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  • legcnelegcne Posts: 8
    My opinion is that cars now last longer than the extended warranty. Probably not a good investment. I purchased these on the last two cars I had but did not have to use them.

    Of course there is always the other side of the coin - Murphy's law.

    Some time ago, I bought a new Mercury Sable. Within thirty days, you name it and it broke. Motor mounts, transmission, alternator, ac, even the pin stripes came off. Ultimately, I shamed Ford enough that they forced the dealer to give me another one. But, they really, really didn't want to. Haven't had any problems with the replacement. The other car was made on a Monday. Must have been a bad weekend.
  • I've been reading posts in this topic for a while now. I purchased a 2000 Regal LS in November 2000. My mother owns a 1999 Regal LS with about 40,000 miles and my father owns a 1996 Regal Custom with 190,000 miles. Yes, it's only 1 1996. They have not had a problem with either. Between that and reading all the wonderful things you Regal owners had to say I bought mine. I must say I love it. So thank you for letting people know just how great these vehicles are and good luck with yours.
  • L8_ApexL8_Apex Posts: 187
    The factory warranty on my wife's GS is about to expire. That was fine with me as I was going to tinker with some modifications. However, we've not owned it very long and aren't "comfortable" with it's reliability just yet so I was thinking of sticking with non-warranty-voiding upgrades and possibly extending the warranty. ...at least for a year or two in case I inherited the previous owner's problems and they've just not manifested themselves in the last month. I'm concerned about some of the pricey items like the climate control, the radio, the several hundred dollar control stalk and last but not least, the automatic.


    I did purchase AcuraCare on my Legend and it paid for itself. The radio was replaced once and the power lock actuators (both) on several occasions. I'm not so much concerned about getting my money out of it as I am about the fear of the unknown. With an extended warranty, you pay the piper up front, once.


    Anyhoo... You can purchase a factory (Major Guard) extended warranty from any GM dealer. Markup amongst dealers varies widely. I did some poking around on the net and found this:


    http://www.team-chevy.com/warranties.htm


    Compared to my dealer and several others in the area, they're willing to cut their margin (though still healthy) considerably more slim.


    Oh.. one more thing. Thanks etharmon. I've never noticed this light-dimming phenomenon on any of my previous four ABS equipped cars so, to me, it seemed odd.

  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    A Major Gaurd warranty would be your best bet. It is the only extended warranty backed by GM and it should be available from your Buick dealer.
  • mwdreammwdream Posts: 91
    I'm getting about 19 around town average now with Premium gas in my GS. I plan on adding a K&N to see if I can bump up a couple miles per gallon. I don't know if it will work but even if I get just 1 extra mile per gallon at 15,000 miles per year and $1.50 per gallon, thats a saving of 40 gallons a year or $60. Filter costs $40.

    Anyone else using K&N in their Regal GS??? whats your gas mileage result?
  • drzoom1drzoom1 Posts: 86
    LEGCNE - I've never been to a car show. Did you need do something special to get the car-show discount? Are there coupons at the display cars? I'll be going to a regional show in Grand Rapids MI this weekend and would not mind picking up any discounts.
  • legcnelegcne Posts: 8
    No, there were no coupons but the discount was effective only within certain zipcodes. Go to CarsDirect.com. They will show you all of the current discounts for you zipcode, or at least they did for me. Their price was terrific, except for trade-in. This will give you a price that you can compare with your dealer's.

    If you have an interest in GM products, go to GMBUYPOWER.com. They will allow you to search dealers inventory in the zipcode area you specify. You can also read and print out the window sticker. If the dealer is internet aware, they will treat you with kidd gloves. Most of the dealers I dealt with were, saying that they were overwhelmed with internet queries from the auto show. The dealers that were not, I judged to be old style salesmanship, unethical, corrupt and crooks. Not because they were not internet aware but because they didn't want to sell their cars at that low of a price ($200 to $400 above dealer invoice - which I don't necessarily hold as gospel). In fact one dealer red-lined the price $3000 to $5000 above sticker, then tried to deal down. Thanks but no thanks.

    Good luck buying your new car.
  • As I have stated before I'm no big fan of extended warranties.Since 1976 we have driven over 750,000 miles and in that time peroid an extended warranty would have paid for one $250 power window motor.
    In the past (11) years I have saved over $6,000 by not buying extended warranties.This money is set aside in case we would ruin a motor or tranny.I have confidence in Buick Regals as we have driven them for years with no major problems.

