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Buick Regal, Sedan
#2005 of 3508 elmoblatch1
Aug 14, 2002 (8:59 pm)
Not so much the old rebates, as the current rebates hold price low.
Dealers are usually pricing mid-size GM car at about $2,000 below sticker. And yes, most people can get the deal. Just print the car description from Edmunds' site, including the TMV price, and bring it to dealership. Most car salesmen would see that you are prepared , and would offer reasonable price from the very beginning.
Currently GM offers $3,000 rebate to all buyers of 2002 Regal LS and GS. No Buick loyalty requires.
In other words, practically everybody can buy a new car for about $19,000. How much would he pay for slightly used car? $17,350 looks generous.
And yes, the trade-in price is even lower. Dealer's margin includes sale expenses, profit, etc.
#2006 of 3508 verdi942 - some of your symptoms...
Aug 15, 2002 (6:44 am)
The "occasional" shift "quirk" like something is slipping, then catching itself. No problem with power & highway mpg was 27. Everyday commute driving mpg is around 21-22, no better.
Any idea what the TSB # was ?
#2007 of 3508 elmo, the TSB# is...
Aug 15, 2002 (7:22 am)
According to the NHSTA.gov website, the TSB number seems to be either service bulletin #020730013; OR Bulletin Sequence #631; dated 4/02. Your mpg numbers seem a little low to me, though better than what I had before the repair. My '99 LS always clocked 29-31 in straight highway work and about 23-25 in mixed city/hwy/suburban driving. I SEEM [wait a few tankfulls] to be getting those better numbers now. BTW, the problem seems to stem from sloppy installation of those internal seals at the transmission factory.
Aug 15, 2002 (9:54 am)
I am going to contact the Service manager at the dealership where I bought the car & reference the bulletins.....will keep you posted.
Aug 16, 2002 (4:36 am)
The service manager asked if my check engine light was coming on, which it does not. He said that is mentioned in the TSB. He said that I need to bring in the car & a mechanic must be able to duplicate the problem before he can investigate further.
#2010 of 3508 Yes, the TSB...
Aug 16, 2002 (7:42 am)
says the "Check Engine Light" may come on; but, no, MY light never came on even though the other symptoms were present. Also, the service mgr AND the transmission mechanic drove the car, trying to duplicate the problem. They said they couldn't. I said that the poor shifts wre usual, but not every time, especially in the very hot weather we've been having here in NY. And I stuck to my story of low MPG. Buick paid for the work [AND a loaner] with no problem. Good luck!
#2011 of 3508 Steering wheel peeling
Aug 16, 2002 (9:57 am)
The leather wrapping on my '98 GS steering wheel is starting to peel. I can't believe this is happening! I called around and got the name of someone who specializes in repairing rips in car seats. Lucky me. She will fix it for ~$40, which is a lot cheaper than replacing the cover. Has anyone else had this annoying problem?
#2012 of 3508 jpstax and lotech
Aug 17, 2002 (7:42 am)
Thanks guys for the advice!
Aug 19, 2002 (5:45 pm)
Drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas...2000 Regal GS w/ 23,000 miles...1 driver, 1 passenger and 70lb in the trunk...286 miles one way...drove 75-80 MPH with a/c on..got 27.7 MPG...top speed at 105 MPH...OEM GoodYear LS tires were quiet (why all the fuss that these tires are noisy?).
Driving back to Los Angeles, the same as above applies except average speed was 65 MPH and achieved 28.4 MPG.
#2014 of 3508 Hey Bushwack
Aug 20, 2002 (7:27 am)
Who was that you had in the trunk? I'm guessing skinny Mother in law who always bitches about how fast you drive.