I found a good deal on 1995 Buick Roadmaster and picked it up to replace my current winter vehicle (An oil leaking, trans leaking, oil burning, ticking, shuddering mini van). I am very familiar with the power-train of these cars as I've been building an LT1 / 4L60E F-Body for years. This just seemed like a perfect car to still get the LT1 experience during the winter months in addition to knowing the ins and outs of the engine and transmission if anything were to go wrong.
The Buick itself had only one owner and was being driven by an elderly lady. It has 168k miles and runs extremely smooth with no miss, hesitation, ticks, leaks, or smoke. The transmission still shifts great without any slippage or clunks. The interior is cloth and looks great! No holes or tears and a non smoking car. All the major electronics seem work and it is equipped with climate control, which is cool.
Living in Michigan it's hard to find these cars without "B-Body Rust"... This car is not an exception. The rear bottom fenders are rusted. The hood and trunk have some rust. I bought it after a test drive and didn't bother to really look under it as the price was cheap and it ran great. When I got it home in daylight I checked out the back and the frame has a lot of rust, I'm worried what the rest looks like...
The exhaust is rusted apart. Resonators fell out, the muffler is cracked all the way around so that will need replacing. I have a stock system priced roughly at $340 at the local parts shop, I'll put it in myself.
The passenger mirror is busted off. I need to find a new one of those. Passenger side corner lens is broken. A lot of the molding fell off but the chrome is still there or discolored.
The engine bay has quite a bit of rust as well. No clunks in the suspension or drifting though so I'm assuming nothing has rusted off. Sway bar is still attached and not rattling around so that's good. I'm thinking about replacing the shocks and possibly springs... I'll also see what else I got myself into.
I think it was a good buy. I drove it from Kalamazoo to Pontiac without any issues. Drives great down the highway and has some good get up. I got into it hard in first gear and it smoked the tires out, that was a good time. Right now it's perfect for taking me to work and back and other miscellaneous city running I need to do. As of now I'm unsure if I'm really going to keep it or not. In the spring I'll start really looking it over when the T/A is out and see how far the rust has ate it... Sad.
Where are some decent places to purchase parts for these? If I decide to keep it I would like to fix the rear fenders and make it what it once was. If you have any suggestions to purchase parts for the bad I would love to hear them. I browed the FS section here and it looks like it's very active, so that's good!
The biggest questions I have is that it has a "Collectors Edition" hood ornament on it. I have no idea what that means. Doing a quick google search I found that only 1996 cars got that. Also looking at trims last night I keep seeing Aluminum Heads being standard. I thought all B-Bodies were steel? It's freezing outside or else I would go look.
Anyway, here are some quick photos after I got it home. I cleaned the engine bay out so it doesn't look as bad... Poor B-Body