The Buick Reatta Was a 1980s High-Tech Marvel

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Doug DeMuro

Πριν 6 μήνες

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 Πριν 6 μήνες
Behold - the glorious touchscreen! This is one of my favorite recent videos. Enjoy!
Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith Πριν 2 ημέρες
They wanted way to much money for them as I recall
BrAve Dirty HaWk
BrAve Dirty HaWk Πριν μήνα
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 Πριν 3 μήνες
PatienceMelissa Wow ,
PatienceMelissa Πριν 3 μήνες
It was $27,250 new in 1989.
Tristan Mathesons Inventory
Tristan Mathesons Inventory Πριν 4 μήνες
Rocket Man not really if it was electric yes it would
New Coke
New Coke Πριν ώρα
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 Πριν 4 ώρες
I had the brochure in the late 80's! -Auto Show Chicago I also thought it was cool.
Daniel Howell
Daniel Howell Πριν 16 ώρες
Typical 1980s squares, rectangles, and 90 degree angles everywhere you look.
blue milk
blue milk Πριν 2 ημέρες
Wish you could find a stateside eunos cosmo to review.
Marc W.
Marc W. Πριν 2 ημέρες
“Gauges” is spelled wrong under that button...
Alex Πριν 2 ημέρες
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 Πριν 2 ημέρες
Szymon Bojanowski
Szymon Bojanowski Πριν 3 ημέρες
What a cool car
Youtube Execs. HATE whites
Youtube Execs. HATE whites Πριν 3 ημέρες
Imagine a super charged 3.8l in it....
a_room_without_a_view Πριν 3 ημέρες
Apple ain’t got nothin’ on that screen navigation
Alan Haley
Alan Haley Πριν 4 ημέρες
Not a big comic movie guy but i would watch the hell out of The Twilight Sentinel
Gerrit Eijkelboom
Gerrit Eijkelboom Πριν 6 ημέρες
Very slightly reminiscent of the Matra 530 LX
Knurd Entertainment
Knurd Entertainment Πριν 6 ημέρες
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 Πριν 7 ημέρες
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 Πριν 7 ημέρες
why does it look like a regal and a miata 😭😭
A. B
A. B Πριν 8 ημέρες
1980 was FORTY years ago !
AnimexBoy7 Πριν 9 ημέρες
Most Cyberpunk 2077 cars must have been inspired on this one.
Eric Rovelo
Eric Rovelo Πριν 9 ημέρες
No Y2K bug I guess
John Reaume
John Reaume Πριν 10 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.
Dayne B
Dayne B Πριν 11 ημέρες
This looks like a rebadge of the Pontiac Fiero
MephistophelesMXi The explorer
MephistophelesMXi The explorer Πριν 12 ημέρες
170 HP is not that bad - a Corolla driver.
Lineworkofficial Πριν 12 ημέρες
1-800-cars and bids
David Raamiah
David Raamiah Πριν 12 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.
barry g
barry g Πριν 13 ημέρες
Best infotainment system ever!
Peter Evans
Peter Evans Πριν 13 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.
josefbuckland Πριν 13 ημέρες
I drive a 2004 car and it does not have 1/10th of the features of that one!
Ángelito Πριν 14 ημέρες
This car is wild! XD
Super Pinoy 628
Super Pinoy 628 Πριν 15 ημέρες
We Need This Car in Cyberpunk 2077
giantrobotchicken Πριν 15 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.
Lea Webber
Lea Webber Πριν 16 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.
Joni English
Joni English Πριν 17 ημέρες
BUICK RIVEIRA !!!!!!!!!!
Lykan Zepheyer Wolf
Lykan Zepheyer Wolf Πριν 18 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
jun homa
jun homa Πριν 18 ημέρες
The dazzling attack evolutionarily stamp because atm behaviorally open opposite a vengeful hot. sleepy, scrawny poultry
daniel titmus
daniel titmus Πριν 19 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
Lincoln Paul
Lincoln Paul Πριν 19 ημέρες
Buick had cornering lights in 1964 , ie Electra by Buick
mr manu
mr manu Πριν 19 ημέρες
If you look at the windows you see the coming of the Saturn
TriPyramid Pictures
TriPyramid Pictures Πριν 20 ημέρες
You forgot to mention the little pull-out visor extender.
TriPyramid Pictures
TriPyramid Pictures Πριν 20 ημέρες
Eladar Aumar
Eladar Aumar Πριν 20 ημέρες
So this is what a Pipboy looks like installed in the center stack of a car.
Adam Ideus
Adam Ideus Πριν 20 ημέρες
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 Πριν 21 ημέρα
Ive seen so many of these in the junkyard. LOL
Alohagrit Πριν 21 ημέρα
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 Πριν 21 ημέρα
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 Πριν 21 ημέρα
I know a guy with a no-screen Reatta
Zee Zaa
Zee Zaa Πριν 22 ημέρες
Thought these were cute back then...
Angie2343 Πριν 24 ημέρες
Bring this beauty back!
Kalle Bengtzon
Kalle Bengtzon Πριν 25 ημέρες
All cars should have that screen by law! It is the coolest screen i have ever seen.
Noble Lundberg
