1990 Buick Regal Custom 3.8 TPI V6 from North America
Typical reliable Buick of the time
When first purchased, the cassette player made a bass like thumping noise. Dealer fixed, and never did it again.
A few sensors and check engine codes over the years.
Odometer quit at 170,000 miles. The final mileage before trade in must have been around 185,000.
Water pump replaced a week before the car's farewell.
Outside of general maintenance, these were the only repairs.
Very reliable, driven hard with many long distance trips. The ride was very smooth for a midsize front drive.
Under the hood was the 3800 V6 (first year available in this car). Forget the post 1995 Series 2 3800 with cheap gaskets and vital parts that were made of plastic. The 3800 from this era was the real deal.
This car was very formal looking; it was ordered with the presidential package. White body with a cloth half carriage roof with opera lamps and rear quarter windows, and a decor luggage rack on the deck lid. The car always seemed to get compliments.
Personally I wasn't a fan of the W-bodies, but the Regal was the best looking of the bunch. W-bodies were OK, but were a far cry from the G-bodies that they replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th December, 2015