1992 Buick Regal Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1992 Buick Regal Limited 3.8L from Colombia

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carDaewoo Nubira

Summary:

A typical American combination of comfort and power in a great quality automobile

Faults:

The ABS light is always on, but brakes function OK.

The transmission slips to neutral when stopping if in Overdrive. If you move the lever to neutral and back to OverDrive, will function perfect until the next stop. In the city I always drive it in Drive with out problem.

Parts are expensive and scarce in this country, so you are implicitly rich to the eyes of common Colombians. Sometimes that is not safe.

General Comments:

Buick cars are not very common in Colombia, even though they were very common during the 40's, 50's & 60's.

The people who appreciates this car the most are older people who remembers what Buick quality meant years ago.

In the city of Cali, where I live, is a very exotic car. The only difficulty is with the police, who have a very hard time figuring out why a car that to them seems brand new has a license plate of 1992.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

1992 Buick Regal Gran Sport 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Low-cost luxury

Faults:

The following problems came with the vehicle when I bought it used:

The dash lights do not work, making it impossible to see how fast the vehicle is moving at night. Professional mechanics can't even find the source of the problem.

The antenna was broken off. Motorized telescoping antennas are fragile, so this is a common problem. This hasn't been replaced yet. A new motorized antenna will cost about $35.

The turn-signal switch does not activate the right-hand turn signal when engaged. It must me held upward with force to keep the signal blinking. This has not been repaired yet.

The right-side button that operates the motorized mirrors does not work. It has not been repaired.

The factory fog lights do not work. It appears as if poor design allowed water to get to them and corrode them very badly. These have not been replaced yet.

The headliner was coming down in the rear. Glue fixed this problem in no time.

The third stoplight does not work. It is either an electrical problem or there is some slim chance that every single bulb has burned out. It has not been repaired yet.

The following mechanical problem occurred after I acquired my Regal:

After two months of ownership, the engine began idling erradically while in neutral or while stopped and even stalls out sometimes. A $70 diagnostic test did not reveal any problems. Any number of things could be causing this problem.

General Comments:

I acquired my black 1992 Regal Gran Sport 2-door in March of 2004. It is a replacement for my previously mint-condition 1993 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 2-door that I wrecked in January of 2004. The first-generation Lumina and the Regal share the same body style, designated the W-body.

The first thing I noticed while inside the Regal is the attractive styling and unique design of the interior. The driver's seat is 6-way power-adjustable and is very comfortable.

There are four storage areas inside the vehicle. One is on the ceiling, a second is in the console, the third is behind the shifter with a sliding lid, and the fourth is the glovebox, which houses the passenger's cupholder and the spare change holder. The driver's cupholder is in front of the console.

One thing that surprised me was the Regal GS's ability to tightly corner the turns. The factory-upgraded shocks greatly reduce lean when going into turns. However, the turning radius is quite poor. This isn't a car you'd want in a crowded city loaded with pedestrians.

Acceleration while in first and second gears can out-do that of other vehicles of similar size. However, once it shifts into third, the quick acceleration dissipates. At the quarter-mile drag strip I was getting 17.6 to 17.8 seconds at 76 miles per hour with a full tank of gas, a loaded trunk, 114,000 miles on the engine, and no modifications.

Overall, I feel this was a good purchase for $1800, despite all the electrical problems that came with it. It looks good when clean and has enough power to get the job done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2004

8th Aug 2007, 02:27

Indicator and brake lights are ALL related to multifunction switch. The copper contact inside gets fatigued and just needs to be bent down. Requires remoal of steering wheel. Not as major a job as it seems.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 18 reviews