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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,180 miles

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1999 Buick Regal electrical problems

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1999 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 142014


  • miles


The contact owns a 1999 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #19

Jan 232012

Regal 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
Was driveing down the highway going 65 and went to turn on my turn signal and my engine stoped. I nearly crashed the car. I tried to restart the car and everytime I used the blinkers the car would either turn off restarts the computer like I just started the car. The ABS light and check engine light comes on now and the driver side headlight wont come on. I had a friend drive 3 hours to come and tow my car. I almost got hit by a semi truck because of this. Someone needs to get this issue fixed.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #18

Jun 042011


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would stall sporadically and on some occassions, would not restart. The vehicle was towed to a local shop who diagnosed that the starter was defective and needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to repaired the problem. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the chip in the key might had been defective and advised to speak with a locksmith. The lock smith inspected the vehicle and advised that the problem was not with the key but the anti-theft system. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.

- Norwalk , CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 232011

Regal 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Dashboard cluster stopped displaying any info. No speedometer, gas gauge, oil, tep or odometer. Display returned when private mechanic began disassemble. Stopped. Display failed again in one week. GM dealer said cluster was bad and replaced it. Later said they rebuilt it? failed again in two days. At dealer. I have my doubts that the cluster was bad at all although there are hundreds of online sites offering to sell and/or install new GM clusters.

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jul 112010


  • 148,000 miles
While driving at night time, dash panel lights go out completely or are faint. This is very dangerous.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #15

Jun 192010


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Buick Regal. While driving at 65 mph, black smoke began unexpectedly billowing from underneath the vehicle and from the instrument panel. The vehicle had caught on fire and the contact was able to move the vehicle from the roadway and exit. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The contact suffered burns to her arms and hands. A fire report was available. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility where it was discovered that the electrical wiring of the gear console failed and caused the fire. The manufacturer was not contacted in regards to the failure. The vehicle was left at the facility where the contact was awaiting repairs. The failure and current mileages were 87,000.

- Quaker City, OH, USA

problem #14

Jun 112008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 1999 Buick Regal. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled twice without warning in June 2008. The dealer replaced the starter and ignition switch, but the failure still persists. The failure mileage was 69,000 and current mileage was 77,000. Updated 07/14/09 the consumer stated the vehicle continues to stop suddenly. Updated 07/16/09.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #13

Jun 062006


  • 88,160 miles
Key will not dis-engage from ignition, especially with hotter weather. Without warning engine will shut off when driving, no matter what speed or weather conditions you're driving.

- Knoxville, MD, USA

problem #12

Feb 282007

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car hesitates and sometimes dies when either blinker is selected. Seems to be an intermittent problem getting worse.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 152007

Regal 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Vehicle engine shuts off intermittently with use of turn signals. Headlight and dash lights also go off. This condition presents a severe safety hazard to the driver and all passengers.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 162006


  • miles


Engines shuts off when turn signals are used. Check ABS light comes on, check engine light comes on, brakes pulsate occasionally when driving, all dash lights come on sometimes when check ABS light comes on. Hard to start after first initial start up. Problem occurs most in wet conditions. Taken to a dealer, no codes, problem not found.

- Corvallis, MT, USA

problem #9

Nov 252006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,440 miles
1999 Buick Regal, 3.8L. Vehicle was purchased from private owner with only 34K miles this past summer. While driving at cruising speed, engine shuts down. Potentially, could be rear-ended if no pull-off area is available. Car starts/runs when placed in park.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 222006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When trying to turn off the car, the key get stuck and unable to be pulled out of the ignition. Sometimes moving the steering wheel left and right it allows the key to be released, or after several tries of turning the car back on and then off the key would come out. Took the car to the dealership for regular service, I had told them of the problem, and they had said it was fixed. It didn't seem like anything was done to it. The key still got stuck up until now, where now I can't get the car to start. Did some research online, found many with similar problem, don't know if I should call locksmith to have whole cylinder replaced.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #7

Sep 122006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine dies when left or right turn signal is applied. Car died as I was taking off ramp on highway causing loss of power steering and braking. This needs to be addressed as this can cause an accident.

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 272006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Vehicle engine shuts off intermittently with use of turn signals. Headlight and dash lights also go off. This has happened numerous times in the past 3 weeks. One time this happened on an interstate. This condition presents a severe safety hazard to the driver and all passengers. Vehicle is at dealer for diagnosis.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #5

Sep 102004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Vehicle continued to accelerate. ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer was able to drive it to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that wheel speed sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle's ttaction control light was illuminating intermittently.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012002


  • miles
There were loud noises coming from the engine. The plastic connecting tube which carried the antifreeze broke and allowed coolant to flow into engine, and destroyed the engine. Also, the dealer replaced the head gaskets, valve seals, flywheel, intake plenum, spark plugs and starter.

- Dewey, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 092002


  • miles
HVAC (climate control) display went completely blank. Dealer says only option is to remove and replace for a price of $550. This occurred when vehicle was 3 yrs old.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #2

Nov 182002


  • 40,000 miles
Consumer stated the temperature control panel no longer displayed the digital readouts, consumer had no idea what the temperature was set on.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #1

May 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving dash lights and radio lights turned off and on. Consumer was unsure if the headlights and the tail lights were turning off and on. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Derby, KS, USA

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