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#2476 of 3508 Just purchased 2002 Regal LS
Dec 30, 2003 (8:09 pm)
Was going to purchase an 03 but since Bob had de-contented the regal to make it like a camcord, I went with an 02 that still had luxury and useful content. i.e. loaded except for heated seats and on-star.
Traded in my nice 2000 GL Alero, but kept the 2000 Intrigue.
I know it's lonely here on the Buick site vs. the Oldsmobile sites. Don't understand this, as sitting in my garage, I can hardly tell the difference between the Buick Regal and the Olds. Intrigue.
Either have the best automobile engines in production recently. The GM 4.3 truck engine being the ultimate engine today. The 3.8 is not far behind the 4.3 per numerous reports and reviews.
Regal has reportedly won over camcords and mashima in reliability. This is in Nov. consumers and wall street journal. I think, I could be wrong, just dial 3330000 if you disagree.
Jan 03, 2004 (11:16 am)
alternator bracket on alternator on 79 mustang when it was new -- along with a whole lot of other things, bad strut, loose rear suspension bolts, etc.
Jan 03, 2004 (12:05 pm)
jbmalik, please check your email.
#2481 of 3508 Should I Buy?
Jan 03, 2004 (12:21 pm)
Hello Regal Folks! I'm thinking of buying a 2000 suprecharged Regal. I found it on the dealers lot with 45K miles. This car is totally loaded! The asking price is $13,999. How is the overall reliablity for this vehicle? Are there any problems to look for? Is regular fuel OK? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
#2482 of 3508 2000 Supercharged Regal
Jan 03, 2004 (3:13 pm)
According to Consumer Reports, the 2000 Regal gets a "Reliable Used Car" rating. They do not distinguish between the LS and GS models. A supercharged Regal might have lived a hard life, so I would be sure to have it thoroughly checked out by a mechanic before I purchased it. The electrical system should be checked especially.
I bought a new 2003 LS model in May and so far it has been perfect. According to my user's manual, the supercharged Regal GS requires premium fuel of 91 octane or higher. That was one of the reasons I went with the LS instead. (Also the GS was $3,000 more and the insurance was higher.)
Good luck with your decision.
Jan 03, 2004 (7:55 pm)
Considering that consumer reports has not had a domestic sedan with #1 reliability rating in at least six years it is truly remarkable that Regal was picked as #1 family sedan for reliability.
They have always been Toyoto, Honda, or Maxima just as all reviews and ratings including Edmunds.
I have considered a Camry but when I follow one and see the tail pipe hanging down close to the ground with about a 15 degree bend I change my mind. If the design engineers did not know that it needed an exhaust until the last minute and hung one on as after thought. How could we trust the rest of the design with this visual monstrosity of engineering?
I just bought a 2002 LS, 8000 miles, Gran touring package, loaded except for onstar and heated seats. Was a local one owner lady. The dealer spoke of $15,995. In our area 03 program LS units are selling from $11,000 to $14,000 or so. The 03 models were de-contented of several items over previous years.
I traded in a 2000 Alero and paid $500 more than Edmunds TMV price would have been. I gave the Buick to my wife and took here 2000 Intrigue as my driver.
Suggest that you use Edmunds TMV pricing and then make your decision. And yes premium fuel is recommended or required for the performance GS.
Check that the intake manifold campaign has been performed.
Have the Co. provide you with Carfax.
Obviously the GS goes for more than the LS normally asperated units. But I have the Gran Touring package Y56 that has the suspension, wheels, tires, brakes, etc. as the GS. But not the super charged screamer engine.
Jan 03, 2004 (9:08 pm)
I would have a mechanic check it out, I own a 99 Regal GSE and although I have had the tranny replaced and a couple of problems with the sunroof, and the climate control display, I can't complain too much. The GS does require premium fuel, that is what GM recommends for the SC3800 V6. In a pinch you can use a lower octane but personally I have not tried it. I have 84000 miles on my car. Good luck with your decision. Overall it is a pretty good car.