996 Park Avenue Ultra had the Series II 3800 S/C, which was the last year of that body style.

firstimecaddi
12-21-07, 08:49 AM
I've owned two of those three named above. The 88 and the Le Sabre, both are soild cars. Simple but well made, no frills and easy to maintain. Can expect 300k easy with any of these. My '92 88 is going strong right now on 220k--still makes 22 mpg which I think is pretty good.

Red_October_7000
12-21-07, 09:51 AM
I have a LeSabre. Decent car. Engine only ever failed me once; the starter went. Other than that, it's never stranded me. Not particularly powerful (215 HP in a 4400 lbs car) or fast (fuel cutoff comes at 110), or well-handling (had the industry's worst turning circle when it was made), but it does all those things well enough while getting good gas mileage (EPA figures are 19 city 30 highway; I get about 24 in mixed driving with my lead foot; you can approach the 30 figure if you baby it). It carries a lot of stuff. It carries a lot of people. A very good, above-average car in most respects, but it doesn't stand out particularly well at anything, however there's little at which it fails. Drive one, see for yourself. Naturally, the Bonnies will have a stiffer ride than the LeSabres and Park Aves. The Bonnies also only carry 5 people rather than 6 in the Olds/Buicks.

z06bigbird
12-22-07, 01:51 AM
Buicks and Olds are America's best kept secrets. I have had a 92, 96, 99, 04, 05 LeSabre or Delta 88 plus several Cutlasses and Centuries. All are great cars, although the bigger ones ride better.

Change oil every 3000 and you are ok. Everyone's grandparents have or have had one or more of these. Reason: They never broke down. Many in classified show 200,000 miles. Tauruses will show about 100,000 miles prior to tranny failure.

GM used 3800 engine for many many years in larger cars. 3.1 in smaller cars. Also great engine. 30 mpg on highway.

Prices on used LeSabres are increasing because they ain't no more. Look in your local paper; very few LeSabres, if any.

Crown Vic Owner
12-22-07, 03:17 AM
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89 lesabre t type owner

i am in the middle of doing a ton of crap on it, so, i know how they car.


This is the ORIGINAL 3800, before the series one, i know that they are tough.


This car has 140k CITY miles, trans is amazingly still in one peice (anal on trans fluid), and the car is rusted to hell.


It needs work.

misfit6794
12-22-07, 07:31 AM
Don't you just love sleepers? I think its so much cooler to be in a "family" car and blow someones doors off.

hueterm
12-22-07, 09:59 AM
I always loved that LeSabre T-Type -- one of the best looking cars Buick ever made, except for the seats and those weird door mounted seatbelts.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-22-07, 10:18 AM
I like the 85-89 Electra T-Types...those are much rarer than the Lesabres

hueterm
12-22-07, 11:03 AM
Were those coupes? I remember an Electra T-Type sedan.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-22-07, 11:22 AM
Yep, sedans only.

77CDV
12-22-07, 06:22 PM
Yep, sedans only.

Are you sure? I seem to remember the 88, 98, LeSabre and Electra/Park Avenue having coupe versions until like 1988 or 1989, and I think the T-Type option was available on the coupes only. The 98 and Electra coupes even had little electroluminescent opera lights on the B-pillars. The sedans outsold the coupes by a huge margin, which was GM's reason for discontinuing them.

Sinister Angel
12-22-07, 07:25 PM
I own a 2000 LeSabre, and I love it. Doesn't weigh 4400 lbs tho...

I can pull 29MPG on the highway doing 75, although I did average 32 on one trip that I did 60...

creeker
12-23-07, 12:48 AM
I used to have a 1990 olds. regency 98,and then a 1990 olds. touring sedan with the super charged 3.8,they were both great cars.

creeker
12-23-07, 02:48 PM
Are you sure? I seem to remember the 88, 98, LeSabre and Electra/Park Avenue having coupe versions until like 1988 or 1989, and I think the T-Type option was available on the coupes only. The 98 and Electra coupes even had little electroluminescent opera lights on the B-pillars. The sedans outsold the coupes by a huge margin, which was GM's reason for discontinuing them.

One of my books shows last year for lesabre coupe is 1991,and electra park
last year was 1987.

creeker
12-23-07, 02:52 PM
I own a 2000 LeSabre, and I love it. Doesn't weigh 4400 lbs tho...

I can pull 29MPG on the highway doing 75, although I did average 32 on one trip that I did 60...

My car book only goes to 1999,
1999 lesabre custom weighs 3443#
1999 lesabre limited weighs 3468#.

Sinister Angel
12-23-07, 05:34 PM
I have a custom.

Red_October_7000
12-24-07, 01:58 AM
Weird. I could swear the sticker on my door says 4400, but whatever. Anywho they're good cars. The motor in the more powerful versions is pretty, well, powerful (the 3800 MK II, MK III, and any of the forced induction models; it was variously Turbocharged or Supercharged depending on the car; I think the Supercharged ones were some of the last mainstream cars to use Superchargers), and can produce some pretty nasty torque steer if you step on it, especially on snow.