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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,327 miles

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2001 Buick Regal engine problems

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2001 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Dec 212015

Regal

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Dec 152015

Regal

  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact smelled a strong odor of burning engine oil inside and outside the vehicle. The engine oil was visible on the ground. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 012015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 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.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #16

Dec 022015

Regal

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailalbe. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Roanoke, TX, USA

problem #15

Dec 152015

Regal

  • miles
My mother received GM safety recall 15757 in December 2015. She has gone to her Buick dealer twice, but the part is not yet available. They told her to keep her car out of the garage. She is 90 years old, and driveway is on a slant. She lives in the Chicago area, so there is ice and snow, extremely dangerous for her to go outside in the driveway to a snow and ice covered car and driveway. I called GM 10 days ago for her, spoke with a person named lee, and explained the situation. He said he would contact us, and never has. She cannot keep the car outside, and be safe entering the vehicle. I asked for a loaner until GM fixes the problem. I have not heard from GM in 10 days. She was told by your letter that there can be an engine compartment fire, and her garage is attached to her house. She is terrified to keep the car in the garage so she keeps is outside on the slanted drive in the ice and snow. If she slips and falls, you understand we will hold GM accountable since she tried to fix the problem twice at her Buick dealership. Can you give her a loaner car she can keep in the garage?

- Willow Springs, IL, USA

problem #14

Aug 292015

Regal

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle. The contact drove home and discovered that the engine compartment was on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the motor and the spark plugs needed to be replaced but the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) after the failure occurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #13

Mar 182015

Regal

  • 187,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed oil dripping from the engine valve cover gasket onto the manifold. The contact recently received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The parts needed were not available. The dealer informed the contact that the parts needed were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 187,000.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

problem #12

Aug 282015

Regal

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. After having a fuel pump placed on the vehicle by an independent mechanic, the vehicle caught fire in the contact's driveway. The contact extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed and there were no injuries. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) after the fire occurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Dunlap, TN, USA

problem #11

Jun 012015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in the garage and was leaking oil from the front of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that several warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #10

Dec 182015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 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 not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #9

Nov 072010

Regal

  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the front of the vehicle caught on fire, while parked. The fire department was notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was not available.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #8

Sep 142015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that there was a progressing odor which may have been associated with the motor or engine that continued to worsen. As the failure continued, the service engine warning light remained illuminated for an extended period of time. The vehicle was taken to more than two dealers and they were not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) and the dealer was unable to determine when the part would become available. The dealer stated that the contact would have to wait to receive the second notification letter. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was unable to determine when the recall repair part would be available to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Preston, MS, USA

problem #7

Dec 172015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 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 not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #6

Jun 202015

Regal

  • 93,764 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that there was a burning odor coming from the engine compartment of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or inspected. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the parts to do the recall repair was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,764. The VIN tool confirms the parts not available.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 012015

Regal

  • 120,000 miles
When I tried to crank car on cold morning to go to church, a loud boom occurred under hood followed by smoke billowing out. I immediately raised the hood and saw flames on top of engine. I ran in house and got baking soda and threw on fire which put it out.

- Geneva, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 232014

Regal

  • 100,000 miles
Shortly after returning from running errands, the parked car was observed smoking from under the hood. This was followed by flames fully engulfing the front end of the car, resulting in the tire exploding and schrapnel being launched.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 092014

Regal

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and no warning lamps illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 162005

Regal

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the engine overheated. The contact stated he pulled the vehicle over, let the vehicle sit, and added coolant but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence where it was found that a blown head gasket may have caused the failure. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was notified and stated that NHTSA campaign number: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) had expired. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Oakland, CT, USA

problem #1

Dec 112012

Regal 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
After returning home from shopping, roughly 20 mile drive, I parked the car in our attached 3 car garage. I went inside, visited briefly with my husband, fixed a salad and was eating when I heard a noise. As I opened the door from the kitchen to the garage, I found the garage was full of smoke and called 911. I estimate the time from shutting off the car until we called 911 to be 10 to 15 minutes. As far as I know, the vehicle is not under recall based on the GM web site listing recalls by VIN; however, our experience sure sounds very similar to the investigations that resulted in significant recalls of similar make, model and year vehicles. This vehicle did have a service notice that paid for replacement of the catalytic converter roughly 2 yrs ago. The car was running rough 6 mos prior to the fire. Repairs were made at the GM dealership where we purchased the car. Repairs seemed to correct the problem. The fire destroyed the Buick and the car parked next to it. There was significant damage to the 3rd car. All garage contents were lost. We are out of our house and will be living in an apt for 6 months. There was significant damage to our home, $100K plus. Our insurance company sent a fire investigator. GM sent a fire investigator. We have not seen either report.

- Windsor, CO, USA

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