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20 February
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Moving on… selling my ’94 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

Of all the cars I’ve owned so far, this one has been my favorite.  Well, make that second favorite.  You can’t really top your first car, regardless of what that car might have been.  This car is a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon.  I love the big, rumbling V8 (and the power that goes along with it).  I love the fact that I’ve gotten up to 26 MPG highway with such a big engine.  I love that I can fit eight people in this car.

Why am I selling the car I love?  Our family is expanding.  We’re expecting our fifth child in a few months, and that means another car seat and a lot of people in one vehicle.  Yes, you can fit eight people in this car, but comfortably, that number is more like six.  It is not really a car-seat-friendly vehicle, at least not for the car seats from 2012.  So here it is, my ’94 Buick:

Here are the details:

  • Odometer is currently at 203,000 miles
  • I purchased the car in 2009.  It has a re-built salvage title.  The car came from New England (you can still see a Rhode Island registration sticker in the window).  It had been in an accident and been totaled.  I purchased it from a dealer in Waterloo, NY, who repaired the damage and guided me through the process of getting the new title.  The damage was all cosmetic – some replaced light fixtures, and it was good to go.
  • This is a “WB4” factory wood delete wagon.  It’s never had the faux wood grain paneling on the sides.  (One more reason I love this car!)
  • The engine is a 350 c.i. / 5.7 l  “LT1” fuel-injected eight cylinder.  Yes, this is the engine that was engineered for the Corvette and also used in the Impala SS from the mid-90s.
  • Features include leather seats, power seats, a sunroof, cassette deck (it works), and automatic headlights.
  • There is rear-facing seat for two that can fold up from the floor in the back (kids love this feature!).
  • It has a current inspection sticker and was my daily driver until this week when we got the minivan.
  • The body has remarkably little rust for a ’94 from the north.

Issues of which I’m aware:

  • The A/C does not work; it did when I bought it, but stopped two summers ago.  I’ve never had it diagnosed.
  • One of the exhaust manifolds has a crack.  It’s been that way since I bought it; I like the loud sound it gives the engine, so I never had it fixed.
  • One of the mufflers will likely need to be replaced before its next inspection.
  • The distributor cap needs to be replaced.  This is a recent issue; when the roads are wet, moisture gets into the cap and causes spark timing errors.  If driven in these conditions long enough, the car will stall.  This repair was next on my list, but since we decided to replace the vehicle, I’m leaving it to the next owner.
  • The front end needs alignment, and the rear tires will need to be replaced soon.
  • I’ve recently replaced the spark plugs and wires (related to the issue with the distributor cap).

I’m asking $1,500 for the car.  If you’re interested, email me at scooterodell@gmail.com.

 

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