1988 Buick Regal Reviews

1988 Buick Regal Limited Coupe from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission  
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Previous carGMC Cutlass

Summary:

Great, reliable, beautiful little coupe

Faults:

A/C went out at about 90,000 miles.

Spring in engine went out about 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

This has been a great car.

I have a 2004 Lincoln that does not ride as smooth.

I have had very little expense in upkeep.

It still runs and rides like a dream.

We take my car to Cruise-Ins every week.

The vinyl top looks almost new, seats, etc. very good condition.

We plan to never get rid of our Regal Limited, never -- it is that special, everything about it.

Still has original engine, transmission, many hoses, carburetor, A/C, & never had plugs or plug wires replaced. Nothing has ever been overhauled.

Has 130,000 miles now, and although I had oil changed every 3,000 miles, never had transmission fluid changed until this summer.

Speedometer gauge can be switched from miles per hr to kilometers with the push of a button.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd August, 2010

1988 Buick Regal Custom four seater 2.8 FI from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 FI Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired26802 miles
Most recent distance93582 miles
Previous carGMC Sonoma

Summary:

This car has been perfect!

Faults:

Brakes - 4 wheel disc and turn rotors at 65,000.

A/C charge at 65,000.

New battery at 68,000.

New battery at 92,000.

Wires and plugs at 72,000.

Transmission service at 72,000.

Ignition switch at 75,000.

Wind shield at 75,000.

Alternator at 86,000.

Water pump at 86,000.

R/head light at 89,000.

Serpentine belt at 90,000.

New tires at 28,000.

New tires at 65,000.

New tires at 92,000.

New fuel filter at 92,000.

General Comments:

This car has spent its life going back and forth to work 1996-2006 and many trips to the Oregon coast and Reno Nevada. Always reliable!

If any of you know of a 1988 Buick Custom FOUR SEATER (factory bucket seats in rear w/console) or know anything about them? Please e-mail me as I would like to know if this is a car I should put away as it is in near showroom condition (other than miles. We purchased it in 1996. It has the perfect original fog lights with covers, and the entire car is original including the wheels and floor mats. Electronic dash works perfect! A/C is ice cold.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2006

5th Aug 2006, 15:24

The 88 regal 4 seater you have is in beautiful condition. It caught my eye, because its the only other 4 seater I've seen. We bought ours in 98 and its been a great car. It's in need of some work now. Any information you have on these would be appreciated. Send me an email and maybe we can exchange some info on them. Thanks, Doug djero101@yahoo.com.

13th May 2008, 11:04

My mom bought a 1988 4 door Buick, Regal, off the show-floor in 1988, Buick did not make but a few of this model.

Car has 28,000 miles on it, runs like a new car has had very few repairs in the years she has had it, It will be my baby (car) in about 24 hours...

1988 Buick Regal Limited 2.8 V6 MFI from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 MFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Bring on the Regals, I would love a Regal GS

Faults:

Hood latch disengaged while driving and broke the windshield.

Exhaust pipe hanger broke a few times at the tailpipe.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever had. It requires a little extra maintenance, but what you give, you get back.

It's extremely reliable, and is very cost efficient (for its age).

Excellent handing and superior comfort.

Great acceleration and fast speed.

Highly recommended for the new driver or the daily commuter. Great for almost anything to be honest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2006

1988 Buick Regal Custom 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

The '88 Regal is a very wise choice for a new driver or for a daily 2-way commuter

Faults:

This Regal was first purchased from the Dealer by my Grandparents. Then, some time later it was purchased by my Dad. Now I own this vehicle and I can see how it has lasted our family 3 generations!

I'm not sure about any of this vehicle's repairs prior to 2003. I can admit my grandfather maintained this car very well, my dad maintained the car as much as possible and kept it running for over a decade, and now I maintain it as much as I can afford to. So far, it has not cost much to keep it on the road!

Odometer started acting crazy at stop lights and would tag on an additional 1,000-5,000 miles in a few seconds for no apparent reason.. About a month after that began the odometer has never worked again. (~130K/2002)

Interior Replaced.

Engine Belt was replaced. (Snapped at an intersection and left me stranded.)

Fuel Pump was replaced. (Acceleration problems and stalling with no other reason)

Fuel Filter was replaced.

Gas gauge no longer works at all. (Stupid guy who replaced Fuel Pump forgot to realign the gas gauge.)

Electrical wiring loose/worn under the dash/steering column currently, but still works OK unless tampered with or the door slams too hard.

A/C gets cooler than outside, but not if the temperature outside is 90+F.

Spark Plugs & Wires replaced. (<Yearly)

Air Filter Replaced. (<Yearly)

Oil Changes Regularly.

General Comments:

This 1988 Buick Regal Custom was a wise choice for reliability for our family.

I have spent about as much money as I paid for the vehicle and could not ask for a better return. (~$800)

The interior and digital dashboard is a modern twist from any vehicle from the late 80's.

Seats are pretty comfortable for light to medium distance trips, even for a 6' adult.

This vehicle is very good on fuel consumption overall.

Parts for this vehicle are relatively easy to come across.

Just add Oil and Gas and this car could get me just about anywhere at 40MPH steady. =)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2005

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 29 reviews