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Buick Regal



  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    If you want flash, you should look at the Gran Prix GTP. The beauty of the Regal GS is its a wolf in sheeps clothing. I wouldn't mind seeing 17" rims on the GS, but again, that type of flare is for the Pontiac division.

    Side note: I *think* 225/55/17 tires will work well with the current 16" rims with very minimal odometer/speedometer differential.
  • jackjtjackjt Posts: 178
    GS definitely needs at a minimum 17" rims, 18,s would be a real plus. These small 16inchers just add to the "old man image" that a poster just referred to.

    If I had the $$ my 16's would be off and replaced by now. Would also be looking at SLP Stage 1, 2 & 3 modifications for the GS. Our car is a great one that can be much more than it already is!
  • evizeevize Posts: 33
    Just reached 90k miles and it seems the car is
    getting faster!! The cooler weather also help the
    SC I think.
    Love to read the stories like the one from "delcom" blowing away the Acura 3.2!!!!

    Just put new rubber on the GS... Dunlop Sport SP
    A2's. NICE tire, quiet, better control & more
    traction. I recommend them. Check out and you'll see their high rating.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Have a little over 2000 miles on my set of Dunlops...Great tire...I wholly agree with you...
  • Now in addition to all the other problems I have had with this junker which I detailed in an early post, the driver's seat heater has quit working and the dashboard electronics are starting to flake out. I am so glad I bought a 100,000 mile extended warranty on this thing. If not for that it would already be gone because it would be killing me with repair costs. Unless something at GM changes quickly I am going Japanese for the first time the next time I buy a car.
  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    Kdawg79, let us know the outcome of your seat heater problem, mine is out too. I also had my dash go nuts, everything would light up and the gauges would go dead or go crazy. The dealer had to send the dash assembly out to fix it.
  • guy21guy21 Posts: 129
    I have a 99 Regal LS. Under certain circumstances, the cruise control will turn itself off. This occurs when the windshield wipers are at an intermittent setting and the cruise senses an increase in engine load, such as going up a hill. If the wipers call for a cycle while the engine is accelerating, the cruise shuts down. The dealer has replaced the combination (turn signal) switch three times. It works as normal for a couple of months, then the problem returns. Anyone else having this happen? Suggestions, please.
  • Turned in my leased Platinum Gray '99 Regal and bought a Graphite '02 Regal Abboud Edition in August. Since I'm buying it, I really want to take extra good care of it (although the 99 only had 15K miles after 3 years and was washed every week). So, does anyone have any recommendations on keeping the leather as nice as possible ( I noticed it was a different type of leather than in the '99)? I noticed that after turning in the '99, the leather had stretched some and had a few dimples. Also, if you know of anything I can to do to prevent any major problems later on, I'd be appreciative. The '99 held up well, great car, great ride. The only problem was that the electronic climate control screen went out after a year, but was replaced under warranty while having other routine things done.

  • pinetted,

    Took the car into the dealer yesterday. They called and said the seat heater element wasn't working. Turns out it is part of the seat cover so that will have to be replaced. I am hoping to pick it up today. When I do I will let you know how much it cost to fix. Dealer said my dash problem was some deal in the steering column that sends power to the turn signals and stuff is bad. Also my chirping belt was caused by the supercharger belt tensioner going bad. They estimated the cost to fix these 3 items at $1300. Thankfully I have a 100,000 mile extended warranty.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    for GM vehicles in General. Just had my rack and pinion and a/c go out this past week at 40k miles. Only charge was $4.67 for a cleaner that wasn't covered under Major Guard. Had a paid for rental for the 5 days it was in the shop. Can just imagine what all of that would've cost me.
  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    Thanks for the reply kdawg79. I am wishing I had bought the extended warrenty now. As it stands I have had to replace the water pump $250.00, the dash (covered under warrenty), the shifter needs to be replace (the key won't come out when you put it in park), $500.00 and the seat heater is not working $????. I want to like this car but the problems, interior rattles and general poor fit and finish offset the performance. The car is a 97 and has around 58k on it and as it stands it is worth less than may 96 Ranger 4X4 with 66k on it.
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    obyone - What's the best, cheapest way to buy Major Guard - the Web doesn't seem to have it. Thanks, Verdi.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    I recall reading of a TSB for 1997.5 thru 1999 model year Regals & Centurys regarding cruise control & winshield wipers problems. Check with your delaer. I think there were 3 TSB's issued - all involving the control stalk that contains that houses those items.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    While I have no experience purchasing the Major Guard extended warranty a quick google search turned this link to give you an idea of the investment.

    I'd call around various GM dealers and get price quotes or even email some across the country.

    In my case, GM gave me the 6/100k $0 deductible Major Guard in lieu of not pursuing the Lemon Law on my vehilce which service folder is over 2 1/2 inches thick with RO's.

    Good luck and please post your findings as I'm contemplating getting it for my '02 Denali.

  • This only happens right after I start the car and turn the steering wheel the first time. It sounds like it is coming from somewhere around the firewall, directly in front of me, but hard to tell exactly where. The steering does not seem to be affected at all. Has anyone experienced this??

    (98 LS)
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Thanks for the Major Guard link. According to it, a policy like yours would cost $2390.00. A 5 year, 100K mile, $200.00 deductible plan would be $1460.00. You can buy it any time so long as the original 36/36000 warranty is still in effect, and, it's transferrable. Obviously, either plan is a bargain if just a couple of things go wrong. So, I guess I have 25K to decide whether to buy.
  • My ext. warranty on my GS was $1200 and will cover me for another 3 years or 40,000 miles. I have already more than paid for it with trips to the dealer.

