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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,665 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 032014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 118,324 miles


My 2004 Buick Regal ls, just recently started to shut off or won't turn on, but at the same time all the lights in the instrumental panel would be flashing on and off repeatedly nonstop. As I would turn on my Buick by turning the ignition switch, it wouldn't turn on but also all the lights would be flickering on and off rapidly. I would have to keep turning the ignition switch on and off for about 10-20 times until finally my Buick would turn on. Now when I would be driving it would shut of by me put my turn signal left or right or it would shut off by itself. Again as it would shut off all the lights in the instrumental panel would be flashing on and off repeatedly and I would loose acceleration and power steering. Sometimes I would be lucky enough to get it started right away, but if I was unlucky I would have to pull over and try to get it started again. It's now happening so much that I found out that I could sometimes turn on my emergency hazard and it would make the lights stop flickering and regain power to the acceleration and power steering. I can't believe that my year make and model isn't part of the GM's recall for the ignition shut off problems. What will it take" many deaths for them to do something about it"

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #4

May 072014

Regal 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Engine stalls after first startup, then after restart all warning lights blink for long period. Vehicle stalls when stopping for a traffic signal or slowing down to turn. Then, when ignition switch was turned to off position, could not remove key, and could not turn engine off. Mechanic replaced ignition electrical switch, replaced ignition tumbler assembly, made new keys. We spent $1,171.01 for these repairs. Wrote a long letter to Buick customer assistance center on July 1, 2014, and explained all the details of this ignition-related problem. Found 21 similar complaints at GMC never issued a recall notice on these ignition-related problems, and said our vehicle did not have certain defective manufacturer parts installed as original equipment. Who the hell installed these defective ignition-related parts?

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #3

May 202013

Regal 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I was driving the car at 40mph when all of a sudden it cut off and all the gauge lights came on. I was nearly side swiped by another car. I restarted the car but it would not start. I tried to start it up again. It started but would not shift out of park. The gauge lights on the dash board were still on. I restarted the car again and was able to drive it home; the signal lights and head lights did not work. When I was finally able to start it up and take it to a mechanic, I was told the problem was the ignition switch. I paid a total of $540 for them to repair this problem. GMC knew about the problem and did not report a recall to consumers nor offer to fix it. All I'm asking is for a refund of the money I paid; $540.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #2

Mar 202014


  • 130,000 miles
Driving down the road at 30 mph without notice the car turned off with no apparent reason. Causing the car to loose power steering, power brakes, and rapid loss of speed in a busy downtown setting. This has happened 4 other times since then. We have read other complaints on forums recently and everyone who has replaced their ignition switch has not had a problem since. We would like this investigated because Buick are not on the list at this time for the national recall.

- Waterloo, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 242012

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
1st time vehicle wheels and steering completely locked up when making a right turn blocking traffic and had to be towed after police and no one could release it. After having towed the vehicle to my home. I was able to release the lock and tested it before I decided to drive it to a gas station for gas. As I pulled out of the gas station the vehicle locked up again blocking two lanes of traffic coming at me on a 4 lane county road. I sent a letter to GM reporting the problem and the repair that was done, but I am very concerned that there may be other vehicles on the road that could end up with many deaths. And I am not confident that my problem has been solved.

- Mount Laurel , NJ, USA

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