Lots of power and decent gas mileage. However many nagging problems. Both rear window regulators went out, $700 to fix, rear brake calipers replaced $500, Ball joints need relaced $700 more. Japanese cars I feel are much more reliable.
Lots of power and luxury features. Room and ride and wonderful. Drives great trips are fun, lots of trunk room as well.
More reliable parts. Too many minor (non powertrain related) but expensive problems.
Everyone should know by now what a sleeper of a car this is. The power was awesome, the elongated leather seats were the best on my back although some extra side of seat firmness would have helped. The engine was flawless until about 90k when the supercharger pully bearing started to fail...otherwise, it was perfectly reliable. The only complaint is that the front-end was a little long and tended to scrape on declining-to- street entries. Mine is gone now - the victim of a side impact directly on the B-pillar from a Dodge 2500 truck. I miss the car but most importantly, it was built well enough to save my girlfriend's life. Easily, best in its class - it was just never properly promoted.
Supercharged Engine, Seats (mostly), factory stereo sounded great, Ample truck space, the surprised look on people's faces when they love the car and find out it's the old fogey stigmatized Buick!
(7 years late :) - Shorten front wheel to nose length, selectable ride control (firm setting needed to match the engine sometimes), firm up the sides of the front seats, find marketing niche in between Camry and 530i and promote to "quality/reliabilty mainstream buyers" - it's a winner!
Great looking car, but every winter my heater turns my lights off. Major electrical problems, plus the Dexcool builds up an oily residue in my coolant system and I have to flush every year, not every 5 like they state. Try to stay away from this car.
Has pretty good pickup for a V-6.
Major electrical work, plus fix the Dexcool or take it off the market.
This is a car to love. I bought it at 44,000 miles and have replaced only the tires. It is at 94,000 now and going strong! I love the speed but it can be a little too floaty above 85. I love the stereo, heated seats, sunroof, and leather interior. I would buy another in a heartbeat. Very reliable and a great "sleeper" at stop lights... : ) I hope it lasts another 100,000 miles! Safety is also important. I had someone stop me at a gas station who said his wife was in a very bad head-on accident with this car and walked away unharmed. Great car!
Like some other GM cars (namely the
Corvette and Camaro Z-28), the Regal
GS has a lot of "bang for the buck".
I bought my '98 GS mainly because my
wife's '00 Regal GSE is such a
reliable and fast car, and so I
decided to get one too. Neither car
has given us any problems. The car
dealer suggested regular preventive
maintenance for the engine and tranny,
which should pay off in the future.
The very comfortable leather seats and
steering wheel with radio controls, CD
player, and an aftermarket sunroof.
The S/C'd engine is a real blast! I
haven't lost very many stoplight races.
I think a re-design of the Regal is in
order. It needs that Bob Lutz look of
imagination, so it looks more like a
sports sedan, instead of a "geezer
mobile", like the Century. I suggest
using either the BMW M-5 or Mercedes
CL-55 AMG (super sedans) as models.