1988 Buick Regal Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1988 Buick Regal from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Ick!

Faults:

Anything and everything....... these are just the things I could think of offhand.

Brakes

Hood release

Head gasket

Starter

Suspension

Broken odometer

Broken air

Lights

Engine

General Comments:

Well, it is not a bad looking car... got pretty good miles to the gallon, nice enough ride. But this car CONSTANTLY breaks down. And it was taken very good care of, was not mistreated, was serviced regularly. The probs started almost as soon as it was purchased. Started out with just minor annoyances, and gradually grew worse with each needed repair till now. So I ditched it... bought a Jeep Cherokee Laredo. Now that is a vehicle that I would recommand, or any type of Toyota. Just stay away from the Buick Regals. Rule of thumb... if you go to used car lots, see what cars you see a lot of. The ones that you see the most are the ones to question. And yes, the Buick Regal is not uncommon at all on the lots of used cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

1988 Buick Regal Limited 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.8
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Alternator went out and so did the water pump.

General Comments:

Bought as a used vehicle, not sure how previous owner maintained upkeep but it now has over 150K miles, is great on gas, super on the highway and handles well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2000

1988 Buick Regal Custom 2.8L MFI V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.8L MFI V6
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Alternator burnt up.

Fuel pump burnt up.

Windshield washer fluid reservoir has leaked.

Turn signal bulb went out.

Front axle universal joint cracked and leaked grease.

Ceiling head liner came down.

Rear brakes frozen.

Front brake rotors warped.

Worn spark plugs and wires.

General Comments:

The listed problems occured recently, but the car is 12 years old. I'm surprised all that held out that long. It probably deserves better than a 6 performance rating, but the bad spark plugs and spark plug wires are causing a substantial power loss. That little six cylinder has some teeth, it still amazes me how that little thing moves that 1 3/4 ton car around like it does.

Overall it's a good car I guess... but I would like it a lot more if it would stop trying to curl up and die on me. With the exception of the Buick Grand National Turbo I will not get another GM vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th January, 2000

7th Aug 2001, 14:44

I got a 1988 Buick Regal Limited and the only problems I have had was the fuel pump wiring and the brakes. Overall it is an awesome car and I have no regrets of buying it.

25th Apr 2009, 15:05

I have a 1988 Buick regal, custom 4-seater, it has 31,420 miles, original parts except 4 windshield wipers and muffler.

I love, love this little car, handles well on the freeway.

I just replaced the headliner and sun visors. I am going to take car of this car like it is a part of me, just don't make cars like this anymore, the great thing is you don't have 2 take it 2 the dealer, if you know what your r doing, work on it yourself, all parts r either after market or you have 2 find them.

Please excuse type o's.

Lady Harmony.

1988 Buick Regal Limited 2.8 L OHV MPI V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.8 L OHV MPI V6
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Alternator failed, brake rotors and calipers, struts worn, AC retrofitted and recharged, transmission slippage (mostly wear items).

General Comments:

Overall, a good car, quite comfortable and even a little sporty in the two door version, better buys are the Regal GS versions with the 3800 V6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

14th May 2001, 09:24

This car eats brakes.

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