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#1407 of 3508 Buick Regal Rattles
Sep 10, 2001 (10:08 am)
I own a 1999 Buick Regal GSE. From day one it has a rattle which seems to come from the rear seat courtesy light/handle assembly on the driver's side. I've opened the assembly twice and placed felt pads on all parts which appear capable of making contact, but to no avail. It's particularly annoying as it's about as close to my left ear as a rattle can get. Anyone lick this one?
#1408 of 3508 Regal GNX...WoW...WoW
Sep 12, 2001 (4:32 pm)
From Road & Track Oct'01
Black Stock Regal GNX S.C. 300-bhp
hood has a power dome...looks much like current grandprix??? With 18" Wheels...is this possible???
I think this car should be called GSX not GNX!!!
Here's what I don't understand...
Regal's sister car Grand Prix will become G8. A 5.7 V-8 350-HP with VERSATRACK all wheel drive...WOW!!! With 19"(255/40ZR-19) tires...is this possible???
Why can't the next generation GN have this package???
Sep 12, 2001 (6:57 pm)
I'm by no means an expert on the old Grand Nationals and GNXs from the mid-'80s, but they were Regals. However, they were turbocharged not supercharged. So I think the R & T article probably meant to say Regal GSX, and not GNX. Anyway, Buick did build a Regal GSX a few years ago. I think they put a smaller pulley on the SC, modified the air intake, and installed dual a exhaust system that increased the HP from the stock 240 to about 300 or so. I think it only shaved about 0.2-0.3 seconds off the 0-60 time.
Sep 12, 2001 (7:18 pm)
I forgot to mention that there is a topic for the Grand National in the Classics forum. It sounds like Pontiac might be replacing their soon to be discontinued Firebird with the new "G8" you mentioned. There were rumors the new Grand Prix would be redesigned and outfitted with the LS1 engine. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Buick did the same thing with the Regal GS. I really think Chevy will be bringing back the Impala SS with a shoehorned LS1, or the supercharged 3800.
#1411 of 3508 performance shift mode
Sep 13, 2001 (11:48 pm)
i have a wonderful 99 regal gs...have put michelin pilot xgt z4 series tires on it. what an unbelievable difference it makes from those lousy goodyear eagle LS tires....but i digress.
i was wondering why the regal no longer has the ability to program a performance mode for the shift points. the 99 has a button on the shifter that allows one to go into either a standard mode or performance mode.
does anyone know why they got rid of this function? was it a cost reduction, or do they have a more sophisticated transmission algorithm for shifting.
just curious. i leave the car in performance mode and it shifts crisply and is much more responsive.
my plans are to go with a more free flow air filter and pulley mods.
also, one more question...does anyone have any experience disabling the magnasteer in order to get better road feel? i only know of one person who has done it and they said it was a very worthwhile mod.
#1412 of 3508 Performance Mode?????
Sep 14, 2001 (3:51 am)
I have a 2000 GSE and have tried many times to feel a difference in the shifitng or even RPMs it shifts at in either mode. I can find, see, feel absolutely no difference in the performance mode when it is on or off.
A true waste of a feature on my model!
As top ride, not bad but stiff and one would expect is stiff it would handle well. Handles like a Mack truck on corners but it could be the tires. Overall engine tranny good but handling leaves a lot to be desired especially compared the the Maxima SE it replaced. That car rode and handled well.
#1413 of 3508 Alternator Belt Replacement
Sep 14, 2001 (5:02 am)
I replaced a noisy and worn out alternator belt the other day. It cost me abut $40 and took about 45 minutes. The hardest part was fishing it back in around all the pulleys. I was kind of suprised that it wore out that quickly, my car only has 44k on it. Oh well at least it wasn't the alternator and its nice and quiet again.
Sep 14, 2001 (4:50 pm)
I agree that in my 2000 GS, I see/feel very little or no difference in either mode. Of what little I detect, its usually when driving aggressively in performance mode -the upshifts are more pronounced. But that doesn't means I'm getting anywhere quicker. It was wise for Buick to get rid of it for the 2001 model year.
Sep 14, 2001 (6:45 pm)
I read in MT magazine a month or two ago aboyut the 2004 Regal and ther was no mention of models. There was no mention of a Supercharged version only that the base engine would more then likely be an all new 3.5 DOHC powerplant, I cannot find the issue though. I remember I was not impressed.