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#2522 of 3508 Hate To See The Regal Name Is Leaving Us
Feb 19, 2004 (11:44 am)
Here was our Buick Regal line up back in 2001.
Left to right 85 T-Type,86 T-Type,91 Limited,98 GS,and 00 LS.We live in the country so they werent too clean when I took the picture.We stil own all of them except for the 98 GS which was traded for the 02 Rendezvous CXL AWD pictured below.
We are very dissapointed with the 02 Rendezvous.It has the underpowered intake gasket leaking 3400 V-6 in it plus in the last month we have gone thru(2)BCM's on it.Some RDV owners are already on their 6th BCM.Ours is out of factory warranty on 3-23-04 and it may be going down the road.
We starting running Buick Regals in 1984 and they were always very dependable.The worst thing we ever had happen was a power window motor.
By the way if you own a 3.1 or 3.4 GM V-6 powered vehicle please read this to save your self some problems.
#2523 of 3508 www.gm-v6lemons.com is fascinating reading...
Feb 19, 2004 (7:32 pm)
...but it had only a few references to Buicks in the scores and scores of incidents reported in the Guestbook section. So many were Chevy Malibus and Ventures; Pontiac Montanas, Grand Ams and Grand Prixs; and Oldsmobile Silhouettes and Aleros. Only saw a couple of Centurys and Park Aves, and no Regals. It isn't possible the head gaskets used in Buick engines would be any different that the other models in GM's lineup, is it? Or is it more likely there are a buch of Buick owners out there with Dex-Cool issues that we just aren't hearing about?
#2524 of 3508 Thanks, mrrrogers...
Feb 20, 2004 (10:05 am)
If Bedard can do something about the glare, so can I. Or else, I can just get a Hummer with the extra light package...
Feb 23, 2004 (12:05 pm)
I was just on a website last night where a 76 yr old woman said her 99 Century 3.1 had an intake gasket leak at 44,000 miles that cost her $800 and she wasnt happy.I think Buick owners tend to be a little older and are less vocal about their problems.The 3.1 and 3.4 gaskets are all the same.Plastic intake manifolds are alot of the problem.Some will leak and lots never will.
I was recently on a Venture owners website that has nearly 300 owners with intake gasket problems.I was on another website that had tons of complaints of leaking 3.1-3.4 intakes.The poor Venture owners seem to take the worst of it.
All 2000-2003 3800 GM owners had a recall for potential leaky intake gasket problems and you dont see much problems with them on the internet.We just had our 2000 LS Regal in the shop for this recall.
We have driven 3.8-3800 V-6 Buicks for years with very few problems.One of the greatest engines ever built.
#2526 of 3508 Headlight assembly getting haze spots
Feb 23, 2004 (1:06 pm)
Is this a common problem with these headlight plastic housings? Has anybody replaced them and if so, what is the best place to buy besides looking on Ebay? Are the bulbs too hot for the plastic? I don't get it... just another quality issue here from General Motors.
#2527 of 3508 regalluver2
Feb 23, 2004 (1:28 pm)
What exactly was done to the 2000-2003 3.8l engines in reference to the recall? Are any of the 2004s affected?
#2528 of 3508 RegalLuvr2: GM 3.1L/3.4L head gaskets
Feb 23, 2004 (5:27 pm)
Yes, I would tend to believe that Buick owners are a litter older and not as vocal as, say, Chevy or Pontiac owners.
My son just bought an '03 Century with the 3.1L V6 (Hertz rental return). 23k miles. The first day he had it I took it in to have the Dex-cool changed out (still under warranty, so didn't convert to green stuff). There was some yellowish crud at the top of the radiator filler neck, but overflow tank was clean, as was the original coolant. An optimist on the Century Townhall guessed the crud was probably stop-leak that GM put in.
Anyway, I'm curious; is there any chance GM has improved on their notorious plastic intake manifold gaskets installed at the factory since '01 on the 3.1L and 3.4L engines?
#2529 of 3508 2002 Regal GS Dash Rattle
Feb 23, 2004 (5:49 pm)
Curious to know if anyone has experienced a dash rattle (over bumps/uneven payment) that seems to be coming from the top of the dashboard on the passenger side. It's driving me nuts and if someone has already bagged a fix for it, I'd like to know. Many thanks,
#2530 of 3508 fredvh - tsu670- jbm
Feb 23, 2004 (10:11 pm)
I'm sitting here looking at the recall notice for our 2000 LS Regal.Its for all 2000-2003 3800 Series II engines and of course mine says Buick since thats what we have.It says some engines have developed coolant leaks at the upper intake manifold to throttle body gasket or at the lower intake to upper intake gasket.
What GM will do is replace the engine throttle body fasteners with redesigned fasteners and add cooling system sealent to the radiator tank at no charge thru July 31,2005.If you have already paid to have this corrected before 8-8-03 then they will reinburse you for parts,labor,fees,and taxes.
The 2004's must be OK from the factory?
I find it strange that GM recall's the 3800's for potential intake leaks when the 3.1's and 3.4's are having far-far more problems.I can literally find thousands of them on the internet.For ever one thats mentioned on the internet there 100's,maybe 1000's that arent.
Heres a service bulletin dated March 2003 about the 3.1-3.4 intake gasket problem.It tells about the new improved gasket which they say still has the same part # as the old one.I have heard that most every 3.1-3.4 GM V-6 built from 1995 to Oct 2003 has the potential for a leaking intake gasket.Some will leak while others never will.
Our 2000 LS Regal has the famous dash rattle too.It comes and goes.It drives my wife crazy.