The Buick Reatta Was a 1980s High-Tech Marvel

  • Published on Jul 7, 2020
    The Buick Reatta was a marvel of technology, and a tremendously interesting and unusual car. Today I'm reviewing the Buick Reatta, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of this interesting coupe. I'm also going to drive the Reatta and show you what it's like on the road.
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Comments • 70

  • Doug DeMuro
    Doug DeMuro  3 months ago +2190

    Behold - the glorious touchscreen! This is one of my favorite recent videos. Enjoy!

  • Dick Zuckerburg
    Dick Zuckerburg Day ago

    The calendar circuit could check and adjust itself until new years 1999 to 2000 after that the year would be 1900.

  • Dick Zuckerburg
    Dick Zuckerburg Day ago

    The "Twilight Sentinel" was good when it worked, however after twilight you would be in darkness and then it would turn off your lights if it were malfunctioning.

  • Dick Zuckerburg
    Dick Zuckerburg Day ago

    A 1980s high tech marvel? That means you had to take it to the Buick dealer to get it fixed. There the technician who specializes in computerized fuel injection and ignition systems can hook it up to his computer and this will connect him to the GM engineers in Michigan. Can they fix it ? Maybe ,maybe not.

  • Anthony Haven
    Anthony Haven Day ago

    Now that's fascinating.

  • Marko Redano
    Marko Redano Day ago

    I'm not a car guy, but every so often I get this channel on my FLash-player reconmendations and end up binge watching all of the 1970s-2000 cars.

  • Alex Brewer
    Alex Brewer 2 days ago

    Look, we copied a first gen RX7 ten years after the fact!

  • Nero X
    Nero X 3 days ago

    The screen reminds me of Fallout lol

  • Christopher Buda
    Christopher Buda 4 days ago +1

    I own a red 1989 reatta and it is not your grandfather's Buick, but yet a youthful romantic coupe that handles well and turns more heads than a Corvette of the same year, all the features are the birthplace of a lot of the modern features that we now take for granted as well as a 3.8 liter engine that you can get parts for easily today, the sporty design, power and handling is amazing as well as having the sleek veneer of the 1980s. The Doug score was highly unfair to the car.

  • Nintendo Gamer
    Nintendo Gamer 4 days ago

    Ha its 2020 and we still have laggy screens, dang

  • John LeBlanc
    John LeBlanc 4 days ago

    Hey find a really good condition Audi B5S4 and give that a review! Better yet find a B5S4 avant stage 3 and give that a drive.

  • General Oranger
    General Oranger 5 days ago

    Reatta: Cassette deck ejects when you press the eject button on screen.*
    Ford Sync: Screw you bro I normally don't work.

  • Arvin Gobin
    Arvin Gobin 5 days ago

    Please review a nissian silvia s15

  • Mark Gibson
    Mark Gibson 6 days ago

    That screen is amazing!!??

  • J P
    J P 7 days ago

    I had an 88 Toronado that shared the same tech. Very cool cars for their era.

  • Punch Rockgroin
    Punch Rockgroin 8 days ago

    Huh, the Buick Reatta was Y2K-compliant.

  • Róbert Szinai
    Róbert Szinai 9 days ago

    hy lol a pug 205 gt? i own a 205 gt and a 205 junior too :D and i can't sell them in hungary europe ....

  • Wyatt S
    Wyatt S 9 days ago

    Lol the Some modern cars don’t have touch screen

  • Dave turbo
    Dave turbo 9 days ago

    Cool little car , way ahead of it's time..

  • Tj
    Tj 9 days ago

    Certain IBM crt monitors had touchscreens in them around the early 90s. LGR has a great video on one.

  • Edward Kenworthy
    Edward Kenworthy 10 days ago

    What a seriously ugly car. It's as if someone thought "you know what? A Lincoln towncar would make a great coupe!"

