The Buick Grand National Is the Ultimate 1980s Muscle Car

Published on May 16, 2019
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The Buick Grand National is the ultimate 1980s muscle car. Today I'm reviewing the Grand National to show you why the Buick Grand National is special -- and I'm driving the Grand National, and I'm taking you on a tour of the Grand National's quirks and features.
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Comments

  • Missed the spring loaded front grill, its the biggest quirk .

  • >Performance car >Is slower than my Volvo stationwagon Nice

  • 100% hood car now...I want one

  • I get a kick out of watching him review older cars, he is so clueless. :)

  • Doug gets a Doug score of 2

  • Doug still has his foreskin.

  • I remember reading a review about this in one of the car magazines back in 1987. The reviewer said something like "the car to buy if you're Darth Vader."

  • It's a really nice car but it is what is. Don't get the hype and people paying ridiculous amounts for something that's not really that hard to build or whatever.

  • This car stopped everyone in their tracks! I like how it only came in 3 colors. Black.. Black and Black!

  • 342 gears in the rear axel ratio differential

  • Wow I can't believe you didn't even touch on the Buick Regal T-type the true predecessor. You really let me down.

  • That's not the air intake. It's the air scoop for the intercooler. You show very clearly the uncovered air filter. There is a cold air intake box you can get that vents air in from a replacement lower chin spoiler but this car does not have it.

  • Funny Doug you sound like Jay Leno

  • I remember when cars and vans had slots for change. My mothers 1988 Dodge Caravan had one only you would push down on the slot to insert or remove change. This is a very cool car.

  • These had an option for a digital dash

  • Doug's the type of guy that misses the dope white El Camino to his left at the light.

  • That's called a spid label and it's not always in the trunk. Doug is the type of guy that is GM illiterate.

  • My youngest brother had one of these and he put the Canadian chip in it. He would have 3 friends inside and he would have it pegged on the speedo. The only thing that could pass him was the latest Z28 with a V8.

  • There are no muscle cars in the 80s, let alone American. No 6 cylinders are "muscle" surely. Get it together, buddy. Start reviewing some real muscle cars and get off the bandwagon budget cars.

  • 12:09 - driver's toolbox for a 10mm wrench for battery clamp, spare bulbs, spark plugs, feeler gauge, pressure gauge, rugs etc.

  • I love them boxy cars of the '70s and 80's. The car was really a car, not a computer on wheels.

  • How does this guy review cars and doesn’t know who Fisher body is/was Cmon dude.

  • I can only imagine an old beefy guy with a mustache and sports coat driving this car... per 80s action movies.

  • Dog doesn't know anything about engines. So annoying

    • Calling him a dog is pretty rude.

  • It's a tuner car, not a muscle car

  • hideous usa 80s styling lol

  • I came for Doug but stayed for the crotch cooler

  • Wow! they only had to change their oil every 7,500 miles... full synthetic only 6,000 miles now, regular 3,000 miles..... good ol days

  • Anyone see the el camino at 22:05

  • Regan passed a law that limited speedometers to 85 to try and keep kids from speeding they thought if you didn’t know how fast you were going they wouldn’t try so all spedos in cars back then went to 85 in every car and a funny fact when the filmed back to the future they had to build a custom Speedo face to go to 95 so you could see they were going 88 however in the actual movie car the speedo only went to 85 and you can see it in some shots

  • My dream car besides the 65 gto

  • a bbbbbbbbbbuick

  • ample head room

  • one rear ash tray and its on the burnable cloth seat

  • happiest vent I, have seen yet. still waiting for the current feeling hint hint General Motors

  • you look safe sitting inside this Grand National maybe this is why everything is kept GM modest were say

  • tail pipe makes trunk look larger

  • I don't have a problem with the 80-MPH speedometer. If you are doing 90, I can attest that you should be watching the road, brother....

  • You can tell Dougs a young buck. Because alot of 70s on back had body by Fisher on the door thresholds. Lol!

  • You do a good job. I was looking at purchasing a collector car from this era. Iroc or Grand National, Mercedes 560, etc.... What would you recommend?

  • Oh man, I remember those joy sticks on our olds

  • Smh...Doug looks so damn goofy reviewing 80's performance icons like the Grand National.

  • GTA 4 car

  • doug didn't do a lot of homework on this one. Speedo for instance...wasn't that a federal mandate to max at 85?

  • Dude.. You are a moron snd have no buisness reviewing cars.

  • Fisher body was the gm plant in Columbus OH. They made those parts and my dad worked there for 33 years. Eventually it was Fisher guide then a bunch of other names but originally a gm plant.

  • Graduated high school in 1987, lived in the Bronx, and this was my dream car! Ended up with my dad’s ‘77 Chevy Impala instead😂

  • Looks cool but what's it like to drive a car named after a horse race?

  • All buicks were the same in that era. Once again doug raved about the acceleration any yet rated it a low score. Classic dougy

  • I’m hustling rn for this car Houseboat on Sausalito / Waldo point This car to drive me to SF for work Sex with Rashida Jones when she recognizes my greatness Universe hear me out lol

  • I had a buddy that had one back then. It was a beast, and yes he smoked Vetts regularly. G.M definitely made the Buick guys lie about the numbers.

  • Please review an 87-93 Mustang 5.0L

  • Beautiful car but didn't realize factory orange peel was that big of a problem back then

  • Would it be good to invest in modern day logos, emblems, and manuals, and save them like 30 years and sell them then?

  • We in the office

  • Back in the day,,,,these cars were quick. They were very easy to tune,,,and adding a set of sticky tires made them great drag racing machines.Bone stock my buddies ran 13.10 back in 1987 with a set of tires and maybe a cold air intake. Flying for that time period!

  • Closest I've ever come to owning or even driving a Grand National is the one I downloaded for GTA-5.

  • Best car ever

  • I used to race GN's on the service drive while cruisin gratiot back in the day. I had a monte ss with a zz3 crate engine dropped in, TCI 700r4 and AC baby. I used to edge out GN's everytime. I built my car to beat mustangs. These late 80s early 90s GT's pissed me off. My Monte was cousins with the Grand National. Beautiful car.

  • had an 86 monte ss i loved it still love it wish i still had it so so much