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Buick Reatta Model Overview

Buick Reatta Cars

1991 Buick Reatta Overview
1991 Buick Reatta
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1991 Buick Reatta reviews:
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1990 Buick Reatta Overview
1990 Buick Reatta
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1990 Buick Reatta reviews:
4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars
1989 Buick Reatta Overview
1989 Buick Reatta
30 pictures
1989 Buick Reatta reviews:
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1988 Buick Reatta Overview
1988 Buick Reatta

Questions

harry_gilbert81
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1989 Buick Reatta Parts For Sale

I have finally gotten tired of spending money on my Reatta, but it has had about $8,000.00 worth of work and new parts. It is a 1989 white coupe with maroon interior, but the interior is in pretty ba...

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tracyt
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What Is The Caliper Bolt Torque Specs

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mphenom
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90 Reatta Wont Crank To Start Up

My 1990 Reatta wont crank. Everything else works but the starter does nothing. checked all fuses and wires(including grounds) all ok. Replaced the whole steering column and still not getting starter...

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bghere
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Starter

I bought a 1989 reatta, that I was told needed new ignition cylinder lock, I bought it from the Reatter store, ready to put in , I also bought new battery, not in yet just had ramp truck drop off yest...

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bghere
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1989 Reatta Battery Cable

1989 buick reatta , side mount battery cable has worn out bolts, don't know what size the replacement bolts are, and best place to buy new ones?

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About the Buick Reatta

The Buick Reatta should have been sportier than it turned out, and Buick's wavering on how to market this car may have been its death knell.  The Reatta lasted from 1988 to 1991 and was originally intended to build upon Buick's resurging performance brands, such as the Regal Grand National and GNX.  The Reatta was a sports coupe and convertible that was hand-built and came with signed certification from the assembly supervisors.  As a result, not many were made -- only 21,751 overall.  Of those, only 2,400 were convertibles, making this a very rare and unique car today.
Buick changed its branding strategy for the Reatta before release, deciding to aim it at a more conservative older audience, which were the traditional Buick customers at the time.  It was built on a V platform, which was basically a shorter Rivieria.  Though the Reatta housed GM's new 3800 V6, it only hit about 170-hp thanks to its front-wheel drive body, topping out at 125 mph.  
The Reatta did feature an independent suspension and ABS brakes, to help improve overall performance, and the first two years of the coupe offered the techno-oriented touchscreen digital display.  This computer housed controls for the radio and temperature, and it pointed out diagnostic problems as well.  But perhaps because its target audience was an older demographic, this feature only lasted two years.  
The Reatta lasted until 1991.  It was Buick's most expensive car at the time, but couldn't really find a niche.  Younger drivers attracted to its sporty convertible looks were disappointed with its lackluster performance, while older audiences who appreciated conservative performance may have been put off by its sporty looks.  Whatever the reason, the Buick Reatta is a rare sight on the road today.