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My BF Success Story: 1993 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

It’s not often that we Barn Finds writers get to post about a BF Success Story and Our Cars at the same time, but I’m pleased to report that this 1993 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon has been purchased, brought home from Pennsylvania and has been driven enough to tell you it’s even better than it appeared. In case you don’t remember it, here’s a link to my “Stop Me” post from February 23 detailing the car and trying to persuade one of you to buy the car instead of me. Apparently I’m not a very persuasive writer.

With all the fluids changed, new brake shoes on the back, turned drums and rotors and plenty of shakedown miles, I’m here to report that the car is wonderful, and belies that it even has the 82,000 miles it shows. I love the smooth power and especially the soft ride, which has been extremely helpful lately as I have injured my back and this is the only vehicle we own that I can drive comfortably.

Now before anyone thinks this is my car, think again. The wagon belongs to my wonderful wife who has wanted one for a long time. If you look past the smile on her face, you’ll see how close it came to the front of our trailer when we loaded it. Yes, I did measure it ahead of time.

But that doesn’t mean there was a lot of extra room! I clipped the right tailgate support wire on the way up with the side view mirror; thankfully there was no damage to the paint, which is all-original.

Funny enough, that right power mirror is literally the only thing on the car that doesn’t work. I will try to fix it at some point, but with that as the biggest problem, I’m not too worried. I hope it isn’t something I did on the way into the trailer.

This is one car that really does live up to it’s name. I have likened it to driving my living room; remember, I’m used to little British cars like my Triumph Spitfire, which will almost fit in the cargo area of the Buick.

We look forward to many family adventures with the Buick shield leading the way. Who would have thought that this would be my first ever GM car? I hope some of you reading this find as much happiness from pursuing a car found in the pages of Barn Finds! And be sure and send in your own success stories when you do!


  1. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    I remember this car. Looks like a real beauty. I hope you and the Mrs. get many years of enjoyment from it. The OCD in me would like you to replace the missing rain guard on the drivers door:)

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Me too! It came with the car, I just have to get some suitable two-sided adhesive foam!

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  2. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Congratulations, you two, it looks like a keeper!

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  3. Todd Fitch Staff

    Congratulations, Jamie! May it serve you and your bride well. I’ve driven, hmm, at least 350,000 miles on various Buicks over the years including a ’53 Roadmaster and a hopped-up ’02 Regal GS, a car I paid $8k for that became our family transport for 200k and 10+ years. Your Roadmaster… they have a reputation for running forever and, as you mention, fabulous comfort. Enjoy!

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  4. Lumpy

    Jealous……94 was my last Roadmaster wagon – same color. Prior to that, had an 86 and an 89. All of them road trip cars with the obligatory foamy in the back where the kids could sleep while the wife and I would make the 21 hour drive from Calgary to Los Angeles to visit the relatives.

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  5. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Congrats Jamie! Happy wife, happy life. Looks like you are a winner! Enjoy!

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  6. ACZ

    Congratulations! One helluva car.

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  7. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    Well done, Jamie! Having owned several wagons and currently driving a Dodge Magnum, I’m a huge fan of the wagon body style. When I was involved in the antiques business, I remember many antique dealers had either a Buick Roadmaster or it’s Chevy equivalent and all spoke highly of them. Good luck with it!

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  8. GT

    Welcome to the cult. Are you a member of the G.M. Longroof forum? If not, check it out here:

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  9. Chuck

    I was drooling over that one. My wife? no. Congrtulations.

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  10. Tracy

    Congrats, We also own a ’94 and the same exterior color with blue leather interior.

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  11. r s

    Somehow it seems to me that this last series of RWD big GM cars were really poorly put together. I’ve seen so many of them with trim parts that just fell off and were AWOL, or rusting… Not a high water mark of quality for the General.

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    • Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

      @R S your point about build quality sums up the half dozen or so GM’s I’ve owned. (70’s, 80’s, 90’s) Before the switch to Toyota and one bulletproof Jeep, I just assumed most cars fell apart well before 100k. I do take care of my vehicles also. I’m curious what some would consider the high water mark to be for GM build quality?

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  12. Grandvillesteve Member

    What a steal. No mask, no gun. Bought one new in 92, drove it till 2000 clocking 250,000 miles. Kept it till 2015 to haul 4×8 sheets and the like.
    My son say “don’t sell it, he wants it”
    Shipped it to Luxemburg, where he still tears up the roads.
    Kudos to you.

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  13. Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

    Thanks to all of you for the well-wishes!

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  14. 4501 Safari

    I’ve had my ’95 Roadmaster Limited wagon since 2004. Found little kid dinosaurs under the rear seat when deep cleaning after purchase. Should have bought OEM replacement wood then. Not available now. Excellent resources on the website, wagon section, and the aforementioned longroof forum. A friend bought a beautiful 1st year ’91 based upon my wagon experience, I believe. He asked me to add a comment to your thread. My Limited is basically a Fleetwood in wagon drag, with every top of the line option available for 1995 except the block heater and I have an NOS one of those in the locking rear storage bin. I love the LT1 in my ’95. These wagons are fun to modify and mine has full 9c1 police suspension, heavy duty oil and power steering coolers, Bilstein shocks, etc. I deleted the towing package mechanical fan for dual electric fans, Meziere elecric water pump has to be a best mod ever (don’t know about the LO5) and rear air shock delete for air bags. Since it had never towed, installed a factory frame hitch. G80 posi is standard with the towing package. This car dependable as a Seth Thomas mantle clock. Almost 300K and never been opened. Running NOS impala SS alloy 17″ wheels. Best mileage was fully loaded and towing a trailer, at 25.5 mpg, while abound town with the A/C on is 17-18+ mpg. One of the most dependable automobiles I’ve ever owned and the added optional feature of being PAID FOR, so anything I spend on her is less than a monthly payment. Even at 73, I can still do my own maintenance. Welcome aboard the wagon train. You’ll find most of the folks on board are helpful. All the best and stay safe. The shelter in place personal distancing is a good time to work with the cars and learn more about your made in the USA (Arlington, TX) vehicle.

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  15. CVPanther Member

    Always nice to read a car story with a happy ending, Jamie. Congratulations and happy driving to you and the missus!
    (and thanks for the best car site on the ‘net)

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