I purchased a 1998 Buick Regal LS for my first car for $3000 with 133,XXX miles. What caught my attention was how easy it was to drive. The car practically drove itself! You could steer with your pinky finger and the ride was so smooth. I loved the heated leather seats, the Concert Sound system, and the whole car in general! I only had 2 issues with my Regal- 1. The MAF sensor and a vacuum hose had dried out so my car would stall going between 30-40 mph, but once these were fixed the car was the love of my life. The seats were so comfortable and the suspension was so supple yet could act swiftly if necessary. Legroom in the front and rear were great as well as the gas mileage (31 MPG highway OMG!). The second problem was my rear brakes failed. I had stopped at an intersection and noticed my brakes felt a little spongy out of nowhere. I made my turn and I was going 38 in a 40 and the woman in a Wrangler in front of me slammed on her brakes. When I slammed on mine, the nose dove down and the ABS activated but a split second later I could feel the brakes quiver and give out. I tried to steer out of the way but couldn't and ended up slamming into the back of the stopped wrangler at 34 MPH. My airbags went off and I hit it hard enough to make me black out for 30 seconds. I had to kick my door open and saw the front end had slid under the Jeep and the passenger compartment almost slid under too. Without that Buick I would probably have been more injured than just having airbag burns and a bad back (from my backpack slamming into the back of my seat). That car that I had loved more than anything had saved my life. I was forced into a Lexus after this but once the Lexus is gone, I will forever only buy Buicks and Cadillacs for the rest of my life.
I am 20 got this beast when I was 1 got it at 230,000 miles it now has 273.000 miles on it haven't changed the oil in about 20,000 miles.. getting bad but will soon and just took two trips 250miles away and made it perfectly!! seats are ripping up changed the speakers all banged up ive been off roading in it sort of. never got stuck only problem was the thermostat went out and the mass air flow sensor went out. other then that I should get well over 300,000 miles soon. and hopefully more to come!! ive gone through so much with this car im running this tank to the ground!!!! oh yeah I bought it for 500 bucks.
its a fucking tank!! and lasts a lifetime and more!!
new stereo subs window tinting and your good to go (;
Got this car from a relative at 100,000 miles. It was by far my favorite car that I've owned. It was well maintained, and never gave me any problems at all. The driver window motor did eventually go out, but that was really the only problem I ever had. It felt like a luxury car, and the supercharger made it really fun to drive. I put 30,000 miles on it in a year, but it drove like brand new. It got pretty good mileage (I averaged about 23 MPG) It was a safe car too, someone rear-ended me on the freeway doing 50 and pushed me into the car ahead of me. Unfortunately, this totalled my car, but my passenger and I walked away without a scratch. I'd buy this car again in a heartbeat.
Supercharger, dual front A/C and heat, size, pickup, roomy interior, comfortable, and of course, it looked really nice. (:
We bought this car new in 1998 at a dealership in Phoenix and it is loaded. We liked the styling and comfort along with the sporty feeling it has. Over the years we have had to replace the alternator, plugs, wires, HVAC head, front rotors twice, blower motor and steering rack. These items are minor to me and do not sway how I feel about this classic cruiser. Love the supercharger and handling. It is in the body shop right now getting a new paint job as the water based paint from factory was peeling off on all of the horizontal surfaces. Can't wait to get our rocketship home again. It is worth putting the money into fixing as new car payments are outrageous. Great road car.
Update....still going strong with 178,000 miles. Still love this car and it is still like new inside and out. I get lots of compliments on it and even a few offers to purchase it from me. No way.
I'm 18, so you don't see many people my age driving this car. However, I needed something with more legroom than my Camry that I had. I've owned it for 8 months,and other than the window regulator needing replaced, no problems. Just took it on a 600 mile trip and the car does not have a single rattle or shake anywhere, cruise control and comfort of the seats on that long trip were amazing. This car still drives like a new one, and Buick has made a lifelong customer out of me, don't miss the Toyota at all, this car is just better in all aspects. MPG is not bad for a car of this size, about 28 on the highway.
Leg room, power, steering wheel controls, keyless entry, mute button (great if you get a phone call), tone adjuster for different types of music, looks.
Put a trunk release inside the car, power seat for passenger, CD player should have been standard for '98 in my opinion. A year ago I would have said bring the Regal back, but they have and the new 2011 looks better than ever.