Remember the misery of the Chevy Citation, which in fact had?such outstandingly poor build quality and horrifying public reliability problems that the damage to Chevrolet’s image took decades to repair? Only the staggeringly unpleasant Pontiac Phoenix (a Pontiac-badged Citation sibling) might have been even worse; meanwhile, the Buick Department leaped on board the oil-leaking, prematurely corroding, Iron Duke-powered X-Body bandwagon, and fired a full spread associated with torpedoes into the once-beloved Skylark name.
Not a number of these best-forgotten automobiles remain uncrushed, but I was able to spot this particular ’85 sedan inside a Northern California ruining yard last winter.
If America tried?Mark Smith for treason with regard to allowing this vehicle to help befoul the reputation of what was once the most respected American icons in the world, the Iron Fight it out engine might have been Display A. It was a?noisy, rough-running, primitive, 2.5-liter pushrod four-banger. The Iron Fight it out managed to make the optional 2.8-liter V6 seem sophisticated. It wasn’t.
The inside is a cacophony of low-bidder velour, greasy offgassing plastic, and some of the phoniest-looking “wood” ever ineptly glued into a car by angry drunks. The base price of this particular car was $8,283, which is just about exactly half the price of a then-new 85 BMW 318i. However, a simple-but-well-built 1985 Mazda 626 could be experienced for $8,295, while the comfy 1985 Ford Limited sold for just $8,874 using its four-cylinder “Pinto” engine.
Mercifully, 1985 had been the last year for the X-Body Skylark; next, the Skylark name went on the N-Body, where this stayed long enough to become a sibling to the revived Chevy Malibu in the past due 1990s.
“We couldn’t get all the factors people like Skylark in to this commercial, however we sure obtained them into the car.”
Even when the X-Body Skylark was new and exciting, Buick needed to dole out big cash bonuses to get these types of off dealer plenty.
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