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Buick Regal, Sedan
#1088 of 3508 2004 pic
Jun 04, 2001 (12:36 pm)
I see that portholes will be returning to Buick - I think they were included on the La Crosse concept car and here they are again on the Regal. That's fine with me - makes Buicks easily identifiable again. The sweeping rear quarter panel is a nice touch too - and I think again a touch that Buick is returning to across multiple models. Looks like a sweet car - pleasant styling that won't grate on anyone but may be accused of still being too conservative to bring in additional 'young' buyers. I wonder if the wheelbase is stretched - could be if it is placed on the new 'midluxe' platform. Ken
Jun 04, 2001 (12:48 pm)
At least they are experienced in performing standard service and standard repairs for specific makes / models.
#1090 of 3508 GS vs Intrigue
Jun 04, 2001 (1:32 pm)
Thought you would find this interesting... makes you wonder what they are thinking.
The supercharged Regal GS is electronically limited to a top speed of 108 m.p.h., a function of the speed rating of its tires.
But with Oldsmobile's Autobahn package, which includes tires with a higher speed rating, the Intrigue (no supercharged engine available) is capable of 124 m.p.h. before the electronic governor shuts you down.
Do they not think people buying a supercharged car would be the ones prefering the higher speed governer? and whats with the tires anyway, I hope they get with the program.
#1091 of 3508 anyone have a link to a 2004 Regal picture???
Jun 04, 2001 (1:38 pm)
I would love to see what the redesign is going to look like...
#1092 of 3508 2004 Regal
Jun 04, 2001 (1:44 pm)
Nice looks but not that radically different from the current car. Is it FWD or RWD? Powerplants? Well its kinda hard to tell from a spy drawing...
Jun 04, 2001 (4:01 pm)
Just got my Motor Trend, July 2001 issue. In the news section where they highlight new models there is a small story on the Regal with a very small pic...smaller than the earlier post. It is OK, does not jump at you with any anticipation. The only mention of engine is that in '05 Regal gets a 3.4L overhead cam V-6 from GMs new line. No mention of power or GS model, other than all Regals will be 4 door (duh) and the Century will be dropped after the new Regal arrives.
Jun 04, 2001 (7:29 pm)
No excitement in that design. Like the current design much better.
I had a 56 Buick Special with the portholes, don't need them in 2004!
#1095 of 3508 fastdriver
Jun 05, 2001 (7:30 am)
"Who wants to keep shifting unless you're 16 years old?"
How about most Europeans?
FWIW, its nice having an automatic after a long day at the office, but sometimes I just wish my GS had a stick. My previous car (Mustang GT) had a stick, and it was more fun to drive than the GS.
Granted, where I live we don't have any traffic jams. If I lived in a typical metropolis a stick would be an unlikely choice.
Jun 05, 2001 (7:33 am)
"At least they are experienced in performing standard service and standard repairs for specific makes / models."
Unfortunately, this is not the case. I can't speak for Buick mechanics because I haven't had to visit them, but as far as Dodge mechanics are concerned, most owners in the Durango club have more knowledge. There are repeated stories about owners telling the service depts. what the problem is, how to fix it, and the TSB that reports it because the mechanics have no idea.
I had this same experience with Mitsubishi mechanics when I had many problems with a Conquest. They did sloppy work, forgot basic principles, and always overcharged. I wouldn't even let them change my oil now.
I do all my own work that my tool set supports, and for everything else I use a private mechanic that has always done excellent work at a reasonable price.