1990 Buick Regal Custom Coupe 2 door 3.8L V6
A quality, comfortable, reliable car that has served me well for over 25 years & still going strong!
First thing that broke (within the first 6 months) was flimsy plastic cup holder that flipped down out of the center console. A very poor design. Otherwise, the interior is in mint condition!
Was rear-ended in '98; had to replace the trunk, quarter panels & gas tank. As a result the gas gauge does not work properly.
ECM replaced at 70,000 miles.
Had to replace the window motor in the driver's door at 80,000 miles.
Cam sensor interrupter magnet dislodged at 90,000 miles, but the car still runs fine.
Factory air conditioner recharged at 90,000 miles.
Alternator and serpentine belt replaced at 50,000 miles.
A couple of negatives (for me) are no airbags and no pass-through opening from the trunk to the back seat as in similar models.
I bought this car new from dealer in '91. Was a demo with 112 miles on the odometer. This Regal has been outstanding and has been my daily driver for over 25 years. And yes it HAS been a dream having NO CAR PAYMENT for 20+ years! Saved a lot of interest.
It is still very comfortable and (knock wood) has not needed any major repairs to the engine or transmission and still runs great. The 3800 V6 engine still has plenty of power and pick-up upon acceleration for passing. With front wheel drive, it gets around fine and handles great in the Midwest winter/snow and ice.
It has been driven across the U.S. from east to west twice and was a comfortable ride. With a tow package and transmission cooler installed, this Regal had no problem at all pulling a 22' boat through the mountains and across several states.
Overall, I truly can't complain about this car. With routine maintenance, it has performed well and lasted better than expected. It has just now gone over 100k miles, and I expect it would be great for another 200-300k+ if properly maintained. The exterior paint on top is just now starting to fade, but that's my fault as it is currently not garaged. The plush (cloth) interior has held up extremely well and shows hardly any wear, and all of the instruments, handles, buttons, locks, belts, etc., still function properly. It really makes a difference if you take care of your vehicle and keep it clean and well maintained.
Honestly I would keep this Regal "until the wheels fall off," but I am currently planning to replace it with a newer subcompact Buick (Encore), only because I need more cargo space. Fingers crossed, the new Buick will be good for the next 25+ years. :-)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th May, 2016
23rd Apr 2017, 04:51
Hi, my odometer stopped in my 1990 Regal. I am in North Jersey. If you know someone who can repair it, let me know as I am going to the Buick meet in Wisconsin the first week of July. I have about 50,000 miles. I have the 3.1, it runs great, very few repairs. No rust and the paint is in good condition. Still has a shine. I keep mine under a car cover. I also bought a 2014 Buick Encore. My Regal was featured in the Buick Bugle magazine in Oct or Nov of 2016.