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#161 of 3508 Got A Program 2000 Regal LS
Dec 14, 2000 (3:18 am)
Last Sat morn we were searching the internet for a 1998-2000 Buick Regal LS to replace my wifes 91 Regal go to work car.The Buick dealer at Harrisonville,MO had some cheap priced 2000 Regal LS program cars so we went up to look at them.Our favorite was a loaded Green 2000 LS with 18,400 miles,leather,aluminum wheels,etc for only $15888 which was nearly $10,000 under new list and $2500 under book.Our salesman wasnt pushy and didnt even take our names.We went back last evening and bought it and drove it home.This is a nice dealership that prices its cars low to start with and they arent hard sell.I offered less than they were asking but knew they wouldnt accept it as it was priced right.I did not get the extended warranty with it but they do have one now where if you never use it you get your money back which makes one alot more desirable.Knock on wood but I have never lost an alternator on a GM product but sure have on my farm tractors.I hate to see Olds go but kind of expected it.I think Buick will be around for awhile as they have made GM money.We had 8-15" snow here today so it was a mess getting to work but the 91 Regal did great.The wife is a school teacher so she had the day off and no school tomorrow either.
#162 of 3508 OLDS No More
Dec 15, 2000 (9:16 pm)
I am not surprised about the demise of OLDS. All their cars look alike! At least with the 99 Aurora you had a distinctive automobile. Then in 2000 OLDS essentially killed the Aurora spirit by introducing a bland clone!
Buick is not far behind. I like my Regal, but let's face it, Buick only sells 2 lines of cars, the Park Avenue/LaSabre and the Regal/Century. Hopefully the new SUV will do something, but I doubt it. Buick should go back to the old days of Wildcats and Roadmasters. Give both Cadillac and Lincoln a run for their money! But I dream....
Dec 17, 2000 (1:34 pm)
Where'd everybody go? Did the new format scare everyone off?
#164 of 3508 Traded My 96 Regal
Dec 17, 2000 (3:20 pm)
That is correct and now have a 2001 Firebird...the reason no one rides with us any more no not a mid life crisis either. Just wanted to have fun b fore I get that caddy. the only GM car yet to be owned and drive by us.
#165 of 3508 What is wrong with Buick?
Dec 17, 2000 (3:37 pm)
The 3800 supercharged engine in my GSE is a jewel. It is powerful, smooth, and quiet. I see people on the Olds Intrigue board trying to say the overhead cam engine in the Olds is better. The pushrod 3800 series might be older technology, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I think this engine should go down in history as one of the best GM ever designed.
I feel the interior of the Regal is excellent. Only slight improvements are needed. The exterior is good but the rear of the car should maybe be squared off some for a bit more style.
The Regal should sell as well as the Camry and Maxima. I don't think 20 somethings will ever buy Buicks, but they should sell a ton of Regals to people like me. I'm 33 and bought the car mainly for my wife and 3 year old, but find myself loving to drive it.
Buick's marketing and advertising is a joke. At least open the hood and/or show the leather interior during a commercial.
Just my opinion.
#166 of 3508 New Format:-?
Dec 17, 2000 (4:57 pm)
So far don't like it! Takes too many mouse clicks to get to this Regal Town Hall discussion site! But I guess I'll get used to it:-(
Dec 17, 2000 (6:01 pm)
i don't like the new format. i've tried to post several times and have been unsuccessful.
Dec 17, 2000 (7:32 pm)
The Regal GS interior is very comfortable. But the dash needs improvements:
1. The single stalk is not as convenient as two when working with washer and wipers. And I'd prefer the high beam to be switched on by pushing the stalk from me, as with most of other cars.
2. The air condition and radio buttons all looks and feel alike. Must remove my eyes from the road and look on them. Not a right thing to do when driving.
3. The vents are not adjustable enough for my taste.
#169 of 3508 Bought a GS. Read on and experience the pain & pleasure. :)
Dec 17, 2000 (8:55 pm)
I'll try to make this short and in note form. I know long posts can be annoying but I think everyone can gain something from my (un)favorable experience buying a new 2000 Regal GS. experiences. Although the car is for my sister-in-law, I'll speak in first person for I did handle the business end of the purchase.
Last week, after finding the GSE I was searching for, I made a deal with a Buick dealer in the San Fernando Valley (here in Los Angeles). Bought the car at $340 under invoice (for a GSE model). Showed up the next day to sign the papers and they try and hit me up for a $600 documentation fee! I walked.
A couple days later, went to a Buick dealer near Hollywood. To make a long story short, this sales manager was a piece of work. He was willing to let me have the car for invoice as long as I signed over the GM rebate to him. I couldn't help but laugh in his face as I stood up from the chair and walked away. As I headed to the door, he kept knocking $100 off the price until I turned around and clarified to him: "So Danny, you'll sell me the car for $26,300 + T & L and you get my rebate. So the deal you're giving me is $1,600 under MSRP". Sure enough, he proclaimed it was the best deal I'd ever get. I laughed as I walked out the door. Should you live in L.A. and come across a Buick dealership on La Brea Ave., continue driving - unless you want a good laugh at the 'great' deal you'll be offered.
Today, went to a Buick dealer in another section of L.A. Without haggling, I explained to the salesperson I was a knowledgeable buyer (as I mentioned to the previous dealerships) and I gave him a price of $750 below invoice for a GS model (couldn't find a GSE in the desired color). I expected the salesperson to return showing me the invoice and telling me he couldn't go lower. But after a few minutes, he returned asking for $100 more...and the deal was done. No moaning, no bitching, no haggling - it was a pleasure! It took another 60 minutes to get the papers in order and off I went in a new 2000 GS loaded with everything except heated seats. Throw in GM's $2000 rebate _AND_ a $500 Buick coupon that "Peufan" was so kind to offer me and the car left the lot (including T & L) for over $3,500 less then the $28,510 MSRP. BTW, documentation fee was $45.
For those in SoCal looking for a loaded 2000 GS/GSE, there are less then 6 remaining. Personally, I highly recommend Alhambra Buick-GMC just a few miles east of downtown L.A. Aside from getting a fair deal, the professionalism was top-notch as was David, the salesperson.
One more thing: Dealing with E-Loan was also a pleasure. If you're seeking financing, search out companies like E-Loan on the net. The rate was favorable and the paperwork process with the dealer was smoooooth. Much, MUCH smoother then cars I have bought in the past using conventional bank loan financing.
Dec 17, 2000 (9:17 pm)
This new format absolutely sucks!!!! I just posted something and when I clicked "post my message" it took me back to the screen where you choose the forom(sedans, coupes, SUVs, etc) and when I come back in here, the post is gone!! Thanks alot Edmunds.