I have had some really bad cars over the years, the worst was a 1986 Buick Park Avenue, we purchased it used from the local Buick dealer with about 30,000 miles, who told us it was a one owner car and taken in on a trade. When we got it, it still had some time left and mileage on the factory warranty. 2 months after the warranty date expired , but with only 34,000 miles the transmission failed. At first Buick said it was out of warranty, and that we were not the second owner but the third owner, but after I contacted the head of the zone office, Buick replaced the transmission with a factory overhauled one, which cost us only $100.
When I confronted the dealer about we being the third owner, they said it was a brass hat car, which is what the cars that Buick executives drive for a few months and Buick is not considered an owner. I then checked with Buick and they said no it was not a brass hat car, but privately owned and that we were the third owner.
In the 2 years we had the car it literally fell apart on us, interior pieces broke, the steering wheel cracked, moldings fell off, the gas line rusted, the A/C failed, the headliner fell down, to list some of the problems. At 58,000 miles the replacement transmission started failing and we decided to get rid of it.
We traded it in at the same dealer (should have learned my lesson the first time I did business with this dealer) on a 1992 Buick Roadmaster. Instead of going into detail about this POS
Roadmaster, it was so bad that after 6 months and less than 5000 miles Buick took it back and replaced it with another identical Roadmaster free of charge. The replacement also had its share of problems and we dumped this second POS
Roadmaster with about 58,000 miles on it.
Also I will not waste my time going into detail about all the problems we had with the 2 Buick Regales and the Chevy Malibu wagon that I also owned before the Park Avenue.
After all these problems with GM
cars I swore then and there that I will never buy another GM
Since then we have had nothing but Volvo’s, 2 leased and 2 owned and couldn’t be any happier.
And lets not start an anti Volvo argument here, Volvo’s are not for everyone.