Buick Regal Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Buick Regal

Buick Regal Problems

The water pump may develop a coolant leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.


The fuel pump may fail causing engine to stall and not restart.

The intake manifold gasket may develop external engine oil leak. The manifold gasket will need to be replaced to correct this issue.

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Buick Regal Questions

I replaced my fuel pump and the fuel filter the car will start for about 10 seconds then dies try to start it again no go. I've replaced the computer the coil packs an electrical sensor spark plugs got a new key but still nothing. I was told it was my anti theft sensor.

Had new water pump & thermostat installed. Also new double platinum spark plugs & wires at same time. Now radio reads LOC, check engine soon light is on, backfire like noise when I start it ( not superloud though) , sounds terrible under hood, & noticed antifreeze dribble on pavement....

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Buick Regal Recalls

The driver's and/or passenger's seat may suddenly drop to its lowest position because a bolt securing the height adjuster can fall out. This unexpected movement of the driver's seat could cause a distraction, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the height adjuster bolts in both front seats to correct this concern.

eAssist is a hybrid drive system that includes an electric motor to assist the gas engine under certain driving conditions. These vehicles are being recalled because there may be an internal fault with the Generator Control Module (GCM). The module could allow the battery to discharge to the point were the vehicle could stall and/or not start. Also, a burning smell, smoke, and/or a fire could develop in the trunk. Dealers will inspect and replace the GCM to correct this concern.

Due to a software error, the parking lights do not activate when either the parking lamps or headlamps are switched on. Inadequate lighting could reduce visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the body control module to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 12048.

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Buick Regal Reviews

I love my Buick and it operates great. I had to have the catalytic convertor replaced about 3 years ago and it's been okay. Now for no reason it cuts off and I have to put it in neutral and recrank. It cranks fine, but it's very scary when I'm traveling alone. Computer shows nothing is wrong and naturally it won't do it when my mechanic drives it. Unpredictable! Help.

Good car, know what to expect. This is a 15 year old GM product. To put it in perspective, my previous car was a 45 year old GM with higher mileage and LESS problems than this. Mechanically it's very sound. The three big issues tend to be gaskets, grounding issues and interior quality. If you buy one of these, expect to find a few interior parts (dirt cheap as regals are common enough to pop up...

I have a 1996 buick regal, 4 doors, gray. bought it brand new and now I have 267,000 miles. engine run great, regular maintenance kept it this long. working on a/c and other interior issues but its been a great car.. paint job looks good..

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