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2011 Buick Regal



  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 8,393
    I notice at this time of year, when the car is near-freezing at startup, that when you switch from initial defrost mode to auto that it seems to take the auto mode quite a while to stabilize at the set temp. This morning I was cooking inside as it kept pumping out hot air for a lot longer than I expected. I wonder if the sensor is in a spot where it takes a long time to adjust to the ambient temp in the cabin? Not a big problem but interesting.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • I had the same issue with the headliner. Repeated attempts to glue/velcro it closed failed as it continued to pop off. I went to a new dealer and they ordered a new headliner and replaced it. So far it has help fine. The issue is that if the headliner pops off its fasteners, it begins to mold itself out of shape, and when refastened the out of shape liner puts too much pressure on the fasteners to hold. The only way to fix it is to replace it.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,079
    A reporter is interested in speaking with someone who recently purchased a Buick Regal Turbo or Regal GS. Please email [email protected] with your contact information and a brief description of your experience by Monday, January 9, 2012.


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  • Just saw this, I check this thread once every week or two. I purchased a 2011 Regal Turbo T02 in August (The non-turbo was just too sluggish). The rebates, extra Pontiac-owner money, and a high trade-in allowance for my '08 G8 made the deal attractive.
  • Just wondering if anyone has switched from Accord to the (turbo) Regal - and if you are happy with the choice.
  • carman14carman14 Posts: 7
    edited May 2012
    Well had this baby for over a year and here are my observations after my thrill of a new car has worn off. Car is visually appealing no doubt and so far mechanicals are fine.

    Few things i noticed car emits creaking noises from under dash where and when I cant figure, not worth trip to dealer. Initially upon delivery car had loud noise coming from rear , brought to dealer and the fix was duct tape somewhere in the tail light (go figure).

    Carpet was cut short on drivers side had dealer fix on that too.

    Since I am kinda a fanatic with car detailing, some old quack tapped my bumper last week and guess what I have a screw mark in my nice and shiny plastic bumper.

    Body shop wants to paint entire bumper for a screw mark for big bucks .

    Who designs these cars, body shop dealers???

    Just rented a Ford Taurus looks like they have the bumper figured out, around license large black molded bumpers that can take a tap and not show any marks. Rest of bumper is solid painted steel way to go Ford.

    When lease on this puppy expires looking into a Ford/Lincoln car rides like rock solid handling great pick up and quiet as a library Seats are way and above Buick hard as rock leather seats.

    Also, car has a funky lag in transmission shift when accelerating like its searching for a gear.

    20.9 mpg combined for a 4 cyl not that great.
    Still Buick has come a long way!!!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 8,393
    Good luck with the Ford in your future. I have never driven a Ford that I would even consider buying, except for the Mustang GT, but even that suffers from the typical mediocre Ford interior.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • Have had my Turbo Regal for 10 months, drove both the 2.4L and the 2.0 turbo and found the latter more to my liking, the 2.4L was just too sluggish. Only issue is turbo lag off the line, but when passing on a 2-lane highway it's a rocket. MPG is better than the 2.4 also, I'm getting just shy of 31 on a long hwy trip, 19.5 to 22 in-town (doing the math at the pump). I have found the seats firm but very comfortable.
  • metrospmetrosp Posts: 10
    I purchased my regal cxl in august 2010 and the 2.4 was the only engine option on the dealer inventory and I do agree it doesn't match the power of the turbo 2.0. The gas mileage on the highway has been great as I get between 29 and 31 mpg even while traveling at above 70 mph.
    I drive often to job sites that are 4 hours each way and the seats are comfortable even on those long trips.
  • fishin13fishin13 Posts: 4
    I bought my 2011 Regal CLX T07 in July. Just took it into the dealership for my first oil change. On the way home from the oil change my check engine light turned on. I took it to the dealership, they told me they had to order a canister it would be in Monday, Monday, no part, said it would be here Tue, On Tue the part showed (turbo bypass solenoid) said they needed another part (Air intake tube) it would be there until Wed. Wed i get a call (first time they called me, i called them every other time) Car is ready. Pick up the car drive home the next day i am driving and loose everything, my serpentine belt breaks <15k miles on the vehicle. I have it towed in, today i stop by as i see it outside in the same spot the tow truck left it at 1:30 pm they say i"i was just going to call you" and tell me i need a tension pulley mine cracked and that is what caused the belt to break.

