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Buick Regal



  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    I am not surprised about the demise of OLDS. All their cars look alike! At least with the 99 Aurora you had a distinctive automobile. Then in 2000 OLDS essentially killed the Aurora spirit by introducing a bland clone!

    Buick is not far behind. I like my Regal, but let's face it, Buick only sells 2 lines of cars, the Park Avenue/LaSabre and the Regal/Century. Hopefully the new SUV will do something, but I doubt it. Buick should go back to the old days of Wildcats and Roadmasters. Give both Cadillac and Lincoln a run for their money! But I dream....
  • 96gs96gs Posts: 86
    Where'd everybody go? Did the new format scare everyone off?
  • That is correct and now have a 2001 Firebird...the reason no one rides with us any more no not a mid life crisis either. Just wanted to have fun b fore I get that caddy. the only GM car yet to be owned and drive by us.
  • The 3800 supercharged engine in my GSE is a jewel. It is powerful, smooth, and quiet. I see people on the Olds Intrigue board trying to say the overhead cam engine in the Olds is better. The pushrod 3800 series might be older technology, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I think this engine should go down in history as one of the best GM ever designed.
    I feel the interior of the Regal is excellent. Only slight improvements are needed. The exterior is good but the rear of the car should maybe be squared off some for a bit more style.
    The Regal should sell as well as the Camry and Maxima. I don't think 20 somethings will ever buy Buicks, but they should sell a ton of Regals to people like me. I'm 33 and bought the car mainly for my wife and 3 year old, but find myself loving to drive it.
    Buick's marketing and advertising is a joke. At least open the hood and/or show the leather interior during a commercial.
    Just my opinion.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    So far don't like it! Takes too many mouse clicks to get to this Regal Town Hall discussion site! But I guess I'll get used to it:-(
  • i don't like the new format. i've tried to post several times and have been unsuccessful.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    The Regal GS interior is very comfortable. But the dash needs improvements:

    1. The single stalk is not as convenient as two when working with washer and wipers. And I'd prefer the high beam to be switched on by pushing the stalk from me, as with most of other cars.

    2. The air condition and radio buttons all looks and feel alike. Must remove my eyes from the road and look on them. Not a right thing to do when driving.

    3. The vents are not adjustable enough for my taste.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    I'll try to make this short and in note form. I know long posts can be annoying but I think everyone can gain something from my (un)favorable experience buying a new 2000 Regal GS. experiences. Although the car is for my sister-in-law, I'll speak in first person for I did handle the business end of the purchase.

    Last week, after finding the GSE I was searching for, I made a deal with a Buick dealer in the San Fernando Valley (here in Los Angeles). Bought the car at $340 under invoice (for a GSE model). Showed up the next day to sign the papers and they try and hit me up for a $600 documentation fee! I walked.

    A couple days later, went to a Buick dealer near Hollywood. To make a long story short, this sales manager was a piece of work. He was willing to let me have the car for invoice as long as I signed over the GM rebate to him. I couldn't help but laugh in his face as I stood up from the chair and walked away. As I headed to the door, he kept knocking $100 off the price until I turned around and clarified to him: "So Danny, you'll sell me the car for $26,300 + T & L and you get my rebate. So the deal you're giving me is $1,600 under MSRP". Sure enough, he proclaimed it was the best deal I'd ever get. I laughed as I walked out the door. Should you live in L.A. and come across a Buick dealership on La Brea Ave., continue driving - unless you want a good laugh at the 'great' deal you'll be offered.

    Today, went to a Buick dealer in another section of L.A. Without haggling, I explained to the salesperson I was a knowledgeable buyer (as I mentioned to the previous dealerships) and I gave him a price of $750 below invoice for a GS model (couldn't find a GSE in the desired color). I expected the salesperson to return showing me the invoice and telling me he couldn't go lower. But after a few minutes, he returned asking for $100 more...and the deal was done. No moaning, no bitching, no haggling - it was a pleasure! It took another 60 minutes to get the papers in order and off I went in a new 2000 GS loaded with everything except heated seats. Throw in GM's $2000 rebate _AND_ a $500 Buick coupon that "Peufan" was so kind to offer me and the car left the lot (including T & L) for over $3,500 less then the $28,510 MSRP. BTW, documentation fee was $45.

    For those in SoCal looking for a loaded 2000 GS/GSE, there are less then 6 remaining. Personally, I highly recommend Alhambra Buick-GMC just a few miles east of downtown L.A. Aside from getting a fair deal, the professionalism was top-notch as was David, the salesperson.

    One more thing: Dealing with E-Loan was also a pleasure. If you're seeking financing, search out companies like E-Loan on the net. The rate was favorable and the paperwork process with the dealer was smoooooth. Much, MUCH smoother then cars I have bought in the past using conventional bank loan financing.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    This new format absolutely sucks!!!! I just posted something and when I clicked "post my message" it took me back to the screen where you choose the forom(sedans, coupes, SUVs, etc) and when I come back in here, the post is gone!! Thanks alot Edmunds.
  • 96gs96gs Posts: 86
    Everytime I go in or out of Town Hall the screen changes. I was just here five minutes ago and Buick Regal 3 was second from the top. Five minutes later it's like eighth down. The words aren't highlighted either like they used to be after clicking on a topic. It's like the thing forgets you were even here. Very frustrating and user unfriendly. I can see why there's been a dramatic drop in postings in the past few days. The rest of the board is like a ghost town. Once active topics have become dormant and dried up. Kind of depressing. I hope they fix it soon.

    If it aint broke, don't fix it!
  • 96gs96gs Posts: 86
    Have you ever driven a GS? Your lease is up soon right? Those 240 ponies are calling your name!
  • Everytime I try and post a message of more than a few sentences it wont post it and takes me back to the home page.No wonder its dead in here.!If it aint broke dont fix it!
  • I will keep this short to see if it will post.Our 98 GS recently rolled by 30,000 miles so it was time to check the supercharger oil level for the first time.Friday I got a (4) ounce bottle of SC oil for $7.24 at our local dealer.I pulled the plug yesterday and it took almost (3) ounces to fill it.So,I will be checking the SC oil level every second oil change now.I wonder what the oil capacity is for the supercharger?
  • He hit the nail on the head.Buick is doing a poor job of marketing their cars.Lots more Regals should be sold.Tiger Woods isnt helping them any.Olds can have the DOHC 3.4 motor.I will take a dependable 3800 Buick pushrod motor anyday!
  • Is anyone else besides me and etharmon having problems posting?Its getting to be very disgusting!It took (5) tries to get my supercharger oil post #174 on.I have trouble being brief and I'm a slow typist.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    Every time I come back to the site, something changes! Hopefully we will get used to it and Edmunds will refine it!
  • 99gs99gs Posts: 109
    Thanks for the tip, I just turned 30,000 myself. The manual says to go to the dealer to have the oil checked so it doesn't discribe where the plug is. Can you tell me where to look? Thanks.
  • 96gs96gs Posts: 86
    Hey nice name! :)

    I haven't had any trouble posting but I am a fairly fast typer. I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not. I don't like how the topics change positions everytime I visit the Sedans page though.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    I will certainly consider a Regal GS to replace my 98 Intrigue next summer. The kicker will be what kind of deals and finance options Olds has versus Buick. If Buick has some good deals then I would seriously consider a GS. What colors do you guys think the Regal looks best in? On the Intrigue I like the midnight blue, bronzemist, sterling, and black.
  • I had trouble posting also. This new format is kind of a pain in the [non-permissible content removed]. My Black GSE looks great, but takes some time to clean properly.
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