1988 Buick Regal Reviews - Page 5 of 7

1988 Buick Regal Limited 2.8 MFI V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 MFI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles

Summary:

Requires a good amount of maintenance, but looks good and performs well

Faults:

Instrument panel was bad when the car was bought. Recently replaced with one from junk yard. Fuel gauge and Odometer work now, $160.

Fuel Injectors going bad. Had two replaced by dealer, $800. The other four should last me for a while, but I'm not looking forward to getting those replaced.

A/C doesn't work. Who cares, I live in Washington.

Catalytic Converter went bad. Had that replaced and a new exhaust put on (dual exhaust with glass packs, one catalytic converter), $350.

Automatic antenna broke. Went to junk yard and bought another (like $35). That one broke. Bought a CD Player so I don't use the antenna anymore.

Several sensors were replaced in the engine trying to fix a problem that was a result of the bad fuel injectors (discussed above). Not too expensive at all. Don't remember though (probably not a required fix).

Break light, $2.

Two new tires on front (2 of my 4 tired had gone bad, the 2 remaining good one's rotated to back), $90.

Transmission seems to be going bad and will cost $1800 to rebuild (and have a shift kit installed at the same time). We're going to try running a special fluid which is supposed to prolong the life of the transmission.

Front seats cracked (gray leather). Car spent a good deal of time in Florida before it came up to Washington. Thinking about getting seat covers. Estimated cost, $140.

General Comments:

This was my first car and I've had it for about 1 year, 3 months now (I'm 2 months away from being 18 years old). At first, I thought there was no way of getting around this old person car and that I would just buy a Honda Civic when I had a little bit of money built up. After some upgrades/fixes/TLC I'm still debating about keeping this car and improving it, but I'm not actively looking for another car anymore.

Painted front grille black (left parts of it chrome, looks good). Got dual chrome tipped exhaust on back. Bought trunk rack/spoiler combo from junk yard for $100. The car is currently a darker gray color that sparkles and shines a lot more than you think it would in the sun (I think it's been repainted once from last owner). I'm thinking about getting it repainted to black to match the black spoiler, black grill, and black side molding. Car definitely has potential even for a Buick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th June, 2002

26th Apr 2012, 00:10

800 for replacing the injectors is far too much. They are hardly $10 apiece at a junkyard, and you can install them yourself in 2 hours, 1st time. Or pay a scruffy looking local mechanic. It's a relatively simple fix.

1988 Buick Regal Gran Sport Custom 2.8 V-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 V-6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles

Summary:

One good car

Faults:

The steering wheel did not hold up and when placed in heat melts on your hands.

The driver's seat wore badly.

The trunk and engine compartment light do not work.

Digital dash does not like the cold weather.

General Comments:

This car is seriously fast.

This car is the best at handling, it has the same suspension as the early nineties Firebirds.

This car was the demo car on the GM commercials.

The paint is 13 years old and is in better condition than my father's 2000 Dodge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2001

1988 Buick Regal Custom V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles

Summary:

Long-lasting at a good price

Faults:

The ceiling is sagging.

Needed a new transmission.

Needed a new water pump.

Needed a new brake light switch.

The horn blows for no reason when the temperature outside drops below zero.

The horn also blows when making 90 degree angle turns when it is hot outside.

Front passenger seat belt cover broke off.

General Comments:

Despite these things, this is a good car. Now, the transmission problem was rather expensive. But overall, I think that it is doing well being 13 years old. It is great in the snow and rain.

However, it doesn't do so great going up steep inclines. It just feels as though it is too much effort for the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th August, 2001

22nd Jun 2002, 21:01

I too have an 88 Regal with 159K miles on it. I will be having brake repairs done next week, since I have a brake fluid leak on left rear. Have already had caliper and pads replaced there 4 months ago. All in all, my car has been a good car. Had to have computer chip replaced, but this was due to changing out car battery incorrectly. Have had new water pump back in 1995, along with new spark plugs, and have new rack and pinion. Hope my car will continue to run a few more thousand miles.

22nd Apr 2003, 13:46

I too recently bought an 88' Regal Limited. It's V6 motor is strong, transmission is slow to shift compared to RPM's. The door panel material is un-tucked and coming out on the drivers side door. The power antenna motor went out. Overall that stuff is minor seeing how it is fifteen years old. This is a great car and with only 54,000 miles on it I am sure with regular maintenance I'll get another 150,000 before I need to buy a new car. I love this car!!

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