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#3314 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [yurakm]
Dec 10, 2006 (7:23 pm)
Thanks for the replies bushwack and yurakm. I have no right to expect anyone to write as much as yurakm did...thanks a million.
Of all things, why would they delete a strut tower brace...can they? I didn't think a STB is an optional piece of equipment.
I've sat in a 2004, not driven it, and thought my hind end was picking up on a stiffer, thinner seat. Glad (yet sad) to know I was right and not having a bad butt day, lol.
Sad also to see how much fiddling they did with the Regal over those years. No small wonder they drove it into the history books. I have a few mechanical issues with my 98, the most pressing of which is a whine from the area of either the alternator or SC. I believe it to be the alt, but am crossing my fingers. The whine isn't connected to the SC and really does sounds like it is coming str8 from the alternator. I have a mechanic buddy who I drove by twice this week to let him hear and, of course, it would not do its 'trick' for him.
The tranny shifts a bit hard into overdrive and I'm going to have that looked at by another guy I know. Nothing against the Buick service shop but they are short on feel and long on "can we replace that for ya today?". I'd like to get a pro's feel for if the shifting is normal aging or signaling a future problem.
If it passes these hurdles, I may consider "B-52-ing" it and holding it a while longer. Just like the Air Force keeps those old bombers in the air, I usually do that with my cars (on the ground though). I kept a 1984 LeSabre for 15 yrs and 261,000 miles. The electronics had finally failed to an unacceptable $degree$ was why I finally gave her up.
My 39 yr old back prefers a softer seat while my 39 yr old foot likes a snap of torque now and then. The seats on the 04, if they are after a few miles what they felt like after 2 minutes, would be torture on me I think. I may hold on to this car until it's time to think about the Lucerne (if I stay within Buick). My gf is pressuring me all the time to buy a Camry - like the one she owns. She has more than a few problems with it but I'll leave that for the Toyota threads.
Thanks for the replies.
#3315 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [bigunit67]
Dec 10, 2006 (10:01 pm)
You wrote: The tranny shifts a bit hard into overdrive
May be an ATF overfill? I had a similar problem, especially pronounced in hot summer days. After checking the ATF level turned to be a whole inch above the maximum line, and foaming a little. I siphoned out some of the ATF (it is still a bit above the line, 1/4 inch or so). Now the transmission shifts again as a new. The car accelerates better, coasts much longer on idle, and burns about 20-25% less gas.
It was overfilled for 2.5 - 3 years. I failed to check the ATF level after flushing it at a dealership. It was dumb, but the dealership usually is very good, and it is hard for me to find a level place: definitely could not do it at home nor at work. My wife drove the car for most of the period, and she is less sensitive to such things.
Fortunately, a synthetic Mobil 1 ATF was put into the transmission, that did not deteriorate after a couple of years of light foaming.
Now about the seats: The 2004 seats still are good, but 2000 ones were much better.
#3316 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [yurakm]
Dec 11, 2006 (7:50 am)
I also had some of the fluid drained out a few weeks back as it had been overfilled at a dealership last Dec. At this same time, I also found out the tranny flush I had last December didn't also include a requested filter change. The previous service mgr informed me then that it typically didn't, but my request stood. Well, he didn't give a flying phooey about my request, as the current service mgr remarked (at my last oil change) that it had been a number of years since my last filter change. He showed me the screen he was looking at when I questioned him, so...yet another reason, I suppose, to stand behind them as they do work on your car. To the newer guy's credit, he agreed to do it for free at my next oil change to make up for the 'oversight'.
Something my tranny has done since I bought the car is have a hard time shifting into overdrive in colder weather (under 25 degree F). The fluid has to warm a bit before it'll bend to my will. That has remained constant no matter if the fluid is old or new or the filters have just been changed or not.
Not wanting to run afoul of the moderators, but was the Regal the only Buick de-contented as it approached its final run? I never heard that about the PA or LeS, but you never know until you ask.
#3317 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [bigunit67]
Dec 11, 2006 (1:36 pm)
I believe that not only Buicks and other GM cars, but most of other cars are decontented, as well as of other goods. This is a routine way, described in standard American university marketing textbooks.
I read it in mid 1980-ths, in the fourths edition of textbook by Philip Kotler. I lived then in the Soviet Union, but was interested in American economics.
#3318 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [bigunit67]
Dec 17, 2006 (11:00 am)
"Not wanting to run afoul of the moderators, but was the Regal the only Buick de-contented as it approached its final run?"
The Century is another example of Buick's decontenting. I believe in 2003 the previously standard antilock brakes were made optional. That was a biggy.
#3319 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [yurakm]
Dec 19, 2006 (5:48 pm)
I'm aware of what you mean in an overall general sense, but was directing my comments a bit more laser-like to like what the last poster gave an example of with the brakes.
What can I say...I'm a big fan of cars that give you smallish V-6 hwy gas mileage yet make available a small V-8 when you need it, ala the SuperCharged Regal, Park Avenue, Impala SS (pre V-8 version) and Pontiac GT/GTP.
Nothing against the new 3.6 engine, but I don't read the same things about it for mileage...change the mileage and it changes how you feel about the image of the car itself.
#3320 of 3508 Fuel guage acting crazy....
Dec 26, 2006 (6:53 pm)
Hello, my 2001 regals fuel gauge is all over the place. It will show full when starting, then go down to 1/4 tank, back to 1/2 tank, etc., etc. It never stays on the correct reading.
Anyone had this problem? what could it be?
#3321 of 3508 1989 Regal Gran Sport fuel enjector
Jan 03, 2007 (11:24 am)
I have a 1989 Buick Regal Gran Sport (3.1 multi port) with what i beleive a bad enjector. I believe that it is being stuck open and flooding the engine. After the car has been driven and i come to a stop the rpm's jump alover from like 500 to 1300 and it will do this until i put it into neutral. Somtimes it will sputter and stall out. It will start right back up and begin it again. Sometimes the Check engine like comes on right before it happens, somtimes it comes on after it acts up. I just wanted to see if thet is really the problem and if anyone has a tip for finding which one it is. Thank you in advanced.
#3322 of 3508 Re: Fuel guage acting crazy.... [dwo]
Jan 03, 2007 (11:27 am)
I can't think of the name right now but i think it might be the part inside the gas tank with the fuel pump conected to it. the part measure the fuel in the tank. i have a 89 that had the same problem. I replaced that and it fixed it.
#3323 of 3508 were is the wiper motor for a 1992 buick regal?
Jan 08, 2007 (5:17 pm)
hey everyone! last week my wiper motor died and i can't seem to find the damn motor, does anyone know were it might be?