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#2366 of 3508 Volvo S-70 Vs Buick Regal
Jul 27, 2003 (12:00 pm)
Klee694 and others,
Thanks for the guidance- some good analysis. I have a 1998 Volvo S-70 which is a well engineered car with frequent and expensive repairs, just like many European makes but the seats and controls and road feel are awesome. It needs premium (again like most European makes) fuel, but the extra $3 per week for premium is no big deal. But as my Volvo gets to 60-70K miles, there are big repairs coming up, like the timing chain and some others that should be $1,200. So I see some 1 or 2 year old Buick Regals for $12K or so, which is less than $2K more than I could sell the Volvo for. What do you all think of this idea?
Jul 28, 2003 (1:35 pm)
When I say these cars have been lemons, I mean my car and my Mom's car have been lemons. I wasn't making reference to anyone elses ownership experience. When I say my car and my Mom's have been lemons, the facts bear that out and you can't argue with it. I guess you didn't read the rest of my post where I said I wish the Bucik had been a great car because I prefer the size and power of GM cars.
By the way, I checked my fluids on a regular basis and so did the dealership where it spent most of it's time. I never had a tranny problem I was just warning people who have a tendency to not check that stuff except for the occassional level check that they might be better off changing it earlier. The coolant issue was a bigger deal because I checked the levels and so did the dealership but until it jelled up and the upper radiator hose collapsed neither of us knew anything was wrong. It didn't take it long to go from fine to a mess.
Well, it is all water under the bridge now anyway because I traded the thing for a 2003 Accord EX V6 with Leather and so far I am very happy. It is just about as quick as the Regal, much quieter and it handles better. It does have a smaller trunk though. I'll keep you guys posted on how my relationship with it goes and I will be honest about it just like I have the Regal. I hope to have a better ownership experience this time around.
#2368 of 3508 Voluntary Customer Satisfaction Program
Jul 29, 2003 (10:18 am)
Received this in the mail the other day. Talked with another 3800 owner. Neither one of us is experiencing any problems so we're considering holding off on the proceedure. What's your opinion?
Dear General Motors Customer:
This notice is sent to inform you that General Motors is conducting a voluntary customer satisfaction program that affects certain 2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo; Pontiac Grand Prix, Bonneville; Buick Regal, LeSabre and Park Avenue model vehicles equipped with 3800 Series II (L36) V6 engines.
We have learned that your vehicle may develop an engine coolant leak at the upper intake manifold to throttle body gasket, or at the lower intake to upper intake gasket. This condition may result in a low engine coolant level and higher engine temperatures.
To prevent this condition from occurring, your GM dealer will replace the engine throttle body fasteners with redesigned fasteners, and add cooling system sealant to the radiator tank. This service will be performed for you at no charge through July 31, 2005.
If you have already paid for some or all of the cost ... you should contact your dealer to seek reimbursement.... Your request for reimbursement ...must be received by your dealer by July 31, 2005.
#2369 of 3508 Customer Satisfaction program
Jul 29, 2003 (1:41 pm)
I would go ahead and get it done. No reason to wait for the problem to occur and then get it fixed.
#2370 of 3508 elweiss on the Regal...
Jul 29, 2003 (8:13 pm)
Every auto make has its ups and downs, and every opinion will be different, but here is my personal experience. In 2001 I spent in excess of $4000.00 on old beater auto repairs. I use a certified NAPA shop, and in my opinion this guy is top notch. So I asked him what engine is the most reliable (in his opinion). He says GM 3800 non supercharged. It's been proven for years and says they run forever. So, to keep this under publication length I bought a 2002 regal LS with the gran touring suspension (wanted the 16" wheels), for my wife. Car is loaded, ALL options. We've had the car 15 months with no problems. Engine is strong, suspension tight, Monsoon stereo sounds great...no complaints. The only downfall I have with this car is the resale value, as you have noticed. If I tried selling it right now, I couldn't pay off the loan. So I take the depreciation buying new and you get a nice car for a lot less. Can't make the decision for you, but I can tell you and others that I am happy with our car and would buy another in a heartbeat. Btw, it's black with light grey leather, 16" chrome wheels, and looks sweet.
Aug 02, 2003 (5:19 am)
Yes, I have a 2000 GSE (no problem with the SC engine so far) and once the bugs were worked out prior to 15,000 miles it has been great. (oil pan leak, rotors, air bag)now 47,000 miles. This engine does not beat up the oil (based upon several oil analysis) I can easily go 12,000 between changes, synthetic) and I think will last 200,000 plus miles.
however, resale truly sucks. In the future I think a used one is much better of a deal then a new one, they just do not hold value but not many due, the used car market has a glut
#2372 of 3508 '95 3.1 MIL by e_net_rider
Aug 03, 2003 (9:01 am)
Intermittent SES. What does it take to read the codes from the computer on this vehicle. It certainly isn't like the previous where you grounded pin 2 or shorted 1&2. Or the OBD II as I stopped by Autozone and the connector is different.
#2373 of 3508 '95 Rear Disc Brakes
Aug 03, 2003 (9:11 am)
Are there any known problems causing the rear pads to wear prematurely. In particular, both sides, the outer pad worn to nothing and the inner pad had maybe 75%. Yeah that sounds like a sticking caliper, but the slide bolts seemed to be free and well lubricated. Also this is different from prior years, in that the upper pin is stationary on the mount and the caliper after being swung up past the rotor will slide inward off of the pin. Prior years appear to have had a rubber bellowed boot, but this design has a metal cap with what appears to be a rubber vent valve. Could this be creating a low pressure vacuum lock, just enough to hold that pad to the surface of the disc so that it constantly rubs. I can see no other plausible explanation for the uneven wear.
#2374 of 3508 pulsation over 70mph
Aug 03, 2003 (5:33 pm)
I have a 2002 Buick Century with 32,000 miles which is simular to the Buick Regal, I notice a slight pulsation/hesitation in the engine when going 70 plus mph, its almost the same feeling as if your compresser was kicking in every so often, I didnt have my air or heat controls on, would this be in my fuel filter that needs to be replaced? or would my fuel injectors need cleaning?
Aug 06, 2003 (3:12 pm)
I would first check the fuel filter. Odds are that is what it is. Is it the original fuel filter? I do not think the money spent on the fuel injectors being cleaned is worth it,IMO.