The Buick Reatta Was a 1980s High-Tech Marvel

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Doug DeMuro

Пре 6 месеци

The Buick Reatta was a marvel of technology, and a tremendously interesting and unusual car. Today I'm reviewing the Buick Reatta, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of this interesting coupe. I'm also going to drive the Reatta and show you what it's like on the road.
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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro Пре 6 месеци
Behold - the glorious touchscreen! This is one of my favorite recent videos. Enjoy!
Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith Пре 7 дана
They wanted way to much money for them as I recall
BrAve Dirty HaWk
BrAve Dirty HaWk Пре месец
It would be cool to see Doug do a 95 - 99 Buick Riviera. Buick brought in the 90s in interesting fashion and they left it in interesting fashion .... ironically same-ish 3800 V6 powering both lol. I feel Doug would have fun with the Riviera's quirky stylings.
Luis VelRos
Luis VelRos Пре 3 месеца
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PatienceMelissa Пре 3 месеца
It was $27,250 new in 1989.
Tristan Mathesons Inventory
Tristan Mathesons Inventory Пре 4 месеца
Rocket Man not really if it was electric yes it would
Zaxaha Пре 32 минута
Too harsh. Definitely deserved a higher grade
Richard Campbell
Richard Campbell Пре 10 сати
You have to remember, in 1989 even the Corvette only had 210 -220 hp. 175 is low to us now, but it was top 5 in it's day. If you don't count the special edition turbo cars of the time, it's even more impressive. My Grandparents had a red convertible version. If I had realized it was rare or special, I would have bought it when they sold it in 1999for $800. lol
Innocuous slay
Innocuous slay Пре 13 сати
take that ferrari
Adam Unknown
Adam Unknown Пре 20 сати
anyone else enthralled with his hand movements?
Mohammed Khan
Mohammed Khan Пре дан
This is the best Reatta you have seen? There are many for sale right now that are much better than this one. The best looking ones are the 91's with color keyed door protectors, or whatever you call them and slotted wheels. A bit of fact, the screens themselves, without the programmed electronics, were supplied by Zenith. Remember them? The CRT screen, as they were called, were also in Oldsmobile Toronado's, but they later had conventional volume buttons for the screen for ease of use. I had a 88 and a 91. I prefer later cars without the touchscreen, and the digital guages that mimic analog clusters. These cars are peppy and handle ok. They feel light when steering. And arenit exactly slow. I pulled mine upto 130 mph, not realizing it, until i looked down at the guages. I expected them to top out at 118 or so. I guess it's aerodynamics help over the conventional front drive Regals and Rivieras.
Cyborg Soda
Cyborg Soda Пре дан
The riata touch screen can do everything.
team wolf
team wolf Пре дан
i think i have seen this car somewhere
Kevin Pohlner
Kevin Pohlner Пре 2 дана
That car was obviously ahead of its time and every modern car has bit off its technology. Pretty impressive from an 80's car.
Bradley Persefield
Bradley Persefield Пре 3 дана
I see a red one all the time and never knew what it was now I do
Aris B
Aris B Пре 3 дана
so 170 horsepower is slow now?
Vic Nic
Vic Nic Пре 4 дана
GM at best
New Coke
New Coke Пре 5 дана
You know, I'd kill a man just to have that 2-stage mirror light in every single new car. Most cars have mirror lights that are way too bright at night, and I can't see my face when I'm on a road trip at night.
RobotManMachine Пре 5 дана
I had the brochure in the late 80's! -Auto Show Chicago I also thought it was cool.
Daniel Howell
Daniel Howell Пре 6 дана
Typical 1980s squares, rectangles, and 90 degree angles everywhere you look.
blue milk
blue milk Пре 7 дана
Wish you could find a stateside eunos cosmo to review.
Marc W.
Marc W. Пре 7 дана
“Gauges” is spelled wrong under that button...
