Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster

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Vehicle overview

Named after land yachts of yore, the Roadmaster bowed in 1991, based on the all-new Chevy Caprice chassis. Huge inside and out, and available in sedan and station wagon body styles, the Roadmaster has been a hit with traditional Buick buyers.

In 1993, the Roadmaster was infused with power when GM installed the LT1 Corvette's 5.7L V8 under the hood. So equipped, this big Buick spun the rear tires at half throttle and pulled down 60 mph quick enough to peel back the drivers' eyelids. Getting the thing around a corner or stopping it from freeway velocities was another matter altogether.

General Motors has decided to kill the Roadmaster, and its siblings the Caprice and Cadillac Fleetwood, so that the company can produce more profitable trucks in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Therefore, changes to the 1996 model are few. All Roadmasters will be labeled as Collector's Editions for 1996. A new console/cupholder design makes its way to the interior, electronic touch climate controls, and premium speakers are now standard. Long-life engine coolant lasts five years or 100,000 miles. Oh, there is one other change; the Smokey Amethyst vinyl top has been axed. Darn.

Considering the fact that this is a premium Buick carrying a $25,000 price tag, the interior is a woeful collection of cheap plastic, fake wood, and horrible ergonomics. Exposed screw heads litter the passenger compartment, plastic surfaces have the texture of Tupperware, and it's a reach to adjust anything on the wood-paneled slab of vinyl and plastic in front of the driver, also known as a dashboard. Sliding in and out of a Roadmaster isn't easy, especially with the oddly-placed power lumbar and seat control box affixed to the left side of the mushy seat. These controls are housed in a hard plastic box, and getting out over this box is an uncomfortable chore.

Those who find the Roadmaster irresistible, take note; 1996 will be the final year for the Roadmaster, so get one while you can.

1996 Highlights

Last year for 260-horsepower land yacht. All models are designated Collector's Editions.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1996 Buick Roadmaster.

Average user rating: 4.7 stars
26 total reviews
5 star reviews: 69%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • interior
  • fuel efficiency
  • seats
  • engine
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • spaciousness
  • road noise
  • towing
  • ride quality
  • safety
  • transmission
  • driving experience
  • emission system
  • wheels & tires
  • handling & steering
  • maintenance & parts
  • appearance
  • doors
  • oil
  • brakes
  • dashboard
  • climate control
  • value

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.5/5 stars, Vintage GM
JRD,
4dr Sedan
This is the kind of car GM builds better than anyone else. I bought this to replace my older GM boats (1972 Electra and Riviera). I remember not liking these when they were new but now they seem to have a presence when compared to the other cars on the road. The LT-1 is fantastic as is the transmission. Very good power and roadability. I have to agree with other reviewers that the interior is somewhat poorly designed especially the door panels. The plastic front and rear bumpers don't seem that strong and chrome trim on them tends to come off (it's chrome tape.) I still give this car high marks for all around comfort and reliability.
4/5 stars, Power, Great Value, I've owned 5 of Them
roadmaster5,
Estate 4dr Wagon
I echo what the other reviewers said, but the car does have its faults: the roof windows leak, not a lot, but they all do it enough to make the interior foggy on cold mornings. I park mine facing uphill and drill drain holes in the spare tire well and storage bin. The side rubber moldings come off after a dozen years, but don't throw them away. 3M exterior mounting tape puts them back as good as new, same for the interior door trim pieces whose tabs always break. The rear vent windows come off their hinges. Cynoacrylate gel does a decent job of putting them back. Rear windows go cockeyed after a plastic piece breaks--every car eventually. It's a $1 part and removing the door panel.
4.5/5 stars, last of the best
tikiwagon,
Estate 4dr Wagon
I had been wanting a "Roadie" wagon since i was 16 and now that I finally have one i'm not disappointed. the best car ive owned... there are owners clubs out there for these cars (they are called B-Bodies ). parts are still readily available. i live in hilly western pa and I get 22-25 hwy mpg i have gotten as high as 28 in flat florida on vacation. the car drives smaller than it is. and is not hard to park. it will carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate closed. the areas to look closely at when buying one are 1. body rot particularly the 1/4 panel just past the rear tires. 2. air compressor issues (if air suspension equipped) 3. rear axle leaks 4. water leaks.
4.75/5 stars, car for life?
Mike,
Estate 4dr Wagon
Love this car. Fast, reliable, comfortable and economical even for a big V-8. I load 12 foot surfcasting rods right down the middle or 4 X 8 sheet rock flat with the tailgate down. This car is so functional, reliable and so comfortable to drive I have difficulty buying a 2010 Anything! And it still looks great!


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
N/A
MPG & Fuel
15 City / 24 Hwy / 18 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.0 gal. capacity
Seating
0 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 260 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 330 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Basic Warranty
N/A
Dimensions
Length: 215.8 in. / Height: 55.9 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 78.1 in.
Curb Weight: 4211 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 21.0 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger2 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
0



FAQ

Is the Buick Roadmaster a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 1996 Roadmaster both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Buick Roadmaster fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Roadmaster gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Roadmaster has 21.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Buick Roadmaster. Learn more

Is the Buick Roadmaster reliable?

To determine whether the Buick Roadmaster is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Roadmaster. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Roadmaster's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 1996 Buick Roadmaster a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 1996 Buick Roadmaster is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 1996 Roadmaster is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 1996 Buick Roadmaster?

The least-expensive 1996 Buick Roadmaster is the 1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4dr Sedan. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

Other versions include:

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    What are the different models of Buick Roadmaster?

    If you're interested in the Buick Roadmaster, the next question is, which Roadmaster model is right for you? Roadmaster variants include 4dr Sedan, and Limited 4dr Sedan. For a full list of Roadmaster models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 1996 Buick Roadmaster

    Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster Overview

    The Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster is offered in the following submodels: Roadmaster Sedan, Roadmaster Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Sedan, Limited 4dr Sedan, and Estate 4dr Wagon. Pre-owned Buick Roadmaster models are available with a 5.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 260 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.

    What do people think of the 1996 Buick Roadmaster?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 1996 Roadmaster 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 1996 Roadmaster.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 1996 Buick Roadmaster and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 1996 Roadmaster featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

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    What's a good price for a New Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster?

    Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster 4dr Sedan

    The Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster 4dr Sedan can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,150. The average price paid for a new Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster 4dr Sedan is trending $25,335 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $25,335 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $815.

    The average savings for the Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster 4dr Sedan is 96.9% below the MSRP.

    Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4dr Sedan

    The Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4dr Sedan can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,080. The average price paid for a new Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4dr Sedan is trending $27,213 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $27,213 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $867.

    The average savings for the Used 1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4dr Sedan is 96.9% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 1996 Buick Roadmaster?

    1996 Buick Roadmaster 4dr Sedan, 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    18 compined MPG,
    15 city MPG/24 highway MPG

    1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4dr Sedan, 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    18 compined MPG,
    15 city MPG/24 highway MPG

    1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate 4dr Wagon, 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    18 compined MPG,
    15 city MPG/24 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG18
    Transmission4-speed automatic
    Drive Trainrear wheel drive
    Displacement5.7 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase115.9 in.
    Length215.8 in.
    WidthN/A
    Height55.9 in.
    Curb Weight4211 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 1996 Buick Roadmaster?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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