  • Igor Ralić
    Igor Ralić 11 days ago

    @6:50 well, that's the Fiat's "speed beep" before it was called a speed beep ;)

  • Franco Cagayat
    Franco Cagayat 11 days ago

    It's one of Buick's first and last
    2 seater sports coupe and roadster.

    If only it came in the form of or the basis of the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky roadster

  • ThronRitter
    ThronRitter 11 days ago

    Buick Reatta be like:pre installed Pip boy

  • Carlos Perez
    Carlos Perez 11 days ago +1

    3:03 Doug is the type of guy to misspell location

  • Nickey Fynn
    Nickey Fynn 11 days ago

    come on Doug, do us all a favour and review a 240, 740 or 940 Volvo and let it make # 1 on your list. It's like an anti-Glock guy refusing to do a Glock review because he knows it's gonna top the list.

  • James C
    James C 11 days ago

    Awesome 80's touchscreen info display. But I can't help to overlook the misspelling of gages (sic).

  • KorbenDallas Multipass

    Another great review of a lost 80’S gem by
    Doug “aaaand next up” DeMuro

  • MagniKhan
    MagniKhan 13 days ago

    Kudos to Doug to fine one of these. I've been curious about these since they came out and never had a chance to get in one. Thanks.

  • samuel lopes
    samuel lopes 14 days ago

    that touch screen looks like it's from the first Alien movie lol, I bet those touch screens went bad in 5 years or less.... from what I see online overhauling the touch screen costs $500 $75 core charge..

  • David harrell
    David harrell 14 days ago

    It kind of looks like Buick’s attempt at a fiero.

  • Charlie Lubeck
    Charlie Lubeck 15 days ago

    My dad had 2 of these! I couldn't, at 5 years old, have possibly appreciated how cool the guy was.

  • A K
    A K 15 days ago

    whats the value of these currently

    ART EFX 16 days ago

    NASA must have been involved in developing that touchscreen

  • Jon S
    Jon S 16 days ago

    Quirky that above the unleaded fuel only there’s diesel fuel only. Maybe that was an option to have the old diesel they used in other models.

  • Felenov-official
    Felenov-official 16 days ago

    This anti-corvette has a better infotainment system than a modern McLaren. Other manufacturers should be taking notes

  • Liam
    Liam 16 days ago


  • Liam
    Liam 16 days ago

    Rare? Really? Cause in my quest for a 300zx i saw probably ever reatta ever produced

  • RazorOpsRS
    RazorOpsRS 17 days ago

    One of these is for sale down my street, haha. I'd never seen it before

  • Jamil cars
    Jamil cars 17 days ago

    After he released this video the value of them grew to 18k

  • Northside Diva
    Northside Diva 17 days ago

    I laughed out loud when you opened the hood. I had a 1989 Olds 88 that had that exact engine in it. She also had that same bright/dim feature on the visor mirrors.
    I miss that car so much. 🥺

  • Rod Munch
    Rod Munch 17 days ago

    Styling is more like a 7 - it was styled by two different teams, one did the front, the other did the back, which is why it doesn't really flow together well. But the idea was for it to have an Italian look - and unlike Doug, I think it actually looks better now since it's not generic. One thing that is odd is pricing, I recall these being fairly expensive, which is why they didn't sell. If these are selling used in only that $10-12k range, I might try to buy one, at least one with a CRT.

  • Jan Durkáč
    Jan Durkáč 20 days ago

    That touch screen reminds me of the Pip Boy from Fallout 😁

  • Adrien OHMER
    Adrien OHMER 20 days ago

    Quel sens du détail ! J'aime, et si c'est fiable... Respect !

  • lxr
    lxr 21 day ago

    “Twilight Sentinel” sounds like the next Transformers sequel lmao

  • Bde15
    Bde15 22 days ago

    I think I've found my new dream car

  • Fig Bat
    Fig Bat 23 days ago

    Found the foundation for my next draft build

  • Guy Gordon
    Guy Gordon 23 days ago

    Let's just not talk about the fact that this car misspelled "gauges" on its ultra futuristic touchscreen.