Alex Пре 8 дана
Wow I remember that cat when it came out except had no idea all the stuff it has. Thank a lot for this documentary really interesting. Btw is it just me or does he look like young Jay Leno
BILL WYNNE Пре 8 дана
Szymon Bojanowski
Szymon Bojanowski Пре 8 дана
What a cool car
Freedom or DIE
Freedom or DIE Пре 8 дана
Imagine a super charged 3.8l in it....
a_room_without_a_view Пре 9 дана
Apple ain’t got nothin’ on that screen navigation
Alan Haley
Alan Haley Пре 9 дана
Not a big comic movie guy but i would watch the hell out of The Twilight Sentinel
Gerrit Eijkelboom
Gerrit Eijkelboom Пре 11 дана
Very slightly reminiscent of the Matra 530 LX
Knurd Entertainment
Knurd Entertainment Пре 11 дана
How did this car fail!? That screen is amazing. I’m surprised half the car wasn’t taken up by a computer. I would have loved this as a kid.
Larry Schwartz
Larry Schwartz Пре 12 дана
I disagree on one point. The best part of this car is the 3800 V6. One of GMs best engines. I had one in a 99 Grand Prix and it was very peppy. The engine is basically what was used in the Buick grand national with a turbo
h i
h i Пре 12 дана
why does it look like a regal and a miata 😭😭
A. B
A. B Пре 13 дана
1980 was FORTY years ago !
AnimexBoy7 Пре 14 дана
Most Cyberpunk 2077 cars must have been inspired on this one.
Eric Rovelo
Eric Rovelo Пре 14 дана
No Y2K bug I guess
John Reaume
John Reaume Пре 16 дана
I really loved my blue '88 Reatta. I snagged it when the '89's came out and GM offered a $9000 factory rebate to move the previous model year. All three '88 Reattas that the dealer had sold the week the rebate was announced. I drove it on a few long distance trips and it was a comfortably cruiser. The good news - when I sold it to someone that was looking for exactly this car in a blue color, I got top dollar. I drove it it for four years for a loss of only $2K (500/yr!) . Still have some old pictures.
Dayne B
Dayne B Пре 17 дана
This looks like a rebadge of the Pontiac Fiero
MephistophelesMXi The explorer
MephistophelesMXi The explorer Пре 17 дана
170 HP is not that bad - a Corolla driver.
Lineworkofficial Пре 17 дана
1-800-cars and bids
David Raamiah
David Raamiah Пре 18 дана
I saw the prototype at a car show. It had a functioning GPS system on the screen and a small computer keyboard the passenger could use to enter information for the GPS. The city view of the GPS was a 3D real time view of the buildings as you approached, sort of a green screen of what is now Google Maps Street View. It was amazingly futuristic and the production version was disappointing, but the touch screen was still very cool.
barry g
barry g Пре 18 дана
Best infotainment system ever!
Peter Evans
Peter Evans Пре 18 дана
I had an '88 Mazda RX7 that makes everything about this two-seater look stupid. No wonder 84% of the cars sold in the U.S. today come from other countries.
josefbuckland Пре 18 дана
I drive a 2004 car and it does not have 1/10th of the features of that one!
Ángelito Пре 20 дана
This car is wild! XD
Super Pinoy 628
Super Pinoy 628 Пре 21 дан
We Need This Car in Cyberpunk 2077
giantrobotchicken Пре 21 дан
They were making the grand national around this time. Were I running Buick I'd have just dropped the power train from the gnx into the reatta.
Lea Webber
Lea Webber Пре 22 дана
I love Reatta’s, they have a great look but all this tech came out first in the 1986 Riviera and Toronado. My 87 Rivi was the best car I ever owned.
Joni English
Joni English Пре 23 дана
BUICK RIVEIRA !!!!!!!!!!
Lykan Zepheyer Wolf
Lykan Zepheyer Wolf Пре 23 дана
Found a Reatta in a junkyard yesterday, took me by surprise. Wouldnt have known what it was if it wasnt for this video, lol
jun homa
jun homa Пре 23 дана
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daniel titmus
daniel titmus Пре 24 дана
You would've crashed the car messing about with that shitty touch screen. I usually like 80's tech. But this just sucks. Well ahead of it's time tho
Lincoln Paul
Lincoln Paul Пре 24 дана
Buick had cornering lights in 1964 , ie Electra by Buick
mr manu
mr manu Пре 24 дана
If you look at the windows you see the coming of the Saturn
TriPyramid Pictures
TriPyramid Pictures Пре 25 дана
You forgot to mention the little pull-out visor extender.
