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#98 of 3508 regalluvr1
Dec 07, 2000 (2:44 am)
Do you have any sales literature on the 1996 Gran Sport Coupes? I would be VERY interested in seeing it. I have looked far and wide and can't find anything that Buick put out as far as sales literature for the '96 Regal. I have checked all the local dealerships, they threw all their old sales brochures out. My car is very rare, take a look at it and tell me if you've ever seen one like mine before...
#99 of 3508 Actually the Regal GS with the
Dec 07, 2000 (2:58 am)
supercharger was introduced as a 1997.5 mid year model. I remember cause my '95 Mark VIII's lease expired in perfect timing with the introduction of the midyear SC Regal.
So where is the guy with the supercharged '95? Did he buy it used? Just wondering cause if he was the original owner and had a supercharger and didn't upgrade, then......
#100 of 3508 fastdriver
Dec 07, 2000 (3:03 am)
A lady friend of mine swears by Lexus and only Lexus. She was taken by the looks of the 300M. I told her not to do it. She did about 3 weeks ago. I ran into her last night and asked about the 300M. I can't type her response. Needless to say, one way or another she will be in another Lexus by year end.
Dec 07, 2000 (4:16 am)
Thats pretty bad if she is going on three weeks and already has complaints. I was about to have my father take a look at a 300M or LHS when he replaces his 95 Aurora, but after reading fastdriver's narative as well as others, I'm not going to mention it to him. He probably wouldn't have done it anyway as he has been burned by some of their early 90s offering and loves the V8 in the Aurora.
Dec 07, 2000 (4:19 am)
I have a Buick full line brochure for every year from 1991 to 1997. In the 96, there is not many pictures of the coupe not alot mentioned about it. Those are not overly common. Funny, back when the Regal went to that body style(1988) they only made them in coupes.
Dec 07, 2000 (5:42 am)
I do not know much about the Regal suspension.
Read about the bushing somewhere on Internet, but do not remember where. This was long ago, about 6 months or so, when I just started to research GS.
However I remember, that the Grand Touring suspension was compared not with a base one, but with the suspension of Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. The later lack this bushing between suspension and the body, resulting is much more sporty ride, or harsh one - depending on wording.
To the best of my understanding, the same is true with other W-body cars: they either have a softer suspension and are leaning when turning, or have a "sporty" ride that let you feel all bumps on the road. The floating feel in spite of stiff Grand Touring suspension is specific for Regal only.
Personally, my wife and I like to feel the road. We would not object for a bit more sporty feel on flat and straight highways, like I-90 in the NY state. But the Regal GS suspension and seats are great for more demanding places. They let us drive fast for hours on winding and hilly rural roads of the Northern CT and the Western MA, without turning tired.
Dec 07, 2000 (6:44 am)
etharmon- Thanks for looking.
I have written emails to Buick asking questions like how many coupes were built in '96 in black, etc. All I get back is a form letter. Not too enthusiastic unfortunately. I was kind of hoping to get a windowsticker reprint, but Buick doesn't do it. I know Ford does.
Dec 07, 2000 (6:45 am)
You guys with the new body-style are lucky. There's all kinds of literature about the new models...
Dec 07, 2000 (6:58 am)
96gs,I have the same 96 Regal sales catalog that etharmon has.There werent very many Regal coupes built in 1996 as you rarely ever see one so yours is a rare car.If you want an original 96 Regal sales catalog I can give you the address of several car sales lit dealers that I have dealt with.One shouldnt cost over $8-10.I have original sales lit for every vehicle that I have ever owned which is over (40) now as I'm (51) years old.I also have the original window sticker for every vehicle(8)that we purchased new since 1980.
#107 of 3508 GS Seats & Suspension-01 GS
Dec 07, 2000 (2:20 pm)
Yurakm--responding to your post. I agree that the ride on the GS is a bit floaty, but the more I drive it, the more I don't mind. The car reminds me of a little tank (softer riding mind you) that is just glued to the road. As for the seats well they are winners! My wife has terrible back problems (caused by a series of auto accidents) and she can not ride comfortably in most cars. The Regal seats however, have been most comfortable for her. Just as an aside, we had a 93 Park Avenue that she could not ride in and we dumped it in less than a year. So I was a bit hesitant in going back to Buick, but it has worked out much better than I expected! Very happy with the seating and the ride in general. Though a bit more road feel would be a good thing.