really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,432 miles

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problem #11

Feb 162010


  • 113,048 miles
On engine start, loud explosion in engine compartment. Inspection reveled engine cover broken, upper intake manifold (plenum) split in two pieces. Smell of gas, broken vacuum and fuel lines. Must replace upper intake manifold, fuel rail, 2 injectors, various lines. Old parts are available.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #10

May 222007

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Buick Regal. The contact's vehicle caught fire after being parked for approximately fifteen minutes. The current and failure mileages were 186,000. Updated 02-01-08. Updated 02/19/10. Updated 09/2810

- Beattyville, KY, USA

problem #9

Nov 062004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 181,000 miles
Vehicle would not start, it was towed to repair shop sat for about 24 hours, when trying to start it the intake manifold exploded.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 032002

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
While driving at any speed, the vehicle would intermittently stall. Just before the vehicle stalled, the check engine and battery light had come on. The vehicle had been to the dealer three times for this problem, but the dealer was unable to resolve the problem. The stalling would also occur when making left turns.

- Farmington, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 212003


  • 59,701 miles
While driving 40 mph vehicle stalled. Then, vehicle restarted without any problem.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #6

May 292002


  • miles
Plastic connection hose of oil filter to manifold on motor block broke off.consumer took vehicle into dealer, and they fixed the hose.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 152000


  • miles
Bolt in oil pan has stripped and separated from oil pan. Entire unit has to be replaced.

- Gold River, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012000


  • miles
Engine failed going uphill, valve failure, repairman says normal with type of Buick. Buick knows engine is bad, recalled other engine model for this year.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 011999


  • miles
Loud ticking noise at startup: Camshaft and lifters failed.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 041999


  • miles
Broken valve spring in the engine.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jan 281999


  • miles
After having reported a steady burning "engine check light" to the dealer, approximately two weeks prior to engine problem and upon being advised to be sure to tighten gas cap to create the proper vacuum, the light went out and the car ran like a top. Upon stopping at the store and hearing a little chug, the engine then rattled, etc. And had no power on start-up and was towed to dealer. The dealer found a broken valve spring in the engine. Much to our consternation when we thought we had purchased a 100,000 mile virtually maintenance free engine, there seems to be no explanation for this occurrence and we wonder if: (1) others have complained of such a problem, (2) this is a defect in the original equipment, and (3) this might be a dealer defect to be corrected by the dealer.

- Louisville, KY, USA