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There are certain cars manufacturers producing styling and high performing car ever since they entered the market. Buick is one such car manufacturing company. An upscale automobile brand of General Motors, Buick is known for manufacturing premium luxury cars. Buick-branded cars are known for their reliability and widely popular among the masses. Be it their classics or latest models, all score highly in Consumer Reports' brand reliability rankings. As a car enthusiast who wants to own a comfortable car with luxurious appeal from a reliable manufacturer, Buick classics are the perfect bet. Several pre-owned, salvage, and damaged Buick models such as Park Avenue and Riviera are available in online car auctions at fraction of their price. To help you narrow down the options, we list five discontinued Buick models that are still worth your money.
Park Avenue is a full-size luxury sedan built by General Motors from 1990 to 2005. Though you won’t find the car in Buick’s showroom anymore, you can surely get it at leading car auction sites at a nominal price. There are two generations of Buick Park Avenue. The first generation car is powered by a 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine that churns up to 170 units of horsepower, while the second generation car is powered by a 3.8-liter supercharged V6 engine that churns up to 240 units of horsepower.
Riviera is a popular luxury sedan manufactured by General Motors between 1963 and 1999. 1,127,261 Buick Riviera were produced, spread over eight generations. While first generation Riviera are powered by 7.0-liter Nailhead V8 engine churning up to 325 hp, second generation Riviera are propelled by a meatier 7.5-liter Buick V8 engine that makes about 370 hp. The third and fourth generation Buick Riviera feature similar 7.5-liter Buick V8 under the hood, with minor technical and design improvements, however, the major difference was in the net power ratings of the car which came down by over 100 hp to 250 hp. From there on Buick focused more on car’s stability, drivability, and passenger safety, bringing down the net power ratings to around 170 hp in the seventh generation Riviera. The eight generation car, however, featured a more powerful 3.8-liter supercharged V6 engine that churns up to 240 hp.
Skyhawk is a 4-door sedan produced by Buick from 1975 to 1989. There are two generation of Buick Skyhawk. The first generation car is built on the subcompact, rear-wheel drive H-body platform powered by a 3.8 liter 231 CID V6 engines that generates 110 hp. It is available in the standard four-speed manual and three-speed automatic transmission. The second generation models, on the other hand, are built on compact, front-wheel drive J-car platform and are powered by 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines that churn up to 165hp.
Buick Somerset is a compact coupé manufactured from 1985 to 1987. Despite being in production for just two years, the car carved a niche in the market. The car is powered by 2.5- or 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine with standard 5-speed manual or optional 3-speed automatic transmission.
Buick produced a full-sized car between 1962 and 1970, and named it Wildcat. Buick Wildcat was in production across two generations and is available in four body styles 2-door and 4-door hardtop and sedan. The first generation model is powered by 6.6- and 7.0-liter Nailhead V8 churning 325 and 360 hp, respectively. The second generation Wildcat comes with 7.0-liter Nailhead V8 and BuickV8, and 7.5-liter Buick V8 that churn up to 370hp.
All the listed Buick cars were one of the best selling cars during their time. Pre-owned, salvage, and damaged models of these cars are still available for sale at online car auction sites at fraction of their price. So, if you are a fan of classic Buick cars, find a damaged Buick Park Avenue or any other model for sale that require minor repair and enjoy driving around in the city.