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#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?
Feb 11, 2001 (4:10 pm)
A like new loaded 2000 GSE Regal with 2600 miles is worth $20,450 but since its at a Chevy dealer have your Mom offer them $20,000 and I bet they take it.
In Dec we paid $15,888 for a well equiped 2000 LS Regal with leather and it had 18,000 miles.It stickered new for $25,000.This was a no trade deal at a Buick dealer 60 miles away.I offered less and they wouldnt take it.Our local dealer would have asked $17,888 or more for the 2000 LS we bought and would have sat on it until he got close to that.
Let us know if your Mom gets the car.I'm sure she will like it if she gets it.Cars are selling poorly now and most dealers are carrying a huge inventory so its a buyers market.Good Luck.
#470 of 3508 Sevice, Please
Feb 12, 2001 (7:18 am)
My last Buick was a '69 Special that had a lot of quality problems compounded by bad service from the dealer. Thirty years later, my next Buick is a '99 LS. The service from the dealer, whose aging facilities are located in a crummy area is great. His latest good deed was to replace the springs in the driver's seatback under warranty. At 25K, the dash rattle has mysteriously disappeared. My only complaint? Should have gone for a GS.
#471 of 3508 Regal pricing..
Feb 12, 2001 (10:05 am)
FYI... when I was looking for my regal these were the best prices I got, both from Buick dealerships
98 LS with 27k miles and Gran T. package, leather int.... $13,650 (bet they would have taken $13,500)
98 GS with 27,000 miles, spoiler, chrome rims, sunroof, etc.. $15,700
98 GS with 30,000 miles... $15,000 (This is the car I bought because I don't need Chrome rims or spoiler, just that damn supercharger)
And my wife really couldn't understand why I wanted the GS, she never drove it. I was seriously considering the LS, but didn't want to regret not having gotten the Supercharger, so I forked over the extra money... now I have no regrets and a faster car. I have read other posts about people regreting not having the GS and I think I made the right decision.
And to anyone currently debating the LS vs. GS... without a doubt get the GS and if the wife doesn't understand why, hand her the keys for a test drive and get the hell out of her way. : )
#472 of 3508 Finding GS???
Feb 12, 2001 (5:40 pm)
Ok...I'm going to buy a GS and trade in my LS BUT...Does anybody know why I can't find:
EXT-one tone maroon
I personally don't like the grey two-tone(GSE)...or is this the only way the GS are painted??? I've seen one tone(White and Blue)GS's but NEVER maroon???
with sunroof and 8 speaker system
I've tried every new/used web-site...I can't find the Motts??? Does someone know of a car finding site??? I've tried: autonet.com and every search engine!!! Is my search in vain??? I need something in the West coast...Arizona. Hell at this point I'll drive to the east coast for the car!!!
If anyone knows something...THX
#473 of 3508 saile...
Feb 12, 2001 (6:03 pm)
did you try
Feb 12, 2001 (8:42 pm)
Do not know about 1999 GS, but according to www.gmbuypower.com, all 2001 GS are painted in two tones, the lower one being "storm gray".