Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Kyle asks: My question for you is about this car I found online for sale in Nebraska. It is a Buick Lucerne CXS with a Northstar LD8 engine with a 4t80 trans. It has 138,000 miles on it and I was wondering if that car would be a good idea for me because I would like a v8 powered car for not that much. The dealer has told me that the suspension is shot on it and they marked it down to $3,500 for me I was wondering if it would be worth it in the long run.
My reply: How much are you willing to put into a $3,500 car to make it a viable car? If this car has the optional magnetic ride control suspension – and it’s “shot”- you could easily spend almost as much to fix it as you did on the car. And with almost 140,000 miles on the iffy-when-new Northstar V8 (and the rest of the car) it is very likely something else expensive will break, soon.
Run – don’t walk – away from this one!
If you’re looking for something better – and similar (i.e., a large, comfortable sedan) shop around for a Ford Crown Victoria (made up to 2011) or a Toyota Avalon. These two are much better cars to start with and you should be able to find a ‘Vic in the same price ballpark.
PS: Glad I could help with the Silverwing!
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