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  1. I agree, I would be interested at maybe $5000 tops, but unfortunately, I don't think Reatta's have bottomed out yet, I don't need another one, so for me, it would have to be a good deal, like you said though in the scheme of things, $8000 for a unique car may not be so bad, assuming it's reliable and runs as good as it looks. We're in the Buick Driving Enthusiast Club and the Reatta is the perfect car for those excursions. (I'm not trying to talk myself into this car, honest). Gotta love the red interior. Anyone have thoughts on why I couldn't get the display of the computer fault monitor to display?
  2. This '91 Reatta is no longer listed on Facebook, but is still for sale. It's owned by Sovereign Auto of Flushing, Michigan. I live about 30 minutes away and took a look at it. It's in a large storage building with probably 25 other cars parked bumper to bumper and fender to fender. When I called John, the salesman, I told him I wanted to just look at it, not to drive it, so I was OK with me that they didn't get it out as it was snowing. The building lighting was poor, but the car looked really nice. I did start it up, no obvious issues. However, I did try to check for computer flags, pushed and held the HVAC 'off' and 'temp up' buttons simultaneously, but got no response, it did not go into diagnostic mode. I tried it a couple times, always with the key on, both with the engine off and running but no response. A bit troubling. Sovereign owns the car, they are not brokering it. John said that they were 'firm' on the price ($8000) and that the company owner was not in any rush to sell it. Tom https://www.sovereignauto.com/vehicle-details/1991-buick-reatta-coupe-61e95abfde184d45acb12006efb2bd0b
  3. I have one of these, works perfectly, does not cover up the convenience outlet. I have the unfinished one, painted it blue to match the interior.
  4. Ok, found a pair with the correct tension, it's Stabilus SG130013, I bought mine from AutoZone, they had to order them. Work like new, just the correct tension.
  5. OK. the hood struts on my 1990 were getting weak, I bought on-line a pair indicated as correct for my car. The fit physically, but are much too strong. They don't seem to be adjustable. Looking for a source for the correct hood struts, Thanks, Tom
  6. I need to replace the HVAC fan control module (the HVAC fan control for the cabin, not the radiator cooling fan module) on my 1990 Reatta. I have the new module. Is there room to remove the module with the plenum in place, (concerned about clearance). If not, what do I need to remove/loosen, etc. to remove and install the new control? Thanks, Tom
  7. buickguy62

    Thank You

    I can't echo enough about the support, expertise, knowledge and helpfulness of the members of this forum. Those of us with Reatta's are very lucky that this forum exists and a thanks to those of you who make it possible.
  8. There's a zerotosixtytimes website that lists 0-60 times for many cars, shows 1988 Reatta at 8.8 seconds, 2013 Encore at 8.3 seconds. Not bad from about an 85 CI motor.
  9. Pretty sure it was a stuck injector and the Gumout cleaned it. Pressure now holds after the 2 second pump cycle.
  10. 1990 Reatta, 155K miles, owned two years, occasionally hard to start, may take 10-15 seconds to start, other times fires right up. Put pressure gauge on fuel rail, about 40 PSI for 2 seconds, then drops to zero quickly. (Fuel pump runs for 2 seconds when key turned to 'on', then shuts off-as it should-but pressure should hold). When motor is running has good fuel pressure. So, losing pressure in fuel delivery system. Could be stuck injector, bad fuel regulator, failing fuel pump, bad check valve, leaking lines inside or outside the tank, maybe a couple other things I'm not aware of. Clue--car frequently has a rough idle, made me suspect a stuck injector. I didn't want to try to figure which injector(s) might be sticking. I had half a bottle of Gum Out fuel injector cleaner, never had much luck with these types of 'cures', but I tried it. Can you believe it--it worked, or at least whatever was causing the pressure drop is gone, and the idle seems better. Occasionally I get lucky!!!
  11. I haven't read all this posting, but originally it was stated that the Reatta would start good when cold, hard restarting when hot. I've read that the in-tank fuel pumps can get hot and have reduced output, and that if the fuel in the tank helps keep the pump cool. So, to the OP, when it starts hard are you 'low' on gas, say under 3/8 tank, does it also re-start hard when the tank is near full?
  12. I don't think you will find a better source for used Reatta parts than Jim Finn, Jfinn@cpinternet.com
  13. I thought that if you went to the Delco unit that you also needed to get the Delco mounting base (that connects to the engine) as well. Is that true?
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