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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,438 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Buick Regal lights problems

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 152015


  • 212,500 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While driving at an unknown speed, the instrument panel lights and tail lights blew out. In addition, the ignition key was running hot. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 212,500.

- Balton, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 272008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the turning signal had shortened. As a result, the ignition switch and the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #6

Jan 052014


  • 69,000 miles
Just as the current GM recall my Buick Regal suddenly loses all power while driving. The 1st time this occurred I was on the interstate going 60 mph at night, 1st all the dash lights flashed on, then my headlights, power steering, all electronics and engine died! luckily I was able to make it to the emergency lane! once, I was able to pull my frightened self together, the car started right back up and I was able to get off the interstate and make it home very cautiously. In the days following, I tested it just driving very close to home and continuously had the same problem, somewhat seeming to occur more often when I used my turn signal, these incidences of total power failure occurred @ speeds of 0-35 mph, since I was unwilling to put it back on the interstate. When performing a simple internet search for a solution to this problem, I quickly found that I was not the only to have this problem, some with a 1998 Buick Regal just as myself, and others with a similar make & model (still GM) and close to the same year, well before 2003. After taking the car to a mechanic & getting a new alternator and blower motor, the car died yet again before I even made it out of the parking lot. It was suggested to me to try the new alternator before replacing the ignition and related parts which are quite pricey on this vehicle which has 1 of those chips in the key. This problem has yet to be solved and I wonder if the current recall is even more overdue than thought. Please help! do not wait until myself, my children or others suffer fatal consequences! this vehicle is new to me, has very low mileage and is in otherwise in great condition and also has a satisfactory carfax report. My sincerest thanks!

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012011

Regal 6-cyl

  • 181,000 miles


1. right side cornering lamp is inoperative despite replacing bulb, socket and even entire right side headlamp housing assembly with all new wiring and bulbs in it (not the turn signal because that works and so do all headlight functions I.e. high/low beam). 2. when above issue started car suddenly started shutting off whenever turn signals where used when passing or trying to enter highway on entrance ramp regardless of if we were speeding up or slowing down. It has also happened at a complete stand still while local mechanic was investigating complaint regarding all the above and he is still not able to find the cause. I am afraid to let my family ride in this vehicle and I am afraid it will cost us a fortune trying to figure out what is causing this unsafe issue!

- Mechanicsburg, PW, USA

problem #4

Jan 052011


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. The contact stated the headlights were crooked and not aiming straight. The contact located a recall in regards to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 99V356000 (exterior lighting: Headlights) but was advised that his VIN was not included. The dealer was contacted and referred the contact to the vehicle owners manual which contained a manual insert with instructions for optically aiming the headlamps per the recall notice. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

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problem #3

Nov 272008


  • 83,000 miles
I have a 1998 Buick Regal gs. I have experienced a problem when activating the turn signals. Upon activating a signal in either direction the car's electrical system shut down and stalls the engine. The car is normally in motion and power steering, headlights etc is lost.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #2

Sep 111998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water leaks into back lens (turn signal, lamp, stop and tail lens).

- E Linthicum Hgts, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 111998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water leaks into back lens (turn signal, lamp, stop and tail lens).

- E Linthicum Hgts, MD, USA

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