1990 Buick Reatta User Reviews

1990 Buick Reatta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"build quality" 4 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"exterior" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews
"market" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Convertible Review
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style, handling, unknown to average car person.

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convertible top is noisy on highway over 70mph. that's it, basically.

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An Awesome Two Seater Alternative To An Sl Mercedes! — Handles great, runs well all the time, decent gas mileage considering weight. Nice fit and finish from GM with Riviera dependability. Buick missed the mark on this one, pricing it originally a over 37,000 and building them essentially by hand. A failed marketing concept that ends up being highly collectable. Good for us, bad for GM, I suppose.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Base Coupe Review
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A classic hand built American car.

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Hard to find parts for anymore. :(

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They Don't Make Em Like This Anymore... — LOVE everything about this car with the exception of a lack of parts. Repairs are getting harder to make as certain parts are unavailable and mechanics are hard to come by that actually know what they are doing. Enjoy it if you can get one!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Reliable, Comfortable, Hi-Tech fun toys.

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Some parts can be hard to source and very expensive

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A Rare Jewel That Is Underappreciated By Most. — This was a great car that I owned for almost 5 years. It was WAY ahead of its time. It drove great, was comfortable. It had EVERY luxury feature you could possibly think of for a car of that time period. It was like driving a spaceship. It was a Buick that some mistoke for a Porsche or Ferrari

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Base Coupe Review
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Solid metal body=tank

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Old and had part problems

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I Don't Want To Enter A Title. — Bought it when it was about 13-15 years old. Reliable until the parts started failing. Although it was old, the appearance was nice. The acceleration was slow due to the weight of the car, brakes were good and handling was very good for a first car. The build quality was good compared to its age. Although the fuel injector was a giant pain, and other minor problems due to wear and tear. If I had gotten the car in better condition I would've kept the car for a lot longer. I enjoyed driving the car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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A classic - exclusivity at a reasonable price. A proven engine.

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Aesthetic parts tough to find (but available).

TwoSeaterSam
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Good All Around 2 Seater - A Worthy Investment — Performance: Better then adequate (My Reatta is a 1990). Build Quality: For 1990, build quality was excellent. For 2009, it would be an 8 of 10. Always liked the appearance; especially the tail lights. I bought my Reatta from the original owner (76,000 miles). She kept the saddle color interior near-flawless (I'd rate it a 9.5 of 10)Shows very, very little wear. Original arctic white paint is an 8 out of 10 (never been in an accident and still has luster but some minor paint fade near trim). Mechanical parts are not difficult to find (many are shared with the Buick Riviera). Aesthetic parts to find can be a challenge to find but thankfully, there is eBay! Cost of ownership is high just like any used car in limited production. But the engine is bullet proof. It's an all around good two seater, a great cruiser and in very good condition, can be found for $5,000 (and will either sustain its value or increase).

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Base Coupe Review
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Hand built, no assembly line work, you won't find that today

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Poor marketing when vehicle was first introduced

90Buick
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Drives Nice Ahead Of Its Time — This car is well built, they don't make them today as they did, heavy construction, handles well fairly good gas milage and a style ahead of its time, leather, air cassette am/fm power locks and captians seat, all in all a very well built vehicle, how many automobiles do you know of that are still on the road after 18 years.

Owner for 16 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:2,500

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Convertible Review
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unique, comfortable, luxurious, HUGE trunk, convertible, 3800 V6

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27 miles per gallon at BEST, good luck with body parts or interior replacements, GM headlight motors and power antenna

35

Rita The Reatta — Too much to praise this car; go to http://www.reatta.net

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Base Coupe Review
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neat all around. solid

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parts scarce and expensive

kato1990
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Best Car Ever For Daily Driver — too bad that parts are so scarce

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Base Coupe Review
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The exterior paint is all most perfect.

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The replacement parts aren't easy to find. Auto part stores send us on wild goose trips.

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Finders Keepers. — 1989 Buick Reatta is high tech when you think about the year this was manufactured.

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1990 Buick Reatta 2 Dr Base Coupe Review
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Everything not listed as a con below, which is, basically, everything!

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Teves Brake System reliability; GM Support and Marketing.

theblackmoon
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How Do I Love Thee; Let Me Count The Ways... — You've heard the age old warning, "Don't believe the hype" probably a million times by now. Well, the truth is, rarely there comes a time when you actually CAN believe the hype! With the Buick Reatta, here comes one of those rare times! The Reatta has accolades upon accolades trumped upon it from years and years of owners proud to call themselves such, a very informative and robust web site dedicated to it (http://www.reatta.net) and even an owner supported discussion forum under the BCA (link on web site) that, unlike most others, is more about helping other owners than griping about what could've been done better. The hype? A near indestructible (by average car standards) engine, durability and survivability under almost unimaginable circumstances, outrageous "power" (considering it's mere 160-170hp), timeless styling which still has people asking, "what year is that" and stopping to look in awe, it's superb and comfortable interior of REAL leather covered seats and surrounds, it's excellent touring suspension which provides a mix of Cadillac softness down the straight and narrow with Camaro stiffness in the turns, etc., etc... Strangely, it's all true. Even the rumors of sometimes catastrophic brake "issues" that come with little or no warning in the '88-90 Teves equipped vehicles and GM's refusal to recall and replace the systems are true. And even this frightening possibility has not significantly deterred interest in these simple twists on the Riviera ideal. So, what can I say that hasn't already been said by owners of the Reatta over and over again? Oh, should I tell you that the magazines were wrong, the "test drivers" must have taken their ill-conceived ideals of what a "touring" car that "looks" sporty should handle like with them when they reviewed the Reatta (or maybe they just had a pre-production model to review... hmmm???), that the only truly pitiable thing about the car was GM's HORRID support and their poor marketing strategy of setting it nose to nose with the Riviera (foolishly causing people to choose between similarly equipped and designed vehicles at the same dealership on the same showroom floor!)? No, I'll just say if you truly wish to understand... Drive one!

Owner for 8 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:189,459

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1991 Buick Reatta Reviews

Best Car I've Ever Owned By hopair

I wish I had bought the 1991 Reatta years ago. More than I expected in performance and very reliable. Very good acceleration and responsive to your driving style. Whether you are a laid back driver... Read More

Sporty By hopair

Fun car to drive. Handles great on curves and smooth on open highway. 30+ MPG HWY. Ahead of its time in style and performance. Hand made and last year of production. This is a future collectable as... Read More

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1989 Buick Reatta Reviews

Buick Reatta: Fantastic And Complex By brettanderson1116

This car is a fantastic weekend car that is very stylish and great economically. It gets great gas mileage with the dependable 3800 engine. It is very technologically advanced with the digital dash ... Read More

Buick Reatta By Hornet749

A real head turner for the mature country-clubber who wants a sporty weekend cruiser. Bullet proof GM 3.8 liter 6 cyl. Very comfy interior with lots of storage for a 2 seater. Pass-thru rear storage. ... Read More

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