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Buick Reatta Questions

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Will A 1990 Reatta Convertible Be A Classic In 2015

Will a 1990 Reatta be worth more as a classic in 2015

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1990 Convertible With Bad Leak Into Driver-side Of Cabin. No Visible Leakin...

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How Do U Change A Tail Light Bulb On A 1990 Buick Reatta

My right turn signal won't work it's the 2nd bulb in the right rear.

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Replace Cabin Filter, 1990 Reatta

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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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Older Buick Reatta

1989 Buick Reatta Overview
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1988 Buick Reatta Overview
1988 Buick Reatta

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.