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it is really hard to believe that a service manual at a good

price is so hard to get. e-bay has plenty of them but at the last

second up and up and up. i have bid on several and each time the high bidder named tgoleary takes over mmmmmmmm fishy maybe.

thanks had to vent feel better now. still need manual for an 89 plus does anyone know if the tire guage was ever a standard item and if so what year...yes i am still looking for one of them also thanks

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Doesn't look like anything's fishy with tgoleary. EBay records show he purchased an '89 coupe, then bought an owner's manual and a service manual. His was the only bid on the manual.

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I bid on an 88 manual. Bidding didn't go that high but closed without reaching the 'reserve' price so no sale. Have a bid on another one that closes Sat. Didn't see it marked as a 'reserve' price item but have been outbid at this point. Went above my original max. bid. Will check again Sat. and if not too high may enter another bid. The manual can be purchased from helminc.com for around $96 last I checked. Wanted to try e-bay for a better price first. Good luck.

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I would like to know what the original price was for the 1990 service manual?? I have missed the last 4 on EBAY. The last one sold for $86. Now someone is Emailing tyring to sell one for $111 then he cut his price to $95 + S&H. What's going on?? Maybe we should go in the printing business??

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I have an extra 89 Service Manual. I got it from Wally888 along with a Teves brake manual after he sold his 89. I don't need it as I already have one. The cover is a little rough because it has been used alot. If anyone is interested I will take a photo of it and post it. All the material is there inside and it is the Final Edition.

Someone above mentioned the term shill. One summer when I was 14 my mom after much begging on my part let me travel with some friends, a married couple in their 20's, in a circus as a juggler and horizontal bar performer.. I was niave and told my friend Jerry that they had a pea and shell game going on in one of the tents and a couple of fellows in the crowd seemed to always be there city after city. That is where I first heard the term shill. I also found out if you watched long enough and were short you could often tell where the pea was even if it was squeezed in his palm under his two little fingers and not under any of the shells.

Jerry said it would be wise to only look and that those in the circuis DID NOT bet. It was an interesting summer.

Here http://brolliar.com/89reattamanual.html is a pic of the book for those that might be interested,

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I have the TEVES Product Service Training Manual (GM 55205.02-1) and frankly the service manual has a more detailed description and better diagnostics.

Agree, grew up in casinos and do not gamble (mother was registered with IRS as a "Professional Gambler"), not to say I do not enjoy card games but to be a source of income it takes too much work. Wife and I has a crowd of onlookers on a train in England thoroughly confused trying to understand "Hand and Foot" canasta...

A shill is not the same as a snipe. Shill tries to get the bidding up so must bid early enough so others will overbid. Point is not to "win" but to barely lose.

Snipe is a bid in the last few seconds so that the other bidders do not have a chance to overbid. Point is to "win" at minimum cost. Entirely different purpose.

Personally have an amount (plus shipping) am willing to pay (last was $25 for a preliminary '90 manual but was outbid), to be reasonably successful you need to decide in advance when to walk away.

BTW being outbid by $1 on e-Bay does not mean that is all the opponent was willing to bid, was just all it took to out bid you.

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EDBSO, I bought the set of two manuals from Wally888 to get the Teves manual. I'm sorry but I want to keep it. If you would like I could mail it to you sometime and you could memorize it. I know things like that are possible because I had a smart friend in high school who when I asked a question he would tell me the answer and then the page that it was on.

Padgett, thanks for the snipe definition. On ebay I think I have used that strategy once or twice. . The hard part in that approach is deciding what upper limit on your bid to use.

The "Teves Antilock Brake System With self-diagnostics" manual does not go into as much detail as I would have liked but it has some good charts and sketches.

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You can buy a software package that allows you to enter a bid four seconds before the auction closes. No one else has a chance to rebid. This is called "Pro-Sniping."

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Booreatta started this thread expressing interest in getting a 89 Service Manual at a reasonable price. I happened to have an extra one. He posted his email address expressing interest in my copy after seeing a pic of it and then we talked on the phone and agreed on a price. So I'm mailing the book to him tomorrow.

Sorry I don't have ten more copies of the manual.

Ya'll have a good weekend.

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Well boo, (I am saying that affectionately) I hate to disappoint you, but it has taken me about a month to get a service manual. I also couldn't believe how much these things are going for. It takes some patience, but I got mine for less than $60.00. Any others I bid on, someone out there wanted it for more $$ I can assure you I don't ahve a hoard of service manuals. I was thinking fishy also, but it seems folks really want the manuals intensely. So, don't give up until you get the one you want at the price you're willing to pay.

I believe the tire gauges were standard in the '89's for sure but don't know of the other years. Came with my new 89 & a used 89 I bought several years ago.

tgoleary, but you can call me Tom

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Here is a list of some of the places you might get a manual. The manual will be for both the Reatta and Riviera.

**HELM (www.helminc.com) is the source for new official factory manuals, they are $90.00 (1990 just went to $120)

Used manuals usually run between $30-$70, depending on the dealer........

These are people that sell used manuals and may not have your year, but most will put you on the list and call you when they get one.

Ask what edition the used manual happens to be... NEW PRODUCT INFORMATION (in red) manuals are prelimanary and not complete, the price should be only $10-15. FINAL EDITION (in red) is just that, the last printing. Then there is the regular edition with no special designation in red.... those are totally acceptable editions.

** Gary Abdella 888-295-7933 (Gary also has other Reatta memorabillia)

** Voss Motor Inc (www.books4cars.com)888-380-9277

** Dan Bower (www.factoryautomanuals.com)

** Ted Weens (www.factoryshopmanuals.com)

12/20,they had only'91. If you mention the Reatta club they will pay the shipping.

** Ken Mcgee Holdings (canada)519-525-5821

** DSN Marketing (canada) 800-668-5539.

** Faxon 800-348-2734

** P.J.'s Auto Literature 319-345-6760

If you can buy from the Canadian companies there is an advantage in the exchange rate...they will quote you a Canadian dollar price.

Barney Eaton BCA technical advisor for Reattas

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It's me, Rattaboy, at a borrowed computer.

I'm in Phoenix where I jusy came from the Goodguy's car show. Faxon, supplier of automotive publications, has his 18 wheeler there loaded with repair manuals and owners manuals, literally thousands of them. I inquired about manuals for Reattas and was told he had none. He said Reatta publications were the hottest items he has had lately. Said he had publications on just about every other Buick ever made. I got my manual from Faxon early last year.

The Goodguys show is excellent, 1500 or so entries, street rods and musclecars.

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Helm Inc. sells them new. I recently bought one from them and I think I paid around $96.50, delivered.

I see Reatta manuals on Ebay all the time, the question is would you pay $80.00 for a used one, or $95.00 for a new one. I'll take the new one.

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