1997 Buick Regal Consumer Review: Good ole 3800's

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Good ole 3800's
By teleport on


1997 Buick Regal LS 4dr Sedan


I bought this car in October 2012 with 160K miles on it for 1300 dollars. It's beat up, neglected, and been abused by it's previous teenage owners.
The engine is 16 years old and has never let me down. I replaced the water pump and two faulty coolant elbows. All four struts were pretty shot, and I replaced the rear ones. I did pads and rotors all around.
Total spent for parts is under 500 bucks including oil changes. I'm getting close to 170K and haven't touched it since I did the original work when I bought it. I'll do plugs/filters in the spring and let that carry me to 200K.
The 3800 series II is easy to work on - I have little mechanical experience.

Update: The timing chain stopped being a chain in June 2015. The engine had 201k miles on it. The only work additional work I had done to the car before it's death was regular maintenance like pads/rotors/oil change. I put a lot of miles on this car - 50+ a day commuting, and plenty of driving on the weekend. Until the day the camshaft and crankshaft stopped talking - it never failed me.

Best Features

  • Climate control

Worst Features

  • Parking aids
  • Usb ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation

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