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Buick Regal



  • bigunit67bigunit67 Posts: 62
    Hey everyone,

    The factory Goodyear Eagles are in need of retirement on my '98 Regal GS . What are some good tire choices to replace them with? I'm not the most aggressive driver, and would like something with a better ride and wet traction than those standard pain-in-the-butt tires that came on the car :-)

    Thanks in advance for any pointers.
  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    I use Zaino polish. A few more applications to go.



  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    TOC insurance estimation looks low. We are paying even less, but our rate is anything but typical for our zip code. It includes a part of inner city...

    However, the TOC estimation is probably close to average for the whole state or our county. I know families who moved to the next zip / town and are paying 50% less for insurance
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Nice car! I like so much the color.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I would use the users surveys on tirerack:

    First select what type of tires you would like: touring, performance, etc. Then follow the link, for example for standard touring (the OEM Eagle LS are standard touring):

    Any of the top 3-5 tires must be good. However, depending on where you live and your driving pattern, you may give, for example, higher weight to wet traction (Seattle) or zero weight to snow traction (San Diego).

    For example, I live in CT. Hilly terrains, winding roads. Not much snow, but the snow is very wet and snowfalls are sudden, with up to a feet falling in one hour. Mostly dry weather, but summer thunderstorms are rather strong, and downhill streams can cause hydroplaning. Addintinally, I like turning fast.

    Correspondingly, I would buy High Performance All-Season tires, and select a model resistant to hydroplaning and providing good cornering on wet pavement. Snow traction is of somewaht secondary importance for me.
    Have Firehawk SH-30 on my Malibu, and like them very much. However, better tires are now available. Additionally, the SH-30 provides outstanding lateral wet traction (cornering), but a bit less of longitudinal. It does not matter with Malibu, but more important with 280 lb*ft of torque...
  • deibsdeibs Posts: 11
    Bigunit wrote: "The factory Goodyear Eagles are in need of retirement on my '98 Regal GS . What are some good tire choices to replace them with? I'm not the most aggressive driver, and would like something with a better ride and wet traction than those standard pain-in-the-butt tires that came on the car :-)"

    Well big, I've posted on tires a few times and I'm going to vote for Michelin. I drive very aggressively in the bay area of california and my Michelin XGT Pilot Z series are the tires to least I think so. The road noise is not much above the factory Eagles, but of course, we're talking very sporty tire indeed. may want to look into the MXV series touring tires from Michelin. They are standard on a number of sport sedans (BMW and others), and offer a good compromise between all weather handling and stick.

    If you can get a deal on Michlin tires, I would certainly recommend them. They can be pricy in some markets that don't discount them well.

    I removed my factory Eagle tires at 7000 miles, because I knew if I didn't, there was a great chance I would be in an accident because of them. They are wonderful if you are doing 65-70 on a freeway while going straight. But higher speeds and/or cornering duties shame these tires. The Eagles are very quiet, but have way too much sidewall flexure to be safe at high speeds.

    With the Michelin Pilots, my 99GS and I are safe, and the handling is remarkably better. Other mods have tightened up my chassis, but I'll comment on that some other time.

    p.s. regarding the SC oil debate. Someone said that the SCs don't fail. They rarely do, but I sprung and oil leak at about 10K with my SC and had the unit replaced. In general, the Eaton unit is pretty bulletproof, but they do occasionally fail.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    As a fellow Zaino-holic, here is my 2000 GS (picture taken last December). I plan on adding 3-4 coats of Z1& Z2 during Memorial Day weekend.

  • lotech1lotech1 Posts: 112
    Your pic appears to be of the digital cam variety. My old Nikon 35mm scanned image can't compare. (picture taken 3/02)

    2001 LS

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  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    --Just compare (I did in 2001) a 40K plus sticker for an underpowered BMW 3 series, a price bloated Linclon LS V8 Sport, an ugly humped back Toyota Avalon, a hard seated, rough riding I-30 (the list goes on and on) to a 28K or less Supercharged, sharp looking GS? As I said a "Great car for the price" whether it be to own or to operate!
  • 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
    the best auto polish I've ever used in my 28 years of caring for my personal vehicles.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    Zaino is a terrific, easy-to-use auto polish that lasts and lasts and lasts...

    I Hope I did this correctly: Below is the link to the Edmunds forum on Zaino.

    <<a href="/direct/view/.ee9975f/3797">hammen2 "Zaino Car Polishes/Products--Your Experiences (Part 2)" May 3, 2002 1:52pm>

    If the links fails, go to TownHall-->Maintenance and Repair---> Zaino Car Polishes/Products
  • 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: 8,054
    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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