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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems

4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Buick Regal engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 292008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

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

1998 Buick Regal ls (3.8 non-supercharged) was driven about 5-10 miles for the first time today. Car was then parked, driver entered destination establishment, then questioned if car was theirs, and within 10 minutes of car being shut off, a fire engulfed the engine compartment. Fire was put out by local fire department and police report was filed. No injuries and no other by standing vehicle damage. There is a possibility that this is related to the 3.8 supercharged Grand Prix & Regal recall that is online at NHTSA (08V-118). Vehicle is not repairable. Vehicle had 166,000 miles and 1500 since last oil change. Recall should be extended to include non-supercharged 3.8L engines of same type.

- W. Wildwood, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jul 302004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,500 miles
Plenum intake gasket leak on second engine. 1998 Regal with 2000 Regal engine. $750 to fix!

- Hillsboro, IL, USA

problem #12

Oct 022002

Regal

  • miles
On about 6 occasions while trying to accelerate from a dead stop, engine stops dead while dash lights and accesories such as air conditioning and radio remain functional. Engine is able to be restarted each this happens. Dealer has been notified and could not find any fault nor could they duplicate the problem. GM was also notified but said they had never heard of this problem, yet there are 13 such problems reported to NHTSA. If problem were to occur while trying to navigate an intersection in heavy traffic, sever accident could result.

- Nolensville, TN, USA

problem #11

Apr 202002

Regal

  • miles

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

While traveling at 55 to 60 mph engine died. No power brakes and no steering it was impossible to get off the road. Took vehicle to Buick, and they duplicated the problem, but couldn't fix it.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #10

Jul 051999

Regal

  • miles
The car's problem is that it stops at any time. Because of this problem, my son and my wife, who drives the car, had many times the posibilities to be involved in the traffic accident.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 042000

Regal

  • miles
Vehicle stalls with no prior warning. Dealership told consumer that problem has been resolved. But problem still exists.

- Healdton, OK, USA

problem #8

Nov 171999

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles

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

Engine stalls after accelerating from dead stop.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 041999

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles
Car stalls after coming to a stop and then pushing gas pedal. Dealer claims that a wiring harness needed to be re-routed. Reading the complaint database I see this is a more common problem than was told. If it is the wiring harness, then okay and the defect should be recalled. If this is not the cause of the stalling then I don't know what I will do.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 281999

Regal

  • miles
From standing stop, car either hesitates violently or stalls. Dealers cannot duplicate and have not even attempted repair.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 041999

Regal

  • miles
Vehicle continues to stall after stops even after fuel pump relay and resistors have been replaced. Nlm

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 151999

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles

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

Vehicle experiences continued problems with stalling. Mjs

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles
Car makes many odd noises. Body is very sharp around doors. The engine is too powerful for the body, making it prone to peeling out and fishtailing.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 071999

Regal

  • miles
Started engine ok; drove 2 blocks to major intersection; accelerated from stop sign into 35 mph traffic to merge with traffic; engine stopped while merging; all dash lights came on; could not restart engine; coasted to stop blocking lane and intersection; could not restart; had to be towed to dealer; after several days, dealer indicated that fuel pump fuse had opened; dealer decided to replace fuse and install new pump, but did not know real cause of open fuse; ordered pump; vehicle still disabled after 5 days.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #1

Dec 221998

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On several occasions vehicle would not start.

- Tulare, CA, USA

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