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Buick Regal



  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Yes, I agree with you concerning the fan. Still want my complaint to be documented, to prove this is a warranty item in case the fan will die.

    On the other hand, an owner of one of the sister cars (Impala?) wrote on one of Edmunds boards how he fixed the fan noise. He removed the fan motor, put it upside down, and soaked (the bearing?) by WD-40 for several hours.

    As to the dealer reaction to the rattle, it looks strange to me. Not a high technology, just a loose piece of plastic.

    Additionally, this is a wrong attitude: not respecting the very car the dealership is selling.
  • 96gs96gs Posts: 86
    No I still haven't taken the car in yet. Will Probably wait awhile as my bills have really added up as of late. I finally washed the GS yesterday, it had been about a month. I think it lost 50lbs worth of salt. I never seen a car so filthy. It has been so cold so long here I haven't had a chance to wash it. There's still a foot of snow on the ground but I couldn't wait anymore.

    As far as pictures go, I bought a digital camera last April and had no idea how to post a picture. In fact I think I asked someone on edmunds how to post a picture. I ended up making a whole website mainly about my car. It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot. I had no idea how to make a website, I just messed around with stuff and figured it out.
  • It's been a while since I've been on this board, but like the daily soaps, things really haven't changed that much. Quick update on 2001 Regal LS. Pulled to the right, steering wheel off center about 6 degrees to the left,rattle in the "B" pillar, rattle in the passsenger side dash and right rear brake squeal. Unlike yurakm's dealer experience, all my problems were resolved in one visit to Bob Moore Cad/Buick Service Dept in Edmond,OK. They did a 4 wheel alignment and that cured the pull and steering wheel alignment. R & R the seatbelt height adjuster and insulated that. Realingned the glove box striker and lubed it and Presto- rattles are gone. My wife's boss just got a new Lexus LS430, full boat, everything. Wonderful car! But I'm just as happy with my Regal LS (plus our house cost less then his LS430!) Will keep checking in from time to time to see how everybody's doing and to let you know if I have any problems and need some help. Cheers!
  • jlybnyjlybny Posts: 2
    My 1995 Regal 3.8 is a piece of junk! (I WAS a fan of GM: not anymore!)

    In 100000km (around 63000 miles) the car cost me an arm, a leg and other parts... even if I babied the car.

    Repairs done: CD player, Ball joints, Tie rod ends, Heater core (twice), Alternator (twice), Water pump, Crankshaft position sensor, Power steering pump, AND a transmission. (Some of those repairs have been made under an extended warranty but the time this car has spent in the shop is simply horrendous... not to talk about the horrible quality of service in the dealerships...)

    No more GM for this guy... EVER_
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    Just a thought on the fan noise. I have no idea what's normal or not. However, on your next trip to a dealer who says your noise is normal, ask him to let you compare it to some new Regals he has on the lot. Ckeck out 2 or 3 and then you might be satisfied. Heck have the dealer check it out with you.

    Good luck and don't give up!
  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    Is the fan just loud or does it sound like somethings wrong? I know mine had a high pitched sqeek at the lowest setting and they replaced the whole unit no questions asked.
  • zathruszathrus Posts: 11
    Does anyone know a method of identifying 1997.5 and up GS models from LS models other than the label on the back?

    I've seen different color grills, dual exhausts pipes out of the mufflers, chrome wheels and a "supercharged" script on some models. But it seems as if these features vary by year. Can someone summarize the external features by year?

  • Our 91 Limited with 122,000 miles is a sedan and has the analog gauges.Its a gun gray exterior and has a gray interior.It has the chrome luggage rack on the trunk.An older couple bought it new from Vincel Buick in Springfield,MO and took immaculate care of it until they traded it off at close to 90,000 miles.We no longer need the car so want to sell it and want $2500 for it when we get it all cleaned up.We no longer have room to keep it inside.I will miss it when its gone because its been so dependable.I'd love to see how many miles it will last with no major repairs.Our teenage son has been driving it to school ever since the weather got bad because his Ford Ranger isnt good on ice or snow.
    It doesnt sound like jlybny is a very happy Regal owner.Lots of Regals are good and a few are bad.We bought a new 95 Regal Custom and put nearly 50,000 absolutely trouble free miles on it before trading it for our 98 GS.When we traded the 95 off at 50,000 miles the original tires still had 25,000+ miles of wear left on them yet.I have never seen tires wear that good.We always detail out the cars we trade off so the dealer can just put them right out in the used car section.That helps us get an excellent trade in on our old car.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    The fan noise is not so loud, only a bit more loud than the engine, and the engine is very quiet at idle. And it have no unusual pitch.

