Every driver's guilty pleasure, the Buick Reatta was far from the top-notch quality expected from a GM vehicle yet it achieved modest success during its short stint from 1988 to 1991. This Grand Tourer was sold in coupe and convertible body styles and was Buick's first two-seater vehicle since the model 46. It was marketed within the sports vehicles group and was dubbed as "the premium American 2-seater." One of the most luxurious vehicles of its time, the Reatta possessed handcrafted interiors, an Electronic Control Center with a touchscreen instrument panel, and other features that were too advanced for its time. These features attracted lots of techie car enthusiasts and vain drivers who want a good-looking ride.
In spite of its hip advertising and exciting add-ons, Buick Reatta fell short in performance. It didn't live up to the expectations of what a "sporty" vehicle should be. Its V6 engine wasn't enough to overshadow the reigning BMW cars at the time. The Buick Reatta parts underneath the hood only produced a dismal 165 to 170 hp and 210 to 220 lb.-ft. of torque. Race junkies didn't love the speed either; it was electronically limited to 125 mph. And for budget-conscious drivers, the Reatta was a no-no. Considering its small size, it has a poor fuel economy rated at 18 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg in highway driving.
Even if it failed, it would still be nice to drive a vintage Buick Reatta just for memories' sake. So if you've got an old one parked in the garage, take out your tools and start restoring your old ride to its former glory. This old model would work as a great DIY repair projectif you don't have one, you can a used one at $500, more or less. You can customize its interiors, upgrade its stock engine, and turn it to the sports car that you want it to be.
What are the signs and symptoms of having a brake problem? Can you please enumerate them? I guess I'm about to experience some serious brake problems.
It's a good thing that you are trying to inspect whether you have brake problems at an early stage. Keep in mind that as soon as you smell something unusual and when you start hearing annoying sounds, you are closer to having some brake problems already. When you hear any annoying sound when using your Buick Reatta's brake, immediately check your brake pads and replace them if needed so you can avoid further damages on the other parts. If you will feel some sort of vibration and pulsation in the pedal and/or the steering wheel, you better bring your car to your nearest repair shop and have them fixed immediately. If you will delay the repair, it may lead to very serious rotor problems that will cost you more expensive repairs. If it requires you to push the pedal harder and down farther, it only means that you are experiencing the first stage of having worn-out brake pads. Do not wait until you cannot use your brake even if you're pushing too hard because that is very hazardous. As soon as the brake warning light turns on, visit your nearest repair shop right away.
How many months do the rotors and calipers can last?
The life expectancy of these parts will always depend on your driving habits even though they are built to last for years. You have to seriously follow the recommended maintenance for your Buick Reatta. And take note that when you neglect to deal with your faulty brake pads ASAP, it will definitely destroy and shorten the lifespan of your rotors. Calipers are also made for long haul, but if you let them suffer from heat and corrosion for so long, they will deteriorate sooner than expected. If you want to extend the life expectancy of these parts, you have to take part in caring and maintaining them properly.
How can I make my headlights free from cloudy oxidation?
Headlights are mostly made of polycarbonate plastic. This type of plastic is scratch proof and heavy duty. UV rays are the main causes of cloudy headlights. In order for you to achieve a cloud-free headlight, you have to patiently wipe off all the grease and grime using a special cleaner that you can purchase from your favourite auto parts center. You might opt to remove the headlight before cleaning, but this will take time since you have to reinstall it again after cleaning. Put some tape around the headlights after drying them to prepare them for sanding. Putting tape around the headlight will prevent you from accidentally sanding off the paint of your vehicle. Sanding removes the outer layer of haze so take time and patiently scrub them all off. Apply the best polish available to achieve clear lenses after being scratched by sandpaper. Consider applying UV sealant to extend the protection.