    Our current (5) liscensed Regals have a total of 361,000 miles on them and I wouldnt be afraid to drive them anywhere.Our 91 Limited has 123,000 miles with no major problems.We need to sell it but I hate to see it go as its been so dependable.

    I guess it all boils down to your confidence in the car,how long you plan to keep it,and can your finances stand major repairs out of your own pocket.In my own situation I can't justify an extended warranty but in some situations I can see where an extended warranty would be the way to go.If you need one shop around and get the best one you can for the least money.
  • mwdreammwdream Posts: 91
    I guess it depends on how old the car is, how many miles, what kind it is. I paid $600 for my T-bird warranty and so far have used $1100 total AC overhaul and $850 torque converter... I would say it was a smart purchase especially if your making payments every month.

    You just never know when or what will happen, I would rather be safe than sorry and if your pushing 100k miles on American car you can bet things will happen... (I have Warranty Direct for both cars) look at 1 source warranty as well, good rates.
  • L8_ApexL8_Apex Posts: 187
    19? Jeez... I drove like a little old lady for the last tankful just to see what kind of mileage I could extract from the GS. I barely broke 17!

    I wouldn't expect any measureable increase in gas mileage by adding the K&N, especially if you're just going to replace the OEM filter, not the intake. I've never seen any difference in mileage from K&N filters of either type, only better throttle response from those units that replace the intake plumbing to reduce restriction caused by the resonator box and/or air filter housing.

    In my opinion, OEM-filter replacement K&N's aren't worth it. If you replace the intake with a conical filter yeilding more surface area with less restriction, you'll notice a difference in throttle response as well as intake roar at WOT.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    hissing sound at idle as airflow is increased over stock.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    Sheesh! I thought I was the only one getting 17 in city driving! With 2,200 gentle miles on the odometer, I guess this is as good as it gets (I get 24 MPG HWY). My sister in law, who bought her Regal GS a couple weeks before me, has been getting 19 city/26 hwy (she has 1,500 miles on her odometer). Of course living in L.A., stop and go traffic is typically more stop then go.

    On a related issue, it seems the DIC for mpg seems to show a consistent 1.5 MPG higher then actual MPG. Big deal...but is anyone else seeing such a discrepency?
  • It does show 19 MPG avg and I have a decent stop and go commute... I guess I am wondering how accurate these readouts are in our little Driver Information Screen ???

    I don't think I will be replacing filter with K&N based on others responses... $40 seems like a waste for what may or may not add a couple MPG or horsepower... Should anyone be able to prove differently in the future I may reconsider.

    The only thing I will be adding in the near future is window tint and maybe some new floor mats... Also I'm looking into ext. warranty and will be posting my results soon as my 1998 factory will be up soon.
  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    I thought I read where the Regal came in dead last in overall Buick sales last year. Anyone else read that? I was shocked to see that, because I've seen so may new GS (and LS) cars on the road lately. We bought a 2000 GS (Bordeau Red) last July, and my wife and I love it!! She especially loves to beat the pants off Lexus, Toyotas, and Mercedes at traffic lights. I can't understand how imports outsell the Regal, given the fact that you can get basically the same equipment options for a LOT less money.
  • We only use our 98 GS for trips and weekend get aways and usually get 24-25 mpg.Most of the time thats with (3) people,lots of luggage,and AC going full bore in the Summer.I have a heavy foot and usually drive 80 mph or faster.A couple of years ago I follwed a Corvette across eastern New Mexico at 90-95 mph.The wife wasnt very happy with me!

