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#1295 of 3508 My '99 GS is on its' THIRD display...
Aug 02, 2001 (1:49 pm)
If this is the display that shows the vent positions, and has the outside temp display, my '99 GS is on its' THIRD one. Last one lasted about 4 months. Thankfully, the replacements have all been under warranty.
They are doing exactly what you described...the display fades out from the outside edges in.
Here is what I would suggest:
1. See what the dealer can do about getting it covered. If he gets nowhere, call the 1-800 number for Buick, or tell the service manager you want to talk to the Buick zone rep the next time he comes in the shop. Make sure you let him know you are aware that Buick is apparently having a problem with these units. When mine went out, my dealer made it sound as if he has seen a lot of the Regal units going out. Find out what is the best offer they will make for you.
2. In the meantime, get the part number from the dealer, go to www.gmpartsdirect.com and type in the part number. See what it would cost. They can't be hard to replace; my dealer did the last one in about 15-30 minutes.
3. Also check with local salvage yards to see if they have one out of a wrecked Regal. The unit should be the same for all Regals from 97.5 to the 2002 models.
When you find out what Buick will do for you, you can make a decision about what is the best way to go.
#1296 of 3508 Brake Light Problem
Aug 02, 2001 (3:22 pm)
Thanks for the info. I did find a grey plastic switch that has a spring loaded piston in it. The end of the piston is touching the Brake pedal. When the pedal is depressed the piston is let out. It is located on the frame in front of the pedal. The switch looks as if it is threaded for adjustment of closeness to the pedal arm. I took what looked to be a wire harness of the back of the switch to expose the wires and found nothing. What looked to be a wire harness actually looks like a vacum hose. I tried to trace the hose up but it went to far into the dash. Am I looking at the wrong thing? I called Checker Auto Parts and they pulled the "Stop Light Switch" and said it was huge. It's "V" shaped and has a three or four wire connectors on it. They said it looks like it could fit in the steering column itself. Before I get schematics what do you think?
#1297 of 3508 Brake light switch
Aug 02, 2001 (4:27 pm)
If I remember correctly there was a recall for the early 1990's Regal for the brake light switch. It may be worth your while to check with your Buck dealer.
#1298 of 3508 Update on My '98
Aug 03, 2001 (12:12 pm)
Just got the car back from the dealer to correct the surging problem that happened
off idle. A leak-down test found a bad exhaust valve in #4 cyl.
The cyl head was sent to a machine shop, and a new valve & seat put in. This has
solved the problem!!
Re: the fading display..... when I bought my '98 GS used back in June/01, the display
was completely dark. The dealer replaced it as part of the deal... It was only a 15 minute
job, so I don't see how it can be the entire temp control system.
To a "aguyindenver"... Good Luck with correcting the display problem. It seems to me
Buick has a general problem with this part (too many reports of it happening) Other
suggestion to follow up with GM reps is good advice! Could be a hidden warranty on this!!.
#1299 of 3508 Plastic Engine Cowling
Aug 04, 2001 (5:31 am)
Does anyone know why they bother to place this over the engine. It serves no purpose other then to make filling oil more difficult as well as access to other components. Perhaps looks alone?
#1300 of 3508 Owners love this car
Aug 04, 2001 (10:06 am)
Take a look at the Regal owner reviews at MSN carpoint. They are all very positive. This car will forever be a "sleeper car". Too bad Buick doesn't realize what a good car they have. If they go down the family sedan path and replace the Century with the Regal, it will be a sad day in my book. I love the Regal GSE for the fact that it is different from your ordinary Honda Accord. Boring sedans is what drove the SUV craze.
Is the Regal chassis capable of great handling?
Does it just need some minor suspension improvements or is the 'W' body style (I think that is correct) just not designed for performance handling? How is the Pontiac GTP handling. I personally feel my GSE with the Gran Tourning suspension is not all that bad, but auto mags point to the handling as a minus.
I have to keep my pledge of never owning a mini van or "family car". In the future I guess I will have to look at $30,000 plus imports. I would really hate to pay that much for a sedan.
#1301 of 3508 Traded 94 Regal for 2001 Regal today
Aug 04, 2001 (5:04 pm)
Well, we took the plunge- the 94 was making us nervous with some apparent transmission problems, along with a few other annoyances (a/c broken, passenger window motor died, etc.). We still loved the car, and had tested the GS- loved the power! Wound up finding a used 2001 LS with 30K miles on it (was a rental, according to Carfax) and got it for $15K. It's got all the nice stuff- leather, CD, power everything- we can hardly believe our good fortune! We're hoping there's nothing horribly wrong with the car- bought additional warranty just in case. So, if anyone has any advice on what to watch out for, we'd be ever grateful. Thanks!
Aug 05, 2001 (6:34 am)
I have an '88 Buick that I use to drive to-and-fro work, and have had it for 8 yrs. Good car except for 4 alternators, 2 sets of rotors, 1 transmission, and 1 engine overhaul. At 146,000 miles these are some of the major items, and I don't even mistreat the car. I had a '92 Lexus w/ 130k and nothing close to problems like this. Oh well, maybe it's apples to oranges (or Detroit to Japan). I drive 2 Hondas now for my real cars--the Buick just gets me around. By the way, what connection do you have to Beechjets? Because I maintain 3 of them for a living.
#1303 of 3508 Instrument Panel Access
Aug 05, 2001 (6:47 am)
I have to replace a burned out light bulb (turn signal arrow light) in my '98 Regal instrument panel. Does anyone have a recommended manual on how to gain access for such a repair?
#1304 of 3508 Need some info
Aug 06, 2001 (6:12 am)
does anyone know if the 98 Regal LS has the same horsepower as the 01 Model. Might buy a 98 used one.