TriPyramid Pictures
TriPyramid Pictures Пре 25 дана
Eladar Aumar
Eladar Aumar Пре 25 дана
So this is what a Pipboy looks like installed in the center stack of a car.
Adam Ideus
Adam Ideus Пре 26 дана
Ford had to use the same company whoever makes those sun visors cuz I got the same ones in my 1988 Crown Vic
Kirk Smith
Kirk Smith Пре 26 дана
Ive seen so many of these in the junkyard. LOL
Alohagrit Пре 27 дана
Couldn't forget bc my first boss was a cute as hell Dallas blonde debutante who drove one. Will never forget my first job, or the cute girl I worked for at Preston Center my senior year in h.s.
john davis
john davis Пре 27 дана
My father had one of these cars for years. The speedometer screen went out and he drove it for years only looking at the rpms since the screen was so expensive.
MilesPrower1992 Пре 27 дана
I know a guy with a no-screen Reatta
Zee Zaa
Zee Zaa Пре 27 дана
Thought these were cute back then...
Angie2343 Пре 29 дана
Bring this beauty back!
Kalle Bengtzon
Kalle Bengtzon Пре месец
All cars should have that screen by law! It is the coolest screen i have ever seen.
Noble Lundberg
Noble Lundberg Пре месец
I actually quite like this interior, simple. Not gaudy dare I say like Tomorrowland
Theodric Пре месец
I still remember seeing one of these drive past my house in the 90s, a red convertible, and was hooked. First American car that really wowed me. It's still awesome and I still love the look. Can't agree with you on that point, Doug.
VinylToVideo Пре месец
"Twilight Sentinel" is NOT automatic headlights! What it does is leaves the lights on for a time after you turned the car off to light up say your walkway as you entered the house. Also Doug is slightly off base when it comes to the motor. I would buy certain cars for it having that motor alone! Not only was the Reatta one of the first cars the new 3800 pre-series I motors were used in; they are about as reliable as one could hope for. They can make a much larger car move so in that little Reatta it would be a terrific motor; a torque monster red light warrior.
LightWing Studios
LightWing Studios Пре месец
Anyone notice they MISSPELLED "Gages"? :)
That one should have been the caddy.
тарампарампам Пре месец
Excellent touch screen, wish American cars would go in the direction of reliability and repairability instead of cheap marketing gimmicks. Never too late GM ;)
Outta Bubblegum
Outta Bubblegum Пре месец
Interesting... such an advanced touchscreen, but couldn't look more 80's...
United we stand divided we fall
United we stand divided we fall Пре месец
GM needs to offer a few more sedans with rear or all wheel drive. The latest impala or lacrosse would be dope if it offered it with a different drivetrain
Timothy Samuel
Timothy Samuel Пре месец
Totally amazing Doug is a genius
AKplayz Пре месец
Back to the future would like to know your location.
Bradley Howe
Bradley Howe Пре месец
When evaluating they styling Doug says it’s outdated. Of course it is, it’s 30 years old! Park a 59 Buick next to it and see what a 30 year old car would have Looked like when the Reatta was new and I think you can draw the conclusion that the Reatta looks closer to 2020 styling than 1959 styling, meaning it actually has aged rather well.
AKplayz Пре месец
Agreed! I think he reviews all the cars at one standard so like he ranks it compared to the standard of a modern day car which personally I think is unfair
Bradley Howe
Bradley Howe Пре месец
The engine may have been boring, but those 3800 engines are excellent. Durable, efficient, and reliable.
Peter Martin
Peter Martin Пре месец
Do you own any long trousers?
Mark Пре месец
convertible looks much better proportionally IMO
SuperVro Пре месец
Damn, this car really was ahead of it’s time with its technology
Ed Brown
Ed Brown Пре месец
Wish you could have used a CLEAN Reatta!!
