2000 Buick Regal LS 3.8 V6 Naturally Aspirated from North America
Solid, comfortable cruiser. Loving it so far
Faulty/jittery fuel gauge. Known fault, and I bought it knowing the condition. Could use new wiper blades.
Apart that, nothing yet. Fingers crossed.
I picked this up for $2500 CAD with a fresh inspection from a local gent who was getting a new Lucerne. The car is in perfect shape. I spent 2 hours looking over it. Everything works.
The chap had it from brand new and has obviously cared for it. Waxoyl is in every nook and cranny. Brake lines look like brand new. Brand new disc rotors and pads all round. What a steal.
I bought the Buick after being amazed by how much folk want for their 2000 Corollas, Civics etc. If you are careful, you can pick up one of these cars for an absolute song. I expect this one to last a long time. The GM 3.8L and Buick brand have good reputations according to JD Power.
I'm even getting good mileage on the big V6. 33L of fuel just got me 450km on mostly highway. That's 7.3L per 100km at a steady 95kmh - dead on the EPA estimate from when it was built. That's around 38 miles per imperial gallon, and around 32 miles per US gallon. Amazing what cruise and a laid-back driving style can do with this solid car.
As a comparison, the EPA reckons a 2007 Corolla gets 6.4L/100km highway. So not bad at all.
More developments when they come in, but for now: Fingers crossed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th October, 2008
15th Nov 2008, 14:58
OK. I've had the car for about 6 weeks and so far so good.
When I got it I got the oil and ATF changed plus alignment, wheel balancing and new wipers and the car is rewarding me with hassle-free 200km per day commutes on the highway at 7.3l per 100km.
That's all for now. Feeling pretty good about the decision to buy the car.