Take Your Pick! Pair of 1996 Buick Roadmasters

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The Roadmaster nameplate was a Buick staple from 1936-58 and again in 1991-96. The latter was the last of the large, rear-wheel-drive land yachts that used a variation of the Cadillac’s B-platform. The Estate Wagon was what you ordered if you had a lot of people to transport. The seller has owned two of them for ages that are from the same model year (1996) and has decided it’s time to let one of them go. The buyer gets to pick which one and the seller will hold onto the other. They’re in Grants Pass, Oregon, and available here on craigslist where either one is priced at $13,999. Thanks, Matt H, for uncovering this tip for us!

1996 would be the last model year for the Roadmaster as more and more cars were moving to more sensibly sized, front-wheel-drive transportation and SUVs. Buick built about 23,000 Roadmasters in their swan song year and 40% of them were big wagons like the pair featured here. They’re powered by 5.7-liter V8 engines (350 cubic inches) paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The horsepower rating was good at 260, yet they could deliver decent gas mileage (up to 27 according to the seller).

We’re told both these wagons are in excellent condition and neither will require any work. The tan one has been the least used with 85,000 miles on the odometer, while the blue one has racked up another 70,000. The bodies, paint, and interiors look good on both wagons. The tan one wears tinted windows, while the other one has documentation that goes back 12 years. It also has a trailer hitch, but it’s never hauled anything.

Hagerty pegs the value of a ’96 Roadmaster at $13,400 in excellent condition, so it looks as though these wagons are priced in the right neighborhood. If you bring one of these cars’ homes, measure the garage first to see if it’ll fit. The Estate Wagon is 218 inches long, 80 inches wide, and 60 inches tall. To put this into perspective, you could park two Smart Cars back-to-front and the Estate Wagon would still be six inches longer, 19 inches wider but about the same height.

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  1. Troy

    There’s one of these sitting outside of a granite counters business on fair st in Clarkston Washington its been there for a year that I know of flat tires body looks straight you might get it cheaper then the $14k this guy wants

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  2. Old beach guy

    I’ve owned two of them, a 92 and a 95. Both were driven 200K plus. Great vehicles.

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  3. Russell

    One just popped up for sale on Whidbey Island, WA for $3500 in decent shape. Too big and thirsty for me, but perfect for someone.

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  4. GT

    I might pay that for a wood grain delete with shiny black paint. Not for blue or ABB (another beige Buick)

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  5. NSG

    If you bring one of these cars’ homes, measure the garage first to see if it’ll fit.
    If you bring one of these cars home, measure the garage first to see if it’ll fit.

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  6. Kenn

    I (figuratively) bite my tongue and move on when I see grammatical and punctuation errors on this site. You should too NSG.

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    • HoA Howard AMember

      “Hey, teacher, leave us kidz alone”,,, :0

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  7. Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel_Cadillac_DivaMember

    You sit in that third row seat and your knees are up to your chin! Why didn’t Buick put a foot well in? Bad design IMO

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    • Troy

      I purposely put in spelling and grammar errors just to mess with people

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    • Frank M

      I have had 2 of these. You can actually sit two adults in the 3rd row unlike the Ford Excursion I had. In it there was not enough headroom for me to sit in the seat without my chin on my chest.

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  8. George Mattar

    GM’s last good year for anything. Today, just all junk SUVs that break down constantly. The LT1 engine is bullet proof except the Opti Crap ignition. Full frame. Great ride. Saw a comment here from some guy who said these cars are thirsty. Untrue. They get 25 to 27 mpg as long as you don’t drive 90 mph all day as most idiots do today.

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  9. HoA Howard AMember

    Yeah, end of an era, right here. This car was for the remaining aging old men , like my old man, who refused to give in to the FWD movement and still wanted a full size wagon. These were for folks that still went to grandmas farm out in the country, and probably the last of the big family movers. The old man finally gave in and bought a Windstar van, only because he couldn’t find these anymore. The “bloated” styling was always a turn off to me, but a tip of the hat to the station wagon. It took a lot of us a lot of places, the likes we’ll never see again.

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  10. jerry z

    Good luck trying to get $14K for a wagon. Impala SS of this era are barely getting this price with those mileage. Nice car but woodgrain is a deal breaker.

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  11. 370zpp 370zppMember

    Who collects “Roadmasters”? (Besides this guy)

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