Black Pearl Find: 1988 Buick Century

I learned a new word salad string to add to my lexicon of automotive nonsense today; “a true black pearl find”. I’m not sure if that relates to the secretions of a mollusk or the movie based on a Disneyland amusement park ride, but I think that it is meant to indicate some sort of rarity or difficulty in finding or catching it. Anyway, you don’t see 88 Buicks with 29k miles on the odo very often. Find this 1988 Buick Century offered for $7,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1988 Buick Century
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 29000
paint color: blue
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: sedan
This 1988 Buick Century with original paint has 29,000 miles and is a true “black pearl” find.

Clean title with 2 previous owners, the most recent of which was a GM mechanic. Safely accommodates six passengers.

2.5 4 cylinder automatic transmission, and gets 30 mpg.

Everything has been meticulously inspected for signs of deterioration, and certain upgrades were made to enhance the driving experience, like LED headlights, a sound system with aux in (original cassette deck included if you prefer). A full list of the restorations are listed below. Restorations and maintenance work performed at Buick GMC dealership. This vehicle was last fully inspected in March 2022, where it passed every task. I can provide records of the maintenance work upon request.

The vehicle comes fully loaded, with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power steering, power brakes, power locks.

Summary of the vehicle’s restoration work:
• All-new rack and pinion assembly
• All-new serpentine belt
• All-new valve cover gasket
• All fluids changed (brake fluid, power steering fluid, motor oil, windshield wiper fluid)
• All-new exhaust with catalytic converter
• All-new gas tank and fuel pump
• All-new brakes and brake system flushed
• All-new slotted brake rotors, brake calipers, brake pads, brake shoes, brake hoses, wheel cylinders, master cylinder
• Headlights & high beams replaced with brighter, more efficient LED bulbs
• New tires installed November 2020
• All-new sound system installed
• All-new tuner featuring Aux In & CD player

Included accessories and parts:
• Buick Century owner manual & 2 sets of keys.
• Original spare tire (stored in a recessed part of the trunk)
• Original cassette tape deck

See a better way to drive a black pearl?