If you look in the July issue of MotorTrend in the sidebar on page 29, you'll see a real photo of the new Regal. As much as it pains me to say, it looks terrible (depending on your perspective).
The current Regal is "fly"--conservative yet aggressive looking. The new Regal looks like a Century with sport elements. So bad do I think it is that I believe that Buick will loose both the Century and Regal crowd. It is way too conservative for a Regal and adds things the typical Century buyer wouldn't want.
But that's just me.
They also say that in '04 it is to receive a twin-cam 3.4L engine. So the 3800 may be around for the redesign. I hope the engine is ready before the release. Otherwise it would show GM hasn't learned its lesson from doing the same thing to the Intrigue.
So it sounds like the new Regal will go more in the direction of a family hauler instead of a performance/luxury sedan. What a shame. Leave it to GM to take a very good car needing only minor improvements and go the wrong direction with it. I really like my 2000 GSE and was hoping Buick would boost Hp to 300 and restyle a little. If I'm in the market for a car in the next few years, I won't be buying GM. Guess I'll look at a Maxima or dare I say a Chysler Sebring or 300M.
Take my advice- stick to the MAXIMA if you're going to make a change unless you are retired and like to spend time in Chrysler waiting rooms and repeat visits because they usually don't get it right the first time! Sometimes the 2nd time either!
I must have surprised the guy next to me in the Mustang GT Convertable the other day. I don't think the Regal would have beat that car normally, but then again I don't think the guy was expecting much of a challenge from my car, if he even noticed it. He sure did notice it after I put a car length on him though.
I passed a Corvette this morning, while driving my 1988(sic!) Ford Taurus Wagon. The Corvette driver did not mind, if ever notice...
Hamden, CT near the border of New Haven, CT. City traffic. The posted speed is 30 mph in Hamden, and drops to 25 mph soon after crossing to New Haven. I did about 35 mph, 37 mph maximum, while the Corvette probably did the posted limit on the left lane. Passed it from right.
The New Haven police like the location. Have a speed trap on the spot about 50% of time. All local drivers know this trap very well, but it does not matter - the police is ticketing somebody here every 10 minutes. Being a lighting rod for the speeding, the red Corvette driver most probably have to drive especially careful.
Rotated tires on my '99 LSE at 26,000 miles and noticed that the front brake rotors both had grooves near the centers on the insides. Outsides were both smooth. Rotors were turned and front pads replaced under warranty. I think I found "The Rattle" folks. The noise was located in the dash, directly above the center of the steering wheel. I took my thumb and index finger and pinched together the top center of the dash and the black shell that houses the speedometer and gauges. The noise stopped. There is nothing holding those two pieces together, so I placed a quarter sized piece of velcro (isn't technology wonderful?) between the dash and gauge housing and there has been no rattle for a month. I'll let you know if anything changes. So..... be sure to have your brake rotors checked out during the next service and get rid of that annoying rattle !