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Buick Regal

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  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    Believe thay are std on the my 01 GS. Don't know about the LS.
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Tower braces standard on my '99 LS, too.
  • Hello folks. I have been watching this message board for several weeks, mostly to determine what Regal owners are saying about the car. I found very few complaints, only a few minor ones.

    I just completed a buy back with GM on my 2000 Impala. I had a major safety problem with it hesitating/ stumbling on acceleration. The car had been in the shop five times for the problem. No one was able to fix it. GM repurchased the vehicle and was more than fair with the buy back.

    I hope the lack of activity on this message board indicates that the Regal is a great car with very few problems. I just purchased a 2001 LS California Regal. It just turned over 200 miles.

    Today I went to the dealer to purchase contoured mud guards/ flaps. These are common items that can usually be ordered without a problem. The parts man looked it up and also called a phone number. He said that GM does not make mudguards. I asked him if they made them for the 2000 model. He said no. When I picked up the car a few days ago, I asked a different parts person about the mudguards. He told me that he could order them but would have to see if they were the same as the 2000 model. Someone does not know what he or she is talking about.

    Has anyone purchased mudguards for their car? If you have, is it possible to supply me with a part number?

    Thanks

    Ron
  • lkohnlkohn Posts: 13
    A rock decided to hurl itself against my windshield the other day on the freeway which caused my windshield to crack. I had the windshield replaced today and the guy replacing it was very impressed by the build quality of the car. He said he could tell that the car was not made cheaply and wanted to know again what kind of car it is. When I replied 'a Buick', his eyes widened. Then when I said, 'it has a supercharged 3.8L engine too', his eyes got even wider. He couldn't believe it so I popped the hood and showed him. He shook his head and said, "I gotta check one of these out."

    scotsman - On the GM Goodwrench website, they have 'flat splash guards' for Regals in the GM Accessories store. They show a couple of different styles, but some part numbers are; 12497420, 12497406, 12497418, 1249418, 12497400. I have my eye on the Trunk Organizer.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    The 01 GS with only 1800 miles on it, just developed a new potential problem. On a random basis, when I start the car up, it sounds like it is backfiring?

    Anyone has this problem? What do you think? I will have to schedule a trip to the dealer.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    If the rough start is preceded by you starting the engine and say simply backing it out of the garage and shutting it down and waiting many hours to re start this is a common problem with many models. The computer needs to reset by driving a short distance. Starting and shutting down before car has been driven seems to screw up the computer controls.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    That's probably what it is----doesn't happen all the time. Makes sense...
  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    While driving to the office this morning the low tire light came on and sure enough the right rear passenger was at 25psi. Filled with air not suspecting any issues and resetting the low tire system, the light came on again on the way home 22psi was the reading.
    Cause: A nail the tire, helped me save a flat OR running a few days riding on an underinflated tire.
    Never thought much of this light but it came in handy!
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    For future reference, how do you reset the Low Tire Alarm? I couldn't find any mention of this in the manual.

    On a separate issue, I've driven 5,500 care-free miles on my GS. My only two complaints (or should I say issues) are... the OEM Goodyear LS tires. They are quiet and give a good ride on the highway. But with just a small bit of spirited driving down canyon roads, the grip could be better.

    My other issue is MPG. Granted that I drive with the a/c on 80% of the time (here in L.A.), but I also do a fair amount of highway driving. Getting 20-21 mpg combined city/hwy,...I expected better. With all city driving, 17-18 MPG with the a/c on is typical. Straight freeway driving from Palm Springs to Ventura (225+ miles) I do fine at 28+ mpg at 70mph. But that combined 20-21 MPG number baffles me.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I've got 1880 miles on the GS and have been getting 18 to 19.5 mpg in town. Haven't really taken it on any long trips.

    With the gas prices shooting up so, better mileage would be a good thing. Oh, well with all that power available, a few extra cents won't hurt---at least for today:-)
  • rcarbonircarboni Posts: 290
    Bushwack,

    Turn the key to the "run" position.
    Remove the panel on the pass. side to reveal the fuse box.
    Hold in the red "Reset" button for about 5 seconds.