    But the noise level of the fan is not constant. It changes up and down periodically, with about one or two second period. Additionally, the fun rattles a bit. The rattle, probably, simply comes from the went grills. But the periodic noise looks somewhat suspicious concerning bearing.

    I do not consider the noise to be really important. Just want to show it to a skilled mechanic, not a service adviser.

    Would they just found nothing, I would not object. But my complaints are not reflected at all in the papers I received from dealer. I want them at least to document that I had complaints.

    Probably, will go to service manager tomorrow. Did not like to "rat", but do not see how to press on his employees directly.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    The only exterior differences between the GS and LS during these years was the grill. GS' always had black grills. The Regal anniversary edition did have a black grill and a special insignia on the rear lens facia.

    On to another item I've posted about in the past: Should anyone want to add a CD Magazine changer to their AM/FM/Cassette/CD radio (code #UPO) that came with the Monsoon system, only...and I do mean ONLY GM's 12 disc changer will work and be 100% programmable/compatible with the radio. Any other CD changer (Kenwood, Alpine or Pioneer) will require a separate remote and it will be RF (accessible via the FM dial using your atenna - also will not work using steering wheel mounted controls). Here in L.A., such a unit including installation runs $520 (ouch!) vs $350 using an RF unit. The reason only a GM changer will work is because there is only one harness behind the radio unit that is designed only for a GM changer. The OEM radio is not designed to add another harness/adapter for third party changers.

    ...just in case you were wondering :)
  • zathruszathrus Posts: 11
    Any ideas on which CD Changers would fit with the standard AM/FM, Cassette, CD system (i.e., non-Moonsoon)? Or is it the same as the Moonsoon?
  • zathruszathrus Posts: 11
    Overall, I had an excellent experience with my dealer today (Fennessey in Bridgewater, NJ). I had several minor items which were cheerfully resolved. I even got a loaner car!

    I found some TSBs that matched some symptoms I was having. The service department promptly went on line and printed the TSBs. One of them didn't apply to my vehicle (wrong serial number); the other one did. The service department promptly ordered me the new part under warranty. It was for a misfitting cargo net.

    The only downer was we couldn't hear the rattle coming from the dashboard (we went for a ride together). Of course, just as I left the dealership (after service hours), the rattle reappeared. Oh well, it'll wait for the next service.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    It all depends on the radio, not so much the monsoon system. What I do know is if your radio is Code UPO (the code designated by Buick), only a GM magazine will work. I don't know the specs regarding other radios offered with the Regal. Either your 'sticker' or a Regal sales pamphlet can help you determine your radio code.

    But...Kenwood, Alpine, Pioneer - the changers will work as long as you don't mind using the changer via your FM dial and havinga separate remote for changing CDs.
  • 96gs96gs Posts: 86
    I've often wondered about a CD changer too. I notice when the sun shines directly on the stereo's display, you can see all the different words that would light up, such as play, cd in, tape in, etc. There's also a "cd changer" light that is included even though I have no changer. I don't think you have to buy a certain changer but I'm not for sure.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I had installed a ten disk CD changer in my '97.5 GS. Everything went well until I had to hook up the FM connector. Tearing apart the dash to get to the back of the radio was a piece of cake once I called a stereo shop as you can't access it from below, rather ripping the plastic insert that runs across the was almost like breaking it to get it off. It was a good thing the guy at the stereo shop told me to keep prying until you think it's going to snap.
  • Bushwack: Radio codes for the regal are as follows:
    UN6: AM/FM Tape without Auto Tone Control
    UL0: AM / FM Tape with Auto Tone Control
    UP0: AM / FM Tape & CD
    UN0: AM / FM CD Only (This one is no longer offered, but was offered 97.5- 99 model year)

    96gs: Any of the UL0, UP0, UN0 radios will have that spot for CD Changer whether you have it or not. Easier to just build them all like that

    Zathrus: No difference between the Monsoon system and the Non-Monsoon. "Monsoon" has nothing to do with the head unit. Speakers and External Amplifier only. Amplifier is located under the rear decklid just to the left of the third brake light.
  • Starting in 2000 the grill on the GS matched the body color.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    My 97.5 had matching grill and body color. Both were black.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    The same with LS in 2001.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    From the research I've done (which was quite extensive), only the GM (aka AC Delco) radio with code UPO can be married with GM's 12 disc CD changer for 100% compatability. All other CD changers require a special harness/adapter that will work through an FM station and a separate remote control.

    I think you (or it could be me) are mistaken about the radio with code ULO. From what I've been told, this radio does not have the 'second source' required to utilize a CD changer (other then an RF). remedu the situation is just a matter of a SOFTWARE upgrade. Supposedly, this radio can be upgrade via software to work with the GM built 6 (not 12) CD changer.

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