1993 Buick Regal Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1993 Buick Regal GS 3.8L V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Good Value for a Nice Looking Comfortable and Quick Car

Faults:

Bushing in the rear suspension has come out at the end of the plastic or fiberglass suspension spring. This causes the car to have an annoying groaning when turning and over bumps. The estimated repair bill was over $500 due to lack of part availablity; requires buying a whole new spring. Also the steering column had to be replaced due to failure of the internal gearing which connects the lock cylinder to the starting mechanism. Cost: $450. Armrest vinyl is ripping.

Car has a slight whine coming from the engine. Changed spark plugs/wires and checked power steering, and there's still that sound. Nothing terrible, just makes me wonder. I've heard it on other GM's.

General Comments:

The GS Model overall a terrific value. The two door version is vastly better looking than the 4 door Regals.

Good engine, nice interior for it's age.

If you can find a used Regal GS that's been taken well care of, buy it.

There's not much else in this price range that can compare with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2006

28th Oct 2008, 00:02

That "whine" coming from the engine might be a centrifugal supercharger attached to your intake manifold via the serpentine belt. I don't know if they were supercharging those Regals at that point in time. But if that's the case, you've got one of the best cars on the road.

12th May 2010, 12:43

I had the left-rear bushing go on my 94 Regal. Instead of buying a whole new spring, what you can do is cut a rectangular slice of sidewall out of an unused tire and stick it in under the leaf where the brushing was. It holds up well! I've been driving with my homemade bushing for 6 months now.

1993 Buick Regal 4 door Custom 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A very good value

Faults:

Replaced fuel pump, struts, brakes, alternator, and tires.

General Comments:

Car is comfortable, gets 30 - 33 mpg highway, and has good acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

1993 Buick Regal Grand Sport 3.6 Litre Fuel Injection from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.6 Litre Fuel Injection Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance173000 kilometres
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

This is a great used car

Faults:

My head gasket has a tiny leak in it. This causes you to have to put in less than a quart of oil in between oil changes. No major problem.

There was a recall on the engine mounts. This was fixed quickly at the dealership.

The driver side seat has started to wear a little.

The brakes have a manufacturer's defect. There is a vibration that makes the brake pads to wear much quicker than they should. My recommendation is get them replaced at a location where they will guarantee your brakes for as long as you own your car.

The struts have a tendency to get water in them and get frozen up in winter rendering them useless. This normally happens only in -40 weather. This has caused them to have to be replaced 3 times so far. The biggest problem with the car.

The spring blocks wore out. $20 part and 15 minutes labor. No biggie.

The air conditioning leaked. I have not had this fixed since most of my driving if for very short distances and I can just roll down the windows.

One of the fittings on a coolant line broke. It was plastic. $5 for a metal replacement part and 5 minutes labor.

The water pump had a bearing wear out. The noise coming from there warned me well in advance of the problem.

The alternator was replaced once.

The battery failed after 10 years.

There is some minor rust around the wheel wells.

The parking brake cable has let go.

The ABS sensor has shorted out since the fuse keeps getting lose.

The vinyl on the dash has started to crack.

The cup holder broke after a lot of use.

General Comments:

My mother leased the car originally in 1993. She then bought it when the lease came up. Then I bought it from her in 1999 for $3000. She loved the car and said it is her favorite car ever.

I like to have my car well maintained, but it can stand some neglect without much problems.

This car has terrific acceleration getting me out of tight situations more than once. I have never seen acceleration like this in anything, but sports cars. Needless to say it can get you a lot of speeding tickets if you are not careful.

It handles great in snow and plows through 2 foot high snow drifts like they are not there. It is OK on ice.

The car has pretty good in town fuel efficiency for an over 10 year old luxury car. Highway fuel efficiency is great considering the type of car.

Considering other over 10 year cars I have seen it does need a little maintenance every once in a while, but less than other same aged cars.

This is a great used car. I would recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2005

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 18 reviews