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#685 of 3508 My Two Cents
Mar 20, 2001 (8:06 am)
Traded a Maxima SE stick shift for a Buick Regal GSE last month ( an old 2000 model sitting around for a while) so here are the observations.
Supercharger very smooth, in fact, unlike a turbo, cannot even tell when it kicks in. Front end is sluggish, not as responsive as the Maxima, does not handle quite as well as the SE did. Power, yes, plenty. Rear seating space, smaller then the SE. Dealer/manufacturer issues read on
Small paint chip by mirror, nut/wing nut that hold the plastic cowling on the engine was missing, all four tires had different air pressure and spare at 45 lbs in lieu of 60. License plate not on tight (put on by dealer) supercharged emblem missing (had to order from parts) and at 733 miles I was leaking oil profusely. Dealer had to tighten all of the oil pan bolts, loose from the factory.
I hope that this is it, and police do notice it, I have a ticket to prove it.
Great car, tremendous value especially when buying a 2000 model in Feb 2001, the dealers are hurting, cannot give them away, well not quite that bad.
Who has had experience as to when the oil change light will come on?????
#686 of 3508 If you have a GS or GSE,
Mar 20, 2001 (10:38 am)
you should change the oil promptly at 3000 miles. The SC uses the motor oil for lubrication and adds wear.
Mar 20, 2001 (12:01 pm)
Something wrong here. If you say the supercharger uses the engine oil to cool I believe that you are incorrect as it has its own lubricant which the manual says to check at 30,000. Are you confusing superchargers with Turbos which can be coolant cooled but mostly oil cooled via the engine oil?????.
Mar 20, 2001 (1:10 pm)
You are correct. I thought that the GS used the Vortech supercharger which uses the engine oil for lubrication. My bad.
Mar 20, 2001 (7:02 pm)
I think all GM 3800s use an Eaton supercharger. Any good finance deals on Regals right now? As some of you know, I have a 98 Intrigue which is a lease and the lease will be up this summer. I'm seriously considering another Intrigue, but of lately they are hard to come by as it seems GM has cut production way back. I don't know if this is permanent or will change, but if it doesn't change I will have to look elsewhere and the Regal GS is naturally my second choice. Olds has some good finance deals such as 0.9% for 36 months and 3.9 for 60 months and has been know to do 0.9 for 60 months as the model year winds down. Just wondering if there are any similar finance options on Regals.
#690 of 3508 CHANGE OIL SOON
Mar 20, 2001 (9:24 pm)
I checked the owners manual they say it comes on when the oil life is less than 10%. I will not waitthat long. I just did about 3400 miles before my last change and the oil change life said 41%. Just for the hey of it I reset the numbers before I changed the oil and it sat at 99% and did not change for the whole day of driving. Basically this feature, to me so far, has no value.
#691 of 3508 ON THE OIL SUBJECT
Mar 20, 2001 (9:25 pm)
What oil is everyone using?
I was looking at the idea of a straight 30 weight racing oil from Kendall. I have found that this last very well after 3,000 and even more miles.
Mar 21, 2001 (4:14 am)
10w-30 Pennzoil every 3000 miles
#693 of 3508 Synthetic
Mar 21, 2001 (5:43 am)
I have been using Amosil synthetic for 9 years on multiple cars and with oil analysis. On this Buick GSE I recently purchased I will cahnge the oil first time around 2500 to synthetic then go 5,000-7,500 and then probably 12,000 between changes with a filter change at 6 -7,000 miles. This Buick gets a lot of highway miles and my previous car I did the 12,000 mile routine and oil analysis great. Other cars and schedules are
1992 Camry V6, every 7,500 miles 132,000 on it
1996 Mercury Mystique 4 Cyl, once a year filter at 6 months
1997 Isuzu Rodeo, V6, 59,000 miles, every 7,500
1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Twin turbo, every 5,000 miles, only 14,500 total miles
All use Amsoil 10W30 except the Mercury which is on a 0W30 diet. All have synthetic tranny and gear oil fluids (Buick has not been changed yet)
Even Consuemr reports says that 3,000 mile changes are a thing of the past, even with petroleum oils.
Note, because of the oil change light on the Buicks they cannot void any warranty do to not changing your oil prior to the light coming on.
#694 of 3508 Traction Control
Mar 21, 2001 (8:02 pm)
Do you guys think the GS is faster or slower with the Traction Control turned off?? I think the car is slower without it off because the tires will spin too much. My tires spin quite a bit when I have it on. Thoughts??