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2011 Buick Regal



  • Do you have acceleration delay all the time or just from a stop? If from a stop then that's just the turbo lag which is apparently normal for this car. I have a '11 turbo Regal and have learned to adjust for it, and not expect the car to accelerate quickly when pulling into traffic. However when the turbo is already spooled up, for example when passing on a 55mph 2-lane highway, the car has no lag at all and accelerates so rapidly that I am usually doing well over 80 before I know it.
  • jr85prixjr85prix Posts: 2
    i have delay from a stop and when you hit the brake right before trying to down shift on the highway because the car in front is going to slow and i want to exchange lane the car wont move so im afraid of getting rear ended.
  • That doesn't sound right.
  • dgmelpdgmelp Posts: 3
    We've had this problem almost from the month we bought the car in August 2011. We have a 2011 Turbo, and its certainly a danger to drive this car the same way you would drive any other car with an automatic transmission - when accelerating, either to pass, get on the interstate, or just move out from a stop in traffic, you certainly better leave lots of extra time for the transmission to kick down into a lower gear so the car will start moving.

    This is not to mention the serious transmission lag when shifting from reverse to drive (gotta be careful you have lots of time to get moving after backing out of your driveway), and the irritating downshift of the car when you've been stopped on a hill, and start to clunks into first as you start!

    This is not Turbo lag.....proved it by manually shifting the car and on the interstate, in rush hour traffic, we now have to leave it in 3rd or 4th all the time in order to be able to change lanes safely. This transmission makes an otherwise fairly decent car into a driving nightmare.

    Two different dealers said the car was supposed to do this - its what gets the Regal such great mileage -

    Then there's the incredibly stupid placement of the power parking brake button - on the console, where twice in the last three months, my wife has gone to to roll her window up (Her car has the power window buttons on the console)....what a fun experience that was as we fishtailed down the highway with the wheels trying to lock up!

    We've tried and tried to get someone to help - I guess we'll probably sit on this car another three years or so..then its the end of our GM experience....oh well.

  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,950
    Have you driven another Regal with the same engine/trans and, if so, does it do the same as yours. If not, your car is under warranty and you should be insisting on it being fixed. Since I haven't seen a lot of the type of problem you're describing on the internet, it would seem that your car is malfunctioning if the problem is anywhere near as bad as you say it is.
  • dgmelpdgmelp Posts: 3
    No..we haven't actually driven another Regal equipped exactly as this one is - good point.

    We've been to our dealership at least five times and to another local Buick dealer and they all said the same thing - there is nothing wrong with this car and its only doing what its supposed to do. In fact, one technician actually said if there are no codes appearing he can't have the transmission actually looked at (I believe thats what he said).

    I finally just assumed this is not going away...also, based on others who have the same transmission lag. I've never driven another GM car in fifteen years with anything close to this problem, but I've not driven another 2011 Buick Regal - I'll have to ask the dealership if he has one to test with me.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,950
    Yeah, if you've been there 5 times the least they can do is let you drive one or even a couple of other similarly equipped Regals. Not to doubt what you're saying but if that lag is as bad as you say in all the Regals it seems that people would be complaining about it left and right. Since you say it's the tranny and not the turbo lag, it should also affect the non turbo models unless the trannies are programmed very differently which is entirely possible.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,739
    My 2011 Regal Turbo exhibits nothing like what you describe. The only transmission issue is one that has been commented on by other owners, which is a lag that occurs if you are braking to a stop and then decide to accelerate from 2 or 3 mph. In those circumstances it does take a second or two for the transmission to catch a gear and go. But that is not what you describe.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964
    Good morning David,

    I'm sorry to see that you are so dissatisfied with your Regal. It sounds as though you've had this looked into by several dealerships and that you're being told that the vehicle is operating as designed; if you had wanted for us to document your experience with your vehicle, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at (include further details like your name and Edmunds username, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your preferred dealership).

