The Buick Grand National Is the Ultimate 1980s Muscle Car

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  • Marc Cohen MJC
    Marc Cohen MJC  10 minutes back

    The coins in the glove box was for tolls.

    • Allison S
      Allison S  3 hours back

      I remember when the Grand National came out and unless you were into cars, there wasn't much hype or talk about them.There were only about 30,000 sold between 1982 and 1987. The GNX is even rarer with only 547 models produced, all in 1987. They would be the real collectibles.

      • The Frog
        The Frog  1 days back

        This car was in one of my favorite TV show : https://automotiveviews.com/2011/09/27/cars-tv-life/

        • drgonzo
          drgonzo  2 days back

          As somebody who grew up on the the Illinois/Iowa border in the 90's...it was cool to see the radio station thing in the manual....

          • Ralphie Leonard
            Ralphie Leonard  2 days back

            This car was featured in Out For Justice with Steven Seagal

            • Whacc
              Whacc  2 days back

              that car can go way too fast in need for speed payback lmao

              • G L
                G L  3 days back

                Original A.C. Delco stereo deck. Pretty cool to see one of these .

                • Dylan petrovic
                  Dylan petrovic  3 days back

                  My car has those GM belt buckles. I have a 1995 Oldsmobile cutlass. Also Doug the type of guy to want cold air blowing on his groin

                  • Chirag NAAGAR
                    Chirag NAAGAR  3 days back

                    Remember gta

                    • Crypto King
                      Crypto King  4 days back

                      I find it hilarious that my ford thunderbird of that era had that exact same dome light. That doesn't happen nowadays a ford and chevy (er I mean buick) with the same part

                      • It's Huge
                        It's Huge  4 days back

                        I was in a stolen one long time ago, it was fast!

                        • Random projects USA
                          Random projects USA  4 days back

                          If they made a car that could beat a Lamborghini today it would break before it left the factory in China.

                          • ky malone
                            ky malone  4 days back

                            I've had three of these beauties the fastest one I had was a 1987 Regal T type with 400 horsepower to the wheels I put a te44 turbo on it and a front mount intercooler with a bunch of other upgrades the only problem I had with it is my mass flow air sensor used to go out like once every two months lol on the streets these things were Untouchable in the early 2000s the Camaro SS was the only car that gave me problems and the Trans Am WS6 when they where new! Of course two out of three of them got stolen but I'll get another one one day

                            • W.M. Aslam - Author
                              W.M. Aslam - Author  5 days back

                              It looks like it just left the showroom, and it sounds awesome!

                              • DAFATBOY2016
                                DAFATBOY2016  6 days back

                                Yeah I raced my 2003 Mercury Marauder against a Grand National and it ate my ass up 😎👍🏾

                                • Random projects USA
                                  Random projects USA  4 days back

                                  Spinning Back-Kick Nothing against it, just saying it’s not a particularly fast car

                                • Spinning Back-Kick
                                  Spinning Back-Kick  4 days back

                                  @Random projects USA hi Marauder may become a collectible.

                                • Random projects USA
                                  Random projects USA  4 days back

                                  DAFATBOY2016 you raced your crown Victoria against a muscle car

                              • jd 8430
                                jd 8430  6 days back

                                I wish i had it

                                • Clark Griswold
                                  Clark Griswold  6 days back

                                  Orange spark plug wires are just awful on this car, keep it original!

                                  • Georgios N. Telas
                                    Georgios N. Telas  6 days back

                                    Typical us car. Only straight course. In turns...end of story. Get beat by a skateboard. Also an ugly one.

                                    • Walter White
                                      Walter White  7 days back

                                      Doug the type of guy to say thanks after sex.

                                      • Jungle_CS
                                        Jungle_CS  7 days back

                                        We need a 81 turbo trans am or a gta trans am review

                                        • Brandon Kivari
                                          Brandon Kivari  4 days back

                                          Jungle_CS the Pontiac 305s we’re complete junk and the turbo trans am had a National motor in 87

                                      • marks man
                                        marks man  7 days back

                                        I remember when the grand national first came out. It has been my chaser car ever since. Damn I love that car.

                                        • Ryan Watt
                                          Ryan Watt  1 weeks back

                                          Chick Hicks

                                          • Dashoo2
                                            Dashoo2  1 weeks back

                                            VIDEO KILLS THE RADIO STAR

                                            • Maj Wor
                                              Maj Wor  1 weeks back

                                              This guy is not very knowledgeable about cars period.

                                            • Motorheadmike
                                              Motorheadmike  1 weeks back

                                              89 turbo trans am was faster than Buick grand national. It was same motor but Pontiac got more out of it.

                                              • Jerome Brotton
                                                Jerome Brotton  1 weeks back

                                                Doug do your research when describing the pre set buttons on the radio. If you depress both buttons at the same time you have an extra radio station pre set. You can do that with buttons one and two, two and three, and three and four. So rather than like you stated four radio pre sets you actually have seven. All these GM radios will function like that.

