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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles

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2001 Buick Regal steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 052016


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Buick Regal. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. On several occasions, when the vehicle was placed in the park position, it was difficult to remove the key from the ignition. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 012016


  • miles
"takata recall" very hard to steer and steering wheels locks up feels like the vehicle will not move when you need it. I am scared that as I am turning the steering wheel will lock also has a bad leak and the belt feels like it will pop. My vehicle was in motion driving down the street and at another time I was trying to park.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012013


  • 136,000 miles
Well driving I was going along at 40 mph and the car just up and died all the dash lights started to flashing steering becomes hard and the braking is like standing on a brick I do believe the ignition switch may be the problem it is the same switch that is in the Chevrolet Impala that had been recalled I used to work for a garage and install them often I do hope you look in to this with care second thing is the steering rack is really bad and when I took it in to them at the dealer they tried to tell me it was from use I don't believe it I have a ase certified person do all the work to it and the brakes are brand new so you tell me there is a mad defect on the car it should have been recalled some time ago and I don't know as to why this is still not on the list of recalls but it needs to be same for the 2000 01 02 03 Buick thank you for your time hope this get taken care of.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #7

Jul 142010

Regal 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


During routine maintenance discovered that the front rhs steering spindle to tie-rod attachment lug had cracked through one side of the lug. Spindle is fabricated from cast aluminum. Fatigue crack initiation from inclusion or potential casting defect was apparent before failure. Part number and photographs of the cracked surface are available.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 202005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Steering shaft in my 2001 Buick has failed 3 times.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 022006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Experienced a clunking noise when make turns at slow speed. Symptoms included looseness in the steering wheel and a popping in the brake pedal during turns at low speeds. This was fixed under warranty at about 25,000 miles (re-lubricating in the intermediate steering shaft), but the problem has resurfaced at 50,000 miles.

- Westerville , OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 272006

(reported on)


  • miles


Ltr fm (ca) re defective 2001 - 2003 Buick Regal ls & gs steering shaft, requests a defect investigation. The dealer informed the consumer it would cost $287 dollars to fix the problem. The consumer also had the brakes repaired on the vehicle.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 232004

(reported on)

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Consumer complained about a power steering problem, especially when turning left. The wheel locked up for a second.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #2

Dec 172003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
My 2001 Buick Regal has a "looseness" wobbling" feeling in the steering on all pavements and is especially noticeable while turning or cornering. I had the car into a Buick dealer several months ago and they put a grease bushing in the intermediate steering shaft. The problem was not solved, but was lesser for a while. Now at 31,500 miles the problem is again very noticeable and even more so than before. I took the car back to the dealer and they there is nothing wrong with the front end. I have had several other people drive the car and they certainly noticed the loose feeling in the steering.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 242003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There was a squeaking noise coming from the steering wheel area when turning left or right. The dealer has been contacted.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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