Article about the Estate Wagons

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  1. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

    Two pages in the book ''Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970's.'' about the Estate Wagons:

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  3. 71staged

    71staged Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting the article. I have been a Buick wagon owner since about 1990. With four children, it seemed the best solution to get a family around. Tried all the mini vans at the time, but after filling all the seats, there wasn't much room left for groceries or bulk items. I had a 1984 Buick Century Estate wagon, then factory-ordered a 1995 Century Estate Wagon. I owned it for only one year, as I was one of five people in Canada in 1997 to successfully force GM to buy the car back because it was a lemon. Biggest disappointment ever in a new car buying experience and I vowed to never buy a new car, again. Once the 1995 Century wagon was gone, I got a full-size 1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon in 1997. Great car and in 2000, I bought a second wagon, which I still own today. The 1989 Buick Electra Estate Wagon only had 14,000 kilometers on it when I bought it.

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  4. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    What was the problem with the 1995 century wagon? That platform had been around since 1982. Guessing maybe the weak 60 degree Chevy V-6?
     
  5. 71staged

    71staged Well-Known Member

    I would have to bring out my binder to completely detail what was wrong with the car. But, it spent over a month being repaired by my local GM dealership under warranty during the 13, or so months, I owned it. The major one was a known defect covered under a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) for a defective piston and pin design causing the engine to slightly rattle during cold-start-ups. There was poor paint with fish-eyes and the pin-striping was washing off. The driver's side power mirror had to be replaced twice, driver's side power seat motor replaced, and a few interior trim pieces fell off. Although I filed a claim under CAMVAP, I pretty well handled the whole case myself proving the car was unfit for the purpose it was made for. I got a full refund of my purchase price, including provincial sales tax, and paid 15 cents per kilometer for usage.

    The funniest part about it was my old 1984 Century Estate Wagon was bought by a fellow in town, as I had used my old car as a trade-in when buying the new Buick. He asked why I had so many cars as he saw me driving a few different ones. I explained they were all courtesy cars. That's when the stinger came as he said his 1984 Wagon was the best deal he got for a used car - no problems and very dependable.

    Nando.
     
  6. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks for posting this, I love these wagons. Unfortunately due to the demo people, these have become as rare as hen's teeth.
     
  7. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    This wagon languished at the W. El Paso U Pull It. Ironically a derby guy bought the front clip. Another derby guy swore he would pay $2500 for it. But it was already processed into the U Pull It, and a mile in, all the way in the back.
     

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