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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,675 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Buick Regal engine problems

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2003 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #20

Aug 022016

Regal

  • 188,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. After parking the vehicle, smoke appeared under the hood. The fire department was called to the scene and extinguished the flames. A fire report was not filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 188,000.

- Croydon, PA, USA

problem #19

Feb 292016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #18

Mar 212016

Regal

  • 49,500 miles
General Motors sent letter saying parts were available to repair engines for recall # 15757, but my dealer has been unable to obtain part numbers 12590366 (cover) and 25532619 (gasket) since early March. Despite letter from General Motors, parts needed for this recall remain on back order. In repeated calls to General Motors customer service line, I've been told they could not provide any information on timelines to resolve the parts backorder.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #17

Mar 082016

Regal

  • miles

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

On the early morning of 03/08/2016 around 5:50am on my way to work, the car lost all power as I was trying to turn left on to a county road. I was able to steer the car out of traffic coming from the opposite direction and almost went down the ditch due to the steering was very hard to turn. I put the car in neutral and restart the car continuing to get to my destination. At the next intersection, this happened again as soon as I used the turn signal (I was turning right this time). I restart the car again after put it in neutral. This problem is now will occur each time I use either turn signal left or right. I consider this is a safety problem because accident can occur if someone didn't know how to react when it happen the 1st time on a busy road.

- Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #16

Dec 182015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that there was a presence of an oil leak which progressed without warning. The contact noticed a puddle under the vehicle. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was unable to supply the part for several months. The contact was unable to determine when the manufacturer would be able to supply the part to the dealer. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 05/11/16

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #15

Dec 172015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while parked, it was observed that engine oil was leaking from underneath the vehicle onto the ground. The failure occurred constantly. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine coolant) however, the part for the recall was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #14

May 152012

Regal

  • 136,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. While driving 70 mph, the contact noticed smoke under the hood. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over and noticed that the vehicle was on fire. The fire was extinguished by the contact, a construction crew, and the local fire department. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine); however, the part to do the repair was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Clancy, MT, USA

problem #13

Dec 012015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 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.

- Hazleton, IN, USA

problem #12

Jan 052016

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine, engine cooling) however, the part to do recall 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 pars not available.

- Clinton, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 132015

Regal

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked, he noticed gray smoke was coming from the side of the hood. The contact stated that the front of the vehicle then caught on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police and fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot and the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine, engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 156,000.

- Mckees, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152014

Regal

  • 185,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while parked, the contact was notified that the vehicle was on fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Colquitt, GA, USA

problem #9

Oct 312015

Regal

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact noticed smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle. The contact lifted the hood and noticed the engine had caught fire, which destroyed the engine and caused a failure with the cooling fans. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The contact was a certified mechanic and stated that the pressure return regulator, spark plug walls, and air conditioning unit were replaced. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V507000 (engine and engine cooling), which stated that in the case of oil dripping into the hot surface of the exhaust, the vehicle may catch fire. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000.

- Edward, NC, USA

problem #8

Dec 102015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 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. After driving long lengths of time, the front of the vehicle would emit an abnormal odor and the oil and engine warning lights illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #7

Aug 032015

Regal

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. While driving 40 mph, the contact noticed an abnormal odor in the front of the vehicle. While parked, the vehicle made a loud nose and the vehicle caught fire under the hood. There were no injuries. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was not towed or salvaged. There was no police report filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bostic, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 112015

Regal

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. After driving approximately 5 mph and parking the vehicle, there was smoke coming from underneath the hood of the vehicle. The hood was opened and there was smoke. Approximately two weeks later while driving at approximately 5 mph and then parking the vehicle, the contact was alerted that the vehicle was on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact discovered that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. Updated 02/05/16

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #5

Dec 042014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The car had not been drove in a month, I drove about 3miles then parked, car then started to smoke then caught fire.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 242014

Regal

  • 91,000 miles
Driving to work in the mornings recently, I have been having some electrical issues with my car. If I use my blinkers, all the warning lights in my dash cluster will light up for a few seconds, and I could feel my brakes pulse. This morning my car stalled when I made a right hand turn. I managed to pull over and restart the car, but I didn't use the blinkers again. This really scared me, as I was just on the freeway a few minutes earlier.

- Allenton, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 122006

Regal 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, there was a sudden loss in engine power as the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where who diagnosed that the ignition switch was fractured and needed to be repaired. The failure recurred on two occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000. The current mileage was 126,432...updated 08/12/14 the ignition switch had to be replaced twice. Updated 09/16/14

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 052014

Regal

  • 103,000 miles
Engine died while signaling a left turn going about 45 mph. Almost rear ended. Changed ignition switch module. No repeat recurrence.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #1

Apr 022014

Regal

  • 142,000 miles
My ABS, traction & service vehicle soon lights came on. Shortly after, the car stalled while turning on the turn signals. During the stall, the power steering and ABS locked up. I noticed that the car would stall whenever a turn signal was turned on. After reading forums, I see that this has been a problem for many people!

- Acworth, GA, USA

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