So now what can I do? Under the improved remedy, dealers will replace the engines front valve cover and gasket. General Comments: Just polish up from time to time and looks new again. We also appreciated the heated outside mirrors, which are standard on all Regals. Major instruments are readily visible through a large, leather-wrapped steering wheel, whose upper half is open to afford just such a view. I would recommend someone to buy one if they don't mind spending out money to get a few costly problems fixed. But this trait becomes almost transparent after a bit of familiarization.
I would drive it cross country with no reservations. All the little plastic trimmings in the car have broken, including the cup holders that were never used. Yes Review Date: 14th March, 2005. I would change the antifreeze to the old time green stuf and the water pump. Buick has built the Regal on essentially the same platform and suspension as the , so comparisons in terms of ride, structural rigidity, handling, and size are inevitable.
Its standard rack-and-pinion steering system uses a magnetic variable assist system, which gives a firm feel at highways speeds, yet is easy to turn while parking. So smooth, I love it. I had it in the tire shop many times. Unlike many mid-size cars, three adults can sit back there comfortably, without territorial squabbles or contortions, and they can do so for extended periods of time. The instrumentation is simple-perhaps a tad too simple-but it's highly readable, consisting of round, good-size gauges and a host of idiot lights. The whole instrument cluster doesn't work.
But at about 80,000 miles, the transmission needed to be replaced. Faults: One of the rear power windows never worked. Wipers sit in the up position when shut off. Also, the platform length, track, and wheelbase have been stretched, and the trunk lid was redesigned using four-link hinges that don't intrude into cargo space. Faults: My transmission went out at 125,000 miles. I've had to replace every window regulator in each door, and two of them, driver side, and passenger side , I've given up on because they have broken again. In addition, the Regal's spring rates and shock damping system are completely different, for handling that is decently crisp without harshness.
For that price there isn't much out there that's as reliable and as nice. On the other hand, its ride quality is distinctly smoother and more compliant. Remedy The remedy applied under recalls 08V-118, 09V-116, and 15V-201 did not adequately remove the safety risk. All weather sealing is cracked. Model year 1998 Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2001 Most recent year of ownership 2007 Engine and transmission 3.
Both of those scary-quick offerings were good for 5. The wheelbase has been stretched to. No Review Date: 28th March, 2011 I agree that the car is a money pit, and I also would never buy again. Speaking of safety, the Regal stacks up as contemporary, though not outstanding. But there are important differences. A smooth electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is full range traction control to assist the driver in maintaining complete control in slippery situations. Paint in rear quarters peeling from wheel well.
Water pump has gone out at 125,000 miles. And be honest: Wouldn't you like to see a sleepy Vette owner get suckered at a stoplight by somebody's mom in a blower Regal? If it does break you can make one and rivet it in. They would keep putting new stems in with sealer around them, but that would only last 3to 5 months. Do yourself a favor and use good quality engine oil, preferably a synthetic or synthetic blend, and a good filter. General Comments: In General, I'm very pleased with this car. It accomplishes this without high-tech overhead camshafts or multiple valves per cylinder, but sequential port fuel injection and a computerized engine management system are the latest in technology, and it runs on regular gas. To make the cabin large enough for full-sized adults, both the hood and trunk, along with the front and rear overhangs, have been shortened.
Oil leak fixed at 80K. Walkaround If you have any lingering doubt that General Motors can build dramatically different cars using the same basic chassis, compare the new Regal with the new Buick Century. That last a little longer. No more Regals for me; and probably not another American car. Buick is very reliable from my experience with three cars in my lifetime. Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2000 Most recent year of ownership 2004 Engine and transmission 3.