The Buick Reatta Was a 1980s High-Tech Marvel

7 Ιούλ 2020
832 436 προβολές

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.
Twitter -
Instagram -
Facebook -

  • Behold - the glorious touchscreen! This is one of my favorite recent videos. Enjoy!

    Doug DeMuroDoug DeMuroΠριν 6 μήνες
    • 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.

      BrAve Dirty HaWkBrAve Dirty HaWkΠριν μήνα
    • PatienceMelissa Wow ,

      Luis VelRosLuis VelRosΠριν 3 μήνες
    • It was $27,250 new in 1989.

      PatienceMelissaPatienceMelissaΠριν 3 μήνες
    • Rocket Man not really if it was electric yes it would

      Tristan Mathesons InventoryTristan Mathesons InventoryΠριν 3 μήνες
    • Screen steals the show..Engine, not much.

      Master R MilanMaster R MilanΠριν 4 μήνες
  • Very slightly reminiscent of the Matra 530 LX

    Gerrit EijkelboomGerrit EijkelboomΠριν 8 ώρες
  • 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.

    Knurd EntertainmentKnurd EntertainmentΠριν 18 ώρες
  • 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

    Larry SchwartzLarry SchwartzΠριν ημέρα
  • why does it look like a regal and a miata 😭😭

    h ih iΠριν ημέρα
  • 1980 was FORTY years ago !

    A. bajajA. bajajΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Most Cyberpunk 2077 cars must have been inspired on this one.

    AnimexBoy7AnimexBoy7Πριν 3 ημέρες
  • No Y2K bug I guess

    Eric RoveloEric RoveloΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • 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.

    John ReaumeJohn ReaumeΠριν 5 ημέρες
  • This looks like a rebadge of the Pontiac Fiero

    Dayne BDayne BΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • 170 HP is not that bad - a Corolla driver.

    MephistophelesMXi The explorerMephistophelesMXi The explorerΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • 1-800-cars and bids

    LineworkofficialLineworkofficialΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • 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.

    David RaamiahDavid RaamiahΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • Best infotainment system ever!

    barry gbarry gΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Peter EvansPeter EvansΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • I drive a 2004 car and it does not have 1/10th of the features of that one!

    josefbucklandjosefbucklandΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • This car is wild! XD

    ÁngelitoÁngelitoΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • We Need This Car in Cyberpunk 2077

    Super Pinoy 628Super Pinoy 628Πριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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.

    giantrobotchickengiantrobotchickenΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Lea WebberLea WebberΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • BUICK RIVEIRA !!!!!!!!!!

    Joni EnglishJoni EnglishΠριν 12 ημέρες
  • Found a Reatta in a junkyard yesterday, took me by surprise. Wouldnt have known what it was if it wasnt for this video, lol

    Lykan Zepheyer WolfLykan Zepheyer WolfΠριν 12 ημέρες
  • The dazzling attack evolutionarily stamp because atm behaviorally open opposite a vengeful hot. sleepy, scrawny poultry

    jun homajun homaΠριν 12 ημέρες
  • 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

    daniel titmusdaniel titmusΠριν 13 ημέρες
  • Buick had cornering lights in 1964 , ie Electra by Buick

    Lincoln PaulLincoln PaulΠριν 13 ημέρες
  • If you look at the windows you see the coming of the Saturn

    mr manumr manuΠριν 13 ημέρες
  • You forgot to mention the little pull-out visor extender.

    TriPyramid PicturesTriPyramid PicturesΠριν 14 ημέρες
  • Thissssss!

    TriPyramid PicturesTriPyramid PicturesΠριν 14 ημέρες
  • So this is what a Pipboy looks like installed in the center stack of a car.

    Eladar AumarEladar AumarΠριν 14 ημέρες
  • Ford had to use the same company whoever makes those sun visors cuz I got the same ones in my 1988 Crown Vic

    Adam IdeusAdam IdeusΠριν 15 ημέρες
  • Ive seen so many of these in the junkyard. LOL

    Kirk SmithKirk SmithΠριν 15 ημέρες
  • 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.

    AlohagritAlohagritΠριν 15 ημέρες
  • 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.

    john davisjohn davisΠριν 16 ημέρες
  • I know a guy with a no-screen Reatta

    MilesPrower1992MilesPrower1992Πριν 16 ημέρες
  • Thought these were cute back then...

    Zee ZaaZee ZaaΠριν 16 ημέρες
  • Bring this beauty back!

    Angie2343Angie2343Πριν 18 ημέρες
  • All cars should have that screen by law! It is the coolest screen i have ever seen.