Noble Lundberg Πριν 25 ημέρες
I actually quite like this interior, simple. Not gaudy dare I say like Tomorrowland
Theodric Πριν 26 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.
VinylToVideo Πριν 28 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.
LightWing Studios
LightWing Studios Πριν 29 ημέρες
Anyone notice they MISSPELLED "Gages"? :)
That one should have been the caddy.
тарампарампам Πριν μήνα
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 Πριν μήνα
Interesting... such an advanced touchscreen, but couldn't look more 80's...
United we stand divided we fall
United we stand divided we fall Πριν μήνα
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 Πριν μήνα
Totally amazing Doug is a genius
AKplayz Πριν μήνα
Back to the future would like to know your location.
Bradley Howe
Bradley Howe Πριν 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.
AKplayz Πριν 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
Bradley Howe
Bradley Howe Πριν μήνα
The engine may have been boring, but those 3800 engines are excellent. Durable, efficient, and reliable.
Peter Martin
Peter Martin Πριν μήνα
Do you own any long trousers?
Mark Πριν μήνα
convertible looks much better proportionally IMO
SuperVro Πριν μήνα
Damn, this car really was ahead of it’s time with its technology
Ed Brown
Ed Brown Πριν μήνα
Wish you could have used a CLEAN Reatta!!
A01 User
A01 User Πριν μήνα
It didn't see cuz it's garbage
Makke Πριν μήνα
These are the videos I look forward to, forget your standard exotics, gimme some weird 80s 90s 00s cars
TheLundExpress Πριν μήνα
I've driven one before, would love to own one.
ozelot250 Πριν μήνα
Where do you get parts for this? Especially the electronic dash display
Morgan W
Morgan W Πριν μήνα
Wow. There wasn't a touch screen on the most expensive Mercedes for at least another 10 years!
Elias Shedd
Elias Shedd Πριν 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.
Todd Bruce
Todd Bruce Πριν 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.
RJ Mac
RJ Mac Πριν μήνα
Meh. The mid 1960s Riviera. Now that was a beauty.
CJ Πριν μήνα
Unless you want a speeding ticket the speed shouldn't matter.
CJ Πριν μήνα
It should have been a success It not being a success was terrible It was a beautiful car
CJ Πριν μήνα
Miricious Vespyre
Miricious Vespyre Πριν 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
Andrew Link
Andrew Link Πριν μήνα
Ppl who had this car were prepared for Y2K
dcanmore Πριν 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 ($55,000 today).
Matthew Phillip Prater
Matthew Phillip Prater Πριν μήνα
That touchscreen has better response than my 2013 GMC Terrain
Poly_G Πριν μήνα
Stan Smith
Stan Smith Πριν μήνα
1990 Oldsmobile Trofeo had the same screen. I had to replace it. Not cheap!! BTW here in Michigan you can find Reattas a plenty.
Gianni DAVIGNON Πριν μήνα
80s mafia hitman car of choice
Steve Πριν μήνα
No way the touchscreens on late model cars will be working over 30 years from now.
Ted Malley
Ted Malley Πριν μήνα
Had a ride in one back in the day..quite nice..very sporty.
Gahlok12 Πριν μήνα
I would to see new production touchscreens for these cars.
Mike Harris
Mike Harris Πριν μήνα
My problem is you are ranking it compared to today's market. You need to be retrospective - I think that touch screen is amazing for 1988 standards. We need some simple designs to come back.
Randy Crossland Jr
Randy Crossland Jr Πριν μήνα
I love this car and seen one identically to this same one in this video...beautiful car
Andre juneau
Andre juneau Πριν μήνα
Cornering lights, just like a 1990 Lexus LS 400
Ducaudi Πριν μήνα
Doug needs to do a review of a Chevy Beretta!
FaZeCartman 1
FaZeCartman 1 Πριν μήνα
Theres a dude in our town who has two of these.
0_____0 Πριν μήνα
Car gives me alien vibes
yung$amurai Πριν μήνα
These are my favourite kinds of Doug videos, far more quirky and interesting than most new cars.
JaDeD dRaGoN
JaDeD dRaGoN Πριν μήνα
I literally just seen one of these at a Home Depot and stopped and stared at it for awhile
Igna Originals
Igna Originals Πριν 2 μήνες
No freaking way that car is frm 1980’s.
Jonathan Cameron
Jonathan Cameron Πριν 2 μήνες
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
Aynsley Sowder
Aynsley Sowder Πριν 2 μήνες
this is my daily driver!! :) love it so so much
Kyle Graeme
Kyle Graeme Πριν 2 μήνες
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!!
Mark R
Mark R Πριν 2 μήνες
3:03 location 😇
PunkyB 88
PunkyB 88 Πριν 2 μήνες
19:28 That panel gap 😂
Herbert Sexton
Herbert Sexton Πριν 2 μήνες
My aunt had a convertible it would fly
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