    The 95 Regal Custom we traded off for the 98 GS usually got 27-28 mpg on trips.The SC3800 costs you about 2-3 mpg over a regular 3800 but I love that SC3800 in the mountains and elsewhere.
  • frankkfrankk Posts: 35
    I get about 21.5 with my commute (1/2 stop % go, 1/2 highway). On longer trips I get 24-25. Mind you, I do not take it easy on the pedal. Perhaps my high altitude locale (5000+) helps here. I have noticed that every caqr I have owned gets worse mileage once at sealevel (air resitance?)
  • I've had my 2000 LS for a little over a week and got 21.4 on the full tank the dealer put in it. (I had one 50 mile interstate cruise on that first tank - the rest was stop and go.) We just filled it up with 87 octane to see how it goes - will let you all know.
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    I have a 99 GSE and I bought a K&N air filter to replace the stock filter. I did not see nor expect much of a difference in performance.
    I mainly bought it for the maintenance issue, it lasts a long time and it is reusable. As for gas mileage; I live in NJ and in the summer I was getting about 24 MPG. In the winter I am getting about 21 to 22 MPG. I guess that is pretty good considering the size of the engine.
  • I have a 1999 GS with about 12K on it. In town with speeds of 45 mph and under, I get between 15.5 and 16.5 mpg. However, I did get 29.3 mpg on a 160 mile trip last November with the cruise control set at 80 mph. It appears to me that the highway mileage is equal to my 1996 GS, and the city mileage is 2-3 mpg less. I think that the parasitic effect of the blower is minor, and the city mpg is less because it is difficult to resist the urge to boost the engine at stoplights etc.
    I do find that my mpg read out consistently shows 1-1.5 mpg more than actual despite clearing frequently .
  • Its been awhile...but I have been reading. Now at 5200 miles I average about 19-21 mpg in mixed driving. On all highway I can easily get 26 at 75 mph. Our recent cold snap in S. Fla really made me realize just how powerful this car is.....and the surprise look on the Bimmer 5 series that I blew away the other day, his amazement as he told me at the stop light was he could not believe I kept up with him......I told him I really did not try that hard....laughing out loud. Then Perf shift on gunned at the light and took it further to beat him to 70 by a fender, thought his 5 series German machine was going to explode......
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Are you sure the Regal was last? I was thinking the Park Avenue was their slowest selling model. The Regal sells in the 60,000 anually category and I personally don't see why it(and the Oldsmobile Intrigue) don't sell more. As for the Regal compared to imports. Back in 97 when Motor Trend first tested the then new GS, they said to the effect that excluding acceleration, "to touch a similar import, you'd need to spend about $30,000." Now to match the Regal GS's performance, they said you'd need to nearly double the sticker. And thats about true. 0-60 in 6.6 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 15 flat is pretty impressive for a midsize sedan with an automatic. The big reason imports like the Camry and Accord outsell the Regal by large margins is they have lower priced 4 cylinder models. I'd dare say 3/4 of all Camrys sold are 4 cylinders and a similar number for the Accord. Those cars sell for around $20 grand so you can imagine that at a lower price, they will sell alot more than a $25K+ car.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Must be the 528...cause no way would it be a 540. Damn things are way to fast. Of course I'd be embarassed too, being blown away by an after "50" type of car....LOL!!
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    The GM sales data are available on Internet, in the Excel format (*.xls). Can be read also in Quattro, etc.


    http://www.generalmotors.com/company/investor_information/operating_data/index.html


    It is easy to see that both Century and LeSabre are outselling Regal about 2:1, and that Regal outsells Park Avenue in about the same proportion.


    Most strange and unexpected, IMHO, is the very deep fall of the Grand Prix sales.


    The Lumina data look funny: turned to be, the venerable car, available for the second year for fleets only, is still alive and well, with its sales increasing...

  • Well, I'm over 60. My son is 34 and owns one of those cute little Volvos. My daughter is 36 and owns one of those cute little Bemmers. Well, I am happy to say that I am comfortable in my over 50 car, thank you very much. Can't say that I am in those other little cars. Kind of strunched up.

    Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, my Regal GS is better than theirs any day of the week.
  • In my opinion Buick is doing a poor job of advertising the Regal.They threw away their money having Tiger Woods doing commercials for them.He's not bringing them much business.

    I'd have a comercial showing a Regal GS pulling away from a Mustang GT at a stop light and showing him nothing but tail lights.The Regal GS seems to be a well kept secret along with the LS.

    Alot of small dealers dont have very many new Regals even in stock.Take our local dealer for instance.Its an old family owned business thats been around for 40 years in a town of 10,000 people.The owner is in his 70's and wont let his son take over.He thinks the only Buick is the LeSabre.He will keep (10) new LeSabres in stock and right now he has one 2001 Olympic Regal LS and thats it.He will still have it when the 2002's come out.

