1990 Buick Regal Custom Coupe 2 door 3.8L V6 from North America


A quality, comfortable, reliable car that has served me well for over 25 years & still going strong!


First thing that broke (within the first 6 months) was flimsy plastic cup holder that flipped down out of the center console. A very poor design. Otherwise, the interior is in mint condition!

Was rear-ended in '98; had to replace the trunk, quarter panels & gas tank. As a result the gas gauge does not work properly.

ECM replaced at 70,000 miles.

Had to replace the window motor in the driver's door at 80,000 miles.

Cam sensor interrupter magnet dislodged at 90,000 miles, but the car still runs fine.

Factory air conditioner recharged at 90,000 miles.

Alternator and serpentine belt replaced at 50,000 miles.

A couple of negatives (for me) are no airbags and no pass-through opening from the trunk to the back seat as in similar models.

General Comments:

I bought this car new from dealer in '91. Was a demo with 112 miles on the odometer. This Regal has been outstanding and has been my daily driver for over 25 years. And yes it HAS been a dream having NO CAR PAYMENT for 20+ years! Saved a lot of interest.

It is still very comfortable and (knock wood) has not needed any major repairs to the engine or transmission and still runs great. The 3800 V6 engine still has plenty of power and pick-up upon acceleration for passing. With front wheel drive, it gets around fine and handles great in the Midwest winter/snow and ice.

It has been driven across the U.S. from east to west twice and was a comfortable ride. With a tow package and transmission cooler installed, this Regal had no problem at all pulling a 22' boat through the mountains and across several states.

Overall, I truly can't complain about this car. With routine maintenance, it has performed well and lasted better than expected. It has just now gone over 100k miles, and I expect it would be great for another 200-300k+ if properly maintained. The exterior paint on top is just now starting to fade, but that's my fault as it is currently not garaged. The plush (cloth) interior has held up extremely well and shows hardly any wear, and all of the instruments, handles, buttons, locks, belts, etc., still function properly. It really makes a difference if you take care of your vehicle and keep it clean and well maintained.

Honestly I would keep this Regal "until the wheels fall off," but I am currently planning to replace it with a newer subcompact Buick (Encore), only because I need more cargo space. Fingers crossed, the new Buick will be good for the next 25+ years. :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2016

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.

General Comments:

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