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1988 Buick Electra Estate 71173 Miles White Station wagon 8 Cylinder Engine 5.0L

1988 Buick Electra Estate

Condition: Used
Make: Buick
Model: Electra
SubModel: Estate
Type: Station wagon
Trim: Estate
Year: 1988
Mileage: 71173
VIN: 1G4BV81Y7JA404739
Color: White
Engine: 8 Cylinder Engine 5.0L/307
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: 4dr Wagon Estate
Interior color: Burgundy
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Local pick-up only

Description for Buick Electra 1988

71,173 original miles. Loaded with options including rear-facing third row seat. Very well maintained, clean CarFax, no accidents, no winters. New tires, new exhaust, A/C serviced, ready for a road trip!
The mileage is legit, so this Electra shows extremely well and we don’t see any evidence that it has suffered through a cold, slushy, salty winter (check out how clean the door bottoms are!). It’s quite clean throughout. We believe the white paint is original GM enamel and it’s holding up quite well, with a soft period shine that’s just about right for what GM was doing in the late ‘80s. The wood appliques on its flanks appear to be newer and are in excellent shape. There is no evidence of rust repair or accident damage (the car has a clean CarFAX report) and it shows nice chrome and stainless, good glass, and no notable issues. If we are picking nits, it does have some cracking in the urethane bumper filler under the tailgate (a common issue and completely invisible with the tailgate closed), and it appears that the right front bumper area was dinged, necessitating a replacement parking light assembly. But beyond those little details, this is a really nicely preserved wagon.
This was Buick’s top-of-the-line model and it really shows inside, where plush ‘80s luxury includes seats that feel like living room sofas. Everything was standard on the big Electra, including automatic climate control, power windows, locks, and seat (passenger side has power recline, too!), cruise control, tilt steering column, and even a power rear window for the tailgate. Everything works properly except the power antenna, which is a common issue on GM cars of this period. You’ll also note that there’s an upgraded Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo head unit neatly installed in the dash, a great upgrade for a car built for long road trips. The burgundy velour upholstery is in remarkable condition showing almost zero wear, and you don’t so much sit on these seats as sink into them. The back seat looks almost unused and it does have the folding third row seat, which is upholstered in more durable vinyl for obvious reasons. With the seats all folded, it will also swallow 4x8 sheets of plywood, just like a pickup so it’s a useful car as well as an attractive one.
The only engine available in full-sized Buicks in 1988 was a 307 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor. This one has been expertly serviced its entire life and the condition of the engine bay bears out the idea that someone loved this car. There are quite a few new components, including a recent alternator and A/C system components, as well as a fresh tune-up. It starts easily with a nice burble from the tailpipe and idles smoothly. There’s a lot of car to move, so it’s not exactly fast, but where it excels is on the highway where it just cruises along effortlessly at 75 MPH in virtual silence, and these are very reliable machines. It’s still a modern car in every way, so you can get in, turn the key, and go and this would be an amusing daily driver if you’re inclined.
Underneath you can find more evidence that the car hasn’t lived through harsh winters—there’s a light dusting of undercoating but nothing is hidden and it remains extremely clean. The 200-4R 4-speed automatic transmission is the same one fitted to the Buick Grand National, so it’s plenty durable, and with a deep overdrive gear this big wagon just loafs along on the highway and pulls down decent, if not amazing, fuel mileage. 2.93 gears out back also help. You’ll note a newer exhaust system with upgraded catalytic converter and muffler that give it a nice V8 sound that never gets annoying, plus a set of newer shocks, including helper springs out back to keep it level with people in back. The floors, rockers, and trunk extensions are in excellent condition and even the spare tire well shows no rust or rot, which is fairly amazing on a car of this vintage. It sits on recent 225/75/15 blackwall radials that look beefy, and those wire wheel covers are a period-perfect touch.
Everyone has a fond memory of a car similar to this. My high school girlfriend’s mother had one exactly like this, and that kind of fond memory is what drives the entire hobby. And when your hobby car is also practical and ready to enjoy, it gets even better. Road trips will never be the same, but with this Buick you can relive the memories and give new ones to another generation. Call today!
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