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Buick Regal Problem

bazza99_99bazza99_99 Posts: 3
edited April 2014 in Buick
I own a 1993 Buick Regal which has approximately
70,000 on the clock. Recently we started having a
problem whereby the car would stop without any
warning. The engine would just 'die'. The engine
could be cranked but would not fire until the car
had been standing for about 5-10 minutes. It
appeared to be a fuel starvation problem that only
occured every 2-3 weeks.
The car has been serviced regularly and I was
initially told that the fuel pump was suspect. I
replaced both the fuel pump and the filter, and the
fuelline filter. At the same time I also made sure
that the tank was clean before reinstalling. It
ran fine for 2 weeks and then stopped again without
Has anybody else experienced a similar problem
with this make/model ? My gut feeling is a fuel
'chip' problem......but would like a second (or
third) opinion before proceeding. Any advice would
be greatly appreciated. Thanks


  • I had the same problem with a 1990 buick regal.....I had several fuel filters put on before I finally put a new fuel pump on.............that did the more problems........Before I replaced the pump it would run great....then shut down for no reason....then 5 or 10 min later it was ready to run again....maybe 1 week at a time.....Mechanic thought it was fuel filter until He had to come and tow me one day and he finally changed the pump.....still running after 34,000 more miles.
  • Mike, thanks for the response but I have already changed the fuel pump.....and the problem still persists..........of cousre the new fuel pump could also be suspect !! Thanks
  • I had a similar problem with an 88 Dodge Ram Charger. While driving the engine would just die and I would have to pull off the side of the road and wait 5 minutes - would crank but would not start. After 5 minutes I could start it and no problem, could continue on. However, my problem was happening more than just every week. Did not have a problem in the morning when it was cooler but in the afternoon coming home the problem occurred frequently. Problem ended up being the electronic pickup sensor in the distributor. When it got hot it would quit working - 5 minutes later it would be cooled down enough to restart.

    Many years ago also had a similar problem with a 75 Mustang - but only in the summer on a real hot day when the engine compartment would get real hot which caused the computer to overheat and quit working. Let it sit around for about 10-15 minutes and it would restart.

