I'm looking for some feed back on buying a 1990's - 2000's GM with the 3800 V6 (eg Park Avenue, Olds…

SpaTechJohn

I'm looking for some feed back on buying a 1990's - 2000's GM with the 3800 V6 (eg Park Avenue, Olds 88) as a 2nd car. I recently moved my parents back to Texas from out of state. For the next 6 months I'll be going from Dallas to Austin a couple times a month & need something to drive them around in that's bigger & more comfortable than my Honda Fit. After then I'll move closer to them & use the car for church, errands, & Dr. appointments. I'd like to keep the cost @ $6k or less. For that price I can find a 2000's Toyota Avalon or Lexus ES, RX or even some LS models w/ 100-150k miles. I could also get a GM or maybe a Crown Vic/Grand Marquis with 50-80k miles & have money left over for maintenance & upgrades. I once had a '92 LeSabre that ran & drove great until it hit 140k & developed simultaneous engine & transmission problems. At the time it was easier to buy something newer so I got rid of it. I've read these 3800s have problems with intake manifold gaskets that can ruin the engine if not addressed. Any other common issues I should know about? A Japanese car will probably be more reliable & long lasting, but how does the ride of an older Avalon/Lexus compare to a Buick & is it better to get a less expensive American car with fewer miles or a more expensive Japanese one with more miles?

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Techsus
Techsus

Get Camry or Lexus. More quality time w/ your folks, less time dinking around putting a Junker in the shop.

Jackofall
Jackofall

Crown vic. Or camry