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#3434 of 3508 Re: 2000 Buick Regal LS [imidazol97]
Apr 18, 2009 (8:25 am)
Many THANKS. My list of things to check is becoming structured, thanks to your patience. When the juices settled down, I will crack the hood on that piece of GM Junk and begin. My area of expertise runs to computers and internet web pages. I stopped being automotively knowledgeable when they took carburators and spark plugs out of the engine compartment.
What's so ironic is that, of all the cars I've owned in the past 29 years, the Regal is the only one I bought through a dealer. All 3 Crown Vics, as well as the Chevy Malibu and Honda Accord, were purchased from private parties, and were trouble free. Thus, my reluctance to return to a GM dealer for service.
What a way to spend my retirement!!!
#3435 of 3508 Re: 2000 Buick Regal LS [bsamstag]
Apr 19, 2009 (10:17 am)
A lot depends on the troubleshooting diagnostic flowchart. That should be right down the alley for someone used to computers (remember the TRSIII) and web pages. I did both of those.
I would have an opinion if I were feeling the motor die to think if it's completely off or not. But one other thing a few people found is the ignition switch. After many years of wear on the contacts, it might be losing contact for the portion that runs the ignition power to the ISC, e.g. Then you turn it off and recycle to make contact again and it's good to go. Not the key cylinder--the ignition switch, which is down near the base of the steering column operated by a link from the lock cylinder at the top.
#3436 of 3508 Re: 2000 Buick Regal LS [imidazol97]
Apr 21, 2009 (2:30 pm)
One of my favorite sayings is: I'd rather be lucky than good any day!
My son dropped off the sick Regal half a block from my mechanic, and picked up the Malibu which was in for service. The following day the mechanic experienced all the problems we have, and had to restart many times before he made it to his shop. Hooking up the diagnostics showed many, manyerror codes being thrown like crazy, pointing to the MAF!!! He claims that the error codes continued to show even with the ignition off.
Short story ending: After spending almost $900, replacing a few things that didn't need replacing, the Regal runs fine with the MAF replacement ($360.45 total). I tested it on the 405 Freeway and on Sepulveda Blvd returning (in traffic).
So, I don't need to spend $4,300 on the used SAAB that my son wanted, and I got my prize Ford Crown Victoria back. Many thanks to all those good folks who shared their stories with me. I'm adding mine as another successful conclusion to a harrowing GM problem.
Bernard Samstag (aka: Sam)
Culver City, CA
#3437 of 3508 Re: 2000 Buick Regal LS [bsamstag]
Apr 22, 2009 (3:17 pm)
Thanks for reporting back that it was the MAF. That will help others who search the discussion for help.
#3438 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [bsamstag]
Apr 22, 2009 (5:27 pm)
The stalling occurs upon deceleration at a traffic light or stop sign
Wish I had seen your post earlier. Same thing happened with my 99 Regal LS. It was the mass airflow sensor.
#3439 of 3508 P0300 Buick Regal 1996
Apr 27, 2009 (10:47 am)
I was driving down the road today on the freeway doing about 80 then all of a sudden my SES light starts flashing and then goes solid.. I guess the flash is to get your attention. So I take it to autozone. She said I had a misfire. First question I changed my plugs about 2 years ago and my wire about a couple of months ago. What would be the most COMMON thing that I should change yet. The light was not the reason I changed my plugs. I was told to switch the little do dad that take hot exhaust from the engine... It build up with carbon... Don't know. Second question. Should Autozone been able to tell me which cylinder misfired? Thank all in advance.
#3440 of 3508 new buick regal
May 12, 2009 (10:20 am)
Hi, i was in china for a few weeks and saw the new Buick Regal. I have to say it is a real good looking car. At first, i could not believe it was a Buick. It is prettier than any of the Buick here in the US. Seriously, if this model is in the US, I will definitely consider it.
http://www.autoblog.com/tag/Regal/ Here are some pics. It is a shame we won't see it in US.
#3441 of 3508 Re: 2003 & 2004 Regal GS vs the 97-02 models [bsamstag]
May 12, 2009 (1:40 pm)
After all the problems I've had with my 2000 Buick Regal, I should mention that I lucked into the problem: The MAF sensor! After replacing the Crank Shaft sensor and the Low Speed Idle motor/sensor, I got lucky. Fortunately, the Regal started running really badly as the mechanic drove it into his shop. The computer was throwing error codes like crazy, and they all pointed to the MAF. Replacement $250+ solved the problem.
As my mechanic Bob (and I) says: I'd rather be lucky than good any day!
#3442 of 3508 Re: new buick regal [rjw_mpwr]
May 12, 2009 (8:06 pm)
I just checked the picture. Wow. How much is it in chinese yen converted to U.S dollars. That looks awsome. Thanks for sharing.
#3443 of 3508 Engine fan cooling sensor?
Jun 07, 2009 (5:45 pm)
I just got this 1996 regal 6 cylinder. When you idle the fans wont turn on. I bypassed the control switches and can get them to turn on. My question is, is the coolant level sensor the same as the heat sensor that tells the control units to send power to the fans?