1984 Buick Regal 3.8 V6 from North America


Quick and Reliable


Transmission needed flushed at time of purchase

Also needed new rocker covers at time of purchase.

Choke motor contacts corroded causing erratic cruise control during cold months (not fixed)

Right-rear frame behind wheel well rusted at about 45000 (common to all Regals, Monte Carlos, etc...) ($200)

A/C Compressor threw bearings ($150)

New front brakes at 47000 ($40)

New heater core at 40000 ($100)

Door stabilizer piece (little brass ring) wore off causing door to seal improperly ($40 fix)

New Belts at 50000 ($80)

Headliner Fallen.

Timing Gear failed, falling into oil pan and blocking oil pickup. now the car sits. (also common to the Buick 3800 I hear)

General Comments:

Pretty comfortable, ample legroom in front and back, and power to spare.

Car looks like a boat compared to the imports today, but its only mid-size and handles better than any import I've driven. For that matter, even with the soft suspension, it handled better than ANY other car I've driven to date.

Was my daily driver for about a year.

Raced on numerous occasions. Nothing better than showing a civic owner who's boss!

Great in the snow too.

Wish I had the money to put into fixing this car. great for the money and it did its job quite well. Much more performance than most older cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2006

1984 Buick Regal Limited 3.1 V6 from North America


Really great high school car, but get rid of it after that,


The first thing that went on the car since I had it was the oil system. After owning the car for about 1 1/2 years every time I stopped the oil gage went up and down drastically, and there was no pressure in the system. I had to tap on the pedal continuously while waiting at traffic lights. After that the brakes decided to fall apart. Theres nothing like getting read to go to school in the morning for a big lab and hearing loud metal scraping in your wheel wells. Then the thing started leaking coolant, and from where I could not seem to find. I assumed it was a head gasket that went bad. The transmission was always two steps behind the pedal and made a loud "clunk" every time I put it in drive. The headliner in the interior had to be held up with thumbtacks.

General Comments:

The car was however over 10 years old when I got it and driven by an elderly person before my wild driving. The performance of the 3.1 was actually very very nice when the car was working. The interior, besides the falling headliner was very comfortable. The most comfortable car I have ever been in. Lots of space and not too crowded or "over designed". It made it through 3 years of my crazy driving before it started going haywire so I got to give it some credit for the price I paid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

9th Dec 2002, 01:51

Hey steve, I too am a student that has been blessed with the opportunity to own an 84 buick regal limited. everything that happened to your car happened to mine, even the headliner. (I used a staple gun though)

Gotta love the 84 buick

By the way do your indicator lights come on randomly?