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Buick Regal

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  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    Are you implying that I am on LSD? I am not on any kind of drugs. My driver side mirror has a brownish tint to it. All I was asking was that if anyone else is or has experienced this problem.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    black13...Steven...Send me an e-mail and I'll give you some tips...

    bporter1...Brian...Did I say LSD???
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    for your generous input. The fact that my vibration problem showed up following a routine wheel rotation may mean that something [one of the wheels/tires that was in the rear before?] up front is unbalanced in some way. My dealer lacks the Hunter machine. I intend to discuss your info with the service manager anyway and ask for a thorough check of the front end for wear/looseness/misalignment. And maybe do another rotation if nothing shows up. Meanwhile, the miles do pile up fast.
  • tonyf2tonyf2 Posts: 24
    I have a 1998 Buick Regal and the driver side front window does not operate. I can move the window up or down very easily by gripping the top of the window. The shop manual shows the motor assembled to the window regulator and indicates the motor should not be replaced separately. It seems as if something has disconnected. Has anyone had this problem? I also have a 2001 Regal and so far no window problems.
  • Thanks for posting all the info you did. You covered it much more thoroughly than I did in my posting.

    I visited the Hunter site and found a couple of other shops in my area that have the Hunter balancer. They cover the problem from the technical side of matters, which you'd expect them to do. Are you aware of any sites where car owners have gotten together and posted problems/solutions in their dealings with this issue?

    Thanks...
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    If you are looking for places where Regalgs car owners have gotten together and posted problems and solutions you could try Google and typing that in...
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,304
    My info came from the Bonneville groups and LeSabre groups here, along with their discussion of the Deville and Seville having the same problem with large tires and 16 inch rims.

    The W Regal is on a different chassis, but probably is susceptible to the same problems as
    suspension parts get lighter and lighter.
    But tire problems are tire problems.
  • Hello, all.

    I am not sure if I am just noticing this for the first time in my 2002 Buick Regal GS, or if it is a brand new 'problem'.

    A muted whine is coming from my engine compartment when the rpms go up even slightly, e.g. when I softly rev the engine or even just creep forward.

    Maybe it is the normal supercharger noise and I haven't noticed it before, do you fellow owners hear the same?

    Separately, how will I know when (if?) my supercharger 'goes bad'?
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    It is the supercharger...Just change the oil in the supercharger every 20,000 or so...They'll last well over 100,000 miles...
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I have a 99 GS, and I heard the whine which I thought was my supercharger. The whine started to get worse. I took the car to my local dealer, thinking my supercharger was going bad, turns out it was my transmission. I had an extended warranty so it was covered. The mileage was 55K when the tranny was replaced. I now have 83K on the car.
  • tonyf2tonyf2 Posts: 24
    The cable was broken on the window regulator. I purchased the part from a GM parts dealer, cost me $280. (motor included). I searched the internet and could not find anyone who carried this part. It was very simple to replace.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    Seems to me the GM transmissions all have a whine to them. My current Buick does also but functions normally and, since out of warranty not much I can do but wait and see.
  • tsu670tsu670 Posts: 293
    Dealer rebuilt tranny in our 99 LSE with only 26k two months after warranty expired (like bporter1, we also had extended warranty). Not only whined, but also had some hard low speed shifts. Tranny has been fine since. Now at 36k. Only problem recently was fuel injectors clogged up and had to be cleaned (rough starting), but attribute that to lots of short-trip driving. Now using Techron additive every couple of months.

    Still love car, though. New Michelin X-Ones are vast improvement over Eagles.
  • 1)Is the shift console supposed to be illuminated in the standard LS?

    It seems strange for it to be dark while the traction control does have a light.

    2)Also, is there a way to get reasonably priced passkey duplicates--ie without going through the dealer?

    3)I was thinking of having a remote starter installed by an electronics store. what would be the impact on my warranty? good/bad experiences with that?

    thanks.
  • Was going to purchase an 03 but since Bob had de-contented the regal to make it like a camcord, I went with an 02 that still had luxury and useful content. i.e. loaded except for heated seats and on-star.

    Traded in my nice 2000 GL Alero, but kept the 2000 Intrigue.

    I know it's lonely here on the Buick site vs. the Oldsmobile sites. Don't understand this, as sitting in my garage, I can hardly tell the difference between the Buick Regal and the Olds. Intrigue.

    Either have the best automobile engines in production recently. The GM 4.3 truck engine being the ultimate engine today. The 3.8 is not far behind the 4.3 per numerous reports and reviews.

    Regal has reportedly won over camcords and mashima in reliability. This is in Nov. consumers and wall street journal. I think, I could be wrong, just dial 3330000 if you disagree.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,304
    alternator bracket on alternator on 79 mustang when it was new -- along with a whole lot of other things, bad strut, loose rear suspension bolts, etc.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    jbmalik, please check your email.
  • Hello Regal Folks! I'm thinking of buying a 2000 suprecharged Regal. I found it on the dealers lot with 45K miles. This car is totally loaded! The asking price is $13,999. How is the overall reliablity for this vehicle? Are there any problems to look for? Is regular fuel OK? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
  • According to Consumer Reports, the 2000 Regal gets a "Reliable Used Car" rating. They do not distinguish between the LS and GS models. A supercharged Regal might have lived a hard life, so I would be sure to have it thoroughly checked out by a mechanic before I purchased it. The electrical system should be checked especially.

    I bought a new 2003 LS model in May and so far it has been perfect. According to my user's manual, the supercharged Regal GS requires premium fuel of 91 octane or higher. That was one of the reasons I went with the LS instead. (Also the GS was $3,000 more and the insurance was higher.)