    The next town west of us is 20 miles away and has 10,000 people.It has one huge full line Ford,GM,Chrysler,Toyota dealership and is the only one in the US like that.We were recently over there and they had no new 2001 Regals even in stock.Of course they had tons of new LeSabres and Centurys.When I trade cars I use this dealer to get my local dealer down about $1500-2000 everytime.

    Back in Aug 1998 when we traded off our 95 Regal Custom for our 98 GS,our local dealer had to get us one in the color we wanted at Ardmore,OK which is almost 400 miles away.The Buick dealer (20) miles away had a 98 GS in a color we didnt want but he was $1700 cheaper than our dealer.I told our local dealer he'd have to match that or he lost the deal.He gave in and got us the one in OK.

    In order for us to see more than one or two new Regals at any one dealership we have to drive 100 miles to Kansas City or 100 miles to Springfield,MO.Buick dealers in small towns dont want new Regals on their lots for some reason.

    We are seeing lots more newer Regals on the road now but that body style is (5) years old now so I suppose thats why it looks like there are lots around.

    The Regal LS and GS are excellent cars and should be selling better than they are.The small town dealers arent pushing them like the big town dealers are.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    1. Concerning the tire rating:


    The OEM Regal tires, Goodyear Eagle LS P225/60R16, have the S or T speed rating:


    http://www.goodyear.com/us/tires/tirecatalog/EAGLELSSize.html


    i.e. 112 or 118 mph respectively:


    http://www.goodyear.com/us/tire_school/tirespecs.html#loadindex


    The Regal is electronically governed, and at about 110 mph the gas flow stops. The weak link are the tires: I had read, that the same Regal GS sold in Europe with the better tires have the top speed limited to 220 km/h (137.5 mph). This number looks very reasonable: for GP GTP and Olds Intrigue with performance package the top speed is the same.


    By the way, even lesser cars like Chevrolet Malibu are very capable to speed exceeding 100 mph.


    Of course, all of this is pure theory. It would be reckless to drive so fast on the US highways.


    2. Concerning the prices for Camaro/Firebird with V-8 engine:


    It is easily check the prices at http://www.gmbuypower.com/


    2001 Camaro Z28 starts from about $22,300, Firebird Formula - from $24,500, TransAm - from $27k. All of this are MSRP for coupe, without options. About the same price range as with Regal.


    Though, it is possible to load a convertible TransAm up to almost $39k...


    3. Regal GS have very good acceleration from stop. Much better than any other sedan in the price range, except GP GTP. With the same engine, transmission, and underbody, the two cars have practically the same specs.

  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I live in a suburb of New Haven, CT. Our places are densely populated: the greater New Haven have the total population of about 350,000; our town - of 50,000. Cities of Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury are in about 1/2 hour driving from us; Stamford and New London, CT and Springfield, MA in one hour. Two hour to New York and Boston, 80 and 120 miles respectively (the roads to NYC are overloaded).

    Nevertheless, concerning the Regal availability, the general picture is practically the same as with your smaller town.

    According to gmbuypower, there are 5 Buick dealerships around, 1 to 15 miles from our home. Three of the dealerships currently have no single Regal GS in stock; one have 2 cars, and one - three.

    We saw Regals on the streets and parking lots of out town and city, but not often. On the parking lot of the school our son attends, with about 550 students, two GS (including the our one) and one LS can be seen. On the parking lots of out apartment complex, 6 buildings with total 500 apartments, with most of families possessing two cars, I saw only one Regal LS in addition to our GS.

    We have a close friend in Boston and visit her often, five or more times per year. Yet only once we saw a Regal GS in the city. The same with our other trips.

    People usually do not know the Regal, and several person already did confuse it with Chevrolet Malibu, the both of our cars being of almost the same color.
  • It is about that time for some new tread... anyone have any recommendations on tires?

    I found T rated tires 75,000 miles for $75 each at Sam's club...

    Is T a good rating for the GS or not? any suggestions ????

    Thanks
  • frankkfrankk Posts: 35
    From test #'s I have seen posted a GS has comparable acceleration to a 540. Now an M5 is another story.....
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    540 0-60 5.6 secs
    GS 0-60 6.6 secs
    M5 0-60 4.7 secs

    source Motor Trend magazine

    One second is a whole lot of real estate when talking cars...
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