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#322 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [tylutki]
May 16, 2011 (4:08 pm)
Okay. Let me save you some trouble and money. Just replace the ignition switch. I am a woman and for two years I had been having the same problem,off and on with my 1997 Regal. It seemed to act up in the fall with the cool weather and then seemed to stop in the spring. Each fall the occurrences would get more frequent and worse. The car would never let me sit,but would take sometimes up to 30 minutes to start. The car not wanting to start is the first symptom. Left turn signal use causing the dash board instruments to buzz and act weird was the second as the ignition switch gets worse. Next will be the car shutting off with the use of the right turn signal. This can be very dangerous while changing driving lanes. I had my car to my Chevy/GM dealer many times and they could not figure it out. They used a hammer to beat on my starter, checked my coded keys, fiddled with a cable under the hood that did something with my shifter, and suggested that I start at the battery and work my way back. I was charged $65 for the hammer to starter,coded key check, and shifter adjustment. I then decided to replace the battery and that didn't help. I kept searching this site for answers and had mentioned about the ignition switch and Edmunds.com to these mechanics. I was either ignored or told that they needed to do diagnostics on the car when it was acting up. They said they needed to get it in the shop and run tests to try to figure it out. Well, this can run into a good bit of money while these mechanics keep guessing and trying to figure it out. I decided to go with what I had learned from this site and skipped letting them do "diagnostic tests", I told them to order the ignition switch and put it in. I am a woman what do I know about cars? Well, one ignition switch and one hours labor later, they now know how much I know and learned from this site. The cost was $225. My Buick Regal is now working great. When I mentioned Edmunds.com, the one service guy was like " why do I need to go to that site when I have the GM computer? Well, screw that GM computer. This is apparently a common problem with Buicks and there is nothing in their computer about it. These mechanics and parts guys thought I was nuts to order in the switch without them doing test and telling me what they "thought" the problem was. If I have any other problems with my Buick, I will check out Edmunds.com and do my research before letting any mechanic work on my car and waste my money. Personally. GM should be held accountable for this ignition switch problem and be made to foot the bill. This problem is evident in many car and many different model years.Thanks to everyone on this site that offered advice. Great job!!!.
#323 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [daisy14]
Jun 13, 2011 (6:31 am)
Daisy - Did you replace the ignition switch or module? I'm having the same problem as yourself and a few of the above posts. Other forums suggest it's the ignition module....I'm trying to lake sure, before I spend another $200 on this car.....
#324 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [captmdz]
Jun 15, 2011 (8:19 am)
The dealer told me they changed the ignition switch... not sure about the ignition module. It was a nightmare at the dealer.. they had my car for three weeks and couldn't tell me what was wrong.
The car has been working fine since. Good luck!
#325 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [daisy14]
Jun 30, 2011 (7:53 am)
How did you know it was the ignition switch and not the turn signal switch? I'm having the same problem, and am too poor to take it to a "real" mechanic, lol. I have a friend that is quite handy trying to figure it out. I'm just worried to buy a $300 turn signal switch and it be the ignition switch instead...
#326 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [raquely346]
Jun 30, 2011 (9:15 am)
After reading all the postings on the car forums (individual and mechanic feedback) with the same model buicks... it was evident that these cars have this problem... and the most disturbing part about it is no one has done anything about it; recall or investigated further. Anyhoo, after the ignition switch was changed the car is running great. Good luck.
#327 of 354 Re: Buick Regal '03 shutting off while driving [gfal1704]
Jul 10, 2011 (9:05 am)
hi i have the same problem with my 2003 buick, what tool did you use to remove the two bolts from the top ignation switch, i tred to remove the two little bolts but all the socke tand nut drivers i have are to big.
#328 of 354 Re: Buick Regal '03 shutting off while driving [smoke455]
Sep 23, 2011 (6:21 am)
Thank you all so much! This just happened to me last night and it freaked me out! Going to try to replace the ignition switch today.
Did any of you experience not being able to take the key out of the ignition before all of this happened?
For over a year now sometimes the key will not release when I park (have to wait until it clicks and releases, can sometimes take several minutes). Just wondering if replacing the ignition switch also solves that issue. Maybe this was an early sign that the ignition switch is going bad?
#329 of 354 Re: Buick Regal '03 shutting off while driving [m_mcmillian86]
Oct 19, 2011 (5:18 pm)
I started having this same problem w/ 03 regal, no one could figure the problem out. I started to research on line and found this site and i cant believe all theses people have had this problem, i believe this requires investagation or recall, and by the way i tried to tell the mechanic about the ignition switch replacement, but he didnt want hear about it, I finally went to Buick dealer, and told them,"ole no we have to test it, at first he diagnosis something else but they called back and said it was the ignition switch, I had to pay alot of money. I believe GM should be responsible, I sent an email to corporation, i believe we all should send something in about this matter b/4 some dies b/c there car loss power on highway,and some car rams into them.
#330 of 354 Re: Buick Regal '03 shutting off while driving [martinired]
Oct 21, 2011 (6:52 pm)
Do you really think there is anybody at GM who cares about problems with 10-15 year old Buicks? It's all we can do to get their attention on problems with the new ones.
#331 of 354 Re: Odometer problem [goodnewsauto]
Nov 15, 2011 (8:09 pm)
There's a post on youtube on how to fix it yourself for about $10. I took my dash cluster out in 20 mins. Went to radio shack, bought the parts and then took it all to a TV repair man and he removed and soldered the new parts for $20. Works like new!!