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Buick Regal



  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    jackjt - Well said. About that BMW 3 - my neighbor just paid $40K for his with PLASTIC SEATS! [Self-dimming mirrors are part of a $4K package w/leather ONLY! And the LS beats them, too; just not as fast. [LOVE my $22K TMV '02 LS Abboud!].
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    On the V6 3800 my power stering fluid reservoir sits below and to the back of the alternator (2000 GSE) This is impossible to even check the fluid level. It appears that you must remove a frame brace then the coolant reservoir to even get in there to check the level.

    Am I missing something or is this an engineer's idea of a good joke?
  • wkb4447wkb4447 Posts: 14
    The pics look nice. But, what is this stuff?
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I checked the fluid level, but only couple of times in 1.5 years I own the car. It is possible, but very inconvenient.

    Had to pass my hand behind the alternator and open and close the cap by touch. Closing is more difficult. Once the cap is removed, looked on the dipstick, as usual - but never into the reservoir neck.

    Of course, did it on cold engine.

    Most probably, would be more convenient to do this using a special inspection mirror. I bought one in Pep Boys in winter: A very good design, the adjustable mirror is on on a about 16" long half-flexible stick with a built-in flashlight. Somewhat expensive though: about $15 or $20, do not remember exactly. Did not used it with car yet, only for plumbing inside a wall.

    Did not need to add the steering liquid yet. Most probably it will require a funel with a long flexible neck.

    Looks as it is easier to left the job to technicians, but you are changing oil yourself...
  • scooter50scooter50 Posts: 2
    1999 Regal GSE. Had annoying rattle almost in my left ear - coming from rear passenger light/handle assembly. Tried tightening, placing felt pads in interior, no luck. Finally did the counter intuitive - backed off the screws holding it to the roof 1/2 turn each. Success! Seems it must have been rubbing with vibration from motion.

    Now, does anyone recall how to fix the dashboard rattle? The one that seems to come from behind the passenger side air vent?
  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
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  • lamronh49lamronh49 Posts: 86
    Has anyone installed KBY, Monroe Reflex, Koni, or other tighter-controlling struts on their Regals? Or do I need to check with the Grand Prix or Impala boys? Thanks, LAMRON
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    After I complained about poor quality [a litle rough and slightly slippy] upshifts in my new LS, the sevice mgr said that the computer chip controlling the shifts would need a few miles to learn my driving style; then the shifts would improve. Well, it's about 100 miles later, and I have to say the situation is about 50% better. Am I imagining all this, or is there some truth to what he said?
  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    It's "electronically" controlled, so my guess is the computer would be storing data on throttle positioning. I know my 01 shifts firm when you get on it at higher rpms, but you don't want a slippy shift then. Normal driving results in not noticing shifts and sometimes I only notice by watching the tach.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    My son's '93 Cavalier stopped running, so I sold him my '98 Lumina LTZ. So I just bought used '98 GS. My wife has a '00 GS, and absolutely loves it. Her's is bordeau red, mine is dark green. I too really like my GS. The first thing I did was install a K&N air filter (did the same her car). It really makes a difference! The car definitely responds much better. Beat a Mustang GT at a stoplight by a car length. He finally passed me at 50, when I had to shut down. The car also delivers more "bang for the buck" than any of the foreign performance sedans in the same class.
  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    Just saw the Car and Driver show yesterday featuring all the GM project toys. I liked the looks of the GNX with the hood scoop, but I'm still not sure about the triple exhaust out the rear center of the car.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    I haven't read my new C & D yet. Is the new GNX powered by a SC 3800 with the smaller pulley from Thrasher Engineering that produces 270 HP and 300 ft-lbs of torque? I read an article 2 years ago that said Buick was experimenting with a new Regal (GNX) that had the Thrasher pulley and high flow dual exhausts. The 0-60 time was 6.2 secs.
  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    I didn't catch everything (noisy kids) but it appeared to be the SC 3800. I didn't hear anything about the smaller pulley. Hood had a scoop with the old Buick style port holes (is that what you call them?) in the sides of the scoop (functional air flow, if I heard correctly) rather than in the front quarter panels. Someone here posted a link showing a new version of the Regal with those port holes in the front quarter panels. The one on C&D didn't look the same.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    I finally found a link that shows the L-67 engine parts in detail. It basically says what I've read in other posts: that you can't just bolt a SC on a 3800 motor and expect it to work properly.

  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    And you wouldn't have the heavy duty transmission to go along with that extra power and torque.
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Thanks, lotech for confirming what the service mgr says. Although things have improved, light-throttle upshifts are definitely NOT unnoticeable. Although I'm sure Buick will makle good here, it still means some extra trips to the shop. Verdi.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Great post. Been looking for that for awhile also.
  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    I can understand a little firmer shift with a new car allowing for some breakin time but light throttle upshifts should be very smooth. My 01 LS is the newest car I've owned in quite a few years so I'm waiting to see how much time I spend at the dealer. My 84 Olds spoiled me as it didn't have all the gadgets to worry about. Fuel injection is about the only hi tech thing on it. Replaced the computer and that cost me $180, but in 13 years I don't consider that bad... course I've had normal maintenance repair costs.
  • elmoblatch1elmoblatch1 Posts: 134
    What are folks here getting on trips for mpg ?
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