    Am i crazy for thinking all of this crap started with a kucklehead mechanic doing my oil change in the first place? I think he broke my bypass valve for my turbo and caused the air leak in the intake that started this whole thing in the first place. I am now going on the second weekend in a row in a boat of a lacrosse (sorry lacrosse lovers, but it doesn't quite handle the same)

    I absolutely love the car, but now can i trust it? Everyone at work told me not to buy american made, and laughed at me for buying the buick, bragging about the great service they get with their BM's and Lexus.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 8,393
    Hard to say if the oil change caused that because I don't think those other parts are anywhere near what one would touch when doing an oil change. I would suspect a bad dealer service dept though given the treatment. I had a similar thing happen a couple of years ago with a Buick dealer (not related to my Regal) and I ended up going to a different dealer who was excellent. I bought my Regal from the Buick dealer who replaced the original awful one (who went out of business, big surprise) and they are excellent as well.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Good Morning! Sorry to hear about your recent experience at the dealership. If you would like I would be more than happy to look into other GM dealers in your area. My best advice with any dealer is to voice your concerns and opinion to the best person available, the manager. We at GM also like to hear your feedback and document all of it. Please feel free to email me directly and we can speak more about what you would like to do. I look forward to hearing from you.
    GM Customer Service
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  • "Everyone at work told me not to buy american made..."

    Actually the new Regal is designed and built in Russelsheim Germany as an Opel Insignia, and imported here with very few changes; recently built also in Ontario Canada. That is either a good thing or a so-so thing, depending on what you read. But it shows how European and American tastes are converging.
  • fishin13fishin13 Posts: 4
    I have spoken to GM service and a district someone today, who is supposed to be calling me back, the last time they said this, they could not get a hold of the service advisor, so escalated it to the north central division person, but i was driving and didn't have a chance to document her name.

    I had talked with the service manager at the dealership, last Friday. He seemed to see no correlation to the fact that I never had any issues until I brought the car in for an oil change, and I cant seem to get my car working for more than 18 hours at a time since. He seemed to be o the school of thought that things break and what are you going to do, and they don't have parts, so i just needed to wait. I am in the customer service industry, and on the technical end of things. I understand things break, i also understand that you don't always have the parts you need to fix every possible things that could break. However, we track in my industry a metric called repeats. This would indicate that a service had been performed and was required again with in so many days. (not hours but days) and we manage to improve those metrics, and when we fall on our face, we work with the customer very closely and do what ever it takes to make things right quickly!

    For the record, they still have my car, still have yet to contact me, I always contact them, and am told each day the part will be here tomorrow. I looked on line all of the parts, belt, tension pulley, screw and spring can be purchased for less than $100. I am very surprised there is not a dealer in the Chicago area that would have one of these in stock for a LNF engine, then again maybe i am more worried about it than they are.
  • buick67buick67 Posts: 4
    I just bought a 2012 Regal and the Driver side carpet does not fit properly - sticks out. It is clearly defective. Did the repair fix your carpet? Did you get any squeaks or rattles after they fixed it? It looks like you need to pull the seats and interior trim to replace the carpet.
  • jamesb11jamesb11 Posts: 9
    Update on my car sounding like a diesel. I have taken it in for the 4th time and now it is worse than ever. My wife just started the car and it sounded like it a cold diesel engine starting up. Lifters rattling for 4+ seconds. Now on top of that the Transimission is shifting erratically and there is a delay when I press on the gas to when it moves from a stopped position. I am at a loss where to go from here. :mad: :lemon:
  • jamesb11jamesb11 Posts: 9
    Today the dealership called me and told me GM does not have a fix for this issue and they would contact me when the fix would be available. How disappointed I am with this car, Buick, GM, and the Dealer. When I took it in 2 weeks ago they said it was fixed. Same issue came back and worse than ever. On top of this it is also making a noise when idoling and the transmission is shifting erratically. This is by far the worst experience with any car I have ever owned. :sick:
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Sounds similar to the cam/accuator problem with the recent 4 cylinder Chevy Equinoxes. Check out the forums under the Chevrolet Equinox, especially the one regarding engine problems. Good luck.
  • jr85prixjr85prix Posts: 2
    Hello just wanted to ask you if you got any info on that acceleration delay i bought my car aprox. a year ago and i have 13k miles and i still have that issue i even talked to Buick assistance and i was told that it was normal. How can that be normal when there is so many people complaining about it but GM doesn't want to accept that their car is broken. I had the worst experience ever with my 2011 regal its been nothing but problems since day one im still fighting to get a buy back but they dont want to. Please if you have any info on what i should do or if gm fixed you're issue let me know thank you
  • jamesb11jamesb11 Posts: 9
    No the issue continues it just started for me though and I have not had the car back to the dealership until they contact me about the noise issue. Good Luck.
  • Do you have acceleration delay all the time or just from a stop? If from a stop then that's just the turbo lag which is apparently normal for this car. I have a '11 turbo Regal and have learned to adjust for it, and not expect the car to accelerate quickly when pulling into traffic. However when the turbo is already spooled up, for example when passing on a 55mph 2-lane highway, the car has no lag at all and accelerates so rapidly that I am usually doing well over 80 before I know it.
  • jr85prixjr85prix Posts: 2
    i have delay from a stop and when you hit the brake right before trying to down shift on the highway because the car in front is going to slow and i want to exchange lane the car wont move so im afraid of getting rear ended.
  • That doesn't sound right.
  • dgmelpdgmelp Posts: 3
    We've had this problem almost from the month we bought the car in August 2011. We have a 2011 Turbo, and its certainly a danger to drive this car the same way you would drive any other car with an automatic transmission - when accelerating, either to pass, get on the interstate, or just move out from a stop in traffic, you certainly better leave lots of extra time for the transmission to kick down into a lower gear so the car will start moving.

