1988 Buick Regal Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1988 Buick Regal Custom 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

A poor man's luxury car

Faults:

It came with a cracked block, but I got it fixed at the dealership for minimal cost ($550).

Front right C/V joint broke, because of me doing burnouts.

Rear left brake pad and calipers needed to be replaced because of me doing burnouts.

Odometer works occasionally.

Gas gauge works most of the time.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of life left in it. All the problems have basically been caused by me. I started to treat it better and not beat on it.

This car is extreamly comfortable and the back seat is really comfy too.

It gets really good gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2001

1988 Buick Regal Custom 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Buick Regal, the world may never know a better car

Faults:

The door handles broke off.

There is a lot of stuff that went wrong with the car, by misuse of the previous owner.

General Comments:

I love this car.

It's fast, good looking and will run forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2001

17th May 2001, 08:17

I totally agree with you. I have a 1988 Buick Regal Limited, and the car is highly reliable. The door handle on the driver side is broken off, but that is to be expected, as much as this car is put through. It still has no dents, scratches or anything. Very reliable!

1988 Buick Regal 2D Limited 2.8L 173HP V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8L 173HP V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carFord '95 F-150, XLT, 302

Summary:

OK for the money, but with a few engine addons it rules the illegal street racing world!!

Faults:

Sticker (hot/cold) on the air conditioner is backwards.

Rear de-fog button will not work.

Amp blew up plus the front speakers are blown.

Coil pack for 2 cylinders.

Back disc brakes were messed up.

Seats haven't worn.

General Comments:

It needs more power and with a few modifications to the engine you can get some impressive power. Had to make every thing custom from other cars though, tough work!

Don't have to pump the E-brake anymore, wore it out wiping donuts in the local church parking lot and on cement (now that the snow is gone). Very impressive to the hot chicks coming out of the church for a front wheel drive car.

All together if you tint the back 3 windows and put the right hub caps (soon to be rims) on it, it looks just as good as any other car. Just not as fast as well... anything that is newer than 1993!

I guess I have raced it 10 times and have only lost once, by a technicality.

Cabin is nice with the fake wood trim, digital dash is not great in bright sun light, especially when you get a speeding ticket (45 in a 25) for it and the police officer won't take that as an excuse.

If you put in the right stereo system in it it also sounds better than the factory system. Mine is a JVC CD player with remote (remote has optional TV/DVD controls on it), 2 Kenwood 4s in the dash, Pioneer 6X9s in the back (no midrange so they pound like hell), optimis bass reflex 1' tweeter and a bunch of other stuff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2001

1988 Buick Regal Limited 2 door 2.8 L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 L Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

It is fast but not as fast as a '96 Pontiac Grand Am

Faults:

Rear disc brakes.

Front brakes.

One coil pack for 2 cylinders.

Air conditioner is messed up.

Bolts holding catalytic converter.

General Comments:

It is a good car and works for me, but I would rather own a Buick Regal T type!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2001

1988 Buick Regal Custom V6 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission V6 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance15800 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

It's awesome, couldn't live without it

Faults:

Sealing hanging down.

Keeps blowing spark plugs and wires.

Damn air conditioning doesn't work.

Don't think my rear brakes are working.

Gas gauge doesn't work.

General Comments:

Despite these problems I have been dealing with, you need to remember these are all minor problems, with the exception of the plugs and wires. They are getting very costly in the shop as I speak, for the second time in less than 3 months for those damn things, already spent over 400 for those wires.

I dealt with the sealing hanging down, and with the gas gauge I try and guess as best I can. I have only run out of gas 2 times now since I had the car, doing kinda good at that. Oh yeah and the door handle just broke off this week.

The car looks like it is brand new. So a great huge thumbs up for a good paint job.

Awesome reliability, has not let me down yet.

Awesome in the snow. Just wish GM would send me a big check for fixing their mistakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

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