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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,134 miles

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2002 Buick Regal electrical problems

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2002 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 012011


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, all of the lights on the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 89,000.

- Lordsburg, NM, USA

problem #11

Nov 272011


  • 139,000 miles
Security light comes on issuing other problems gauges on dash not working. Blinking on and off anti theft light on. Security light stays on. As a result on research this automobile has this issue and no one has done anything about it it's clear that there should be a recall for GM automobiles with electrical issues. This usually occurs when raining or humid. Also results on not being able to start car. Until it dries or sun comes out.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 072011

Regal 6-cyl

  • 154,360 miles
Loss of lighting on instrument cluster and real tail lights. During vehicle start it was noticed that the instrument cluster was not receiving electrical power. The fuse box was inspected and the 15 amp fuse was blown. Immediate replacement resulted in repetitive blown fuses. Replaced rear running light lamp bulbs also did not solve problem. Removed two rear running lamp bulbs and instrument cluster remains powered with no recurring blown fuses. Problem affects interior and exterior lighting.

- Shalimar, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 062010

Regal 6-cyl

  • 122,500 miles


Turning on the night lights is not turning on the lights on the dashboard and the back of the car. The brake lights, emergency and the signals are working fine.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #8

Mar 012010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Regal. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph at night with the headlights on and all of lights on the instrument panel shut off. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle. After doing so, some of the lights on the instrument panel were illuminated and the headlights were also functioning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the marginal for the instrument panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to another dealer where the contact was informed that the tail lights had also failed. The dealer observed wires cut in the trunk and stated that could have caused the failure to occur. The dealer also repaired the tail lights but could not duplicate the failure on the instrument panel and the headlights. Some of the lights on the instrument panel began to illuminate; however, a month later, they shut off again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who repaired the marginal a second time. While driving the vehicle with the high beams on, the lights shut off. The contact manually engaged the light switch and the lights came on. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the high beam switch was replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. The current mileage was approximately 91,000.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 272008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Regal. While driving approximately 45 mph, smoke appeared from the dashboard and the driver's side door. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road, turned off the engine, and the smoke dissipated. The vehicle was driven to his residence, but there was no interior power. The vehicle was driven to the dealer a week later and they stated that a number of wire insulations, the fuse box, and breakers were burnt. The manufacturer stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The current and failure mileages were 87,000. Updated 02/02/09. The electrical cable bundle burned in the drivers side door under the dashboard. Terminal block and fuse burned the switch in the door. Updated 02/03/09.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 022008


  • 76,352 miles


I drove my car earlier today (during the day time) and everything was okay... as soon as it was dark my headlights, lights in the dash will not come on. The mileage is incorrect.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012008


  • 73,000 miles
Problem started 2 weeks ago with keys getting stuck in the ignition. Happened a couple time a day. Now you can put the keys in but can not turn on the car. Has to be towed to the shop to be fixed.

- Kearney, NE, USA

problem #4

Oct 152006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
On Oct 15, 2006 our Buick Regal with 39,000 miles on it was driven that day approximately 25 miles on flat terrain in a temperature of 75 degrees. Car returned to home and was parked in the driveway and approximately 20-30 minutes later the car spontaneously erupted in fire from under the hood. Fortunately the car was not parked inside the garage..

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 292005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,399 miles
Started having problems with ABS brakes on August 1, 2004. The ABS light/traction control light stayed on. Contacted the dealer, and took vehicle to them about once or twice a month. They have replaced several vbpmv module, bctmb module, and wiring on the wheel sensors, also, they have cleaned wheels speed control. When the ABS light comes on there is extended stopping distance. The consumer has another appointment to take vehicle back to the dealer on September 26, 2005.

- Aiken , SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 092005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Consumer states that the dashboard lights and the vehicle shift lights do not work. When these do not work, the tail lights do not work either. The consumer found out when someone told him the tail lights were not working. The dealership has fixed the problem twice, but when this happens, it only works for a day. The consumer has contacted Buick. Consumer noticed the tail lights were not working on Saturday, July 9, 2005. He had been driving without the dash board lights not knowing the tail lights were not working.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 012002


  • 3,000 miles
The interior and exterior lights flickered, when the consumer removed his foot from the accelerator pedal.

- Nesquehoning, PA, USA

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