                                                • Todd bob
                                                  Todd bob  1 weeks back

                                                  Butt ugly Buick Regal..... grandmas car

                                                • stevenhs8821
                                                  stevenhs8821  1 weeks back

                                                  Were they all black? Definitely the most common color. OK. Jumped the gun. "Body by Fisher." Fisher was a division of GM. Faster than the Corvette of the same era. How many cars peg the speedometer? And so much?

                                                  • Proxima Top
                                                    Proxima Top  1 weeks back

                                                    Love that 80's and 90's interior, very similar to my 1994 XJ!

                                                    • David Weis
                                                      David Weis  1 weeks back

                                                      Yes, my 87 Mustang GT speedometer only went to 85 mph. Buried the needle many times! I believe they lifted that federal law started in 88.

                                                      • stillphil
                                                        stillphil  1 weeks back

                                                        0:21 hilarious truth

                                                        • Brian Ashe
                                                          Brian Ashe  1 weeks back

                                                          Doug, Doug, Doug... I love your videos, but PLEASE do just an ounce of research to keep everyone from going nuts. It may surprise you to learn this, but YouTube's parent company, "Google", makes a thing called a "search engine" that is quite handy in situations like this. Here's how it works: if you don't know something, you can type the name of the thing into a little box and then a minute later you'll know it. Kind of like how Trinity learned how to fly a helicopter in The Matrix, but you need to read a little for it to work.
                                                          So anyway, EVERY car guy over a certain age knows what "Body by Fisher" is. And so does "Google", by way of "Wikipedia", a popular online reference site:


                                                          "Fisher Body was an automobile coachbuilder founded by the Fisher brothers in 1908 in Detroit, Michigan. It had been a division of General Motors for many years... The name and its iconic "Body by Fisher" logo were well known to the public [*ahem*], as General Motors vehicles displayed a "Body by Fisher" emblem on their door sill plates until the mid-1990s."


                                                          Seriously. 30 seconds on your phone will save you from countless people complaining.

                                                          • HORIA KARIM
                                                            HORIA KARIM  1 weeks back

                                                            Doug is the type of guy to irritate me so bad with his misinformation that I have to use my wife's Youtube account to make the following comment:

                                                            6.7 seconds? Where is this number from? 2/10 in acceleration? You call the GMC Typhoon fast, but this is slow?

                                                            The Buick GN's main strength was its acceleration. Here are facts:

                                                            -On April 1986, Car and Driver clocked the 1986 Buick Grand National at 4.9 seconds from 0-60mph. The 1/4 mile was tested at 13.9 seconds at 98mph. It was a cool spring, so the car performed exceptionally well.

                                                            -On June 1987, Road and Track stated the following "Less than 6.0 seconds after you mashed the throttle, you will be going 60mph. If you're on a drag strip and keep your foot down, come 14.0 sec you'll have covered the quarter mile and be traveling 105mph.... And that was a gentle run." Note the words "gentle run." This test was on a hot summer day.

                                                            -The GNX had mild modifications by ASC McLaren. A new turbo with ceramic compressor wheel, mildly ported heads, an upgraded intercooler, updated ROM chip, and revised suspension. Boost was only 1PSI higher in first and second gear. So with these mild modifications, a GN goes from 6.7 seconds to world supercar beater in 0-60?

                                                            -The 1989 Turbo Trans Am was one of the fastest factory Trans Ams ever. This was a mildly modified GN engine. On June 1989, Car and Driver clocked the 1989 Turbo Trans Am at 4.6 seconds from 0-60mph. Not until a decade later, the factory LS1 Trans Ams finally got to that level of performance.

                                                            -The TH200-4R was an exceptional automatic transmission; boost was never lost.

                                                            If you tested the this example of the GN yourself, then two things are happening:

                                                            1. You clearly do not know how to launch the car. Brake boost to 1600rpm and release.

                                                            2. The car is in dire need of new valve springs in the heads, so the boosted air actually enters the intake valve of each cylinder. This is a commonly neglected maintenance issue.

                                                            Now I am off to being an old guy without a Youtube account.

                                                            • Patrick Hartge
                                                              Patrick Hartge  1 days back

                                                              All I can do because hes completely right.

                                                              Doug has really biased reviews

                                                            • Nicholas Seamans
                                                              Nicholas Seamans  1 weeks back

                                                              This is like the old version of my console is better than yours

                                                          • egmccann
                                                            egmccann  1 weeks back

                                                            No headrest? ... Did you pull up on those things behind your neck that you noted the logo stitched on? They tended to extend on most cars like that.

                                                            • Cloud Of Time
                                                              Cloud Of Time  1 weeks back

                                                              You know what else would save money? Don't put any badge on the seat belts.