    Seems like you should be doing a little better on MPG. I get 25-26 in mixed driving, and I don't have a light foot. The obvious things to check are tire pressure, spark plug gaps, air filter, and foot weight.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Your mpg looks good both in city and with long highway trips. So the car must be fine.

    Your concerns are with fuel consumption in "mixed" traffic. To the best of my understanding, the mix includes Los Angelos highways.

    Big city highways, with heavy traffic, frequent exits, complicated junctions etc., require a lot of braking and acceleration. In this respect they are not much better than city streets concerning fuel consumption.

    With my lead foot, I usually can see how the fuel gauge drops after merging on highway. Not only with the powerful 2000 GS, but with modest 98 Malibu, and even with 88 Taurus... When merging once for 20-mile trip, or every 50 miles or so for longer trips, this is not important. Thogh, with merging every 2-3-5 miles this is another story.

    Had a 200 mile round trip from New Haven, CT to Brooklyn, NY this Monday. Regal was at dealership, and we took the Malibu for the spin. All but about 15 miles was by highways, and the traffic was heavy only the NY City itself, with very heavy only on parts of one leg. Still burned a bit more than 10 gallons of gas. Less than 20 mpg.

    On the other hand, with a trip to the Southern border of Vermont it was 34 mpg with the same car and the same driver. Even while the traffic was heavy when crossing cities, it was nothing like New York.
  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    While on the subject...has anyone changed the OEM Eagle LS tires yet?

    What did you put on....

    At this rate I will be lucky and happy to get 25-30,000 out of em...
  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    I put BF Goodrich Radial T/A's on mine and I like them a lot.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Pardon the interruption - I want to explain the name change of this discussion.

    Since we have moved to our new platform, we no longer have the requirement to stop and restart discussions after the numbers of posts exceed a certain limit. Since this discussion can continue as long as anyone has anything to say about the Regal, there is no longer a need for the "3" that has been included in the discussion name. Down the road, that could confuse our newer members so I have removed it.

    I've altered the name slightly of the original "Buick Regal" discussion in the Archives to differentiate it from this active one.

    Please continue...

    Pat
    Host
    Sedans and Women's Auto Center Message Boards
  • mwdreammwdream Posts: 91
    Can somebody help answer this question please...

    I want to replace my 98 Regal GS 225/60/16 with 16" rims from a 2000 Grand Am GT.

    They are p225/50/16 Goodyear Eagle RS.

    Will this work?
  • brnhstr2brnhstr2 Posts: 4
    I want a new SUV but right now my father is willing to help me purchase a 2001 GS for $16,980, and I would like this car but I want to get a new SUV soon early in 2002, but I need a car to replace my 1993 Buick Regal now! Does everyone recommend the S/C GS model and is it fast? Does it require PREMIUM 93 gasoline? Please, I need some assistance in my decision.
    Thanks!
  • alanwagenalanwagen Posts: 28
    The p225/50/16 tires are smaller in diameter and will cause your speedometer read faster than you really are. Also your ride may be stiffer.
    Click and Clack advise against changing tire size and there also may be other problems. ABS calibration etc.
    Alan
  • alanwagenalanwagen Posts: 28
    GS S/C
    Yes you need premium. But it is fast.
    It will blow the doors off of most if not all the
    midsize imports. But since most people don't go to the drag strip. What is the point?
  • pacinpelopacinpelo Posts: 142
    What SUV are you considering???
    Ford's new explorer aint that great and GM's new Trail Blazer/Envoy is off the road for the time being......the only SUV that catches my eye is Acura's, Toyota's new one and the Escalade...

    I did the GS because (now with family) I wanted a 4 door car with zip to replace my 94 GTP 2-door, the GS has ample room for lots of things and the trunk is very spacious.... besides everyone and their mother has an SUV......

    BTW..Its fun to hear my daughter (2 1/2) now say wheeeee when I step on it and the sunroof is open.....
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