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  • 14151415 Posts: 249
    You don't have to keep me informed about your drag racing events for this 0 to whatever speed is a non-event..

    You may have an advantage over the Buick; your friend's car may be getting tired from all this zoom-zoom action..

    If you lose; seek help immediately and try to move on...
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    If tls's friend is getting 12mpg for city driving, he is doing too much "mashing". If he would EZ up, 17 to 18 mpg is quite possible. I have been getting 17 plus for city driving.

    Or there could be something seriously wrong with his GSE. If that's the case, a win by tls over the gs would be quite hollow, wouldn't it?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    At 12 mpg, he must be carrying a lot of deadweight in the car...
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    I tested the Acura CL-Type S a couple imes before going w/ the Buick GS.

    As for accelaration, the GS ' torque definitely made it the quicker car. But on the flip side, the Acura had a much more refined interior. For $33K+, the CL Type S is attractively priced for what you get in return (incl. Nav system). The interior is put together flawlessly.

    And again, for $26K+, the GS is a bargain in its own right.
  • pjonkheerpjonkheer Posts: 22
    I am the one that owns this infamous GSE everyone has been talking about on this forum... The only reason I am getting 12.9mpg right now is because I spent 3 days having the car idle because I was configuring my new amp and sub. Before that weekend, I was consistently getting 16 to 18 MPG. I do like to mash the gas, but I keep it under control most of the time.

    PS - Does everyone here change their oil every 3000 miles?? And...is premium gas necessary?

    Thanks.
  • peufanpeufan Posts: 53
    You *kill* me.

    Deadweight.... dry man....really dry.

    Glad to see you're still lurking.
  • L8_ApexL8_Apex Posts: 187
    ...and add another requirement. Let's keep this discussion civil and about the Regal. Posts have been removed.

    Thank you,

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  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    Oops I realized it may have been the CL now that I saw one today. It was a two door Acura.
  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    What is up with that??!!!!
    There is just good competitive fun here with our GS cars and how they fair in the market place against other vehicles. Occasional visitors lead us a stray because they feel their cars may be better, this is a discussion room.....offering a chance for people to make choices...

    OR am I missing something that is foul in nature that has been deleted, if so I apologize......if not lighten up a bit.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    Heck with the arrival of tls, the AARPers (that includes me:)on this board have come ALIVE! It's been fun and may the GSE---win.

    Yes I intend to change the oil every 3000 miles and your best bet is to use premium fuel. There is a brief discussion of fuel requiements, I believe over on the turbo buick site (3800 Supercharged discussion)
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    I'm not sure what the acceleration times of the TL-S are, but a stock Regal GS will do 0-60 in 6.6 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 15 flat. I would suspect that from 0-60 the two would be very close, with the Regal possibly being slightly quicker due to it's excellent low end torque. The TL-S might squeak ahead as the speed rises due to it's high revving OHC engine. What I would love to see is GM supercharge the wonderful DOHC 3.5 liter V6 thats in the Intrigue. The TL is a decent value and the S model should be even better, but it's still not my cup of tea. It looks too much like a fancy Accord which basically it is. Also, I'd hate to have the timing belt smap while doing a high rpm run. Honda still insists on using timing belts rather than chains and while I'm not sure about their V6, their I-4s are interference design engines so if that belt snaps at say 5500 rpms, you could do some serious engine damage.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Well, I'm decades away from being eligible for AARP(I'm 26 now) and I like Buicks. The Century is a bit too elderly for me, but the Regal is not a bad sedan at all. And I loved the Riviera. I still prefer the look of Oldsmobiles over most Buicks, but with Olds going away I may have to go with a Buick. That is until I can afford a Cadillac.
  • Hello all,
    I purchase a used 1994 Buick Regal last August and it now has 80000 miles on it. It has the 3800. I was wondering if anyone had any performance improvements I can make to the engine. Ultimately to produce improved power and gas mileage if possible. If you could also direct me to some instructions or parts that I may need. I really have no complaints except for the ac compressor is shot and making a lot of noice but I am getting that replaced. Thank you for any improvements...
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    You can try http://www.thrasher-ep.com/l67_htm/L67.shtm


    for some performance information.

