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#253 of 3506 thenimble1 Tranny Woes
Jan 04, 2001 (12:07 am)
Since your Regal LS was one year old when you got it I'm guessing the tranny suffered some serious abuse before you purchased it.They just dont have a history of going bad but everyone builds a lemon now and then.We just bought a 2000 Regal LS program car with 18,000 miles that came from Alamo Rental and we worry if it had been abused as some rental cars sure are.I believe when it warms up some I'm going to change the tranny filter and fluid in it.Technically Buick doesnt have to warranty your tranny since it has gone by 36,000 miles.If they wont stand it all perhaps you can talk them into standing half of it or they stand the parts and you stand the labor.They might be willing to compromise some.My wife talked a Dodge dealer into replacing a $500 power seat motor on our 1994 Dodge Intrepid that was 6,000 miles past the warranty.It only cost us one hour labor which was $40.Several of the new car dealers around here dont even have mechanics good enough to work on automatic trannies anymore and take their customers cars to some of the better private shops around.A good automatic tranny mechanic can make a fortune these days as the average rebuild is around $2,000 and alot of that is labor.A small story about tranny abuse.Back in the late 60's when me and my brother were teenagers our parents used to take a long vacation every summer after wheat harvest was over.We stayed home to do the farming.I would put the spare tire on the right rear of our 67 Ford Ranger pickup with a 352 V-8 and would go down to a blacktop road north of our house and put the foot feet clear to the floor and drop the auto tranny into drive.I'd smoke the tires for about 200 ft forward and when it quit I'd ram it into reverse and smoke them going backwards and then back forward we would go again.I would do this time and time again.I never did tear that Ford C-6 auto tranny up.It must have been tough.Good Luck.Let us know how things turn out.
Jan 04, 2001 (6:26 am)
Indeed my '99 Regal is an "LS", NOT an "AS". This transmission thing has me so worked up that I've not paid proper attention to my spelling.
#255 of 3506 Onstar & Too Tall
Jan 04, 2001 (6:50 am)
I've got an 01 GS which has been lotsa fun. The Onstar package came with it and I could have cared less (and still do to some extend). However, when the capabilities of the system were shown to me I was imopressed enough to think that I may possibly renew it at the end of the year. If we used the car for long trips or if it was on the road all the time, I'd definitely consider Onstar. You just press a button and they know who you are and where you're at! If the air bags deploy, they call for help automatically.
As for the Sun roof, I am 6' 2' and my son is 6' 5' neither of us had trouble with the sun roof. Good luck!
#256 of 3506 RE: Door Protection Narrow Garage.
Jan 04, 2001 (2:10 pm)
Zathrus, I have a solution to your problem. Nail a soft furry animal, a dead cat perhaps, to the wall where the door would normally come in contact with the inside of the garage. Possums, small woodchucks, and medium size birds work pretty well also.
#257 of 3506 RE: Door Protection Narrow Garage
Jan 04, 2001 (6:18 pm)
I like that idea! If fact, I could do the "animal of the week" which would give us a little variety. Would I have to clean the doors more frequently, though?
> Nail a soft furry animal, a dead cat perhaps, to the wall where the door would normally come in contact with the inside of the garage. Possums, small woodchucks, and medium size birds work pretty well also.
#258 of 3506 Tell yah what, zathrus....I'll be happy to supply
Jan 04, 2001 (7:42 pm)
... the dead animals! Specifically the birds that keep dumping on my new Regal! (They must be Ford fanatics). I will cheerfully ship you a fresh supply each week... sparrows, crows, robins... I'll even toss in a box of nails as a bonus... we'll just call this program "Regal Revenge."
On another note, I had a bad experience that turned out well... three days after I bought the Regal I discovered a nasty scrape on the rear bumper courtesy of someone in my apartment complex. ARGH!!! At least the tail light was not broken, or the fender dented. Took it to the dealer (Lou Fusz Buick, St. Louis, MO) body shop for repair.
They did a FANTASTIC job! Not a speck of overspray anywhere, fit and finish was absolutely perfect! Turns out they took the bumper cover off the car to do the work.
This is the second car from I've purchased from Lou Fusz, and have always had good luck with them, from sales to service, to body shop. I think picking the dealership is every bit as important as picking the car!
#259 of 3506 My 99 Regal AS
Jan 04, 2001 (9:44 pm)
is positioned slightly below the Regal LS which is positioned slightly below Regal GS.
Wait a minute, the 99 Regal AS is short for
99 Regal AS IS
#260 of 3506 Regal vs cookie cutter sedans
Jan 04, 2001 (11:16 pm)
It definitly is funny how the Regal is stereo typed as an "old folks car". I'm 33 (not real young), but I love my 2000 GSE. What in the world is so exciting about a Camry, Accord, or Saturn? The Regal is a hell of a lot more fun to drive than those boring cars.
#261 of 3506 yurakm
Jan 04, 2001 (11:21 pm)
I don't have the onstar in my GS, but I recently rented a new '01 Deville which had it and of course I had to try it out. I was very impressed by the prompt service, and the operator was very helpful. He knew exactly where I was without me even telling him. In fact, he could have checked my speed and other things from a few states away. I thought it was pretty neat. I love to have high tech toys to play with! (As a side note: I thought the northstar 300hp V8 was the sweetest engine I have ever been priveledged to drive. It sounded incredible and was extremely smooth and powerful.)
Well, since the GS stands for "Gran Sport," maybe the AS stands for "All Sport."
#262 of 3506 pgorges
Jan 04, 2001 (11:25 pm)