I think these door handles are a common and annoying problem. I fixed mine on my 89 Regal Limited after 2 hours of work. Lovely design!!! A used one runs $100... Excellent car though!!!
I frequently go to the Auto salvage yards and see many broken off door handles on these cars. This problem drives me crazy. My sister drives a two door 1989 Buick Regal and I drive a 4-Door 1991 Buick Regal. The handles have broken and been replaced on both cars!
Both of my door handles broke at the same time. I love this car. 130,000 miles and it is still going strong. I had to replace the coil pack recently.
I wholeheartedly agree. This may be the best car I have ever owned! But, I must admit that the door handles did suck before I replaced them. I have had my '88 Regal Custom for 2 years now and all I have had to do was brakes and a tune-up. (not counting the door handles...lol) BEST $200 CAR ON THE MARKET!!!
I have had my Regal for about two years now, replaced the head liner myself for about 30 bucks in fabric and glue, door handle bought online for 25 bucks with lifetime warranty, and an oil pressure sending unit.
Other than that, at 60,000 miles I think (HOPE) I have a lot more use outta it.
I also bought a 88 Regal 2.8, non-running. Last owner couldn't get it running at all, so I got it with that risk. The car had only 103k miles, and was in good shape.
Got it home, inspected the car, couldn't find problems until I decided to remove the upper intake, and take out all the injectors and run my ohm meter on them, and found 2 injectors with low resistance at 5.4 and 6.0. They have to be at 12.6 ohms each. Installed 2 good used injectors, and vroom, it started right up. Runs like a champ.
Found out these 2.8 and 3.1 V6 engines, if one injector fails, the computer won't allow the engine to start. I got it for 500, spent nothing but labor and 2 junkyard injectors, and now I have a great car with low miles for 500.
Good cars for a cheap price.
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