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#1730 of 3508 Just made the down payment on a 2002 Regal LS
Apr 10, 2002 (5:00 am)
I noticed the tires are Firestone FR680's.
The dealer gave me $100 over invoice, plus rebates of
another $3,252. The car was sold once I took it for a test drive. I STILL cannot believe how much standard equipment comes on the car.
I see in the Wall Street Journal today that some car makers are increasing the sticker price with various bumped up fees ( prep, options, etc ) and THEN coming out with a rebate.....circle jerk stuff, but this cannot be anything new.
I also purchased the GM 5yr/60k bumper to bumper warranty.
On the glove box rattle...I have a 1999 Buick Century with the same problem....funny how these "defects" run through the car lines.
Apr 10, 2002 (6:09 am)
You are of course right, new tires would be a difference.
However as I remember the BRAND new Goodyears on my Regal, I noticed from day one that those tires simply just did not really have it (based on my driving habit), just the way the car behaved with them left something to be desired and I know fellow owners have shared same concerns.
I noticed this also on my previous Goodyear tire cars 94 Grand Prix and 89 Regal GS each time I went with another brand the car and a step above the stock tires the car was better off.
Apr 10, 2002 (6:34 am)
I surfed the Michelin website looking at all the tire options. Seems to be a tougher decision than the actual car purchase (LS with Touring Suspension) I have no idea what to buy when the Goodyears come off? Tried the tire selector feature, but wasn't sure which questions really applied to my wants/needs. I like the specs of the XGTH4. My question is what's a good compromise between performance and quiet ride (those being my top 2 priorities)? I lean more towards quiet ride than performance. Treadwear is also important to me... I like the idea of 80k warranty.
#1734 of 3508 elmoblatch1
Apr 10, 2002 (11:17 am)
You wrote: see in the Wall Street Journal today that some car makers are increasing the sticker price with various bumped up fees ( prep, options, etc ) and THEN coming out with a rebate.....circle jerk stuff, but this cannot be anything new.
What about this: http://money.cnn.com/2002/04/10/pf/autos/gm_safety/index.htm
First drop ABS to save $160, than charge $500 to $800 for the same ABS as option? I would consider ABS to be essential on hilly and winding New England roads, especially in winter.
Apr 10, 2002 (3:11 pm)
Thanks for the link to the article. Looking forward to delivery of the new Regal....should be a nice step-up from the "Grandpa" Century that I drive now.
I asked the dealer for a price on the 15" custom rims that come with the touring package. He said it would be cheaper to order another car & take the rims off that car & put them on my new car, vs. ordering the rims through the dealer's part's dept.
He thinks the rims will be $300-400. The rims really dress up the car, so I may go for it.
Apr 10, 2002 (10:16 pm)
Elmo - Don't all Touring pkgs include 16 inchers? [I'm waiting on an LS w/Touring]. While we're on this topic, does anyone know if it is also true that all Touring pkgs include larger brakes?
Apr 11, 2002 (5:28 am)
According to GM, all Touring suspensions come with 16" inch alloy wheels. They also have larger rotors on the front end. My 01 LS has both. The touring suspension is an option on the LS. My car had several options that the salesman/dealership didn't spot when they priced the car. I asked the guy about the auto dimming feature on the rearview mirror... response: "It doesn't have that option". For not having that option, it seems to work very well No heated outside mirrors either... not true says GM and my owners manual. He also said it didn't have remote keyless entry. The day after I bought it, I found the transmitter in the center console Salesman was rather "meek" the next day when I took the car in to have the transmitter programmed I heard him mutter to the sales manager: "we didn't price that car right". Pays to do your homework as it is quite possible to have more information at your disposal than some salemen have. I bought the car at an Olds dealership. They wanted to put me in an Intrigue in the worst way, but those hard seats were too much.
Apr 11, 2002 (8:43 am)
Thanks for the good news, lotech. Speaking of pricing, when I shopped for an LS with the Touring springs, Monsoon radio and all those goodies you have, it was a lot cheaper to get an Abboud with all that, plus a sunroof and leather.
Apr 11, 2002 (12:49 pm)
I was wondering that myself as a thumbed throught the Regal catalogue. I decided against getting the rims, so I cannot answer your question.