2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Wheeeeeze
May 10, 2011
The last time I drove our long-term Regal, I was pretty tired and just wanted to get home. It was the perfect car at that moment. Last night, however, I still had some spring in my step, so I wondered how the Buick would fare in this state of mind. Generally speaking, I still think it's a well-rounded and very comfortable ride. But...
My girlfriend and I were making our way to get some of the best tacos in my area (Pinches Tacos on Sunset, if you must know). I was at a stop sign, waiting for a break in cross traffic. Finally, there was a three-second window and I punched it.
I said, "I punched it."
Rather than a quick dash across the intersection, I was greeted by a wheeze and a slow crawl halfway through the boulevard. About three-quarters of the way through the intersection, the engine finally sprang to life, and I kept my foot planted so as not to impede my fellow motorists.
This experience was as deserving as one of my flowcharts as our diesel Jetta was. I'm wondering if it turbo lag was solely responsible for this lack of response. In any case, the next time I need a shot off the line, I'll get a running start.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor