Are Buick Good Cars? I’d buy one


To date, Buick is the oldest American car brand still in operation. The company founded in 1899 has experienced a century of growth and were the first company to introduce turn signal on their cars. The Buick brand is part of the General Motors stable and serves the affordable luxury vehicle segment. Buick has streamlined its model line up to the small and compact sport utility segments.

The Buick brand has survived for more than a century! The latest J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability survey ranked Buick as the top American vehicle brand and third overall. Buick was rated so good that it pushed Lexus into the fourth position. It is true to say that Buick makes very good cars.

Buick has a very limited model line-up and has trimmed out their sedan models in favor of sport utility crossovers. The Buick brand has been very well received in the Chinese market, where the brand is very highly regarded. Let’s look at some more aspects of the Buick brand to help you make up your mind.

Buick car lot

Is Buick A Reliable Brand?

In the most recently published Consumer Reliability survey, the Buick was the most improved brand of all 26 brands studied. The brand leapfrogged fourteen other brands into the fourth position overall. The reliability survey makes use of owner feedback during the first three years of vehicle ownership.

As part of the General Motors brand stable, the Buick brand has outperformed the other G.M. brands like Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC, over the past four years. The Buick brand is also a testament that American car brands can compete on reliability with Japanese brands like Toyota and Mazda.

Is Buick Easy To Repair?

The auto repair website CarMD conducted a vehicle health index study among 4.7 million cars in the past ten years. The vehicle health index analyses the most frequently found Check Engine Light repairs and the costs related to getting them fixed.

Buick, Hyundai, and Jeep were the only three brands among the 10 top on CarMD’s Repair Frequency and Lowest Average Repair Cost lists. The main reasons cited by this study for check engine light repairs were quite complex and not easily repaired by Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts.

Replacing the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors was on the top of the Buick list, and these repairs are best left to the experts. The Buick owners can master the more uncomplicated maintenance such as spark plug and ignition coil replacements. The replacement of mass airflow sensors and fuel caps round out the top five list, and these are also easily done.

Repair RequiredCost
1Replace Catalytic converter (OEM)$1,383
2Replace Oxygen sensors$243
3Replace Ignition coil$389
4Replace Mass airflow sensors$336
5Replace Gas cap$25
Source CarMD.com

Are Buicks Made In China?

The current Buick model line-up consists of the Buick Encore (Small SUV), the Buick Envision (Medium SUV), and the Buick Enclave (Luxury SUV). The Buick Envision is the only model manufactured in China by the SAIC-GM joint venture.

The Buick Encore is produced and assembled in South Korea at their plant in Bupyong. The luxury flagship of the Buick stable is the Buick Enclave assembled at the Lansing Delta Township plant in Detroit. The Buick brand is truly global, and build quality is comparable to the top Japanese and Korean brands.

What Are Buick Cars Best Known For?

The Buick brand has experienced some significant milestones in history spanning over twelve decades. Buick has achieved global sales of more than 50 million vehicles in this time.

Design Innovation

Buick designer Harley Earl was the first to fit the waterfall grille to the 1938 Buick Y-Job, a design feature that has become the signature feature on all Buicks. Earl also introduced power windows to this model, the first in the world.

The 1963 model Buick Riviera is celebrated as one of the most beautiful cars in automobile history. Inspired by a Rolls Royce that designer Bill Mitchell spotted driving in the dense fog in London, Riviera is a sports coupe with a very powerful engine.

Motorsport Heritage

The Buick brand has a history steeped in motorsports. Buick participated in track racing as early as 1908. On six occasions, Buick was the Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500 and won two NASCAR Manufacturer Championships.

The first Buick model to break the 100mph barrier in 1936 was aptly named the Buick Century. The Buick Regal is the fastest car in the stable and recorded a top speed of 162mph during the Nevada Open Road Challenge.

The Buick GNX model was produced in a limited production run of only 547 units making it the rarest model of the brand. The GNX recorded a 0-60mp acceleration in just 4.6 seconds, making it the brand’s quickest model.

Why Buy A Buick?

Buick offers an entry-level luxury brand offering features like automatic climate control, heated leather seating, color touchscreen infotainment, safety drive settings, and self-tuning noise dampening. Buick interiors are a tasteful mix of wood-finished and brushed chrome accents.

Buick models compete very favorably with luxury car makers like BMW and Lexus but at a significantly lower price point. The modern Buick models can out-punch more expensive brands on a comparably equipped basis.

Conclusion:

The Buick brand is the oldest true American brand still in operation today. As part of the General Motors brand stable, Buick targets the affordable luxury segment where younger tech-savvy consumers look for feature-loaded luxury at an affordable price. Buick is a truly global car brand with manufacturing plants in the United States, China, and South Korea.

The most recent quality and reliability surveys indicate that the Buick brand is doing very well and can contend with the best in the market. Customers are supported during ownership by a well-established dealer network. Parts and services are affordable and make the cost of ownership of a Buick customer friendly.

If you consider the Buick brand for your next purchase, you can rest assured that you are buying a very good car with a great brand heritage. Your Buick will give you an outstanding ownership experience and retain its value in the market.

Before buying a used Buick or any used vehicle, it’s always worth investing just a few dollars to check the VIN number against the vehicle database. An audit with a company like VinAudit (links to VinAudit) will guard against Mileage fraud, Salvage rebuilds, Title washing, Vin cloning, and a ton of other uglies.

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John Cunningham

John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Rustyautos.com. I've been a mechanic for over twenty-five years, and I've worked for GM, Volvo, Volkswagen, Landrover, and Jaguar dealerships. My passion is cars. I use my knowledge and experience to write articles that help fellow gear-heads with all aspects of car ownership, including buying advice, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

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