  • volvos60bloke
    volvos60bloke 24 days ago

    Makes me feel ill when i look at it

  • Tommy Litz
    Tommy Litz 24 days ago

    Was the Reatta on the same platform as the Fiero?

  • Tommy Litz
    Tommy Litz 24 days ago

    Didnt see an ashtray

  • Bobby & Annie
    Bobby & Annie 25 days ago

    Any idea what shirt Doug is wearing? I’m an AZ guy, but that doesn’t look familiar. I like it! Thanks 🙏🏻

  • Darin Kirschner
    Darin Kirschner 25 days ago

    After all this time, I FINALLY figured out DougSpeak by watching this video:
    "Unusual" = Strange or unnecessarily weird for its own sake.
    "Interesting" = Idiotic beyond all description.
    "I like that" = This is comically goofy.
    "Unfortunately" = Nearly catastrophically.
    I'll need to remember these definitions and go back to see what he was REALLY saying about other cars! :)

  • Jcob_ 2319
    Jcob_ 2319 26 days ago

    My grandpa just gave me this for my first car he said it needs a new computer then it will be good it drives and everything ( I hope)

  • Aqkura
    Aqkura 28 days ago

    My father had a Cadillac Seville from the '70s that had the so-called cornering lights (and so did his Buick Electra 225). Hi Citroen SM had the headlights that would turn to the steering wheel's movement. Amazing to see how old technology is making a come back in the 2020s.

  • Sexy Bagel
    Sexy Bagel 28 days ago +1

    I have the opportunity to buy one of these as my first car and it's in immaculate condition should I?

    • sofadviolator
      sofadviolator 27 days ago

      Yes and no. If you're going to take care of it and maintain it well, then yes. These can be pricey to find some parts (mostly the braking system) and windshields can be $1500-$2500. Best thing you could do would be to buy it, store it and get a beater toyota camry as your daily driver. Eventually this might be a collector car depending on the condition due to its rarity.

    • Ty James
      Ty James 28 days ago


  • hndmedwnz
    hndmedwnz 28 days ago

    He said it was "rare and special", then in Doug score he said it's "not even that rare" when scoring daily value..

  • Mason Brazill
    Mason Brazill Month ago

    Is tha... oh never-mind I thought this was gta 5

    U CHEWLOUD Month ago

    Looks like a Pontiac Fiero

  • Zachary Frieben
    Zachary Frieben Month ago

    Doug is actually wrong. The Buick Riviera, in 1986, was the first Buick to have a touchscreen. Actually, it looks like the Reatta has the exact same touchscreen and dash as the Riviera. I know because my dad had an '86 Riviera and I borrowed it many times.

  • WeaponeG
    WeaponeG Month ago

    the pedals labelled for the parts company to see

  • Moto Guzzi
    Moto Guzzi Month ago

    My Golf Sportwagen has a touch screen for the radio ONLY. Everything else has a simple to use button. I love it, thank you Lord !!!
    However, WOW, just WOW. The top of the line Mercedes W126 560SEL had NOTHING like this.

  • frauhansencom
    frauhansencom Month ago

    The manual Headlight-popup grips are the same as in the Lotus Elan M100

  • VBBN
    VBBN Month ago

    So basically the infotainment screen in this is a pipboy

  • Johnny
    Johnny Month ago

    Missing the G from regatta and the U from gauge

  • brasco934
    brasco934 Month ago

    "Remember to include your locaRtion!"

  • Topher M
    Topher M Month ago

    I want one of these just to take to Miata meetups. I’d pull up, and a just yell, “Dammit! Not again.”

  • Seneca McMillian, RN

    I don’t even have touch screen in my 2013 cls550

  • chopper218
    chopper218 Month ago

    Everyone didn't watch this video on this cool car.

  • J Taylor
    J Taylor Month ago

    The most interesting American made car I've seen - I would have been tempted by one back in the day !