Buick Reatta Model Overview

Buick Reatta Questions

90 Reatta No Ground To Ac Relay

have a 90 reatta with a service ac light recharged it to spec still light checked power at ac compressor no ac power checked ac relay found to have power at the relay but no ground from ecm need hel...

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 weeks ago)

90 Reatta Door Ajar Light

i have a 90 reatta and the door ajar light comes on when u put in gear with running doesnt illuminate unless it is running and in gear ,can shift to neutral with running and light stays off till shi...

7 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

90 Reatta Door Ajar Light

i have a 90 reatta and the door ajar light comes on when u put in gear with running doesnt illuminate unless it is running and in gear ,can shift to neutral with running and light stays off till shi...

3 views with no answers yet

Instrument Cluster Nothing On It Works

Does instrument cluster effect fuel system

32 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 months ago)
40

1989 Reatta, I Have No Bars Showing On The Fuel Gage Except Once In Awhile ...

One will display and sometimes two bars will show if I switch to 1/4 mode. I applied a ground to the bcm where the wire for the gastank unit connects and no response. I used a test light and checke...

30 views with 7 answers (last answer 4 months ago)

Older Buick Reatta

1989 Buick Reatta Overview
1989 Buick Reatta
97 pictures
1989 Buick Reatta reviews:
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1988 Buick Reatta Overview
1988 Buick Reatta
30 pictures

Buick Reatta Overview

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.

Buick Reatta Experts

#1 Jason Zane
Jason Zane
Reputation 240
#2 lastone
lastone
Reputation 170
#3 Js08016
Js08016
Reputation 100
View All