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#2758 of 3508 well I got one
Oct 29, 2004 (9:44 am)
I decided to take over my moms Regal after she passed away this year, and efforts to sell it by my brother and sister didn't pan out. Its an 1999 LS model, dark red with tan interior, 62,000 miles. Its a real improvement from the previous Buicks my parents had - an 86 Park Ave. and 95 Century. I did not like those cars at all, from how they drove to how they looked. With this one, the styling is more attractive to me than those old boxy models, the steering, ride and handling are better in every way, and the dash and seats are a huge improvement.
I dont have an owners manual although my brother thinks he has it somewhere and is looking. Maybe someone can answer a few questions.
It has keyless remote but there is only one. Can I get another remote at the dealer, how much does that cost?
Whats with the reverse gear warning beeper, can that be defeated?
Sometimes the headlights stay on after the car is locked, sometimes they dont. My wife has been driving it and says that turning on the lights by pulling out the knob makes no difference, the taillights are always on. Does this car have automatic sensing lights?
It has a cassette player, which might as well be an 8-track for the use it would get. Has anyone replaced the stereo? Got any links to instructions remove the dash, without a charge for the info? Did you go aftermarket, or with another Delco unit? Ive seen the CD/cassette units on sale on Ebay and a few other sites, and wonder about putting 150 or so towards a used unit, and then deal with getting the code to unlock it, when I could get a new Pioneer with MP3 support installed for under $200...
#2759 of 3508 Kmag: Well I Got One
Oct 31, 2004 (6:10 pm)
I believe you can buy a remote at the dealer, but I don't know the cost. I had a 2001 LS, and currently have a 1998 LS, and neither one had the beeper for reverse. I am not sure if that is a GM option, or an aftermarket add on option. I have seen some replacement backup lights advertised that incorporate a beeper. You may try replacing your backup light bulbs, and see what happens.
Your car has automatic sensing lights.
My wife and I really like the Regal. If your Mom has not changed the transmission fluid and filter in the last 30,000 miles, I would get it changed. I would also change the brake fluid and bleed the brakes if it has not been done in the last two years. Good luck with a good car.
#2760 of 3508 Coolant level & stuck window
Nov 01, 2004 (5:13 am)
I've had to put coolant in my 99 Regal LS on one occasion since I bought it 6 months ago(about a quart in June.)Currently has 60,000 miles.If cap on recovery tank is not on tight...is it possible for water in coolant to evaporate as in post #2756? Or, a problem with head gasket?
Also, power window on front passenger side keeps getting stuck. Any quick fixes for it? Thanks.
Nov 01, 2004 (6:05 am)
I saw a website referenced on Edmunds in one of the groups I read that offers keyless remotes. Some of those do not have to be programmed by the dealer. E.g., my 98 LeSabre. You might check into it. In some cases they would give you the name of a local shop or key shop that would do the programming for you for a set price -- if I'm remembering the website correctly.
#2763 of 3508 Re: PCM in Airbox [jpstax1]
Nov 02, 2004 (10:52 am)
I own a 98 regal ls 25th anniversary edition with the grand touring suspension. I am now at 103k miles; got it when it had 45k on it three years ago. I've had tension er replaced around 50k. The car is white earlier this year the driver side quarter panel started peeling; but that's fix now ($325 out of my pocket). Other than that it's been great. The only changes i made is that added 20 inch wheels. In the next couple of weeks I'll be changing the plugs/wires,cabin air filter,drive belt. Just change the tranny fluid a week ago. Would like to install new bulbs in fog lights but too much moisture inside housing.
#2764 of 3508 Re: well I got one [kmag]
Nov 02, 2004 (12:14 pm)
You can get an owner's manual and a remote keyless fob from e-Bay by searching on "Buick Regal".
The owner's manual is pretty important on this car. My wife and I quickly learned that when we couldn't always count on the "AUTO" setting on the climate control to do a good job in defrosting the windows in this climate (Minnesota), so the instructions on how to operate the system manually came in quite handy. There are also procedures on how to change the various light bulbs on the car, and of course there are the capacities and specifications that come in handy if you do your own maintenance.
For the fob a dealer will want about $45 and an additional $30 to program it. On e-Bay you can get a fob for easily less than half that (around $10) and do the programming yourself. Programming instructions for the fob are as follows:
1. While sitting in the driver's seat and with all doors closed and the ignition key removed from the ignition lock cylinder, press AND HOLD "unlock" on the driver's door lock switch.
2. Insert and remove the ignition key twice (don't rotate in the lock cylinder; just slide it in and back out twice)...
3. ... then insert the key a third time.
4. Now release the door lock switch. You should hear 3 chimes indicating the fob is active.
5. Press and hold the lock and unlock buttons on the fob at the same time for 12 seconds. You should then hear 2 more chimes.
6. Remove key from the ignition. Done.
The reverse beeper sounds like an aftermarket add-on. You can try removing the rear applique from the back of the trunk lid (there are 8 wing nuts) and see if you can find and disconnect the device. (Note: while the rear applique can be undone, it can't be removed entirely because of the wiring harness attached to it, but there's enough slack in the harness to give you the access you need. The point is to warn you not to pull too hard on this large rear lens assembly after removing the 8 wing nuts).
Yes, Regals and numerous other GM vehicles have automatic headlights. Just after turning off the engine at home I usually pull the light switch knob out to the parking light position and then push it back in again. That turns off the exterior lights immediately. There might be a way to program the headlights so they don't stay on for 5 minutes after shutting the engine off.
As far as switching out the radio goes, I'd recommend finding a Hayne's manual for this car. You can buy them at auto parts stores, if they aren't sold out, or you can find them cheaper on, you guessed it, e-Bay.
Just another note. For the past couple of years, as other members of this forum know, I have been a student of the controversial Dex-Cool coolant that comes standard with these cars, and highly recommend that it be flushed and refilled long before the 5-year/150,000 miles listed in the maintenance schedule of the owner's manual. Your Regal is a '99, so you might check to see if your mother kept her maintenance receipts and if any include a cooling system flush. Dex-Cool should be a nice bright orange color. If it is brownish and/or has any sludge in it, I highly recommend you get it flushed right away.
Hope this helps.
#2765 of 3508 thanks for the info
Nov 04, 2004 (12:22 pm)
I took the rear light panel off last night and sure enough there was a weird looking bulb in one of the backup lights. Replaced it with a standard bulb and no more beeps. The beeps sounded terrible anyway, like a cheap toy with a low battery.
I'll check Ebay for the remote, another place I found with a quick search charged $44 with instructions to progam and indicates dealer cost of $94, so getting one for $10 would be a worthwhile savings. I think I will not bother with changing the stereo to a used Delco, I'll just get a Pioneer or Sony or JVC.
My mom just bought this car last year at 57000 miles, so the service history is unknown. I'm going to have it serviced for tranny and coolant at some point within the next year. Hopefully my brother will send the manual soon, but I'll probably have to remind him....
#2766 of 3508 Re: thanks for the info [kmag]
Nov 04, 2004 (2:39 pm)
I'd rather do it before winter.
#2767 of 3508 Regal seats
Nov 06, 2004 (4:48 pm)
I am just starting to research Regal and Century. Until now, I have been looking at Impala. I have long legs, and prefer seats with deep seat pans. I like the Impala, but they just changed the Onstar installation to be on the windshield, which cuts vision.
What kind of seats are on the Regal? I prefer the flat, bench-type seats. I noticed that they have bucket seats, but are they large and deep?
Buick.com doesn't have them online anymore, so I can't find info from them.