1981 Buick Electra Park Avenue

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    Not sure why in the picture section he calls the Diesel a 4.1. GM never made a 4.1 Diesel and the 5.7 was the only Diesel available in this car in 1981. Looks like a nice car.
     
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    cammerjeff Longroofs Rule!

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    It may be a 4.3 Liter V8 diesel. I know they made a small displacement Olds V8 diesel around that time frame, but I don't know what year or years it was available, my mother almost bought one in 1979 before coming to her senses and buying a gas V8 powered LeSabre. Or it is a model year mistake as the 4.3 V6 was available in the 1982 model year.
     
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    I don't think the 260 Diesel was available on the big cars. I know they made some RWD V6 Diesels, but I've only seen FWD cars with them. Up higher in the description details he has it listed as a 5.7 Diesel so I am guessing that is what is in there. I'd love to have another Olds Diesel powered car, but this one just doesn't do a whole lot for me. I'd prefer another A/G-Body two door or wagon.
     
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    I'm 56, so in late 70's early 80's i was more interested in performance cars, not looking into family cars. What was the thinking of gm in offering diesel cars? Gas mileage? gas prices? endurance?
     
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    Fuel mileage. My '81 Cutlass with the 5.7 Diesel and three speed trans would get 28-30mpg on the highway no problem. Bear in mind that was back when most highways were still 55mph and very few were 60-65.
     
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    Bid up to $1975.
     
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    Back in the day diesel fuel was cheaper than gas and a diesel engine could get 35-40MPG in the right driving conditions. The gas crisis killed off the bigger engines and cars and customers wanted their cushy sofas to get better fuel economy. It's a real shame how badly GM botched this design back then.

    I personally want another '77-85 Pontiac full size with a diesel engine to drive around. The crowd that knows these engines knows how to make them live, albeit they'll never be powerhouses with their 110HP...
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    And turbocharging is a full death sentence. So, anyone ever pop a 6.5L into a GM B-body?
     
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    I've seen it done on one car. Guy says it is very close to the crossmember and oil pan for clearance.
     
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