  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I do not think so.

    The Trasher site is about performance modifications for supercharged Series II 3800 engine, 1997 to 2000 or 2001 Grand Prix GTP and Buick GS. The modifications are for race only: most of them are not street-legal.

    On the other hand, mthoskins1 have a 94 Buick. Probably with naturally aspirated Series I engine. Not a good candidate for Trasher mods.

    The car was bought used, now with 80k miles. Hard to tell, how it was cared for and used (or even abused) by the previous owner. The owner can be a parent, or trusted friend, or complete stranger. On the other hand, it is possible that stranger did all maintenance, while parents skipped some services...

    The obvious "performance modifications" would be tuning, valve / injectors cleaning, transaxle liquid / filter service, new plugs, etc., according to 60k mile schedule - if not sure that the car had the service.

    This is reasonable safe. Though things happens: I lost an engine (3.0l, 1988 Ford Taurus) soon after tuning it up. Probably, the first tuning in 110k miles. It was too hard for the old engine.
  • So, the typical Century owner is an AARP'er, but I bought my '99 when I was only 24. Yes, I get teased that I drive a grandmother's car, but who cares?!?! For about the same price that my friends were paying for little Corollas and Civics, I got a "loaded" Century Custom. AWESOME Concert Sound III system sounds better then my 16 year old cousin's $1000 system, the 3100 and auto shifter are seamless in operation, and I can get 35+mpg on the highway, while cruising in comfort!! I traded a 97 Legacy GT in "rio red" for my white Century, and it took a little getting used to. But, I kept my payment the same, and my insurance fell from over $1100 per year to just less than $600, so it was all worth it. Another plus, this car is almost invisible on the highway--I have blown past State Troopers going 70+ MPH in a 55 MPH zone, and they do not even flinch. Try doing that in a Maxima, Intrigue, or even a Regal GS!! I should have this thing paid off within the year, and it will be time to trade.... up to a Limited with leather and a sunroof!!
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Congratulations with excellent car selection!

    And not only with car. If you know substance from appearance so well when 24, most probably will avoid a lot of life problems.

    Couple of words concerning the Regal GS. Well, in my experience the highway police does not get interested with the car either. Very probably, they do not care if this is a Regal, Century, 88, or Malibu, even less about the trims.

    Not only police. Looks as nobody knows the car. Friends, neighbors, colleagues. Even mechanics.

    When I changed oil at Firestone, my mechanic took the car in, drained the old oil, replaced the filter, lowered the car. Than opened the hood to put new oil - and almost run, agitated, to the waiting room. "Congratulations! What car! What engine! Supercharged 3800! Did not realize, till seeing it"...

    The maroon color does not attract attention either. Stealth cars... I like it so much.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    Are there any '99, '00, or '01 GS owners that have raced their cars? If so, What were your times? I have been to Route 66 Raceway (near Joliet, IL) for the past 3 years, and have yet to see any Regal GS races. I'd like to try it this spring, but don't want to make a fool of myself. Is the car fast enough to try it? I don't even know what class I'd be in. Anyone know? Thanks.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Smokin the front tires. Probably be the only one there that could do it, too.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Okay, I didn't really mean the Century is an elderly person's car. Heck, in my opinion the Camry and Accord are just as conservative looking. And your correct about the Century's value. If your looking for a well equipped mid sized sedan, it's not a bad choice. I personally lean more toward performance though. Hence a Regal would get my nod over the Century. The Regal's biggest assets over the Century are it's 4 wheel wheel disc brakes, 3800 V6 engine, and firmer suspension. But for what a 4 cylinder Camry costs, you can get a well equipped V6 powered Century.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I looked at a whole raft of cars before settling on the GS. Looked/drove Maximas, BMW's, Passats, Linclon LS and for the horse power, comfort, room (esp. front seat leg room), price, I chose the GS! So far I have not been dissappointed. Why pay close to if not $40,000 for a BMW or LS, when you can get a GS in the mid 20's!
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    Traded a Maxima SE stick shift for a Buick Regal GSE last month ( an old 2000 model sitting around for a while) so here are the observations.