    Kalle BengtzonKalle BengtzonΠριν 19 ημέρες
  • I actually quite like this interior, simple. Not gaudy dare I say like Tomorrowland

    Noble LundbergNoble LundbergΠριν 19 ημέρες
  • 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.

    TheodricTheodricΠριν 20 ημέρες
  • "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.

    VinylToVideoVinylToVideoΠριν 23 ημέρες
  • Anyone notice they MISSPELLED "Gages"? :)

    LightWing StudiosLightWing StudiosΠριν 23 ημέρες
  • That one should have been the caddy.

  • Excellent touch screen, wish American cars would go in the direction of reliability and repairability instead of cheap marketing gimmicks. Never too late GM ;)

    тарампарампамтарампарампамΠριν 26 ημέρες
  • Interesting... such an advanced touchscreen, but couldn't look more 80's...

    Outta BubblegumOutta BubblegumΠριν 29 ημέρες
  • 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

    United we stand divided we fallUnited we stand divided we fallΠριν μήνα
  • Totally amazing Doug is a genius

    Timothy SamuelTimothy SamuelΠριν μήνα
  • Back to the future would like to know your location.

    AKplayzAKplayzΠριν μήνα
  • 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.

    Bradley HoweBradley HoweΠριν μήνα
    • 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

      AKplayzAKplayzΠριν μήνα
  • The engine may have been boring, but those 3800 engines are excellent. Durable, efficient, and reliable.

    Bradley HoweBradley HoweΠριν μήνα
  • Do you own any long trousers?

    Peter MartinPeter MartinΠριν μήνα
  • convertible looks much better proportionally IMO

    MarkMarkΠριν μήνα
  • Damn, this car really was ahead of it’s time with its technology

    SuperVroSuperVroΠριν μήνα
  • Wish you could have used a CLEAN Reatta!!

    Ed BrownEd BrownΠριν μήνα
  • It didn't see cuz it's garbage

    A01 UserA01 UserΠριν μήνα
  • These are the videos I look forward to, forget your standard exotics, gimme some weird 80s 90s 00s cars

    MakkeMakkeΠριν μήνα
  • I've driven one before, would love to own one.

    TheLundExpressTheLundExpressΠριν μήνα
  • Where do you get parts for this? Especially the electronic dash display

    ozelot250ozelot250Πριν μήνα
  • Wow. There wasn't a touch screen on the most expensive Mercedes for at least another 10 years!

    Morgan WMorgan WΠριν μήνα
  • 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.

    Elias SheddElias SheddΠριν μήνα
  • 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.

    Todd BruceTodd BruceΠριν μήνα
  • Meh. The mid 1960s Riviera. Now that was a beauty.

    RJ MacRJ MacΠριν μήνα
  • Unless you want a speeding ticket the speed shouldn't matter.

    CJCJΠριν μήνα
  • It should have been a success It not being a success was terrible It was a beautiful car

    CJCJΠριν μήνα
  • Beautiful

    CJCJΠριν μήνα
  • 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

    Miricious VespyreMiricious VespyreΠριν μήνα
  • Ppl who had this car were prepared for Y2K

    Andrew LinkAndrew LinkΠριν μήνα
  • 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).

    dcanmoredcanmoreΠριν μήνα
  • That touchscreen has better response than my 2013 GMC Terrain

    Matthew Phillip PraterMatthew Phillip PraterΠριν μήνα

    Poly_GPoly_GΠριν μήνα
  • 1990 Oldsmobile Trofeo had the same screen. I had to replace it. Not cheap!! BTW here in Michigan you can find Reattas a plenty.

    Stan SmithStan SmithΠριν μήνα
  • 80s mafia hitman car of choice

    Gianni DAVIGNONGianni DAVIGNONΠριν μήνα
  • No way the touchscreens on late model cars will be working over 30 years from now.

    SteveSteveΠριν μήνα
  • Had a ride in one back in the day..quite nice..very sporty.

    Ted MalleyTed MalleyΠριν μήνα
  • I would to see new production touchscreens for these cars.

    Gahlok12Gahlok12Πριν μήνα
  • 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.

    Mike HarrisMike HarrisΠριν μήνα
  • I love this car and seen one identically to this same one in this video...beautiful car

    Randy Crossland JrRandy Crossland JrΠριν μήνα
  • Cornering lights, just like a 1990 Lexus LS 400

    Andre juneauAndre juneauΠριν μήνα
  • Doug needs to do a review of a Chevy Beretta!

    DucaudiDucaudiΠριν μήνα
  • Theres a dude in our town who has two of these.

