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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
482,812 miles

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1998 Buick Regal engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Oct 182016

Regal

  • 133,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While parking the vehicle in the garage, the contact noticed smoke coming from the hood. The engine caught on fire without warning. The contact extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #23

Jul 272016

Regal

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact parked the vehicle and noticed smoke. She attempted to start the ignition and was informed by others that the vehicle was on fire. The failure was due to an oil leak in the engine compartment. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. There were no injuries. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V116000 (engine). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 012015

Regal

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact stated that there was evidence of an oil leak under the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #21

Feb 052016

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #20

Dec 112015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Tarboro, NC, USA

problem #19

Feb 272016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V701000 (engine) and 00099V356 (visibility); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Marietta, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 072016

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 162016

Regal

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that engine oil was leaking profusely on the exhaust manifold and the check engine light illuminated. The contact also stated that a quart of oil was provided weekly. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number:15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #16

Feb 172016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #15

Feb 062016

Regal

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while the vehicle parked and unoccupied, the vehicle ignited into flames. The fire department extinguished the flames and informed that the fire originated in the engine compartment. A police report was filed. The vehicle was deemed as destroyed and towed to a savage facility. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Clearfield, PA, USA

problem #14

Dec 072015

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Marlboro, MA, USA

problem #13

Jan 012000

Regal

  • 30,000 miles
Notified of safety recall engine design flaw by GM. Recall #15V701. No parts available/unknown when parts will be available/keep engine out of garage due to fire possibility. My engine smokes lightly but continually when running and continues for a short time after ignition turned off. Various mechanics could not diagnose cause but said there was oil everywhere on the engine. Didn't trust the vehicle to drive outside city but engine always responded dependably except for oil leak. Finally get the cause but it can't be repaired because of parts not available and no indication as to when parts will be available. I can't sell or trade in this vehicle due to safety recall. Can't drive it long distances. Can't get information as to when parts, if ever, will be available. If vehicle does catch fire, insurance won't pay off due to safety recall indicating problem. I realize it's a 20year old vehicle but it only has 150,000 miles. At least I'm not worried about it taking my life....yet. I've already contacted everyone that I've been told to but no resolution yet. Any suggestions?

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #12

Sep 182015

Regal

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While driving 15 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle. The contact sustained neck injuries that required medical attention. The front passenger also sustained chest injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. Prior to the crash, the contact's vehicle was leaking oil. After the crash, the lights on the instrument panel failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- River Side, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 032015

Regal

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. While the contact's daughter was driving approximately 45 mph, she smelled a strong burning odor. The vehicle was pulled over and caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #10

Dec 102010

Regal

  • miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. While the vehicle was parked outside of the contact's residence, it caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed. There were no injuries. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) after the vehicle was destroyed due to the fire. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 162015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 132014

Regal

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire while parked with the engine off. The contact had driven the vehicle for approximately one hour prior to the failure. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire and a fire report was filed. No injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #7

Oct 212015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was not yet notified of the recall. The contact called the manufacturer and they were unable to determine when the parts and the permanent remedy for this condition would become available. The contact was unable to determine when the recall repair would be completed. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152015

Regal

  • 0 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving into the driveway at about 5 mph, there was smoke emitting from underneath the hood, without any warning. The contact lifted the hood and the engine immediately burst into flames. The fire department attempted to extinguish the fire however, the flames were excessive and the vehicle burned completely. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot and deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact stated that after the fire, she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 the (engine and engine cooling. The failure mileage was not provided. Updated 03/16/16

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While making a right turn at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was unable to be restarted and was towed to the contact's residence. The failure recurred eighteen times over a period of three months. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 177,000. Updated 09/02/14 the consumer stated when the brakes would stall, the steering and brakes would fail as well. Updated 09/16/2014

- Williams Town, KY, USA

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