    Good luck with your decision.
  • coonhoundcoonhound Posts: 174
    Considering that consumer reports has not had a domestic sedan with #1 reliability rating in at least six years it is truly remarkable that Regal was picked as #1 family sedan for reliability.

    They have always been Toyoto, Honda, or Maxima just as all reviews and ratings including Edmunds.

    I have considered a Camry but when I follow one and see the tail pipe hanging down close to the ground with about a 15 degree bend I change my mind. If the design engineers did not know that it needed an exhaust until the last minute and hung one on as after thought. How could we trust the rest of the design with this visual monstrosity of engineering?

    I just bought a 2002 LS, 8000 miles, Gran touring package, loaded except for onstar and heated seats. Was a local one owner lady. The dealer spoke of $15,995. In our area 03 program LS units are selling from $11,000 to $14,000 or so. The 03 models were de-contented of several items over previous years.

    I traded in a 2000 Alero and paid $500 more than Edmunds TMV price would have been. I gave the Buick to my wife and took here 2000 Intrigue as my driver.

    Suggest that you use Edmunds TMV pricing and then make your decision. And yes premium fuel is recommended or required for the performance GS.

    Check that the intake manifold campaign has been performed.

    Have the Co. provide you with Carfax.

    Obviously the GS goes for more than the LS normally asperated units. But I have the Gran Touring package Y56 that has the suspension, wheels, tires, brakes, etc. as the GS. But not the super charged screamer engine.
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I would have a mechanic check it out, I own a 99 Regal GSE and although I have had the tranny replaced and a couple of problems with the sunroof, and the climate control display, I can't complain too much. The GS does require premium fuel, that is what GM recommends for the SC3800 V6. In a pinch you can use a lower octane but personally I have not tried it. I have 84000 miles on my car. Good luck with your decision. Overall it is a pretty good car.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    2000 Buick Regal GS Sedan 4D
     

    Engine: V6 3.8L Supercharged
    Trans: Automatic
    Drive: Front Wheel Drive
    Mileage: 45,000

     
    Equipment
      Gran Touring Pkg
    GSE
    Air Conditioning
    Power Steering
    Power Windows
    Power Door Locks
     Tilt Wheel
    Cruise Control
    AM/FM Stereo
    Cassette
    Dual Front Air Bags
    LH Front Side AirBag
     ABS (4-Wheel)
    Traction Control
    Leather
    Power Seat
    Sliding Sun Roof
    Premium Wheels

     
    Retail Value $14,510
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    That price is too close to retail, I would start with $500 over wholesale on this baby and go from there. At 45,000 no real maint to be done, everything is mostly 50-100,000 miles although I would claim severe service and have them do a tranny fluid change before purchase. Also do an oil change out for the SC as well. These things depreciate greatly so I woiuld not pay anywhere near retail for this car. I will bet, haven't looked, but wholesale is probably closer to $12,000. If tires have not been replaced by now they probably should be. Have them to the air and passenger filters as well if you purchase
  • mwdreammwdream Posts: 91
    I think $12,500 would be a reasonable price to pay for that car. If they don't hand you the keys I would be surprised.

    www.nada.com Trade in around $11,500.

    Is this a dealership that may have serviced the car in the past? Ask them for a print out of all the service history on it.

    Good luck. And get an extended warranty, but not from the dealership. Do NOT use www.warrantygold.com Try www.warrantydirect.com for a quote.
  • I replaced my AC-Delco plugs at 50k in my 1998 Regal LS with Bosch platinum plugs because they were much cheaper than AC-Delco ($4 cheaper per plug).

    After 4 months (4000 miles) I started getting a rough idle. Injector cleaner didn't help and the plug wires were only 6 months old. Dealer said it was due to the Bosch plugs; he said "don't know why, but Regals don't do well with them". Ended up costing me $200 for the new plugs and diagnostics, imagine that, $33 per plug! Guess I learned a valuable lesson.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,304
    I learned long ago not to change brands of plugs.
    I always buy the originals.
    I change plugs that can go 100K at 40K. That way the wires don't get deteriorated by the widened gap in the plugs and I don't have problems with them sticking in the threads.

    I buy original equipment PVC valves too.
  • I replaced my AC-Delco plugs at 50k in my 1998 Regal LS with Bosch platinum plugs because they were much cheaper than AC-Delco ($4 cheaper per plug).

    After 4 months (4000 miles) I started getting a rough idle. Injector cleaner didn't help and the plug wires were only 6 months old. Dealer said it was due to the Bosch plugs; he said "don't know why, but Regals don't do well with them". Ended up costing me $200 for the new plugs and diagnostics, imagine that, $33 per plug! Guess I learned a valuable lesson.
  • olrdvolrdv Posts: 53
    The concept shares only the name with the 05 Regal replacement, that is NOT a NEW car, just a revised Regal on the same W-body platform with a new name. Just another deceiving tactic to sell NEW car that is NOT new.
  • My '99 Santa Fee Red GS with 47,000 has developed a driver side window wind "noise or whistle." Nothing obvious appears wrong with the window or any of the door/window moldings. Seems to be slowly getting worse. Any thoughts?

    Overall, my Regal has been a fine car since I purchased new. I have always taken good care of it..no car washes and a wax job couple times a yr. You know when you begin to tire owning a certain vehicle, but not with this Regal...four years old and it still runs and looks like new. I have had to deal with some of the same problems discussed on this site: climate display, temp sensor, window motor, chronic oil drip, but nothing so major to cause me to loose interest.

    I enjoy the hell out of driving my Regal with its superb balance of luxury and sport! You LS owners don't know what you are missing...The 3800 SC coupled with the touring suspension makes this car a joy to drive.
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