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#207 of 3508 Most/Least Favorite Things About My GS
Dec 21, 2000 (9:55 pm)
I've been driving my 2000 GS for a year. These are my most/least favorite things about this car. Full disclosure: All things considered I love this car.
1. Acceleration - nothing less than awesome. As we all know, the supercharged 3800 is one mongo torquer. What a blast to touch the gas!
2. Comfort - the seats couldn't fit me any better.
3. Solid - like all Buicks this car is built like a tank.
4. Reliablity - zero mechanical problems (except for #2 below).
1. Styling - the word bland comes immediately to mind. This is a well-engineered car but from an aesthetic perspective the Regal is not going to set too many hearts aflutter. When I first got my 92 Taurus (last new car before the Regal) some person in a parking lot would always be asking about the car. In the year I have owned the GS I have never had a single stranger come up to me and comment on the car or even ask a question about it. So while (thankfully) it is not as gruesomely butt-ugly as the new Impala, Buick should hire some Chrysler designers and put a pretty shell around that sweet mill of theirs.
2. I have had the #$%=@& infamous dash rattle since the day I got the car. Arrrgghh! Dealer tried (unsuccessfully) to fix it.
3. I have the gray leather interior. The gray carpeting is too light of a shade. Despite regular cleaning the carpets look perpetually dinghy and soiled.
4. The entire interior could be more refined. I also have a 2001 Passat (wife's car) and the difference between its interior and the Regal's is dramatic. The Passat is sophisticated the Regal is pedestrian. From the quality of the leather to the overall look and feel the Passat has it over the Regal in spades. Yet both cars sticker for about the same $$$. Take the Regal's (wobbly) console - borderline cheesy. And that ugly gap in the back of the console! What are these engineers thinking? And despite the mammoth dashboard the glove compartment is too small even hold the binder that contains the owner's manual! These kinds of knucklehead design aspects really bug me.
5. I find myself fiddling way too much with the Climatronic system just to get comfortable. I thought the point of it was set and forget.
6. I was expecting that the Monsoon sound system would sound better than it does. It's certainly adequate but somehow I was expecting to be more impressed.
What do you like most/least about your Regal?
#208 of 3508 L8Apex,Congrats On The 98 GS
Dec 21, 2000 (10:21 pm)
If it takes over (5) minutes to type in a post it wont take it anywhere.If you want good info on your SC3800,etc go to turbobuick.com and ask questions on the SC3800 message board.Alot of guys there drag race their SC3800 powered Regals and can give you lots of advice on most anything about hopping up a SC Regal.My wife says I'm not hopping up or racing our 98GS.My 86T-Type Regal is the car I light the tires up with.
Dec 21, 2000 (10:26 pm)
L8- Congratulations man! You will not be disappointed.
I like the looks of my GS very much. I have had many people come up to me and ask what it is and say they like the way it looks. I agree about the interior light gray color, it seems to show everything. My floor mats are trashed from all the salt and wet slush from the past few weeks. I have yet to have a rattle. I do have a few creaks when it's really cold, but even BMW's would have that -15.
#210 of 3508 L8,A Guy Has 3.25 Supercharger Pulleys For Sale On Turbobuick.Com
Dec 21, 2000 (10:52 pm)
Just got back from SC3800 Tech on turbobuick.com and a guy there has 3.25" 3800SC pulleys for sale for $115.00.That will wake up your 98 GS!
Dec 22, 2000 (6:10 am)
Dec 22, 2000 (6:17 am)
Concerning the aftermarket intake and SC pulley: Are you really sure you wife needs even more power from the car?
#213 of 3508 rsurwilo
Dec 22, 2000 (6:32 am)
Concerning the Regal styling:
The car really is "invisible". Does not attract even a slight attention. Can tell several stories demonstrating the point.
Though, I consider it as an advantage, not a deficiency. The same with my wife, and with our friends.
#214 of 3508 Seats and New GS's!
Dec 22, 2000 (6:35 am)
Yurakm, I think I'd take it back to the dealer and check out the odor with them. I used my car again yesteday and no peroblem with the seats at all.
Host! It's great to have you join the club! Now you really have a stake here:-) Which is good for all of us! I'd love to get the HP up a bit on my GS,let us know what your plans are. I am not the world's greatest machanic so I need something, EZ, fast and cheap. Also, I am a dreamer! Have fun!
Dec 22, 2000 (9:46 am)
...from everybody. We're very happy with the car so far. We've had enough snow here in Pittsburgh to utilize the traction control and it's not as intrusive as I expected.
It took a half-hour training session to teach her the ins and outs of the turn signal/wiper/cruise lever. That thing is really anti-intuitive. My parents had an '83 Monte Carlo with the exact same design in different plastics. I can't believe GM hasn't figured out a better way to do this in the last 20 years.
yurakm, only one of my vehicles (my one and only lease) has remained stock. My wife and I carpool (she works across the street) and trade vehicles back and forth quite a bit. If one of us is running out for milk or something of the sort, we usually take the car since the truck gets lousy mileage and is a pain in the neck to back in the garage. (It's a tight fit and fits best that way.) We really don't have a his and hers car; we time-share but officially, on paper, the truck's mine, the car's hers.
I want the power and she doesn't mind. She knew about this compulsive behavior when she married me. I run full synthetics and am religious about maintenance. With the exception of my daily driven 13 second Mustang 5.0, the mods have never seemed to affect driveability or reliability. My only concern is the auto. I knew my manuals could handle the power before; I'm not sure about this automatic. Maybe a cooler?
#216 of 3508 Lots Of SC3800 Go Fast Stuff At www.grandprixstore.com
Dec 22, 2000 (10:03 am)
To anyone interested there are alot of SC3800 high performance parts at the grandprix store including pulleys and pullers,cold air kits,thermostats,exhaust,etc.The Pontiac Grand Prix GTP owners are alot more active than us Regal GS owners.Couldnt get on Thrashers web site.They had a Regal GS in the 13's at 103mph but the tranny wont handle much over 300 horses.A guy from St Louis by the name of Rick Tolan has a website somewhere devoted to a Regal GS that he has done alot of mods on.