In February of 1986, The April edition of Car and Driver hit my mailbox and after reading the article on the new Grand National, I was out in the rain that night trying to find one.  All I found were Demo's and they were all marked up a $1000 above the sticker price.  It's fun to test drive a car in the rain with a salesman sitting beside you screaming.  I was 44 years old and had almost 30 years of experience in making passengers scream (I have grown up a little in recent years).  I did not want a Demo so I went home empty handed.  The next day, I found a dealer with one on order and bought it for a $100 above dealer's.  A young salesman that had not yet read the magazine reviews, I guess.  It came in just before the AutoWeek cover hit the stands.  Mine was not sideways at ANY speed but it was quick and it was fun-I still have it and it continues to grow quicker.  In 2003, I started this site to help those turbo Buick owners that want to learn how to both maintain and tune their cars.  Much of the content comes from not only my own experience as an owner since 1986, but also from the shop manual and online forums like GNTTYPE.ORG which began as a mailing list long ago. I visit it often for information.

Most of the information contained here is for intercooled cars.  Having never owned one of the earlier cars, I know very little about them, but what little information I have collected on the '84/'85's is presented in it's own section.  I wish I could be more helpful with them, but, I just don't have any experience with them.

If one wants to fully enjoy ownership of one of these cars, it is a necessity to gain an understanding as to how things work.  Otherwise it can be a painful and expensive undertaking as you buy parts hoping to fix the problem. There are very few people out there that actually know how to fix them.  I hope I can provide some help.

Here it is, the end of 2019.  I'm a bit surprised to have lasted this long!  I keep thinking that I should find a way to make the site more mobile friendly, but, with all the diagrams and the verbage required to explain how to work on these cars, I don't think it can be done practically and still have enough information to be able to work on these cars.

Questions, suggestions, corrections?  You can find me on Ihadav8    It's a small board that is not run by vendors so you won't be pushed to buy anything unless you need it. .  I don't post much on the FB groups because it's hard to help someone with a problem when 50 other people are throwing out suggestions at the same time.  It takes a logical approach in many cases and that just does not happen on large forums or large groups. Add in those that are selling parts and services, and it gets worse.  

   I hope this helps you.    Steve  Wood


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