    FaZeCartman 1FaZeCartman 1Πριν μήνα
  • Car gives me alien vibes

    W4NN4 CRYW4NN4 CRYΠριν μήνα
  • These are my favourite kinds of Doug videos, far more quirky and interesting than most new cars.

    yung$amuraiyung$amuraiΠριν μήνα
  • I literally just seen one of these at a Home Depot and stopped and stared at it for awhile

    JaDeD dRaGoNJaDeD dRaGoNΠριν μήνα
  • No freaking way that car is frm 1980’s.

    Igna OriginalsIgna OriginalsΠριν μήνα
  • I'll never forget getting an hj in one of these in high-school. I remember scrolling through this screen when she went in for the bj. Cool car. I never talked to her again

    Jonathan CameronJonathan CameronΠριν μήνα
  • this is my daily driver!! :) love it so so much

    Aynsley SowderAynsley SowderΠριν μήνα
  • Rio gave his hoe this car in good girls of anyone cares lol i cant beleive I spotted it it was one of the drug cars rio sent to beths dealership it was green!!

    Kyle GraemeKyle GraemeΠριν μήνα
  • 3:03 location 😇

    Mark RMark RΠριν μήνα
  • 19:28 That panel gap 😂

    PunkyB 88PunkyB 88Πριν μήνα
  • My aunt had a convertible it would fly

    Herbert SextonHerbert SextonΠριν 2 μήνες
  • As a Reatta owner. That horn is failing. The Reatta horn has 3 tones and it sounds like the middle pitch one is out

    WigWoo1WigWoo1Πριν 2 μήνες
    • @Christopher Buda You could not be more wrong. I had three RX7's. Bought all of them with over 70k miles on the odometer, sold all of them for more than I paid after driving each of them for 4 years reading more than 140k miles. Never left me on the side of the road, not ONCE, never failed to start, never did any work to them except change the oil and very rarely a filter, belt, tires and brakes, the things that every car uses during 70k miles of use. Never changed antifreeze, hoses, brake fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid. So no, you have no idea what you are talking about. What a dullard you look like now.

      Peter EvansPeter EvansΠριν 4 ημέρες
    • @Peter Evans how could you choose a car with a poorly designed rotary engine over the amazing GM 3800, more reattas exist than RX7s for a reason...none of them ran for that long. I would have thought that you were somewhat smart if you said that you had anything else, the miata started out as a reatta wannabe. For Pete's sake the Mazda company could not even hide it...miata...reatta...coincidence I think not. Sorry for your lack of automotive knowledge. The RX7 was a money pit.

      Christopher BudaChristopher BudaΠριν 5 ημέρες
    • @Christopher Buda 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.

      Peter EvansPeter EvansΠριν 7 ημέρες
    • Car is fugly as hell

      heledrakuheledrakuΠριν 9 ημέρες
    • I too am a reatta owner, I have a 1989 in red, I really think that Doug score is so unfair to a unique hand crafted piece of automotive artwork, but he really needs to hone his scoring skills for all cars.

      Christopher BudaChristopher BudaΠριν 16 ημέρες
  • ZZZZiisssss!!

    Rafael Dourado MorbeckRafael Dourado MorbeckΠριν 2 μήνες
  • What car back in the 80s actually talked? Rode in one before, but can't remember what it was.

    Mark ArunskiMark ArunskiΠριν 2 μήνες
  • I recall many reviews of this car at the time lamented not having the ability to change settings without taking your eyes off the road. Good thing touch screens wouldn't eventually become commonplace.

    Moto MikeMoto MikeΠριν 2 μήνες
  • Love watching cars like these. Keep it up! New exotics are interesting in tech, but these kind are just unique and have a bit more character

    Kawasaki FASTKawasaki FASTΠριν 2 μήνες
  • I would've been totally fine if car entertainment systems stopped here.

    wev71wev71Πριν 2 μήνες
  • The turn signal ding sounds like the newer chime in gm cars

    Cristian SneckenburgCristian SneckenburgΠριν 2 μήνες
  • Nice car, stood out too. Older people usually drove it, mostly women! 🌟

    Jack JohnsonJack JohnsonΠριν 2 μήνες
  • “The Twilight Sentinel, where you can set it to either Team Edward or Team Jacob” -Tyler Hoover

    Illiniguy34Illiniguy34Πριν 2 μήνες
  • may or may not be getting one as a project car ✋😋🤚

    lilGoon69lilGoon69Πριν 2 μήνες
  • The screen is same on my 1989 Riviera I once owned. My screen died later. Hence NO MORE CONTROLS

    rascalrascalΠριν 2 μήνες