Open To Offers: 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate – $6,500 OBO

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Its no secret we love GM’s last full-size, body-on-frame, station wagons of the mid-90’s such as this 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate currently listed here on Craigslist in Magnolia, Delaware where the current caretaker is asking $6,500 or best offer.  Judging by the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool the private seller has his Estate priced $1,000 more than the #3 “Good” estimate of $5,500.  The private seller indicates he is open to offers,  so if you are serious about purchasing this Estate, you can start the conversation preferably by texting him at (302) 531-5175 but if you have to call  please leave a voicemail if he doesn’t answer and he will return your call as soon as possible.  When you do connect, please remember to tell him you saw his Estate featured here on

1996 was the final year for the GM full frame classic wagons such as the example presented here.  The private seller reports his Roadmaster for towing, so we’re assuming this example is equipped with the factory towing package, which means with the Corvette-derived LT1 V8 under the hood this station wagon can tow up to 7,000 pounds by doing the following:  install a weight-distributing hitch, dual sway controls, setting rear tire pressure to 35 PSI, and disabling the Electronic Level Control.  The towing package added 2.93 rear-axle gears and a limited slip differential, heavy duty cooling system including oil and transmission coolers, and a factory installed self leveling rear suspension consisting of air shocks, a height sensor between the rear axle and body and an on-board air compressor. Most visibly, a pair of electric fans offset to the left under the hood was replaced by the combination of one conventional fan driven mechanically from the engine alongside one electric fan, so be sure to look for the presence for all of the equipment during your in-person inspection.

With all of the convenience options repaired and working, a very presentable leather interior, the only thing you have to do initially is complete a thorough paint correction on the items the seller notes in his description.  We prefer these non-faux woodgrain examples and with a set of Flowmaster mufflers installed by a previous owner, you’ll likely enjoy the sound as you cruise between local Cars & Coffees.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s a Buick commercial from 1992 talking about the relaunch of the classic Roadmaster brand name:

Here’s the seller’s description:

” OPEN TO OFFERS. Come out and take a look, name a price, and we’ll see if we can work out a deal.

Final year for GM’s B-body full size rwd cars. Has the LT1 5.7L, which gets decent highway MPG for a V8. Also has the towing package, which adds a trans cooler, mechanical clutch fan, 2.93 Positraction rear, and heavier duty rear suspension. Previous owner put in a custom true dual exhaust with Flowmasters, which is surprisingly quiet. It’s a great highway cruiser, just set cruise control and it’ll do its thing.

I had this car since July 2019 and mainly used it to drive upstate for school. I’ve done some work to make it run as reliably as it can for 24 years old. Parts I’ve replaced include:
Tires (3 months old)
EGR valve and solenoid
Spark plugs and wires
Brake line (for rear brakes, below master cylinder. All others are fine, this one rusted at elbow sitting against a braided hose that held moisture)
Rebuilt fuel injectors
Used wiper pulse module
Used cruise control module

This is in decent shape for its age. All electronics work fine. The interior is in great shape, with only small blemishes here and there. Body and frame are good too, with the only sign of rust being a patched area in the lower driver side rear quarter. The paint is original as far as I know, and is only faded on the tops of the side mirrors. There’s some concentrated areas of shallow scratches on the passenger side; I think they’ll buff out but I hate buffing so I never bothered. The previous owner told me he was going to get it repainted before deciding to sell and gave me a can of light adriatic blue metallic, but I never used it because I was fine with the shape of the paint. Including the paint can, there’s a few spare parts the previous owner threw in that were never needed including a new climate control module, front upper control arms, and a bunch of fasteners and miscellaneous trim pieces.

I love this car because it’s a conversation piece with other people who know cars, but for a daily driver I think it’s time to finally get something that was built in this millennium.

You can call or text me at 3zero2-5three1-five1seven5. Text is preferred, but if you have to call I’m at work from 8-5 every day except Wednesday and Sunday so I may not pick up, please leave a voicemail if I don’t.

Do you have a Buick Roadmaster Estate story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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