    Go to the parts store or talk to your mechanic. See if there is something expensive inyou could put on a spark plug wire to see if it is firing. The next time the problem occurs have someone crank the engine while you check to see if you are getting fire (spark) to the plugs. If you are it is not an ignition electrical problem. If it does not fire you have an ignition problem and not a fuel problem. HAPPY HUNTING AND GOOD LUCK.
  • Sorry - I meant see if they had something inexpensive to check firing of the ignition system.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    On one of the tv car programs, they showed a device which is installed between the spark plug and the spark plug wire to show if a spark is present when the engine is cranked over.
    Looked like a safe way to check for spark without getting zapped.
  • I thought they had something like this. This should be inexpensive and could be used to confirm if the ignition system is powered up or if there is a fuel problem. Don't fool around and get shocked by these electronic ignition systems. I was hit by one many years ago. Went in my hand and out my shoulder into the hood. Man - My Shoulder Hurt - Was like getting hit by a hammer.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Talk about getting zapped. Years ago my cousin got zapped by an oil furnace transformer. It threw him back about 15 feet. Yikes!
  • andyzandyz Posts: 1
    In response to bazza99 re: Buick engine stall.
    I had the exact same problem on my '91 Regal. After a lot of effort I found the vacuum hose to the fuel pressure regulator to be porous. That's why it stalls when hot and is erratic. Change it! It's simple, cheap, and you'll solve your problem!
  • I had a similar problem with my '94 Dodge Dakota stalling on deceleration and idling. I found a Technical Service Bulletin, #181694, dated Aug. 94
    covering the problem and took it down to the dealer for repair. They dug up the bulletin, replaced the defective part, #53030657AC Motor, and I've had no problem since.
    Check the Recall bulletins on the Regal.
  • mac57mac57 Posts: 1
    The mechanic thought I was crazy when I keep complaining that my 1990 Buick Regal would die (without reason) in the middle of traffic. He could not find anything wrong with the car so it became a case of trial and error. Over the next two months, he replaced the starter, fuel filter/pump, alternator and then finally the computer. The last step (computer) fixed the problem. Luckly I was still cover under the car dealership 12 month warranty so I did not have to foot the bill for all those repairs. Good luck, I know how frustrating this can be.
  • bkoutbkout Posts: 4
    I bought a 2000 Regal GS. I love the power and all the options I received for $27500 out the door. However, the dash board has a rattle that gets louder when three or more people are in the car and especially when I am accelerating. I also have a power front seat that shifts a 1/4 inch. Has anyone else had similar experiences and what did your dealer do?
  • lkohnlkohn Posts: 13
    The dash rattle seems to be a problem for almost everyone with a Regal, my '99 rattles too. If you go to the regular Buick Regal board you'll see a lot of posts about rattling dashes. As far as the loose front seat, haven't heard or experienced any problems with the seats. Have your dealer investigate the problem, your seats should not be loose.
  • ben49ben49 Posts: 1
    I just bought a '00 GS with everything but the chrome wheels. Awesome car, very fast, handles well and a lot of features for the money. However, after 3k miles the "service engine soon" warning light showed up. Dealer upgraded ELM module and problem solved. Has anyone else had this occur? I traded my '96 Camry v6 for this Regal GS will I be happy 3 years from now or what??
  • i30owneri30owner Posts: 17
    No you won't be happy. I had a 95 Park avenue for 4 years and it was a typical GM experience, brake cylinders, brake master cylinder, window motor, electrical problems, battery all in 56,000 miles. The constant velocity joints were also in the process of failing and would have cost another $400 to fix. I was a religions buyer of only american cars and only bought GM, Ford or Chrysler for over 30 years - would not even walk onto the foreign lots. Finally got fed up with the games they played and went onto a foreign lot and bought a foreign car. There is no comparison in quality, etc. I did not know what a good car was. You should through your toyota experience.
  • gnagelgnagel Posts: 3
    I'm currently having a similiar problem with a "92 Bonneville. Most of the time, the problem is not stalling, but not starting. It will fire but not start. Doesn't seem to be an electrical problem. If I let it sit for 15 minutes, then it will usually start. Am considering going the route of replacing the fuel pump. Any other ideas?
  • stepankstepank Posts: 2
    1. Try to make tune up
    2. or it can be ignition module.
  • bkoutbkout Posts: 4
    I'm sorry for repeating myself but my dash is driving me nuts. The dealer says they can not reproduce the rattle sound. It seems to occur when I have the heat on, when it is cooler outside, and when I have a couple people in the car. Has anyone had this problem fixed and what is the exact source of the noise? What should I tell the dealer to listen for and how should I describe the rattle noise? Also, I'm beginning to think that the dealer does not want to take the dash apart to do warranty work. I base this on work I had done on a loose front seat. The first time I brought it into the dealer, they said that the seats are supposed to shift a little. The second time they replaced the the loose tracks.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    I had the same problem with my Regal. When I took it into the dealer, the tech claimed it was the loose change in the ashtray! that answer sent me over the I emptied the ashtray and took tech for a test drive. The rattle came and went and he coudn't find the they sprayed some foam from the bottom into the general area of the rattle. After the odor subsided, there was no rattle. BTW it seems that this is a common problem with the Regal GS since its inception in mid '97. You would think that they would have fixed it by now.
  • cgs500cgs500 Posts: 1
    I had the problem with my regal stalling. I took it to the dealership and they ran a diagnostic. It turned out the injectors were the problem. They had high restistance and would cause the computer to heat up and it would shut down. I replaced the injectors and haven't had a problem since.
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    Hi everyone. Let me tell you about some of my problems.I own a 99 Regal
    GSE.I have some minor dash rattles but only when it is warm outside.My passenger side window motor burned out,but was replaced under
    warranty.Recently my automatic climate control
    display is hard to read when I first start the car
    but after the car warms up a little the display is normal.Has anyone else experienced this problem?
  • bkoutbkout Posts: 4
    The dealer seems to have solved my dash rattle problem. His exact words on the service report were " Poor line routing. Locate and rerout a/c evap line." I hope this helps others with rattle problem.
  • johncmtjohncmt Posts: 1
    Hm, I had the exact same problem with the digital display for the climate control. Eventually, it got worse and worse to the point that I could not read it at ALL for up to 20 minutes after starting the car. The dealer replaced the whole display unit under warranty. I've had no more problems since.
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    Thanks for the info on the climate control display.
    I will have my dealer look at it when I go in for my oil change.
  • mkdixonmkdixon Posts: 1
    I also bought a Regal in 1995 loaded with everything except chrome wheels.