    This is not to mention the serious transmission lag when shifting from reverse to drive (gotta be careful you have lots of time to get moving after backing out of your driveway), and the irritating downshift of the car when you've been stopped on a hill, and start to clunks into first as you start!

    This is not Turbo lag.....proved it by manually shifting the car and on the interstate, in rush hour traffic, we now have to leave it in 3rd or 4th all the time in order to be able to change lanes safely. This transmission makes an otherwise fairly decent car into a driving nightmare.

    Two different dealers said the car was supposed to do this - its what gets the Regal such great mileage -

    Then there's the incredibly stupid placement of the power parking brake button - on the console, where twice in the last three months, my wife has gone to to roll her window up (Her car has the power window buttons on the console)....what a fun experience that was as we fishtailed down the highway with the wheels trying to lock up!

    We've tried and tried to get someone to help - I guess we'll probably sit on this car another three years or so..then its the end of our GM experience....oh well.

  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,181
    Have you driven another Regal with the same engine/trans and, if so, does it do the same as yours. If not, your car is under warranty and you should be insisting on it being fixed. Since I haven't seen a lot of the type of problem you're describing on the internet, it would seem that your car is malfunctioning if the problem is anywhere near as bad as you say it is.
  • dgmelpdgmelp Posts: 3
    No..we haven't actually driven another Regal equipped exactly as this one is - good point.

    We've been to our dealership at least five times and to another local Buick dealer and they all said the same thing - there is nothing wrong with this car and its only doing what its supposed to do. In fact, one technician actually said if there are no codes appearing he can't have the transmission actually looked at (I believe thats what he said).

    I finally just assumed this is not going away...also, based on others who have the same transmission lag. I've never driven another GM car in fifteen years with anything close to this problem, but I've not driven another 2011 Buick Regal - I'll have to ask the dealership if he has one to test with me.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,181
    Yeah, if you've been there 5 times the least they can do is let you drive one or even a couple of other similarly equipped Regals. Not to doubt what you're saying but if that lag is as bad as you say in all the Regals it seems that people would be complaining about it left and right. Since you say it's the tranny and not the turbo lag, it should also affect the non turbo models unless the trannies are programmed very differently which is entirely possible.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 8,393
    My 2011 Regal Turbo exhibits nothing like what you describe. The only transmission issue is one that has been commented on by other owners, which is a lag that occurs if you are braking to a stop and then decide to accelerate from 2 or 3 mph. In those circumstances it does take a second or two for the transmission to catch a gear and go. But that is not what you describe.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Posts: 1,964
    Good morning David,

    I'm sorry to see that you are so dissatisfied with your Regal. It sounds as though you've had this looked into by several dealerships and that you're being told that the vehicle is operating as designed; if you had wanted for us to document your experience with your vehicle, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected] (include further details like your name and Edmunds username, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your preferred dealership).

    Kind regards,
    GM Customer Service
  • buick67buick67 Posts: 4
    GM is using very light engine oils now (5W - 20) to get better gas millage. I have a new 2012 Regal 2.0 Turbo and it does the same thing. Most new cars today using the 5 weight oil sound course on start-up. Once it running it's ok.
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