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#459 of 3508 Buick Regal LS or GS
Feb 10, 2001 (5:17 pm)
I have a 1999 LS...the more I "learn" about the GS(supercharger) the more I want one. I should have never test driven a GS!!! My question: should I sell my LS and purchase a GS??? OR Place an additional 2,000 in the LS modify engine; C.A.I. system, exhaust, brakes and keep it for a few more years???
Besides fuel are their drawbacks to the supercharger...trans or motor issues??? What would happen if I placed a supercharger on a LS??? OR Would it be cheaper to buy a stock GS???
Dazed and Confused,
#460 of 3508 Saile...
Feb 10, 2001 (5:57 pm)
By supercharging your LS, you will void your
The GS has a "fortified" (heavy duty) transmission/transaxle that the LS does not
If you really must have the supercharger,
do it right and buy the GS and sell your LS.
my 2 cents.
#461 of 3508 Regal LS or GS
Feb 10, 2001 (7:58 pm)
What's mo'better...LS(200HP) or GS(240HP)
Supercharger is a bad thing...Don't need another ticket. Supercharger is a good thing...I really have to get to the stop sign faster!!!(ha..ha)
No really any advice....
Yes, I know LS or GS...it's subjective!!!
Much like that...Taste Great...Less Flling.
Feb 10, 2001 (8:46 pm)
I'd wait till 2003 (I believe) when the new restyled Regal is due out. Plus, Buick may also be introducing a 300HPplus GNX which has me thinking already about trading the 01 GS for an 03 GNX. Wouldn't that be something!
Good luck. You know that 3800 engine is no slouch!
#463 of 3508 woodybuick
Feb 10, 2001 (9:23 pm)
Absolutely agree with you concerning the service.
The last year my wife and I bought a new Buick Regal at the nearest dealership. One mile from me. 3 minute drive or 15 minute walk. Very convenient. They sell also Pontiac, BMW and MB, and are approved by local AAA. I thought it must be a good place. But my experience with the service turned to be negative.
Our second car is a 98 Malibu, bought used at Chevrolet dealership. Serviced it here while the car was under warranty, even while the dealership is 11 miles from me. Their service is fist-rate. Would like to say anything good about the Buick dealership. Even while, in theory, Buick must better than Chevrolet.
I cannot agree with you, though, about the specifics. You mentioned free car wash, and free oil change, and free transportation. All of this is nice, but is just an icing at the cake with generally good service. And can aggravate troubles with a really bad treatment.
My Buick dealer have all of this - so what? After several contacts with them, I prefer to pay $15 for oil change at Firestone. Because the Firestone treat me as a human.
I also decide that it is better to live with not-important defects, than to take the Buick service. The problem is I will be more or less stick with the dealer if need a serious repair, as long as the car is under GM warranty. I e-mailed GM, asking if I can arrange a warranty service at Chevrolet for a Buick car. GM answered that it is possible only if the car was bought used at the Chevy dealer.
There are several other Buick dealerships around, 4 of them in 15 mile radius, according to GM. But how can I know, if the dealerships are better than the nearest one?
You mentioned SSI (Service Satisfaction Index) rating of dealers. May I ask you, please, where to look for this index?
#464 of 3508 woodybuick
Feb 10, 2001 (9:32 pm)
The good Chevrolet dealership is Richard Chevrolet, Cheshire, CT.
The bad Buick/Pontiac dealership is Mauro Motors, Hamden, CT. They sell also BMW and MB, but last year moved the operation to other lot, in North Haven, CT.
#465 of 3508 My impression of Buick Regal 97.5 to 01
Feb 11, 2001 (6:05 am)
FYI. Buick Regals are built in Oshawa, Ontario Canada along with Buick Century. The Regals have a very sporty shape to them. The lines remind me of 92-96 Toyota Camry. Buick Regal looks the best with 225-60/16 tires and alloys. The 15" wheels and wheel covers cheapen the look of the car.
I drove a 98 LS with 23K miles two summers ago. It felt sporty, quite. One complaint was its soft ride. Since I was considering buying it, I borrowed it from its owner at work, and drove it home one night. Driving at 70mph on the highway, it seemed like it took forever to make the 32mile trip home. I bet the soft ride and soft seats will be tiring on 3+ hour trips. There was not enough left leg room for me either to stretch my leg. Wheel well was in the way. I am 5 9, and 180 Ibs, but I love the ability to stretch my left leg during trips.
Buick Regal biggest attributes are its good looks, and GM's jewel, V-6 3.8L engine and excellent 4 speed transmission. I hear a lot people complain about trim rattle and squeaks. I am driving a 96 Toyota Camry XLE V-6. Toyota's 195HP V-6 gets about 29-32 on highway doing 70-75. Camry's gas tank holds 18.5 gallons.
They say in 99 Buick added a engine brace across strut towers to increase stifness and regidity, and the ride is slightly firmer. Buick Regals also started using plastic gas tanks in 2000MY.
Never worry about Regal paint job. GM Oshawa plants have one of the best GM paint facilities. The plant also makes Chevy Impala, Monte Carlo, and Lumina.
Buick Regal production has been declining from 89K in 1998 to 78K last year. Some one said this car is lowest volume car in Buick line up. That Title belongs to Park Avenue. Last year, they built some 42K of those.
With early retirement of Olds Intrigue, Regal's volume may pick up, but this year production numbers are way down across all US manufacturers, and its very unlikly that Regal will reach 100K. It does not make sense to have 80 days supply of cars, and give some $4500 rebate off the sticker to move the car. When those huge rebates go on, guess what happens to value of your used Buick Regal?
Feb 11, 2001 (6:16 am)
Thanks for your reply. It was refreshing to hear the emphasis you place on SERVICE! I totally agree. When I purchased my GS, I was quite serious about buying a Lincoln LS. However due to a combination of price, dealerships and my like for the GS, I chose Buick. So far, I am quite happy.
The LM dealerships in our area seem old and run down. They didn't at all give me any assurance that I would get service equal to what I paid for the car and what I truly expect.
I purchased my GS from Marquardt Buick in Barrington, Illinois and have been quite satidfied with both the dealership and the service. If things change I'll let this board of Regal owners know.
#467 of 3508 Yurakm and dealer's service
Feb 11, 2001 (6:25 am)
I would not go back to that dealer you bought the car from! If there are 4 other dealers in the area, try them all until you are satisfied. Call them and make an appointment for an oil change (when needed) to check them out. If you are treated poorly on the phone, cancel the appointment and try another.
Service is service and you do NOT have to go back to the dealer you bought the car from.
#468 of 3508 You're not gonna believe this...
Feb 11, 2001 (12:33 pm)
...but my mom wants to replace her 1991 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo with 150K. It's been a nickel and diming them a little recently and left her stranded once. Since she commutes 30+ miles each way to work, she needs something on which she can depend. She dearly loves the Celica but her confidence has waned. So... she likes my car and figures that, if I'd buy one, it must be OK. (I recommended the Celica too. They purchased it used for less than $11K and put 120K on it.) So... I went looking for her and found this:
A 2000 GSE with 2614 (!) miles. It's at a Chevrolet dealership and was traded in on a C5. This car has everything but the wing. (Who cares?) They wanted $21995 but we bargained them down to $20450. I'm thinking this is fair. We could hold out and maybe shake them down another $1K but in that time, this brand-new-for-all-intents-and-purposes car could sell; another buyer was looking at the car as we were. What do you guys think?