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Buick Regal



  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    I'm actually considering looking at a Regal GS. I have a 2001 Olds Intrigue which I love(131 mph top speed) but have a recurring tranmission problem which can't seem to be repaired. Local Buick dealer is selling 03s at invoice and financing for 60 months at 0%. They have some 02s remaining as well so I can only wonder what type of deal can be had on one of those. I like the Intrigue's crisper styling and tighter handling over the Buick's, but a GS at a good price might tempt me. GS owners, feel free to chime in about your car and how you like it. Thankfully the Olds is covered under warranty for 60K so I'm not out any $$, it's just the inconvienience of having to take it in for service for the same problem multiple times. If a Regal GS doesn't tempt me too much(and an excellent deal) then I'll probably just hold off a year or so and buy a Cadillac CTS which is what I really want.
  • My Regal has 47k on it so I want to change out the tranny fluid. My dealer has a machine that changes 100% of the fluid (I forgot what they called the machine) instead of the 30-50% fluid change with a dropped pan and screen change. He said they flush out the old stuff, put in a solvent to clean it out, flush that out, then refill with fresh fluid. He also said, I don't need to change the screen because the solvent takes care of cleaning it. All this for $120.

    Does this sound like a good deal? I'm skeptical about the no-need-to-change-the-screen part. Thanks for your learned advice in advance.
  • mrrogersmrrogers Posts: 391
    I changed the transmission filter and fluid on my 98 Regal LS at 35,000 miles using Mobil 1 synthetic ATF. I am now at 80,000 miles, and the transmission performs fine.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    at 29,000 miles I recently syphoned (no drain plug) out the fluid (about 4 quarts which is about 50%) and replaced with synthetic. Manual says severe is 50,000 miles, normal 100,000 miles for a change. I personally do not like flushes as no one wants to change the filter after the flush is done which is when I feel it should be done. On another car I have 149,000 miles, drain and fill every 30,000 (a plug) and did the filter twice, once at 25000 and again at 130,000. Both times the screen was clean, only the magnets in the pan had some debree on them. Beleive the Buick has a regular filter not a screen but I have no intention of changing the filter until 100,000 miles. Some of these flush systems are nothing more then boat payments for dealers and using solvents scares me.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    Coming up on two years with my GS. Still solid and a fun ride. This colder weather here in the midwest is quite welcomed by our superchargers---car seems much quicker!
  • just got rid of those goodyear ls's (25,000 miles)and put on my 2000 gs, a set of michelin mvx4's. what a difference. no more squealing, and much improved handling and braking particularly on wet pavement.
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    ernie - May I ask, how worn were your Goodyear LS's at 25K; what did the Michelins run you; and did the noise level change at all? Thanks.
  • I hope if the new GM Regal designers read this they are working on making the interior less cheap looking. They should take a close look at what Nissan and Honda are doing.

    But another problem I have with my GS is the dumb looking wheels they put on this car. This car has a supercharger, it should have some sportier wheels. A nicely cut set of alloys would go a long way toward making the Regal the Buick sports sedan that they are counting on. Take a good hard look at Nissan and Infinity. I can see the LS models having old man rims, but come on with the GS already. Its pathetic. Consider some 17 inch standard on the GS also please... You want to attract a younger demographic don't you? Let's try a bit harder in the wheel department for the GS, I think you'll be surprised at the increased interest once you shake the old man image. Maybe you'll see people under the age of 70 in the service department waiting rooms for a change.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    old man rims and old man image......
  • Out with my Dad's 02 Regal GSE the other night I found myself searching for some more action after a hotshot in a new acura 3.2tl thought he would teach me a lesson. ha! he ate it big time. I like buicks with some balls nowadays
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    If you want flash, you should look at the Gran Prix GTP. The beauty of the Regal GS is its a wolf in sheeps clothing. I wouldn't mind seeing 17" rims on the GS, but again, that type of flare is for the Pontiac division.

    Side note: I *think* 225/55/17 tires will work well with the current 16" rims with very minimal odometer/speedometer differential.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    GS definitely needs at a minimum 17" rims, 18,s would be a real plus. These small 16inchers just add to the "old man image" that a poster just referred to.

    If I had the $$ my 16's would be off and replaced by now. Would also be looking at SLP Stage 1, 2 & 3 modifications for the GS. Our car is a great one that can be much more than it already is!
  • evizeevize Posts: 33
    Just reached 90k miles and it seems the car is
    getting faster!! The cooler weather also help the
    SC I think.
    Love to read the stories like the one from "delcom" blowing away the Acura 3.2!!!!

    Just put new rubber on the GS... Dunlop Sport SP
    A2's. NICE tire, quiet, better control & more
    traction. I recommend them. Check out and you'll see their high rating.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Have a little over 2000 miles on my set of Dunlops...Great tire...I wholly agree with you...
  • Now in addition to all the other problems I have had with this junker which I detailed in an early post, the driver's seat heater has quit working and the dashboard electronics are starting to flake out. I am so glad I bought a 100,000 mile extended warranty on this thing. If not for that it would already be gone because it would be killing me with repair costs. Unless something at GM changes quickly I am going Japanese for the first time the next time I buy a car.
  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    Kdawg79, let us know the outcome of your seat heater problem, mine is out too. I also had my dash go nuts, everything would light up and the gauges would go dead or go crazy. The dealer had to send the dash assembly out to fix it.
  • guy21guy21 Posts: 129
    I have a 99 Regal LS. Under certain circumstances, the cruise control will turn itself off. This occurs when the windshield wipers are at an intermittent setting and the cruise senses an increase in engine load, such as going up a hill. If the wipers call for a cycle while the engine is accelerating, the cruise shuts down. The dealer has replaced the combination (turn signal) switch three times. It works as normal for a couple of months, then the problem returns. Anyone else having this happen? Suggestions, please.
  • Turned in my leased Platinum Gray '99 Regal and bought a Graphite '02 Regal Abboud Edition in August. Since I'm buying it, I really want to take extra good care of it (although the 99 only had 15K miles after 3 years and was washed every week). So, does anyone have any recommendations on keeping the leather as nice as possible ( I noticed it was a different type of leather than in the '99)? I noticed that after turning in the '99, the leather had stretched some and had a few dimples. Also, if you know of anything I can to do to prevent any major problems later on, I'd be appreciative. The '99 held up well, great car, great ride. The only problem was that the electronic climate control screen went out after a year, but was replaced under warranty while having other routine things done.

  • pinetted,

    Took the car into the dealer yesterday. They called and said the seat heater element wasn't working. Turns out it is part of the seat cover so that will have to be replaced. I am hoping to pick it up today. When I do I will let you know how much it cost to fix. Dealer said my dash problem was some deal in the steering column that sends power to the turn signals and stuff is bad. Also my chirping belt was caused by the supercharger belt tensioner going bad. They estimated the cost to fix these 3 items at $1300. Thankfully I have a 100,000 mile extended warranty.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    for GM vehicles in General. Just had my rack and pinion and a/c go out this past week at 40k miles. Only charge was $4.67 for a cleaner that wasn't covered under Major Guard. Had a paid for rental for the 5 days it was in the shop. Can just imagine what all of that would've cost me.
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