    Supercharger very smooth, in fact, unlike a turbo, cannot even tell when it kicks in. Front end is sluggish, not as responsive as the Maxima, does not handle quite as well as the SE did. Power, yes, plenty. Rear seating space, smaller then the SE. Dealer/manufacturer issues read on

    Small paint chip by mirror, nut/wing nut that hold the plastic cowling on the engine was missing, all four tires had different air pressure and spare at 45 lbs in lieu of 60. License plate not on tight (put on by dealer) supercharged emblem missing (had to order from parts) and at 733 miles I was leaking oil profusely. Dealer had to tighten all of the oil pan bolts, loose from the factory.
    I hope that this is it, and police do notice it, I have a ticket to prove it.

    Great car, tremendous value especially when buying a 2000 model in Feb 2001, the dealers are hurting, cannot give them away, well not quite that bad.

    Who has had experience as to when the oil change light will come on?????
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    you should change the oil promptly at 3000 miles. The SC uses the motor oil for lubrication and adds wear.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    Something wrong here. If you say the supercharger uses the engine oil to cool I believe that you are incorrect as it has its own lubricant which the manual says to check at 30,000. Are you confusing superchargers with Turbos which can be coolant cooled but mostly oil cooled via the engine oil?????.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    You are correct. I thought that the GS used the Vortech supercharger which uses the engine oil for lubrication. My bad.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    I think all GM 3800s use an Eaton supercharger. Any good finance deals on Regals right now? As some of you know, I have a 98 Intrigue which is a lease and the lease will be up this summer. I'm seriously considering another Intrigue, but of lately they are hard to come by as it seems GM has cut production way back. I don't know if this is permanent or will change, but if it doesn't change I will have to look elsewhere and the Regal GS is naturally my second choice. Olds has some good finance deals such as 0.9% for 36 months and 3.9 for 60 months and has been know to do 0.9 for 60 months as the model year winds down. Just wondering if there are any similar finance options on Regals.
  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    I checked the owners manual they say it comes on when the oil life is less than 10%. I will not waitthat long. I just did about 3400 miles before my last change and the oil change life said 41%. Just for the hey of it I reset the numbers before I changed the oil and it sat at 99% and did not change for the whole day of driving. Basically this feature, to me so far, has no value.
  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    What oil is everyone using?
    I was looking at the idea of a straight 30 weight racing oil from Kendall. I have found that this last very well after 3,000 and even more miles.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    10w-30 Pennzoil every 3000 miles
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    I have been using Amosil synthetic for 9 years on multiple cars and with oil analysis. On this Buick GSE I recently purchased I will cahnge the oil first time around 2500 to synthetic then go 5,000-7,500 and then probably 12,000 between changes with a filter change at 6 -7,000 miles. This Buick gets a lot of highway miles and my previous car I did the 12,000 mile routine and oil analysis great. Other cars and schedules are
    1992 Camry V6, every 7,500 miles 132,000 on it
    1996 Mercury Mystique 4 Cyl, once a year filter at 6 months
    1997 Isuzu Rodeo, V6, 59,000 miles, every 7,500
    1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Twin turbo, every 5,000 miles, only 14,500 total miles
    All use Amsoil 10W30 except the Mercury which is on a 0W30 diet. All have synthetic tranny and gear oil fluids (Buick has not been changed yet)
    Even Consuemr reports says that 3,000 mile changes are a thing of the past, even with petroleum oils.
    Note, because of the oil change light on the Buicks they cannot void any warranty do to not changing your oil prior to the light coming on.
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