    Same thing happened with the Service Engine Soon light...changed the ELM module under warranty and never had another problem

    Mine has 105,000 miles, five years old and it's in pristine condition. Never had any problem with the car except routine maintenance...very happy and will try to keep it another 100,000 miles. I only bought it back then because I drove a Buick Skyhawk for 150,000 with no problems and thought I'd keep the loyality...I'm glad I did.

    You will be happy in three years I'm don't worry.
  • beckblombeckblom Posts: 2
    In regards to the squeaking dash- I had a similar problem with my 1998 GS. The dealer fixed it saying it was some sort of sensor rubbing against the dash applique. Now I only have creaks over jarring bumps that seem to come from the cupholder and the rearview mirror.
  • awu1awu1 Posts: 1

  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335

    Have you posted this question in the Sedans conference? There are many Regal owners there who have the info you need and I think you will get more responses there.

    This conference focuses on existing maintenance problems or general maintenance issues.

    Your host, Bruce
  • julieijuliei Posts: 5
    We bought a 1993 Regal GS as a demo with 4,500 mile on it. It was great for 70,000 miles. No dash rattles or anything -- great "get-up-and-go".
    After 70,000 the problems started. We've replaced the rack & pinion (don't know how to spell that), power steering pump, alternator, water pump, $500 for a/c, and the steering still hisses at me. The blinkers are on the fritz, and at the bottom of one particular exit ramp the blink sound is very loud - like it is amplified. Doesn't happen anywhere else or all of the time. Now the a/c is cold, but doesn't have a lot of air coming out.

    I still love the pep when you step on the gas, but I'm tired of the problems. We also wouldn't buy a foreign car, but my next purchase (next week) will be a Toyota.

    Does anyone have any idea why my blinkers would sound amplified at the bottom of one exit ramp???
  • I might as well add my list of woes about my GS..

    Broken gas gauge (ran out of gas once!)

    Broken power window switch on passenger side.

    Dead battery (no lights were left on)

    Intermittent electrical short that causes all gauge lights to flicker or just go out .

    Bad passenger air bag.

    Did I mention that this car just eats tires 2nd set in 45K miles is almost gone (it can't be my lead foot)

    Other than these minor things I still love this car and its power.

  • cunniffscunniffs Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Regal GS which I love (5000 miles), but which was driving me crazy with a dash sqeak. Every little "eek-eek-eek" over every little bump seemed to be a nasty message from the UAW saying to me, "[non-permissible content removed]! You should have bought an import!" But, GOOD NEWS! I FOUND THE SOURCE AND FIXED IT! Look under the dash where the center console rises to merge with the dash proper (on either side of the flip-up door compartment containing the ashtray. There is a black retaining screw -- one on each side. The driver's side screw was tight, but the passenger side screw was barely set into the socket at all. I tighted it, and VOILA! No sqeak! (At least until something else loosens up!) I'd be delighted in hearing about anyone else's successful "hunts" for the sources of sqeaks and rattles, because they really spoil the enjoyment of what is otherwise a great car.
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