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  1. Performance Muffler Applications on Reattas

    Even though the "Enter Your Car Info" section dummied-up the second I typed "1989 Buick Reatta" and there were "No Results Found" I still entered my info on the "Request Page". I will get back here with their response.
  2. WTB: NOS or exceptional wheel center caps

    Guess you've never heard of- or been in- a bar fight? Depending where you are- now days that can even lead to gunfire and casualties.
  3. Off topic PARTS manual 1999 Riviera

    Your Public Library might still have reader machines, and might do it for you. You can pick up a Microfiche Reader/Scanner on eBay for $5,000.
  4. Performance Muffler Applications on Reattas

    Stanley- I think it sounds beautiful- the way a "luxury sports car" should sound. A slight rumble for normal cruise, then aggressive & throaty when stepped on. If Buick had just done a few tweaks- the Reatta wouldn't have been such a failure. Optional manual trans, T-tops, true dual exhaust, maybe even an SC for '91 could've saved it a few more years. Going on 30 years- I really don't see how GM justified $28k for an '89. Other than the "upgrade" () of TEVES ABS, and a touch screen that nobody (especially the target demographic of Customers) wanted- the Reatta was kind of "mundane". Yea, ok- "hand built" means what? Higher cost? "Attention to detail"? I'm the 3rd owner of my '89 #3111, and the only owner to work on it. I have found numerous stupid things wrong. The grommet for the trunk lock solenoid & light harness- was simply on the harness, but not snapped into it's hole. Every hinge (hood, door, trunk) was painted, and not one dab of grease or drop of oil applied. The 3-point cargo strap still in it's bag, rubber band, thrown under the spare tire. The first owner couldn't have cared less- and then it was a used up beater when his Daughter inherited it for 2 years- and then it sat, waiting for me. I can't wait to do mine next year, among other much needed work. Is the bumper fascia hard to trim? I would think- just a piece of cardboard as a template? Your Reatta is a beautiful example of what it should have been.
  5. unusual Reatta

    29 years? 384k? CRT, EL panels, photo eye, stereo, headlight bellcranks & rollers- all OEM and working? That's got to be a candidate for one of Barney's "info history" Database.
  6. unusual Reatta

    What about the consumable parts? Control & body bushings, ball joints, brake hoses, rotors, pads, water pump, timing set, actuators, sensors, plugs, wires, ignition, etc.? Are they OEM or Aftermarket? Some things must have been changed by now. For the mentioned systems to still be functioning properly (EL panels, mechanical switches, CRT) that is very strange at 384k!
  7. 1988 reatta engine issue

    With the cap on- is it still overheating? Did you ever discover the original cause for the belt problem? Do both of the fans work? KOEO, enter diagnostics, and go to ECM OVERRIDE ES07 & ES08 to check. http://reattaowner.com/roj/onboard-diagnostics/computer-diagnostic-instructions-19881989#pg-7 When at idle- is the LOW fan on? At what temp is it when the HI fan kicks on? Someone else here- will know the programmed fan temps. I know they're in my FSM, but I'm not near it at the moment. I would still do the 170F thermostat upgrade, and use new coolant: DISTILLED water and antifreeze, 50/50. IMHO- that "pre-mixed" stuff is crap for a 30 year old car. Hi temps is what kills these cars. It's hard on the engine oil, transmission and it's ATF, and the electronics (ignition). That's my $0.02
  8. Pre-Production/Rare Photos

    I SAW THIS- I GUESS THEY ARE "DEALER/CUSTOMER BROCHURES", LIKE IN THE SHOWROOM? https://books4cars.com/index.php
  9. Off topic PARTS manual 1999 Riviera

    http://www.carparts.com/ AND https://books4cars.com/index.php
  10. 1988 reatta engine issue

    Please- read THIS ARTICLE, it might explain it. I would also- DO THIS asap.
  11. Coolant Leak. From Radiator Hose?

    First off- I'd degrease the whole area, and blow dry or ShopVac dry. Then- get THIS for $8 at your FLAPS. You might need THIS SET, TOO. They got it for oil & AC as well. Reusable, real handy, big $$$ saver- no more guessing. $8.00 $15.00 $8.00 MAYBE- IT'S...
  12. 1988 reatta engine issue

    THIS IS YOUR PHOTO- BACKLIT FOR CLARITY, AND A ROUTING DIAGRAM.
  13. 1988 reatta engine issue

    THANK YOU FOR TAKING ADVICE. THIS IS A COMMON "CASCADE FAILURE" THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY SERPENTINE-BELTED ENGINE. THE BELT HAS THE SAME MAKEUP AS A TIRE. WHEN THE TENSIONER, HARMONIC BALANCER, AN IDLER PULLY (IF EQUIPPED) OR JUST THE BELT ITSELF FAILS- SOMETIMES IT WILL VIOLENTLY TAKE OUT ANYTHING IN IT'S PATH: WIRING, SENSORS, HOSES, ETC. A VIDEO OF THIS DANGER CAN BE WATCHED HERE (WARNING: GRAPHIC) ANOTHER VIDEO, DESCRIBING FAILURE MODES- IS HERE PLEASE- ADD YOUR YEAR OF REATTA TO YOUR SIGNATURE LINE OF YOUR PROFILE SO WE CAN MORE EASILY HELP YOU. THERE ARE SLIGHT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE 4 YEARS OF PRODUCTION ('88-'91) WITH MANY OF THE SYSTEMS. THANK YOU, AND WELCOME TO THE BUICK REATTA FORUM
  14. 1988 reatta engine issue

    First of all- there is only one belt. The Belt Tensioner and the Harmonic Balancer ('88-'90 or '91) are both "wear items" that do need changing- at least once in the normal lifetime of the vehicle. The Serpentine Belt probably also tore the Lower Radiator Hose, spilling coolant. The belt also drives the power steering pump.
  15. Performance Muffler Applications on Reattas

    That sounds like you're giving up the whole car, now Those pieces are easily obtainable, and replaced. And- probably way cheaper than C5 parts.