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Would Buying This Car Be A Mistake?

Postby Elisha » Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:24 am

I've been offered to trade my car (and get cash to make up the difference) for a 1990 Buick Reatta.

I've looked them up and since they're pretty rare, my first thought is how hard it would be to find parts for it.
Or are they interchangeable with other models?

Would insurance be cheaper on a 23 year old vehicle, or are those considered classics?
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Postby Wyman » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:04 am

Yes they are rare.
Just consider the availability of replacement parts for a rare vehicle for any repairs you need to do in the future.

I had the opportunity to drive a coupe version of the Reatta years ago.
It was a nice riding vehicle and definitely unique.
But I have heard horror stories regarding the touch-screen in the dash.
Even back then it was apparently failure-prone and expensive to replace.
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Postby Avrel » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:23 am

Well there's a name from the past. Only 21,000 or so of these were built, and a couple of Special Editions were made too. Make sure you get the owner's pack, it SHOULD have all the Supervisor "sign-off" signatures from each department that handled the build, and some accessories too. They were all pretty much hand built, so deemed better quality than the average car of it's day. The engine was used in almost EVERYTHING they made, the 3.8 V6, with auto box. I would say get it, but only if all the trim is good, that will be hard to find. Body and structure is only metal, but it's the rare bits that make a car nice. Keep it well, and possibly the values might increase.
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Postby Wematin » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:04 pm

the Buick Retta looks like a pretty decent car and all but considering its age and design I am pretty sure it will put a big hole in your wallet in terms of maintainance and fuel consumption. As you said it is quite rare so parts will be both scarse and expensive. Insurance on a 23 year old vehicle depends on if you want 1st party or 3rd party insurance. If you want 1st party it will be sky high, if you want 3rd party it will purely depend on your driving history and only your driving history. If you have been in many accidents your third party will be costly, if not it will be quite cheap.
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Postby royall55 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:01 pm

Some body parts will be hard to find but it uses the same 3.8 engine found in just about every fwd gm car of that time.
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Postby Goldwin » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:06 pm

this [like most g.m. products] was an almost decent car. it has style,yes in bunches.

however the execution had way too many flaws and this car was never reliable.

first and foremost is the c.r.t. display for the climate control/radio/ engine parameters e.t.c.

[these short lived t.v. sets were way below industry quality standards for there day and even the cheapest android or I phone has much more function and reliability. the engine tended to eat ign coil modules, the individual coils themselves seem to last o.k.

g.m. never intended to support this vehicle's service parts for very long [engine and transmission yes]

not the rest of the car. and due to the limited nature of this vehicle there is no aftermarket source tfor hardware and trim pieces. [what is on the car is what you will have to live with, [door handles were a problem]
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