1992 Buick Regal Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1992 Buick Regal GS V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles

Summary:

The American drivers dream on wheels

Faults:

Nothing, it held up even when times got rough, and the repairs couldn't be made immediately.

General Comments:

This car was a dream on wheels from the first day I got it. Being my first car, it went through thick and thin with me. The interior was comfortable for both me, being the driver, and all my passengers, and as everyone else has chuckled at, Honda's were no match what so ever. I don't have this car anymore due to an accident which wasn't my fault, and even after the accident it still ran. My mother junked it and to this day I haven't forgiven her for it. I am, to this day, looking for my next Buick Regal, Gran Sport... The one and only car for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2004

1992 Buick Regal Custom 3.8L 3.8 series V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8L 3.8 series V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance77876 miles

Summary:

A reliable, and safe car

Faults:

I had a major accident, the passenger door is caved in completely.

General Comments:

The car runs perfectly, the door works, and everything is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2003

1992 Buick Regal Gran Sport LT 3.8 from Germany

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carVolvo 244

Summary:

Good budget luxury car

Faults:

The window heating failed (in the winter) and later appeared to be a blown main fuse. Sound system sometimes freezes. Switching off the engine and restarting solves the problem. Limit switch of the sun roof fails to stop when sun roof is closed, so it opens back again. Same the opposite way.

General Comments:

Huge car to drive with plenty power, only the gearbox reaches its limit at 100 MPH on German "Autobahn". The car could go faster. At high speed, extreme good comfort and stability. Very economical. Seats are OK, but passenger seat does not have electric controls. Reliable piece of steel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2003

1992 Buick Regal limited 3.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

If you can't afford the Accord or Camry, get the Regal

Faults:

The torque converter lock out clutches have been slipping since I bought the car and I finally overhauled the transmission at 100,000 miles. At 125,000 the clutches are starting to slip again. The dealer recommends frequent fluid changes to extend the life of this transmission.

Living in Atlanta, I don't experience the frozen door mechanisms that I have seen posted in other reviews, but water getting inside the doors has caused the power window motors and door locks to fail prematurely.

Power antenna has never retracted fully since I have owned this car and I have seen a couple other cars around town with the same problem.

The key-less entry relay failed at 85,000 miles. The car was 9 years old then so I suppose that's reasonable, but the dealer wants $650 to fix it which seems unreasonable. Disarming the key-less entry relay unit will allow the power locks to continue to work. Thanks to the dealer who offered this alternative.

General Comments:

Great engine! The 3.8 liter V-6 is the old reliable 350 V-8 with the front two cylinders removed. That's why I bought this car. I am planning at least 200,000 miles.

The seats were redesigned in 1993 to provide better lumbar support - something I wish this car had.

Most people will like the sporty suspension and good handling. I'm glad the front struts are finally wearing out so I can have a softer ride.

This is a reasonably priced mid-size car that has been very reliable aside from the transmission. I am putting 20,000 miles a year on it and it has been a good choice.

The interior has held up well in the Georgia sun. No cracks in the dashboard and the seats look great after 11 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

11th Sep 2008, 00:57

Sorry to report that the 3.8 V-S is not a Chevy Small block with two cylinders chopped off, that's the Chevy 4.3. Your engine is a Buick design that dates back to the early sixties. It has been continuously refined since then.

12th Sep 2008, 02:35

Quite correct, though interestingly the 3.8 V6 is also the result of lopping two cylinders off a V8 - some old Buick V8 from the 1960s. Hence both the 3.8 and the 4.3 are 90 degree engines. Both are truly excellent engines, but I would personally give the edge to the 3.8 as it is much more refined. I wonder if they even make the 4.3 anymore?

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