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#2769 of 3508 99 Regal LS update
Dec 01, 2004 (8:59 am)
We have had this car for two months now and I am liking it more. I've had small cars for many years so it's quite a change. I'm surprised and pleased to find that the steering is fairly quick and also pretty accurate. I drove my wife's grandmother's 02 Camry for a few hours this weekend and found it to have a more vague feel in steering and handling, and much less power - probably it had the 4 cylinder, though.
MPG is typically about 22 or 23, and I measured 27 on a recent 190 mile road trip of 95% highway at speeds 65 and under. I don't really think 30 is possible maybe if you set the cruise at 55 on a flat interstate for several hours.
I dont find the seats to be all that great. They are not uncomfortable but the upper back support is odd, pushing in slightly on my shoulder blades and lower support is marginal. However I dont drive this car every day so maybe its just not quite adjusted to my frame. Or maybe it is me, the seats in the 02 Camry were not all that great, and Ive spent a good amount of time in my inlaws 2000 Accord SE and those seats aren't very comfortable to me either - they are much too firm especially the bottom cushion.
Unfortunately this car is cursed with the same GM interior quality that has been legendary - squeaky panels and loose, poorly fitting parts. But at least the dash does not squeak while driving, unlike the last 3 GM cars we have had. I find it odd that it has leather or faux-leather inserts in the doors with cloth seats, and woodgrain on the small panels in the doors but black trim on the dash. The cruise control lacks de-accellerate, and there is no inside trunk release except on the remote and no remote gas cap release. But these are all pretty minor things, overall its a decent car and better than previous Buicks and other GM midsize cars I have experienced.
Dec 01, 2004 (9:38 am)
on cruise control. Have you tried tapping the button on the end of the stalk? Each tap should be 1 mph.
As for squeaks I've had little in the way of problems in my last several cars.
#2771 of 3508 Re: 99 Regal LS update [kmag]
Dec 01, 2004 (3:22 pm)
There is a trunk release button, at least in 2000 Regals, but it is of very limited use. The button is located behind the glove box door: you may open the wide door and look for a yellow button on the frame, to the left(?) of the very narrow glove box proper.
I used it very seldom, probably 3-4 times in 4 year we own the car; remote is much more convenient.
#2772 of 3508 Re: 99 Regal LS update [kmag]
Dec 02, 2004 (5:23 pm)
Regarding your gas mileage, we also have a '99 and on trips consistently get 30 mpg on interstates in overdrive (around 2000 rpm or so). During one trip on state roads in northern/central MN and southern Canada we got an amazing 34 mpg last summer. That was driving primarily around 55 as there were a lot of deer to watch for, and that's what the natives were driving. Ours has the 3800 Series II normally aspirated engine. Does yours have the supercharged motor? Even if it does, I think your mileage should still be in the same ballpark. Perhaps a bottle of Chevron's Techron fuel injector cleaner would help a little. I try to remember to use a bottle after each oil change (emphasis on "try").
#2773 of 3508 LS Gas mileage...
Dec 04, 2004 (10:29 am)
On our '02 Abboud has just gotten better and better since new, when the dealer's 25 psi all around netted only about 26mpg on the road. A correct 32 psi and 35,000 miles later, we turned an astounding 36 mpg doing a steady 65 mph down the Jersey Turnpike [real flat going]. This in a 3500 lb, 200 HP car! Helps take the sting out of $2 gas. [PS - we've never clocked less than 22 mpg, in NYC traffic.]
Dec 04, 2004 (5:45 pm)
I have the 2000 3.8 L SC engine which has consistently delivered 30-32 mpg highway. I did reach 34 once but it takes a lot of non stop interstate driving to do that. The point seems to be 70 mph, going to 75 drops the mpg slightly. Great highway car. Ave 22-24 mpg around the city. Premiun fuel with the SC
#2775 of 3508 Hesitation in my '98 Regal GS
Dec 06, 2004 (12:07 am)
My off-the-line acceleration sucks. I read in an auto advice column that the problem is more than likely fuel-related (not ignition). The columnist suggested checking the throttle position sensor. He said to have a mechanic use a lab scope on the TPS and fuel pressure tester. He said to also have him test fuel volume. Finally he suggested getting the fuel injectors tested with a balance test, and the TPS and/or injectors replaced if necessary. Has anyone heard of the TPS? What does it do? Is the advice columnist right in his assumptions? I regularly use fuel injector cleaner.
Dec 06, 2004 (9:38 am)
The Throttle Position Sensor tells you exactly that, what percent is the throttle open...Also...Have you changed your plugs recently...Have mechanic check your air/fuel mixture...And check the IDC [Injector Duty Cycle]tells the percent of fuel going thru the injectors...
Dec 06, 2004 (12:12 pm)
My 1999 LS is getting a little over 19mpg combined(city 30-40%, highway 60-70%)No long highway trips yet. Excellent acceleration and power when needed.Wish it had the inside gas cap release for fuel though.Agree with previous post...fit and finish not the greatest, squeaky air fan, but best car I've ever owned(1970 Chevy Nova, 1978 AMC Concorde,1979 Olds Cutlass Supreme and a 1994 Nissan Altima)For the most part I drive them until they are at deaths door.
#2778 of 3508 Re:Decellerate
Dec 07, 2004 (8:24 am)
The set button on the cruise does decel. I have driven any number of GM cars with this stalk and always thought that it just didnt have this feature.
I have the stereo that has the tone button to select manual/rock/pop/classic etc. sound presets. I found that you can set each of the 6 station buttons on each band, to save its own tone setting. Just change the tone and then hold the button in like you were setting the station.
There is no remote trunk release on my Regal in the glove box. But I have the remote now that my wife is driving her own car. I hate cars with a seperate door key, what a pain.