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#3330 of 3508 Buick Regal LS Report
Apr 05, 2007 (5:26 pm)
I've had my 1999 Buick Regal LS for 3 years this April. Thus, far I have been extremely happy with it. I've replaced the tires and the battery(normal wear), had the rotors turned once, and had a new Mass Airflow Sensor put in. Though I learned after the fact that more than likely the MAF sensor could have been cleaned instead of being replaced.
Oh, I also did a trans. and coolant flush about 6 months after I bought it. I change the oil around 4,000 miles or 5-6 months. It now has about 72,000 miles on it. Except for a couple dings from idots in my workplace parking garage, it is still in very good shape.
It handles like a Buick, which if fine. But, the powerful engine and comfortable ride more than make up for it. I plan on keeping another 2-3... maybe 4 years, which will put it around the 100,000 mile mark. At which point I'll probably look at the LaCrosse, Nissan Altima or maybe the Mazda 6.
#3331 of 3508 Re: Resolved: Couldn't Remove Key [aed]
Apr 26, 2007 (4:37 pm)
I am having the same problem with a 2001 Regal LS. I'm not sure about the cover on the gearshift console, but I'll look for it and try some WD-40. When I put it in park, the door locks pop up. I'm wondering if there is linkage to the column that allows the key to turn to the release position. Apparently it is not an electrical release. Thanks for your post.
#3332 of 3508 Re: [pat]
Apr 26, 2007 (4:51 pm)
I would appreciate any ideas you have about the ignition key that doesn't always come out of the lock, but always goes in just fine. I am not sure about the shift lever switch. Is it the same switch that causes the door locks to pop up when you put it in park? My door locks always pop up. They key comes out easily at times, but then it refuses to turn to the release position. Both keys do the same thing. How is the key prevented from coming out. Is it mechanical or electrical? Thanks.
#3333 of 3508 Removable rear seat?
May 09, 2007 (4:08 pm)
Anyone have an idea whether a '99 regal LS could have its rear seat modified to either fold down or remove? I know newer versions had that but I would like to know if a '99 could be modified. Even if it took some tools to pull it on the occasion it was necessary.
#3334 of 3508 1991 Buick Regal Custom - R&R Starter
Jun 18, 2007 (9:10 am)
I have to R&R the starter out of my Buick Regal and I bought a Haynes manual which didn't shed much light on how to do this. The starter looks almost impossible to remove but I know this can't be true because another manual shows it as a B-Level maintenance level of effort and takes 1.1 hours. The Haynes manual says the corss member may have to be removed to gain access to the starter -- my cross member is welded in. The Haynes manual also says in extreme cases the front engine mounts may have to be disconnected and the engine rotated. The best I can figure this is what I have; the extreme case - so, how do you rotate the engine or is there another way short of taking the car to a dealership to get the starter removed and replaced.
Any and all guidance extremely appreciated! TIA
#3335 of 3508 Re: Buick Regal LS Report [jipster]
Jun 21, 2007 (10:07 pm)
I just bought a 2005 mazda 6 and it is a great car. If you do get a mazda 6 try and get the V6 version because the 4 cylinder 4 speed is a little under-powered for me. All and all it is an awesome car and in the automatic version the tip-tronic option is great fun. Good Luck
#3336 of 3508 engine lights
Jun 21, 2007 (10:15 pm)
I have a 1999 Buick Regal GS. The SES light, the anti-lock light, and the traction off light all come on at the same time. I have noticed this usually happens when the car gets wet. When the lights are on the cruise will come on then shut off right away, but when the lights are off the cruise works fine. I was wondering if the lights coming on have anything with the water possibly shorting them out. If anyone knows how to fix this problem it would help me tremendously.
#3337 of 3508 Re: engine lights [gsboost]
Jun 22, 2007 (8:17 am)
Two things come to mind:
With a clean towel, wipe off any dirt from the computer chip in your key (both sides).
The other item is you have a faulty sensor (duh!). Many things can come to be when all those lights appear. If you take the car to the dealer, most likely he'll get a vague computer code and their answer is often to change the ABS pump ($1,800). Don't go for it (unless you think you have such problems). Have them change the sensor (most like one of the sensors near the front wheels). FWIW, get the computer code from the dealer.
#3338 of 3508 Re: engine lights [gsboost]
Jun 22, 2007 (9:16 am)
The thiings I'd check would be the ground conections and positive connections at the battery and at the other end where they connect to the fender grounds and motor grounds. If you have a double layer positive cable with two main leads from it check carefully between them for corrosion. Check for corrosion going down into cables inside the plastic covering.
How is your battery? A weakened battery can cause funny reactions.
After that I'd go to Advanced Auto and have them check for codes even if that SES light isn't on. There may be stored codes that hint at the symptom of or the cause of the problem. The systems involved may not show codes with their reader. They may require a Tech II or equivalent that a good shop would use...
The antilock and traction light could be from a related problem. I'm not sure how th SES engine light would work there and be from the same problem.
Check leads, battery, and get codes read. All free so far!
#3339 of 3508 Re: engine lights [gsboost]
Jun 24, 2007 (11:54 pm)
Thanks for the help i will try those and get back to you if it doesn't work.