                                                              • Jorge Suarez
                                                                Jorge Suarez  1 weeks back

                                                                this guy needs to review old cars like they need to be he keeps comparing it to new age bullshit

                                                                • lucas _
                                                                  lucas _  1 weeks back

                                                                  This was the best fast and furious car ever though..

                                                                  • Eric Braun
                                                                    Eric Braun  1 weeks back

                                                                    0-60 is actually 4.9 sec. It is quick. If you took off from a stop throttle braking first, you'd feel that... spinning its tires into 2nd gear. The best part of these is you could get them to 750hp with bolt-ons... and it was reliable. Ask me how I know. I had 4 of these Turbo Buicks and the last one got into the mid 10's @ 135 on street tires. And the engine was just as quiet. God's hand shoving you in the back.

                                                                    • Rudeboy Em
                                                                      Rudeboy Em  1 weeks back

                                                                      Awesome awesome awesome 👏🏾!!!!!!! Good job Doug !!!!!!

                                                                      • nick Canova
                                                                        nick Canova  1 weeks back

                                                                        how about stop worrying about over pronouncing words and go through a few years at full throttle before saying how it performs , just saying , IV seen it with quite a few and then some that suck are said to be fast ? Stop being scared big guy .

                                                                        • Patrick Hartge
                                                                          Patrick Hartge  1 weeks back

                                                                          It's always surprising how many people don't know the reason behind the 85 MPH speedo.
                                                                          That was a federal law at the time.

                                                                          Also you can tell Doug doesnt drive old cars often because the position of the manual mirrors is extremely typical. Its uncommon for any car with manual mirrors of that era to have them In a different spot. Even my 89 Maserati had them that way.

                                                                        • Jack Larson
                                                                          Jack Larson  1 weeks back

                                                                          you can have it in any color you like as long as it's black
                                                                          oh wait.... that was Ford...........

                                                                          • jim poeschmann
                                                                            jim poeschmann  1 weeks back

                                                                            so ugly

                                                                            • NeInE 670
                                                                              NeInE 670  1 weeks back

                                                                              the grand national is so underrated ;-;

                                                                              • MaximRecoil
                                                                                MaximRecoil  2 weeks back

                                                                                At 14:53 on the left-hand side of the screen, it shows 95.7 WWMJ (Maine), which was my favorite radio station when I was a kid. I started listening to it in 1987 when I was 12, and when the Grand National in this video was brand new. It was an "oldies" station ('50s and '60 rock and roll) with an awesome DJ by the name of "Mighty" John Marshall. He brought his own stack of records to work with him each night, so the song selections during his shift were far wider than when he wasn't working. I used to listen every night when he was working, with a blank tape in my boombox ready to record songs I liked.


                                                                                Around the same time, I started hanging out with Tom, who was in my 6th grade class. He was into cars and thought the Grand National was awesome. There was one that drove around town and whenever we saw it he made a big fuss over it. I didn't see the appeal. It had a typical boxy '80s family car body style. I understood that it was fast, but it was still boring looking. Tom and I agreed on most things, i.e., we both liked '60s and early '70s muscle cars and pony cars, plus Corvettes and exotic sports cars from companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, but he was never able to convince me that the Grand National was cool. Any car can be made to go fast, but it takes exceptional talent to design a good-looking body style, and nothing GM made in the late '80s looked good (the C4 Corvette was their best looking car, but it was a downgrade from the C2 and C3; the third-generation Camaros and Firebirds looked okay, but they were downgrades from first- and second-generation). Nothing Ford or Chrysler made in the late '80s looked good either. For that matter, no car manufacturer on Earth has designed a really good-looking car since the 1970s.

                                                                                • blaakrose
                                                                                  blaakrose  2 weeks back

                                                                                  GM engineers from the 80's probably would have gotten aneurysms if there was a Doug DeMuro reviewing this Grand National pointing out all the quifks of this car.

                                                                                  • CC Ryder
                                                                                    CC Ryder  2 weeks back

                                                                                    You guys dont know Jack, LOl you watch fast and furious or listen to your uncles bulshit stories, the Gran national was quick but the 89 trans am turbo was quicker, and top speed all the trans ams with 305 tpi or 350s were faster as far as hitting top end , the grand national was good for maybe 115, it just got theyre quicker then most but a vette was good for 145 the same for the iroc z and the trans ams, you little school kids need schooled on the facts, and then probably none of you ever heard of the firehawk firebird, LOl 375 factory horsepower with a race suspension, LOl, when you kiddies get educated on the facts talk to Me.

                                                                                    • CC Ryder
                                                                                      CC Ryder  2 weeks back

                                                                                      It really isnt, the 89 turbo trans am was faster and it handled, granted it was the same motor as the gran national and a low production car, never the less it was faster.

                                                                                      • Eric Braun
                                                                                        Eric Braun  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Different heads to make it fit between the TA's front fender wells. They gave it a few hp more... like 250 or something.