    Kind regards,
    GM Customer Service
  • buick67buick67 Posts: 4
    GM is using very light engine oils now (5W - 20) to get better gas millage. I have a new 2012 Regal 2.0 Turbo and it does the same thing. Most new cars today using the 5 weight oil sound course on start-up. Once it running it's ok.
  • M<y wifes regal is experiencing the same thin but at 6,000 miles on it. I think from reading these post it is a larger problem. I brought it in and they drove around the parking lot and said the could not hear anything, min you the were going around the dealkership in a right turn fashion. I said well that is grreat and all but find the problem anyways and i will be here topick up the car when you have the time to work it out, 2 days later i recevied a call and said that they stil cannot tell what it is. It is the exact same problem i think the next step is to get a hold of GM please if you find out more answers on this post it and i will do the same. Thanks :mad:
  • We just bought our 2012 Regal in July and within 3 weeks the headliner began to drop. So we had take it bake to the dealership, to find out that the headliner was actually defective. So they had to replace it! No let me make a comment...when we bought the car it had hail damage, however; the dealership said they would fix it at no cost. It was after the repair of the hail damage that this happened. Fyi...while our car was in the shop we had them go ahead and tint the windows. They finished the work, and less than 3 weeks later the headliner is once again sagging in the middle and now the tint job has bubbles galore! So once again, we return the car to the dealership to have it repaired! What a nightmare!!!! The dealership trashed our car! Glue was left on our seats. They used some sort of adhesive to glue the headliner in the middle and now it clearly shows through the upholstery of the lining. Yes, there is still a gap in the headliner on the passenger side. The tint job? They screwed that up too! It looks horrible! We bought a brand new car and the dealership has destroyed our vehicle! There is obviously an issue with these headliners and GM needs needs to step up to the plate and make right! They had the same problem in the late 70's early 80's...what's the problem? Hey GM you want us to buy American, but you won't stand behind your product! At least that was my experience when I called in to Custer service the last time!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,739
    Nice rant, but it sounds like you have a bad dealer who likely removed the headliner to repair the hail damage and caused all the rest of the problems. Oh, and this is nothing like the issues with 1970s headliners drooping - that occurs after many years of use when the foam-backed fabric separates from the backing. That is not what is happening here.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • Good morning rawdeal,
    We're sorry to hear that you have such unsatisfactory experiences with your dealership. If we can look into this further for you, please contact us via email with more details (including your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 digits of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your dealership).
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • metrospmetrosp Posts: 10
    Good Morning

    Seems lately this forum is mostly about bad experiences with Regals or dealerships , so I think it is also worth noting the good and not just the bad.
    I've owned my Regal 2.4L CXL since Sept 2010 , it has 17k miles on it and has been rock solid and the only issue I've had was with the radio which was fixed correctly by the dealer. The car drives great and my dealer has been excellent and work done promptly and correctly. I am not saying that the bad posts are not warranted , I am just saying that not all experiences with the Regal are bad.

  • Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive experience, Sal! We're glad to hear that your Buick experience is all that we hope for it to be and wish you many more happy miles.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • Anyone else noticing a lot of wind noise coming from the sunroof when it's closed?
    I have had a lot of cars with sunroofs and this is the only car that I've ever noticed this much wind noise in.
    I had it in to the dealer who messed with it and now it's too tight to close and the shade is very hard to open and close, so it's going back in Wednesday - but now I found a review at rt-review/
    where they say "If there's anything worse than the sound of the Ecotec, it would be the hiss of the Regal's sunroof. When the shade is closed, there's nary a problem. But with it open, you'd swear the sunroof was cracked even when it isn't due to the amount of wind noise present."
    This makes me think it's not just my car.

    Anyone else?

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,739
    No noise from the sunroof on mine. I have an annoyingly creaky center console and the dealer has been of zero help in resolving the problem, but that's all. Good car aside from that.

    That review you cited is a complete hack job. Sounds like it was written by a PR type for the competition.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • Hello jimpeddycord,
    We hope that aside from the wind noise you're experiencing that you're enjoying your new Regal. Keep us posted on the progress of your visit this Wednesday, and if you had wanted for us to check into this concern on your Regal further with your dealership please email us at with more information (including your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your dealership).
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I have put 20K miles on my 2011 Regal CXLTurbo, Russelsheim build. Overall very happy. Neither true sports car nor boulevard cruiser, it has a blend of smooth ride and tight handling that suits me just fine, and actual MPG slightly better than on the sticker. Yes there is a little more noise from the sunroof with the shade open, but not as bad as the article says. So just keep it closed when you don't want to open up the roof. Looks like your problem and some others on this post were caused by incompetent dealer service personnel. Try another dealer.
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