A01 User
A01 User Пре месец
It didn't see cuz it's garbage
Makke Пре месец
These are the videos I look forward to, forget your standard exotics, gimme some weird 80s 90s 00s cars
TheLundExpress Пре месец
I've driven one before, would love to own one.
ozelot250 Пре месец
Where do you get parts for this? Especially the electronic dash display
Morgan W
Morgan W Пре месец
Wow. There wasn't a touch screen on the most expensive Mercedes for at least another 10 years!
Elias Shedd
Elias Shedd Пре месец
Still waiting on you to apologize for your BS Hummer review. Did you get paid off? You said at more than $100,000 the Hummer is the electric truck to beat? You said at 350 mile range, the Hummer is the electric truck to beat? You said with an unknown tow rating, the Hummer is the electric truck to beat? You said with no charging network, the Hummer is the electric truck to beat. Thiiiiis is now a BS channel.
Todd Bruce
Todd Bruce Пре месец
I feel like an old man telling a story, *yikes* but at some point in 1987 a friend and I were driving down Rochester Road in Rochester, MI and saw this car driving the opposite direction. I thought *WTF* was that a BMW Z1?!, whipped a u-turn, followed it until it, the driver- a GM engineer, and his wife came to a stop. I mentioned to the engineer what I thought and he said "yeah , we have a Z1 on the floor in parts trying to dial this in, but uhm, that's probably not going to happen." Needless to say, that was quite a benchmark to set for any 80's Buick. However, they did end up building some particularly rich looking roadsters for a few years. I still remember the gold tinted windows, the rich red paint, and luxuriously soft palomino colored leather of the later year convertibles. It was no Z1 BMW, but it was a pretty car to see on the road.
RJ Mac
RJ Mac Пре месец
Meh. The mid 1960s Riviera. Now that was a beauty.
CJ Пре месец
Unless you want a speeding ticket the speed shouldn't matter.
CJ Пре месец
It should have been a success It not being a success was terrible It was a beautiful car
CJ Пре месец
Miricious Vespyre
Miricious Vespyre Пре месец
I'm buying one of these that's a 89 with a still functional ECC, it's red with tan interior and 119k on it! $1200 lol
Andrew Link
Andrew Link Пре месец
Ppl who had this car were prepared for Y2K
dcanmore Пре месец
Fun Fact: Under GM contracts the Buick Reatta prototypes (31 built 1986) were engineered in England by Hawtal-Whiting; body panels by Abbey Panels; constructed by Aston Martin and tested at Vauxhall's Millbrook track facility. When the prototypes went to the US for further ride and handling development, an internal struggle began at Buick whether they should continue with the graphic display system because of cost. Eventually of course it went ahead but added to the expensive ticket price of the car at launch which was $25,000 1988 ($55,000 today).
Matthew Phillip Prater
Matthew Phillip Prater Пре месец
That touchscreen has better response than my 2013 GMC Terrain
Poly_G Пре месец
Stan Smith
Stan Smith Пре месец
1990 Oldsmobile Trofeo had the same screen. I had to replace it. Not cheap!! BTW here in Michigan you can find Reattas a plenty.
Gianni DAVIGNON Пре месец
80s mafia hitman car of choice
Steve Пре месец
No way the touchscreens on late model cars will be working over 30 years from now.
Ted Malley
Ted Malley Пре месец
Had a ride in one back in the day..quite nice..very sporty.
Gahlok12 Пре месец
I would to see new production touchscreens for these cars.
Mike Harris
Mike Harris Пре месец
My problem is you are ranking it compared to today's market. You need to be retrospective - I think that touch screen is amazing for 1988 standards. We need some simple designs to come back.
Randy Crossland Jr
Randy Crossland Jr Пре месец
I love this car and seen one identically to this same one in this video...beautiful car
Andre juneau
Andre juneau Пре месец
Cornering lights, just like a 1990 Lexus LS 400
Ducaudi Пре месец
Doug needs to do a review of a Chevy Beretta!
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