Oh, I see a LOT of 15 year old Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissians here in
Nashville. I also see a bunch of Buicks like my 1990 Buick Century V6,
which turned 166,666.6 miles when I pulled into the parking lot this
afternoon. I'm the 3rd owner.
Kias, Subarus, and Mazdas haven't been sold in large numbers and I don't
think that the Kias were imported 15 years ago.
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Will do, and ditto! I have a 92 Olds 98 Regency with 279,000 miles on it
and still going! The most that has ever gone wrong with it was a MAF
Just bought a 92 Park Avenue with 150K on it, hoping it will do the same.
You know, every now and then GM screws up and makes a car that actually
runs well and lasts!
Oh come on - no wheel bearings? Certainly an alternator or two in that
time. Not that I consider those to be an excessive repair for that kind of
mileage, but I've owned enough GM's that I've taken to high mileage that I
can't imagine one not having required these repairs. And... I just *know*
that engine is leaking antifreeze. But even that problem - persistent as it
is over the years of production, can be something that remains at the
nusance level for a very long time... it sometimes never develops to the
level of a real problem.
Is it an Ultra? I kept one up to 250,000 miles. Simply loved that car.
Wonderful ride, great handling, the supercharged 3.8 was an unbeatable
engine, classic Buick appointments inside - you just can't beat what Buick
does inside a car, and not a bad maintenance record over that time. Did put
in a wheel bearing or two, crankshaft sensor, crank pulley, and occasionally
put air in the tires. Admirable in my book.
They make a lot that last a long time. It's just that there are some
problems that they should have addressed years ago instead of foisting them
off on the public. I think GM's reputation would not have been impacted
nearly as much if they had simply addressed the intake gasket issue and a
couple of other high-incident failures across their product lines. The cars
are great in so many respects, but that sometimes gets lost in the blur of
some of these high visibility problems.
OK, I meant by 'most' as in the 'most expensive' Sure, I have done the
bearings, alternators (probably 8 of those) and brakes and what nots, but
like you say, show me ANY car with that kind of mileage that hasn't.
Nope, the fully loaded standard model, but quite nice nonetheless. A great
deal at $600. I am surprised to hear that you enjoyed the superharged 3.8
as most folks I know that have it only get about 180K out of that motor.
Plus, I just prefer a plain old naturally aspirated engine.
<<At some point during the day, Saturday, February 4, 2006 when your
drinking at the neighborhood pub, restaurant or lounging at home, raise
a glass of you favorite beverage in honor of 91 Bonneville's 15th
Anniversary. The most reliable, trouble free vehicle I ever owned.
Cheer's ! >>>>
Cheers, it is! My 97 40th anniversary edition is nearly halfway there,
mileage-wise. Also very reliable.
Congrats, I will toast with an Old Dominion Ale. What was your maintenance
schedule like ? Did you use a dealer, indie, or yourself for the maintenance
and minor repairs? I have a new car and am strongly considering full indie
service. However VW recently screwed me on a repair 1,300 after warranty
expired, probably because I did not use dealer service. The problem was very
likely caused by a faulty water pump that caused 2 overheats and 4 dealer
visits to fix.
I tried hard to keep my Taurus for 15 years but 9 1/2 was all it would do
without major surgery. If I did not have kids my name would either be on the
list for the Solstice or a new GTO
I've done the all the routine work like brakes, oil changes, tune up,
starters, alternators & water pumps etc. Only had to take it to the
dealer one or two times in 1992 for a Cruise problem and a coil problem.
I have a friend that's a GM mechanic that does the bigger jobs I don't
have the tools or skills for.
A trans shop rebuilt the trans at 192,000 miles in 2001.
05 Park Avenue, 34,145
91 Bonneville LE 305,679
Harryface, I share your opinion of Ponies--sold used cars for years.
During the 70's I was introduced to them; hurt my business; if customers
halfway serviced them, they wouldn't need another car!(ALMOST)
Hope you can share a little humor with me: the reason we like them so
much: Its letters spell P(oor) O(ld) N(ovice) T(hinks) I(ts) A C(adillac).
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