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#2920 of 3508 1998 Buick Regal suspension thumps
May 30, 2005 (7:34 am)
My sis has a '98 Regal that she loves, but at about 120K, after a rough trip on some of the Northeast's winter pot-holed roads, her car's handling and suspension got out of whack. So she had the front and rear struts replaced, and though this partially addressed the problems, the car isn't back to the nice controlled ride she had enjoyed for several years. Someone on this forum had earlier mentioned that the Strut Tower Brace was an affordable and effective fix. Has anyone else had an experience with this solution? Or other solutions? I checked her car's tire pressure, and she's fine there. And she's running some nice, recently balanced Michelins, so I don't suspect the tires. I noticed that there is a pronounced "thump" on some rougher patches of roadway, and also what seems like a little bit of wheel "skip" sometimes, so I'm thinking it must still be something suspension-related. Also, any recommendations regarding struts other than the OEM ones she got installed? Thank you!
#2921 of 3508 Re: Buying a 2002 LS [jay99]
Jun 01, 2005 (4:36 pm)
What was the cost for replacing your tranny? Did you go through a dealer or private shop? Mine isn't in need of it just yet, but I can feel it changing from the smooth operator it has been. It's been serviced recently and that didn't help matters, so I know it's just a matter of miles. My mileage is just shy of 120,xxx on a 98 GS.
My short-trip driving stinks MPG-wise also. I still manage to get 28-30 on the hwy though so long as I keep my foot out of the fuel injectors (in other words laying off the super charger). Trips I've taken that involve a lot of hills and some SC use seem to ave in the low-mid 20's.
#2922 of 3508 Tranny Replacement
Jun 02, 2005 (5:29 am)
I had to have my trans replaced at 233K miles. I had it done by private shop for about $1700 w/36K warranty.
#2923 of 3508 Re: Buying a 2002 LS [bigunit67]
Jun 02, 2005 (4:29 pm)
I also paid $1700 for a used tranny (40k miles - 6 month warranty). I went through a private shop and they charged $500 for the labor. I didn't have much choice though as I wasn't sure of the problem until they already took out the transmission and told me I needed a new one. Mine had 124,xxx when it went out completely. I thought it was fine one day, and then all the sudden it wouldn't shift or sometimes it wouldn't respond at all until I restarted the car. Not fun stuff.
My gas mileage was really poor before replacing the tranny 14-16mpg. Now it is up to 21-23 around town with premium gas. (I earlier posted 17-18 and that is with regular). I live in the mountains and I mostly drive short distances <5 miles with lots of stop and go traffic, so I am sure that doesn't help.
Jun 03, 2005 (7:56 pm)
I have a 2001 Buick Regal GS with the Supercharger. Has anyone else ever had a problem with the airbag sensor light coming on for what appears to be no reason?
#2925 of 3508 1999 Regal LS Rear Speakers (Monsoon)
Jun 07, 2005 (9:34 am)
I'm about ready to scream...I just got this car a week or so ago, and something already shook loose from the right rear speaker. Piece of plastic or something is rattling back there when the bass hits and it's driving me nuts and after reading some messages, I'm scared to death to try to fix anything. Is there anything else I can do besides possibly take it to a dealer, or just biting the bullet and dealing with the rattle?
#2926 of 3508 Re: 1999 Regal LS Rear Speakers (Monsoon) [bjbaker82]
Jun 07, 2005 (3:54 pm)
bjbaker - that depends on whether or not you have a warranty. Even if you do, the dealer may refuse to fix it because it's a 'non-mechanical' item that doesn't impair the vehicle's function. Is it a sharp, plasticky rattle or a metallic-sounding one? Does it happen only when you're using the bass in your stereo, or does it happen when your car drives over sharp bumps?
#2927 of 3508 Substitute for supercharger oil
Jun 08, 2005 (5:53 am)
I bought a 2001 Regal - supposedly a certified vehicle from a GM dealer. One day later it made a growling sound - seemed to be coming from the supercharger. Never had a supercharger before, but upon exploration found that the oil was extremely low. I need to know if the GM SC oil is the only thing that can be used, or is there a substitute. No auto parts stores around here carry SC oil. Also, does the growling sound mean damage has already occurred? It wasn't making the noise when we purchased the car. Also, does the 3.8 SC require premium grade gas. It's my wife's car, and she's not a lead-foot at all?
#2928 of 3508 Re: S/C upgrade and IAT device [jpstax1]
Jun 08, 2005 (4:02 pm)
I was wondering what your results were with the upgrades so far? Have you had your HP/TQ checked to see what actual increases you're having? Any tranny problems with the increased power that you can tell?
I have a 98 regal GS myself. However, I believe I have the very early signs of tranny issues (just from wear and tear). It's not shifting as cleanly between 2/3 and 3/4 as it once did. I've kept it serviced so unless they slipped some goose grease in there w/o me knowing it I suppose it's a natural decay. If I did any upgrades, it'd be AFTER a tranny redo, should my car and I keep up relations that long.
On a diff subject...Did anyone else read about GM's reworking of the injector scheme on the 3.6? They are talking that it could generate an addl 50 HP, making for slightly over 300 if the system they're currently testing works (no word on how it might affect torque). Now that they're shoe-horning 5.3L V-8's that make 303 HP into Grand Prix's and (soon) Impalas and Monte Carlo's, that should make for interesting marketing problems if they allow the full 50 HP gain across the product board (taking bets there...)