It’s been a week since I promised more details and pictures on my new purchase. It’s a ‘94 Buick Roadmaster “Estate Wagon”, powered by an LT-1 350 V8. It has 156k miles on it, and was owned by a friend of mine for the last 14 years or so. My friend is a retired auto shop teacher, so this thing is mechanically sorted as you can expect for a nearly 22 year old car. He did quite a bit of work to it before he would to sell it to me. It’s a very well optioned car as well. As far as I can tell, the only option it doesn’t have is a CD player. My favorite option that it does have, and I was very happy to discover this, is the towing package. This bad-boy is rated to tow 7000 pounds! My ‘06 Sierra crew cab is only rated to tow 5700 pounds. Of course it also has the sweet sweet rear facing bench seat. All this for only $1700!

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Here is my first “mod”. It has a couple of OK cup holders in the center arm rest, but these are far superior.

The ABS hasn’t worked in nobody knows how long.

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But now I don’t have to look at that pesky warning light!

It has spent it’s whole life in Illinois and Indiana, so it does have some rust. Most of it is just cosmetic, but there was a hole in the base of the B-pillar. I was going to pass on the car because of that, but my friend called in a favor from a local body shop and got it repaired.

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Here is the only nasty part on the exterior.

The only real ... problem ... is the base of the spare tire well.

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Here’s my “repair”. I’ll get this repaired for real eventually, but now I don’t have to worry about the spare dropping onto the road in the meantime.

Immediately after buying it, I took it on a 300 mile road trip to a teaching conference. It drove like a dream, and I didn’t have a single problem with it. I’ve been driving it to work every other day. It’s not fast, but it has a lovely low end torque curve, and is plenty quick off the line to put a smile on my face. I’ll do a full review one of these days, but suffice to say while it has its flaws, I LOVE this stupid car!