    My wifes GM Safari has paid twice the cost of her warranty and has 2 more years left.

    While it seems like a huge price to pay, it will pay for itself and then some quickly. And the peace of mind is priceless..... free quotes
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    In case any of you are not aware of it, there's lots of good info here: Finance, Warranty & Insurance board.

  • guy21guy21 Posts: 129
    I was cruising the NHTSA website the other day and discovered that there is an ongoing federal defect investigation for engine fires on 1999 (at least) Regals. Does anyone know what this is about? Mine has had a continual problem since new with the cruise control kicking out. Any connection?
  • Has anybody had this same problem? My cassette player makes a terrible sound and then says E13 ???

  • jpstaxjpstax Posts: 250
    I haven't visited this discussion group for awhile, so I don't know if anyone else has asked this question. Can a dual exhaust system be installed on a Regal GS? I know part of my left rear bumper would have to be cut out to allow for the tail pipes to clear, but I'm willing to do it. I have asked Midas, Pepboys, and Merlin if they could do it. They said NO, and that it can't be done. However, the Park Avenue Ultra and Pontiac GTP have dual exhaust, so why can't the Regal GS have it?
  • rjs200240rjs200240 Posts: 1,277
    I don't have any experience with putting exhausts on the Regal, but I can point a few things out. One is that places like Midas really don't care much about selling you performance. They just care about being quick and convenient. It's no surprise they were of no help. Also, the Park Avenue is a completely different platform than the Regal. But you may be on to something with the GP since it is the same W-body. If you want a cheap factory GP exhaust, try SLP. They make upgrade exhausts and the GXP package for the GP. So usually they have low-mileage stock exhaust systems left over from the conversion that they sell for cheap. Then find a performance exhaust shop (try asking at a local speed shop) that can put it on for you. There may be hangers on the GP that aren't on your Regal, but I'm sure the system can be made to fit. You could also buy one of SLP's aftermarket GP exhausts if you wanted something with a bit more punch. If you just want more performance and sound, though, SLP makes a direct-replacement exhaust system for the Regal/Intrigue.
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    I came across this article regarding powerful engines placed in 'mild-mannered' cars. Sometimes known as Q-ships. I never heard this term used before, but the GS could possibly fit into this category. Hmm....

    Here's the article for your reading pleasure: <>


  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Just don't tell anyone!...
  • evizeevize Posts: 33
    My '98 GS has developed a problem with the front, right turn signal. I've changed the bulb,but still no signal!! The daytime running light works ok. The contacts are clean & wiring looks fine.
    Anyone had this problem? Is there a fuse I can check or a breaker. The right rear signal also still functions , but it blinks at twice nornal rate which normally means a bulb is gone.
    Any help would be great. Thanks.
  • Last week I had my transmission flushed at the local dealership and now I notice the shift knob won't lock in position when in drive. I'm wondering if the tranny work had anything to do with this. I know this has to be repaired because the shifter can be moved to neutral or reverse when cruising down the highway.

    Any opinions out there?
  • pinetted,

    I just realized that I never let you know how much fixing the seat heater cost. It was $444 for the part and $111 for the labor for a wonderful total of $555. I think they broke my cup holder deal when they replaced the seat cover but I can't prove it. It worked fine until they had it to fix the seat heater now when you push on it it only comes part way out and then it hangs up and you have to pull it the rest of the way out by hand. I had to have the pan gasket replaced again because the thing was putting oil on the driveway again.

    This has been the worst car I have ever owned.

  • pinettedpinetted Posts: 104
    Kdawg79, thanks for the reply, $555 ouch! I guess my wife will have to have a cold seat since she is the one who drives it most of the time. Your car is under warrenty so just have them replace the cup holder. I had mine replaced twice, the last time they installed one that did not pop up you just pulled it up, and it is a lot stronger. I would have to say this car has soured me to GM vehicles. Once we replace this car with what my wife wants, I can start looking for a used Bullit Mustang.
  • Happy holidays to all first off.
    Well I am now at the 28K mark and another weird repair has surfaced, took the car down for 3 days.
    My Service Engine Soon light came on although the car showed no signifigant challenge, the entire wire harnessing had to be replaced as the module became wet at the rear O2 sensor and the water also found its way to the ECM as well...evidently this was caused by that darn A/C evaporator hose draining in the wrong area.
    NEW O2 sensor, ECM and wire harness later back on the road.

    Very odd, thank God I have the extd warranty ready to go.
  • Just read in the Chicago Tribune that area buyers can get a $4,000 rebate on '02 Regal inventory. Couple the rebate with a dealer invoice price makes for a great deal on a good car. I have read with interest the good and bad comments from you Regal owners. To you guys who say the Regal is the worst car you have ever owned, you must have some lofty standards for comparison or you just ran into bad luck. Let me tell you my '99 Santa Fe Red GS just turned 38M miles. I too have have had a couple of problems like the oil pan gasket and the climate control display, but you gotta expect a few problems. Even now after three years I can honestly say I still feel like my car is brand new when I get in it. Tight as a drum and runs like a sneaky cheetah. I have owned a bunch of cars in my 36 years of driving and I say to you all my Regal is the best car I have owned to date (except maybe for my '66 289V8 Mustang, but then again I was only 16). I think it is the best combination of sport and luxury for a good price. My dad has owned and I have driven his Caddy Northstars, Riveras and most recently an Olds Aurora, but I say you can pay a lot more but you ain't gettin' nothin' better.
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