Used 1999 Buick Regal

1999 Buick Regal
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1999 Buick Regal

Pros

  • Powerful supercharged engine, comfortable front seats, uncluttered looks.

Cons

  • Cheap leather, no folding rear seat, uninspired interior design.

Used 1999 Buick Regal for Sale

Buick Regal 1999 LS 4dr Sedan
97,814 miles
Used 1999
Buick Regal
LS
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vehicle overview

In 1990, Buick released a sedan version of the Regal coupe to do battle with the Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima. Shortsighted in terms of design and engineering, the Regal sedan won few converts from established domestic and import nameplates. Tight times delayed replacement of Buick's lame duck, and by 1996, the Regal's main selling point was a strong 3800 Series II V6 engine. Not surprisingly, sales were limited to die-hard Buick buyers and rental fleets.

Back in 1997, Buick released a new Regal sedan. The slow-selling coupe was dropped, leaving LS and GS versions of the four-door. This new Regal was larger in nearly every dimension, and was designed to reduce squeaks and rattles by increasing structural rigidity with one-piece side-panel stampings and cross bracing behind the instrument panel. A full load of standard equipment and reasonable prices have made this front-drive Regal competitive, and it continues to entice buyers who might normally limit themselves to Toyota or Nissan showrooms to at least visit a Buick store.

Think of the Regal as Park Avenue Light, or Century Deluxe. LS models are powered by GM's award-winning 3800 Series II V6, which at an even 200 boasts five more horses than last year, thanks to a new, low-restriction air cleaner and a larger induction system. Move up to the GS, and you're getting an honest -to-goodness sport sedan equipped with a supercharged 3.8-liter V6 putting 240 horsepower through a heavy-duty version of Regal's four-speed automatic transmission. At a starting price of around $25,000, the suave, speedy Regal GS is an excellent argument against purchasing any other midsize V6 sedan.

Basic design is shared with the lower-rung Century. Regal has a unique front fascia, but barely different rear styling. LS models are distinguished by a chrome accented grille, while GS models have blackout trim and P225/60 radials on sharp 16-inch alloy wheels (chrome is an option). Inside, a comfortable interior beckons. Heated leather seats are optional, as is an integrated child safety seat.

One thing this Buick offers that few in its class can is the availability of OnStar, an optional mobile communications system. Designed to secure assistance in the event of a mechanical failure, an accident or merely just a need for directions, OnStar was formerly available only on Cadillac models.

A new steering intermediate shaft, along with the addition of a strut tower brace (long an autocrosser's favorite modification) is the secret to more precise road feel and better steering response this year, which has never been Buick's strong suit. Underneath, stiffer bushings and a much fatter rear stabilizer bar (17.2 millimeters, up from last year's 14) dial out much of the float and roll in Regal's suspension. While we applaud firming up the footprint of a front-driver pounding out 240 ponies to the pavement, the idea of a more sporty feeling Regal leaves us wondering, where is Buick trying to go with this car?

Despite recent efforts at establishing strong GM brand identities for each division, sharing platforms between multiple divisions is likely to continue to be a problem. Pontiac's Grand Prix and Oldsmobile's new Intrigue share Regal's underpinnings and basic structure. Grand Prix is obviously the driver's car with a youthful image and the "We Build Excitement'' marketing theme. Intrigue is conservatively styled and import-oriented. So where does that leave the Buick Regal? Mark Hines, assistant brand manager, says Buick is looking at 40-49 year-olds with families who want a blend of performance, dependability and safety. Basically, Buick is going after the kinds of buyers who snap up thousands of Camrys every year.

The current Camry is plainly styled, just like the Regal. The Camry is a roomy, safe car, just like the Regal. The Camry also has an outstanding reputation for reliability and resale value. Can the Regal compete in this arena as well? Given Buick's penchant for award-winning quality, we wouldn't be too surprised. For now, rest assured that the Regal is an excellent value, and with 240 supercharged horses under the hood and its new-for-'99 surefootedness, the GS model easily gets our nod.

1999 Highlights

Performance-oriented changes, such as more power, sporty tweaks to the steering and suspension, firmer motor mounts and the addition of a strut tower brace underhood, lead the news for the '99 Regal. Other changes include enhancements to the ABS and traction control systems, as well as the addition of a tire inflation monitor, perimeter lighting and the Concert Sound II audio system to Regal's already long list of standard equipment. New options include a self-dimming electrochromic outside rearview mirror, redesigned 15-inch alloy wheels and the eight-speaker, 220-watt Monsoon audio system. And that's all in addition to a new exterior paint color, Auburn Nightmist.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

this car saved my life
patrickc1550,04/30/2011
this car is by far the best i have ever owned im looking for my next regal since mine was totaled. at 50+ mph head on collision i walked away with a brused knee and a broken heart to see her like that i only had to keep up regaular maintance the hole time i owned it. before the wreck it had just went over the 250xxx mile mark and still ran like it was brand new i know i could easily got another 250xxx miles out of her i would reccomend this car to every one for safty and reliability
Tried and True
Ryan,01/28/2010
I think this car has proven to be one of the best cars of the past decade. There are some things I wish had been designed differently but all in all, this car has been a gem. I have about 145K miles on it, and have had a repair or two. This is my third Buick and won't be my last.
The car for people who like cars.
brls1999,09/02/2011
Alright, so, i have had this car for around a year and you know what?.... i wouldn't trade it for the world! it has had it's share of problems, not gonna lie. Infact, i have to spring for a new transmission at 200,000(km) because mine is destroyed. 2 windows don't work, the dash will sometimes go dark during night driving and i can see my speed or anything, it needs new front shocks and a muffler. But, this car stills rids good despite all this, it has never let me down and never left me stranded. I still get great gas mileage(car says 28 MPG in 25/75 city/hwy driving!) and great power output. and once i put a new transmission in, i know it will be great, just the way General Motors made it
Worst. Car. Ever.
hwysqrl1,04/09/2011
I bought this car with only 19k miles on it. In three years time, I have had to replace almost every single engine part. The cup holder pulled off in my hand. The rear mirror leaked the auto-darkening stuff so you couldn't see out of it at all. The visors broke off. The gas gauge broke. The low tire & service engine lights have been on for 2 years regardless of all of the work that has been done. The heat and A/C went out. One window will only roll down halfway. The interior portion of the doors are separating from the exterior - which is severely rusting. This car is a piece of junk. It costs me about $2000 a year to keep it running. I am going to buy a foreign car as soon as I can.
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 27 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 25 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable

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Used 1999 Buick Regal Overview

The Used 1999 Buick Regal is offered in the following submodels: Regal Sedan. Available styles include LS 4dr Sedan, and GS 4dr Sedan.

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Should I lease or buy a 1999 Buick Regal?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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